Nicole Marie Fuller, alumna of Maine Media College’s Professional Certificate Program, traveled to Uganda in February to share her knowledge of the 19th century Cyanotype photography process with local youth.
Inspired by the vocational training and rehabilitation center, A River Blue (ARB) located in Alebtong, Fuller's goal was to provide students an outlet for self-expression using a process that requires few technical resources. She wanted them to come away from their photographic experience with a sense of accomplishment and skills that can be taught to others, and used to help sustain themselves in an innovative way.
An exhibition titled “Alebtong,” featuring Fuller’s black and white images of the ARB community and the work and stories of her students, is at Asymmetrick Arts gallery in Rockland, Maine through May 27.
Cyanotypes created by ARB student artists are accompanied by audio recordings illustrating the stories behind the student's work. A portion of all sales will be donated to ARB to help sustain an ongoing photography program.
"I continue to learn from my students. The youth of A River Blue and the people of Alebtong taught me about being resourceful, compassionate, optimistic, honest, patient and grateful." Nicole Marie.