We Heart ThisThe Sunny Project
In the weeks leading up to the birth of my second daughter, I had come across several art and photography print sales benefitting organizations providing relief for those most affected by COVID-19. I was particularly struck by the success of Pictures for Elmhurst, a 10 day-long print sale that raised more than $1.3 million for the New York Hospital. In the same spirit, a couple of weeks after my daughter Sunny was born, I built The Sunny Project, in between (and during) breast feedings. Regarding the beneficiaries, I was at home with my two-year old and two-week old, watching the pandemic unfold, and wondering what I could do to help other mothers with far fewer resources than I.
I sent an e-mail to local photographers I knew and admired, and to some I admired and didn’t know. Many of the photographers who contributed images recommended other Florida photographers, and it grew that way. I’m still discovering new Florida talent every day. Building a community of local photographers has been an awesome plus.
I selected two images that were taken in my favorite part of South Florida: the Everglades. One includes a lotus flower, a sort of homage to The Lotus House. The other is an aerial photo of the magical Ten Thousand Islands, with the sun reflecting off of the water—a sort of secret/not-so-secret homage to the Sunny Project.