The Front Steps Project Captures Brooklyn Families to Benefit Covid Relief Funds
This Brooklyn photographer and mom of two is connecting NYC families in quarantine through the lens of her camera while raising money to benefit local Covid-19 relief funds.
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Is there something that is similar about all the families you’ve photographed?
The major similarity between all of the 50 (and counting) families I've photographed is that they're always happy to see me (kids and adults alike), happy to be outside and happy to have a reason to get a little (or a lot) dressed up. No matter what they were doing before I arrive (teaching remotely, working, holding a crying baby, cleaning, cooking...) they're always happy to be on the front steps.
Is there something you’ve noticed that has surprised you?
The reaction our neighborhood has had to the project has definitely surprised me. It's also gotten me to connect with and befriend other local photographers to which I'm grateful!
What do you think seeing families on their front steps means to most people?
Everywhere I look people are saying, "we're all in this together." These photos show that.
How did you make this a fundraiser?
I liked the idea of each family contributing to a Covid-19 related cause—and I stress that any amount they donate is fine, because every family is going through their own economic hardships. In the 50+ families I've photographed so far, I've raised about $2700 for various charities (the donator chooses which one)—that have included providing meals and/or PPE to hospital staff, plus helping families and business that need it.
If you'd like to be part of the Front Steps Project, you can sign up on Adina's website. All of Adina's proceeds go toward the donations she is making, so if you would like to make a contribution to her directly to support her while she is not accepting payment, you can do so by Venmoing @adinalerner.
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