Photo exhibit honors local Hispanics
SUMMIT COUNTY – Frisco resident Bob Winsett tells stories through his photographs.
In his most recent project, Las Caras de la Cultura (The Faces of the Culture), his photographs document some of the diverse stories of Summit County’s Hispanic community. It is through these stories that Winsett hopes to shatter stereotypes and promote understanding of a community that has become an integral part of Summit County.
“A lot of people think that if you speak Spanish you’re from Mexico,” Winsett said.
Though many Spanish-speaking residents came to Summit County from Mexico, many others did not. Winsett wanted to capture the diversity within the local Hispanic community in an effort to honor and recognize it. He interviewed and photographed 18 subjects – immigrants from Spain, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Peru, Cuba and Columbia.
He said some of his subjects have faced “incredible challenges” coming to the United States because of the language barrier. Their stories – which accompany the photographs in English and Spanish – can be both an inspiration and a means to understanding.
“The idea is to increase understanding among everybody,” Winsett said. “I want everybody to come and understand that we have a lot in common, and the things we don’t have in common are the things we should be celebrating.”
“Looking through the lens of a camera takes away all the stereotypes,” said Deb Edwards, executive director for the Summit Foundation, which is helping to sponsor the exhibit. “I think Bob’s exhibit will show we’re more alike than we are different. I think it’s easy to say, “We’re different, and this is why we don’t get along.’ I think we’re not all that different.”
“It’s going to make people more aware,” said Sandy Greenhut, of the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee, the group facilitating the exhibit. “It honors a part of our community that most of the people really do not know much about.”
Winsett’s collection will be on exhibit for two months at the County Commons, beginning with Thursday’s opening. Representatives from Mountain Mentors, Parents as Teachers and other local organizations serving the Hispanic community will be on hand at the opening with information for those interested.
From there, the collection will move to the Silverthorne Pavilion for two months and then to the Summit County Community and Senior Center for another two months. It is sponsored by Vail Resorts, Summit Foundation and Community First Bank.
Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or email@example.com
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