WPCNR IMPRESSIONS TAKEAWAYS TRANSITIONS. By John F. Bailey, December 19, 2022:
My father once told me in discussing job intervews, “You never have a second chance to make a first impression.”
I learned that again Friday at a photo shoot involving 36 persons from the White Plains High School and Middle School, including Mayor Tom Roach Council President Justin Brasch and State Senator Shelley Meyer.
Staff administrators from the White Plains School District, members of the police and fire department, the mayor, the state senator, and other dignitaries, along with other well-known individuals working in the White Plains participated.
The non-profit Common Cause conducted an all-day photography shoot at the high school Friday, capturing 36 school employees in a variety of clothing of their choice.
Each participant was photographed in a variety of outfits of their choosing as part of a planned traveling museum “pilot” program. The program is being used to demonstrate to those looking at 10 different pictures of the same person, instinctively make a snap judgment what the person is as to character, safety, respect, attraction.
The program is named:
“We are White Plains: Bridging, Belonging and Building Community.”
It is scheduled to be unveiled in the halls of White Plains High School March 2023.
Photographer Bayete’ Ross Smith composed the compositions in the all day session.
He shot 10 portraits of each of the 36 participants photographing them in ten distinctly different fashion presentations chosen by the subject who posed with a blank expression in each outfit.
The blank countenance you encounter when looking at the 10 photographs of each person, you were not swayed by a smile, a scowl, or grimace or a laugh, forcing you as an individual to discover that seeing the same person in a different outfit, you make a different judgment.
Sue Spiegel and Marla Felton of the non-profit, Common Circles, Inc. are using the arts, conversation, interactives and storytelling to help students in the White Plains School District and the broader White Plains community explore identity.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Ricca organized the program with Common Circles
The dynamic revelation was conceived by Mr. Ross Smith as part of his “Our Kind of People” series. “Our Kind of People” examines how perception about someone’s identity, value and character is affected by appearance such as clothing.
The finished exhibition scheduled to appear at the High School in March consists of photos of each of the participants in 10 different outfits, such as this photo below. on Mr. Ross Smith’s website.
When I observed this Mr. Ross for the first time, I realized how right my father was about not getting a second chance to make a first impression.