The concept itself was developed nearly 12 months ago, immediately following the marathon tragedy. BCAE instructor and freelance photographer Chris Padgett, was so moved by the events that he decided to get a tattoo at Good Mojo Tattoos, a tattoo parlor located in Beverley, MA that was donating proceeds from Boston-themed tattoos to The One Fund Boston. Chris soon noticed a growing number of parlors and people doing the same and he wanted to document the movement. Thus, “Bled for Boston” was born.
“Bostonians everywhere showed their support for the city after the Boston Marathon bombings. Many tattoo shops in Massachusetts stepped up and offered Boston-themed tattoos, donating their profits to The One Fund Boston. I want to document the people that dedicated permanent space on their bodies as memorials to their city, first-responders and the people who lost their lives at the Marathon,” said Chris Padgett, Bled for Boston founder.
With idea in hand, Chris approached the Boston Center for Adult Education about a possible partnership. Having been an instructor for over three years, he knew that the concept was in line with everything the center stands for. “When Chris first brought this up to us, we were eager to support the project in any way possible,” said Susie Brown, Executive Director of the Boston Center for Adult Education. “What Chris and this exhibition represent is at the center’s core values. The BCAE is committed to providing educational opportunities that enhance a sense of community. In presenting this we hope to not only tell the stories of so many of those affected, but to educate and expand on how they have used this medium as a form of self-expression.”
Throughout the year Padgett worked to photograph anyone and everyone that wanted to be part of the project. Turning away no one, he set up shoots whenever and wherever he could—from working within his living room to weekend-long sessions at the BCAE, he worked tirelessly collecting and documenting everyone’s personal stories including those of Officer Richard “Dic” Donohue of the MBTA Transit Police injured following the shoot-out with the bombing suspects and Dan Soleau, Brand Development Manager at Marathon Sports.
The outpouring of support and interest was more than anything Padgett could have imagined. The final series of photographs will be showcased as part of the BCAE’s rotating art exhibit during the month of April 2014 to commemorate the first anniversary of the Boston bombings. The exhibition will kick off with a free reception on Thursday, April 3rd from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Registration is required and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the gallery at the BCAE, Chris has turned the collection of photographs into a book which will be available for $40 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center. For more information on Bled for Boston, visit www.bledforboston.com. For more information on the BCAE, visit www.bcae.org.
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