Photographs by Lewis P. Wilkerson StreetWays: Chronicling the Homeless in Miami is a collection of interviews with 28 homeless individuals living in downtown Miami and Miami Beach.
Besides extensive photographs of these people and their lives on the street, the book also includes interviews with social service providers, as well as a detailed analysis of homelessness in the United States and more specifically in Miami. The work concludes with a policy analysis and suggestions for addressing issues of homelessness in Miami and the nation.
StreetWays attempts to make clear how and why homelessness occurs, and what the actual lives and experiences of the homeless are about. Through extensive interviews and extensive documentary photographs, a selected group of homeless Miamians lose their invisibility as their experiences, needs and aspirations are reported.
The book calls for a better understanding of the experience of homelessness places such as Miami, and of the need to understand homelessness as an issue of diversity and human rights.
I undertake projects occasionally that result in a book or catalog of work. engage my imagination and new ways of looking at a familiar object. Categorizing this work for me is problematic. My personal work is more metaphorical and exploratory than my commercial work. Two quotations, the first by Georgia O'Keeffe and the second by , helped guide my vision.
SOUZOU: UNFOLDING VISIONS
The original inspiration for this series of photographs occurred at a meditative lunch at Sakura, my local sushi bar.
Because the photographs are hard for me to describe in words I offer instead excerpts from an essay by Bryan Barcena is an independent art critic, writer and curator based in Miami, Fl. He is also the Managing Director of Lyle
O. Reitzel Gallery Miami and the Assistant Editor for ArtPulse Magazine. The full text of this essay is included in the book.
Critical essay by Bryan Barcena
Elevating the commonplace, making sacred the dull and finding the sublime in the trivial. Throughout much of the twentieth century abstraction has served to re-contextualize and re-appropriate the elements of modern life into their most bare and recognizable forms. Artists continually alienate the banal from its quotidian confines and liberate its ability to focus perception inward. Abstraction in photography however, has posed much more of a challenge and brought to light dilemmas concerning the limits of subjectivity and artistic aura. How could abstraction exist within
a medium whose inherent purpose was to capture the world as it was and exist unfiltered through the eyes of perception? The genre of abstract photography possesses an uncanny ability to surprise and delight its audience. It enjoys a capacity to pair down the complexity of our visual vocabulary into indistinguishable elements that are in-fact grounded in the reality of their mere existence. Abstract photography is truly a genre of exploration, and the exploration of not only the world at large but the re-combination of the elements therein are the keys to its success. Abstract photography is indeed an exploration of depth, form, luminosity and color, bringing forth expressions that are told without narrative but rather through subtle gestures of these elements.
The photography of Lewis Wilkinson is one that exhibits a true sense of exploration and a keen ability to capture his discoveries through the camera lens. Within the photographs of the artist’s Souzou series a viewer can discover a world of possibilities, a constantly evolving landscape that offers both depth and subtlety. The potential for exploration within the So u z o u series owes much to its chosen medium, Miso soup. This most unconventional medium at first glance might seems to offer little space for abstract expression but it is with this staple of Japanese cuisine that Wilkinson has been able to elevate simple forms into something sublime. What Wilkinson was able to see in this humble medium was an infinity of opportunities and possibilities. ........
BOTANICAL EDITIONS CATALOG
"Nobody sees a flower, really - it is so small - we haven't
time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time."
Botanical Editions is a collection of Lewis Wilkinson’s botanical photographs that have been selected by Miami designer, Terrence Tullgren, to be exceptionally well-suited for decorating with a botanical theme at either the office or at home. These photographs have been taken across the U.S., in Europe and in Asia.
In addition to these images being available as prints, they are also available as a DVD to play when you want to listen to soothing music while watching beautiful images.
BORN TO DANCE
" It's not a matter of knowing what you mean and then thinking
of a way to say it. It's a way of discovering in the process of
trying to say something that you find what it is you mean."
I combined my corporate communications background as well as photographic skills to create this book, a celebration of the Amaranth Contemporary Dance Company. The book is a poetic look inside the dancers hearts and souls. It is a gift to Amaranth’s dancers so they might share with their families and friends their passion and love of dance. Finally it is a vehicle for Amaranth to use to raise money from friends and contributors.
AVAILABLE ON BLURB ...... OR AS A PDF DOWNLOAD HERE
FACES AT THE VILLA
This booklet was created to feature the families using St. Joseph Villa's services. SJV serves children of at risk families. The Villa’s day and residential programs include: special and nontraditional education; education/housing services for homeless children and their families; respite, summer and after-school care for children with disabilities; and housing for adults with disabilities.
St. Joseph’s Villa is the oldest and largest continuously operating children’s nonprofit organization in metropolitan Richmond. Originally established by the daughters of charity as an orphanage and school in 1834, the Villa moved to its present location in Henrico County in 1931, thanks to a generous gift from Major James H. Dooley. The Villa has a budget of nearly $10 million (90%
of which goes directly to programs). St. Joseph’s Villa is a non-sectarian 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which works with more than 500 children and families each day.