One of my favorite projects this past year was working with the John T. Gorman Foundation here in Portland. This unassuming group directs their resources to many significant non-profits statewide, from early childhood education to homeless teens and more. Especially at a time when the state has cut its funding back of such groups, private foundations like JTG have become even more important.
My assignment was to document the people and faces of some of their supported programs, and to show the human impact of what they do. Over the course of a month and a half, I created a series of images that tell the story of what JTG does by showing the lives of those impacted by their efforts. I was given wide discretion over what I photographed, and focused on populations served by the foundation, among them single mothers, early childhood education and teens. Here’s a sampling of my favorites.