Academic journal article Policy & Practice of Public Human Services

New Mexico. (Dispatches from the States)

Academic journal article Policy & Practice of Public Human Services

New Mexico. (Dispatches from the States)

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A unique photography exhibit, the Heart Gallery, is helping to raise awareness about children available for adoption in New Mexico.

The exhibit captures the character and essence of many of the children waiting to be adopted. One boy was photographed after basketball practice in Albuquerque. Photographer Andre Souroujon said the 11-year-old stood out among the taller boys shooting hoops. "He's kind of a smaller kid," Souroujon told the media, "but somehow he had so much more energy; there was something really special about him. And he kept getting these long shots in."

Souroujon photographed the boy, with a basketball, on a playground just as the sun broke through clouds behind him. "It was really a dramatic light, a powerful moment," Souroujon added.

The photographs on display were originally taken for use in a state magazine. Staff at New Mexico's Children, Youth, and Families Department later believed the pictures appropriate for display in a ga1lery. Ellie Ortiz, advertising and promotions manager for New Mexico's Children, Youth, and Families Department, came up with the idea for the photo exhibit and proposed it to a local gallery. Noted Lisa Bronowicz, spokeswoman for the Peters Gallery where the exhibit debuted, "It grabbed me right away. It's an art opening for photographers, but it's a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness, to tug at heart stings and get people looking at this. …

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