I first became aware of MUFFY a few months back when I was given the opportunity to photograph a slow pitch softball game between the Montgomery County Fire Fighters vs. the Crawfordsville Police Department. The game had one idea at heart and that was to raise funds for The Montgomery United Fund For You, MUFFY.
Now, I had heard of MUFFY before, but never quite understood the magnitude of the generosity it contributed to my community. It wasn’t until I was assigned to cover the slow pitch game that I really started to understand the affect MUFFY had on people all around the county.
So then, after being inspired by what they do, the ideas and planning for a personal project involving MUFFY and HUGE photographs was born. Inspired by the Inside Out Project I wanted to stay true to their concept of pasting large-scale photographs to the outside of a building, putting on full display the things we care about in our community. We got permission to use a building in the heart of downtown Crawfordsville and MUFFY was on board and willing to get the word out about the project in order to find volunteers that didn’t mind getting their photo taken. We set out a goal of eight photographs, we got 24. It was amazing. We asked anyone to volunteer that was a part of or affected by the organization. My idea was to create huge ginormous images that gave MUFFY an identity, that displayed the people behind the scene in every aspect. Board members, people who ran partner agencies or volunteered for the agencies, people affected by the kindness of those agencies, as well as, people who donate their time to make MUFFY happen were all photographed.
24 photographs meant that we could do two sides of the building we were donated and could go up two stories high. Wabash College was kind enough to let us borrow a lift and my family put in some serious work to get the photos up and stuck. We had a month to pull this off. We hoped the installation would be ready for Downtown Party Night, which meant our downtown streets would be flooded with people shopping locally and people wanting to catch a glimpse of the lighting of the Christmas tree. It would be our best chance of getting a huge crowd to view the photographs and to get people asking questions about who these people are, which led to answers, which led to awareness of who MUFFY is as a whole. We pulled it off.
Through the kindness of Scott Bachrach who printed the large-scale photographs and flyers, the MUFFY volunteers and workers, Wabash College, the people who inspired the project, those photographed and my family, we succeeded in spreading awareness of MUFFY. Thank you to all who participated and made this personal project come to life.
Now view the awesomeness for yourself below!
The 24 participants.
The stack of 36″x53″ photos. They were HUGE!
One of the flyers we passed out all around the county.
Making things happen! Risty, my brother, up in the lift Wabash College let us borrow.
It took us 2 days to get all 24 photos up and stuck, not bad at all.
The progress of the bottom of one side of the Elston Building.
The front of the Elston Buidling. The photos stayed up during rain, snow, freezing temperatures and it was amazing.
We made the paper! The Paper of Montgomery County put us on the front page!