Heaven must look like August in Mississippi.
Photographer Michael Scanlan and filmmaker Erickson Blakney have donated a collection of nineteen framed blues photographs to the Lower Mississippi River Foundation as a fundraiser for the Mighty Quapaw Apprenticeship Program. The photographs hung at the Delta Blues Museum in conjunction with the Blues Documentary, True Delta. The film, directed by Lee Quinby and Daniel Cowen, and produced by Blakney, received official selections from Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, The Mississippi International Film Festival, and The Orlando Film Festival. Their work in the Delta became a springboard for the wider-reaching True Delta Project: a multimedia initiative leveraging the cultural assets of the Mississippi Delta to support a range of community-based efforts. They emphasize recognition for regional blues musicians, music instruction for young musicians, and improved education initiatives in the region. The donation to LMRF is fitting, since the Mighty Quapaw program is the fruit of a bluesman’s words of wisdom.
The photographs are available for purchase from the LMRF. They’re crisp, high quality, 18″ x 24″ framed prints. Email email@example.com for prices, or visit the gallery in person at the Driftwood City International Youth Hostel on Sunflower Avenue in Clarksdale.
Michael Scanlan is a New York/New Jersey based photographer. He has served a wide range of private and commercial clients. His work has appeared in the Newark Star Ledger as well as numerous non-profit publications in the New York Metropolitan Area. Non-profit clients have included St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, Newark, NJ; YWCA of New York, New York, NY; South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange, NJ. Michael is graduate of Georgetown University. Although primarily self-taught, he has studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Maine Photographic Workshops. After a ten-year career with MBNA America Bank, Michael joined St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey where he currently serves as Assistant Headmaster. The school has a national reputation for its service to a primarily inner city population. Its students obtain admission to the most competitive colleges and universities. www.scanmanphotos.com.