Tracy Wright Corvo - Kid Stuff

Matt Tuohy
By Matt Tuohy
Friday - November 28, 2008
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Tracy Wright Corvo - Kid Stuff

For photographer Tracy Wright Corvo, portraits, particularly ones of children, are her calling in life. Her portfolio mainly consists of black-and-white images of children sporting a wide range of emotions from large, toothy grins to drooping, sad frowns.

Though Corvo does work with adults and has many photos in color, it is her black-and-white portraits that she says are more compelling and real.

“For me, images in black and white are more emotional,” she says. “Images in color usually resemble reality too closely, as we see in color every day. For me, black and white strips down the image to light and shadows, which helps us better see the soul of my subjects.”

Corvo has been into photography since she was a child, but only considered it as a career after getting her master’s degree in education and teaching for a few years. Combining her love of children and teaching, she has been able to make a lucrative career out of both her passions teaching at Pacific New Media, an outreach college at UHManoa, and working with kids as a photographer.

“I like working with and meeting new people of all ages,” she says. “I enjoy both the creative and technical challenges involved in creating portraits that capture the spirit of an individual.”

Corvo’s work also was recently featured with 24 other photographers from around the world in several exhibitions around Estremoz, Portugal.

“I exhibited a portfolio of black-and-white portraits of children titled OLD SOULS, and then I showed a new work in progress portfolio of color images titled Girls

Will Be Girls,” she says. “This new work is my personal art project, which is a self-esteem project for young girls, in which they ‘say no’ to the Barbie beauty image here in the U.S.”

Corvo resides in California but commutes to the Islands two to three times a year for photo shoots and to teach classes at Pacific New Media.

Her next classes will be held Dec. 6: Photographing Children, and a new class called Art of Portraiture.“The workshops are a combination of lecture and hands-on shooting so that participants learn to effectively communicate with their subjects, choose better lighting situations and have the experience of shooting models. They’ll also get immediate feedback from me and their classmates,” she says.

For more information, visit: www.tracywrightcorvo.com.

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Toys For Tots

In the spirit of giving back to the community, the Arts District Merchants Association (ADMA) has teamed up the U.S. Marine Corps to gather new toys, books and more for the annual Toys for Tots charity drive.

A sampling of Tracy Wright Corvo’s photos of children

The Kim Taylor Reece Gallery, the ARTs at Marks Garage and nine other Chinatown locations will have large boxes to receive new toys from good Samaritans from now to Dec. 12.

“You can put a dollar in a box and walk away, and who knows what happens,“says MarshaRose Joyner of the ADMA.

“But you want to make a difference when you want to give a child something they can hold in their hands - something that they can treasure for a long time to come.”

“We’re absolutely delighted that they (ADMA) would want to be a part of the Toys for Tots collection drive here in Hawaii,” says Chuck Little, deputy director of public affairs for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific.“It’s a very welcome partnership, and it’s very generous of them to open places in their respective galleries for us to put out our toy boxes to allow people to donate to our program.”

Since its inception, Toys for Tots has collected more than 192 million toys and dispersed them to more than 7.6 million children all over the U.S.

Toys for Tots Hawaii is shooting for 40,000 donated toys this year after falling significantly short of its goal of 60,000 last year.

“We came in at about 37,000 last year,” Little says. “It was enough to meet the need, and as far as we’re concerned that’s what we’re shooting for.”

He also notes with the current economic climate the need may be greater, but he remains confident in the generosity of the Hawaii community.

“Since Hawaii is a place that, in a time of need, opens its hearts and wallets when people are in need, we’re confident we’ll be able to meet the need in Hawaii this year.”

Little also stresses how toys donated in Hawaii stay in Hawaii. None of the items put in the bins or money donated to the cause will go to the Mainland.

The charity started in 1947 with Col. William L. Hendricks (then a major) in Los Angeles with his wife, and a sock-puppet that needed a new home. Hendricks’ wife had sewn the toy for a needy child, but when they tried to find an organization to donate it to, none could be found.

“They just weren’t set up to do that kind of work,“says Little.“So, like any good wife, she told him to get off his butt and go start one.”

The rest is history.

For more information on a drop-off point near you, visit www.toysfortots.com or call 257-1033.

For more information about the ADMA, visit www.artsdistricthonolulu.com

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