Visual Histories

by Jonathan Foster, photographer

To see, if only to open our eyes a bit wider, is to find within ourselves and within each other a collective mythology, to bear witness to our shared humanity, and, to believe in the narrative of who we are and what we aspire to become.

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Austin "AJ" Kann, 16, of Carlisle, PA, practices his free running and urban gymnastics at Dickinson College, November 4th, 2014.

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A 19-year-old tries out a sleeping bag I gave him at 2am while waiting for his probation hearing in Rochester, NY, November 2012.

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Spires of light from hydraulic fracturing wells dwarf the steeple of East Point Church near Liberty, PA early on the morning of January 18, 2013. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a natural gas drilling process that involves boring to depths of a mile or more, turning the well shaft horizontally and drilling the body of the well, then pumping it with high pressure fluids which split the rock, releasing higher quantities of natural gas than what is available with conventional drilling. Crews have been working around the clock to put gas wells online in the Marcellus Shale, even in below freezing temperatures, as Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry booms. Fracking, due to health and safety concerns, was under moratorium in New York and New Jersey with some local municipalities passing individual bans that prohibit the process.

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Abandoned gold mine, circa 1900
August 2013

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Frederik Schumacher, 15, of Schleiden, Germany, throws a bicycle into a bonfire at West Shore Evangelical Free Church, November 18th, 2012.

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A child poses in Blantyre, Malawi, June, 2014.

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Tagan Merkley, 11, pushes Alyssa Troidl, 9, out of the way to eat bubbles during intermission at the Roc City Roller Derby event in Gordon Field House, Rochester, NY on March 24, 2012.

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Pat Hartman from the Univeristy of Western Ontario glances over his shoulder above Interstate 390 during the Men's 8km race at the University of Rochester's Yellow Jacket Invitational, October 15th, 2011 in Genesee Valley Park, Rochester, NY.

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Medication is given to a child in Blantyre, Malawi, before undergoing surgery at the Beit CURE International Hospital.

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An unknown man holds his breath for Robert "Carp" Carpenter while trying to inject heroin into his carotid artery off of North Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY on February 27, 2012. Carp is a homeless ex-convict living on the streets of Rochester. He "flies a sign" for money to buy heroin at $8 a bag, then mixes the drug and injects it into his neck.

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Days off, San Juan National Forest
Durango, Colorado
July, 2013

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Clinton Avenue and Avenue D
September 11, 2012
Rochester, NY

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Damiano,
Majete Game Preserve
Chikwawa District, Malawi
April, 2014

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Chisomo Yotamu, 8, had a salt stain from tears that ran down his face shortly before he underwent surgery to correct his clubfoot, March 27th, 2014.

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Students cheer as a musician closes their set during the Electronic Music festival at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Mt. Zomba
Malawi, Africa

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Chiyembekezo Sumani looks off while Doctor James Beazley, right, consults with Doctor Nick Lubega, left, preparing for Chiyembekezo's next burn contracture release in the Beit CURE International Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi, March 5, 2014.

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Alex Namanja
Mount Soche
Blantyre, Malawi
February, 2014

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Grand Canyon National Park
July, 2014

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