News-Press teamed up with Southwest Florida Community Foundation to show how images are continuing to inspire, educate and start conversations in our community through a photo exhibit called ‘The Visual Voice’. (Andrea Melendez/news-press.com)
We’ve all heard the adage — “A picture is worth 1,000 words.”
Powerful images can speak volumes. But, can photos change the world? It’s a simple concept with a lasting legacy. It’s also one of the catalysts behind the mission of The SWFL Community Foundation’s new photo exhibit “Art, Community & Conversation”. showing through October 23rd at The Southwest Florida Community Foundation.
News photos probably aren’t the first medium that comes to mind when we discuss art, but a strong, emotional news image has the power to change our perspective, challenge us to act, reflect our hubris, show us a new point of view, and sometimes change our community.
“I think photojournalism can make a difference either immediately or in the long term,” says The News-Press visuals journalist Andrew West, 47, ofFort Myers Beach. “We are trying to get readers to react, to spur them into action whatever that action may be.”