© Terry Check, "Mom, Tell Me Why"
Focusing on Racial Inequality Terry Check, a local photographer, looks at racism in America. His work, "Looking Backwards/Moving Forward", together with other artists, is featured at the National Black Arts Festival at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Central Library, Art Gallery at One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303. Meet Terry at the Opening Reception on Thursday, July 8, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Terry writes, "In the 1960's John Griffin wrote "Black Like Me" not a great book, never made the top 10 list, but it changed my life forever. I am white, not black. As a child, I grew up in a mildly racist family in a mildly racist community. How can people dislike, resent and in some cases, hate black people? It's wrong. All people of any color, need to look back and realize that racial inequality has no place in our world. We must move forward ... working toward equality without seeking restitution for yesterday. Some will move forward. Others will not be able to put yesterday in perspective. "Looking Backwards/Moving Forward" is a retrospective of a black family remembering racial discrimination of yesterday and today. Some are open-mined, engaged in understanding, self-reliant with expectations, and becoming role models to all. Others will never move forward, and continue to live in yesterday again and again." Raised in Utica, NY and of Polish decent, Terry has photographed people and places for the past forty years. Beginning at an early age and advancing to PR photographer at MVCC, he exhibited his work "Collegiate Profiles" at a local gallery. While at Case Western Reserve University, he did commercial photography for a local studio. After graduation, he worked as an environmental engineer and continued pursing his photography ... people less their facades. Wherever people gather or their memoirs linger behind, Terry strives to capture the moment transcending time and place. His work searches for the individual's meaning of life on earth and thereafter. Noticing what others don't ... reaching without consequences to expand his photography. Contact Terry Check firstname.lastname@example.org 20 Waterfront Square Dawsonville, GA 30534 404-915-1910