The Heat Light Water Project

The Changing Gary Photo Clubs

Darren Pollard

Darren Pollard began teaching photography for the Western Contra Costa County Adult Education Program in 2003 (San Francisco Bay Area).  In 2005 Darren created an afterschool photography program for Seven Tepees, a San Francisco, CA youth organization.  In 2007 and 2008 Pollard served as curator for Glimpses in Time – International Juried Photography Exhibition (Oakland, California), that included over 50 photographers from across the United States and abroad. He currently works as an instructional designer/e-learning consultant.  Mr. Pollard attended Illinois State University for his undergraduate studies and Sangamon State University for his graduate work in Community Arts Management.

Sam Love

Samuel A Love is an educator, artist, and organizer in Gary, Indiana.Before returning to the Calumet Region from Chicago in 2012 he was a keyholder at Mess Hall and former distributor and occasional co-editor of AREA Chicago.
He has been photographing the people, ecology, and changing built environment of Gary and the Calumet Region for over 15 years. Since 2009 he has worked with the Central District Organizing Project to bring a creative dimension to community organizing in Gary’s historic Black Midtown community. This rewarding work has partnered Gary residents with artists from around the world resulting in many film, mural, poetic, and political works.
With the Gary Heat Light and Water project he has led an intergenerational workshop on documentary photography for the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) at Indiana University Northwest. He has also developed “P.E.” a political education workshop series, teaching media literacy and studying local power dynamics.
In addition to the HLW he is developing G-NAP, the Gary Natural Areas Project, working with the Gary parks department, institutional partners, and the community to continue the storied legacy of conservation and ecological study in Gary.