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#512285 - 03/09/16 07:11 PM Celebrating Women
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In celebration of Women's Month, the San Pedro House of Culture is proud to present an exhibition by female photographer KAREN BRODIE entitled "Celebrating Women." You are invited to the launch of the exhibition on Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 pm.



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#512291 - 03/10/16 10:44 AM Re: Celebrating Women [Re: Marty]
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In the two-and-a-half years that photographer Karen Brodie has lived in San Pedro, Belize, she has taken a lot of pictures.

If you have attended any local events — like Garifuna Settlement Day, the Mothers Day celebration, Seniors Appreciation Day at the Lions Club, the Costa Maya Festival — then you have seen her prowling the edges with her camera, snapping away.

More often than not, she is looking for interesting faces — proud faces, happy faces, strong faces, quiet faces, old faces, young faces — faces that tell a story without speaking a word. So, yes, she has quite a collection.

So, you’d think that when Mito Paz, director of the San Pedro House of Culture, asked Karen to produce a show of her portraits of local women to celebrate National Women’s Month, she would say something like, “Sure! Piece of cake!” or “Easy peasy!”

But that wouldn’t be Karen.

It wasn’t the enormity of the task: 62 portraits of San Pedro women. It was finding the right 62 portraits. And those portraits each had to say something, had to tell a story. And each story needed to add to the larger story of the women of San Pedro and their influences and contributions to the island community.

And one more thing. The eyes. People needed to look into the eyes of each woman and know something of what Karen almost reverently calls, “the struggle.”

The San Pedro women in Karen Brodie’s portraits are all survivors, even the youngest ones who are barely in their teens. The struggle can be many things, from putting food on the table, to running a business, to managing a family, to creating art, to earning a living, to enduring strife, to . . . well, “it doesn’t matter what walk of life we come from, and it probably doesn’t matter what gender,” she says, “… we all struggle and suffer and experience joy.”

Those life experiences ultimately are written across our faces, over time.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos on the Bound for Belize blog!


Photo Exhibit Celebrates San Pedro Women at House of Culture
San Pedro photographer Karen Brodie says she is humbled and honored to have been given the task to photograph a broad spectrum of women in the community of Ambergris Caye, 62 of which have been set on exhibit at the San Pedro House of Culture in celebration of International Women’s Month. On Thursday, March 10, 2016, the House of Culture held an official ceremony to open the photographic exhibit that is now available for public viewing throughout the month. Karen Brodie has taken a lot of pictures in the past two and a half years that she has been living on the island. She is an excellent portrait photographer, capturing special moments that come to life in the facial expressions of her subjects. The 62 portraits that Karen chose to display are only a cross section of strong women who make up the island community. Karen says that taking the pictures were easy, it was choosing which ones to exhibit that was the toughest part.


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