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'Shifting Perspectives: My Perspective'

Exhibit set to run through Nov. 8 in Dublin

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Photographer Cameron Sharp (left) worked with Jeremy Engberg to create art for "Shifting Perspectives: My Perspective." The exhibition is at the Dublin Arts Council Tuesday, Sept. 24, through Nov. 8.
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Shifting Perspectives put cameras in a different set of hands of people for its latest exhibition at the Dublin Arts Council.

The photography exhibition first came to the Arts Council in 2011 when United Kingdom photographer Richard Bailey premiered his photos looking at the every day life of people with Down syndrome in the U.S. The latest itineration uses some work from Bailey and local photographers.

The 2012 Shifting Perspectives looked at people with Down syndrome in the community and the latest depiction is "My Perspective," which allowed professional photographers and people with Down syndrome to show life from their view.

"My goal is to continue the project based on feedback we received," said David Guion, Dublin Arts Council executive director.

"We're planning to do another iteration of it in 2014," Guion said.

"It's exciting. I've seen most of the photography now and it's a really powerful show."

For the show, the DAC paired three central Ohio photographers with four people with Down syndrome who have an interest in photography.

Photos from Bailey and his daughter, Billie-Jo, who inspired him to start the project, will also be displayed.

Columbus photographer Shellee Fisher was paired Jennifer Cunningham Fox, of Worthington.

Keo Khim, a Columbus photographer, worked with Kyle McKay, of Upper Arlington.

Mansfield photographer Cameron Sharp worked with Shane Roussi of Clintonville and Sunbury resident Jeremy Engberg.

Sharp got involved with the exhibition after photos from his wife were displayed in last year's Shifting Perspective show. He said seeing the work made himwant to get involved.

"The images were profound in that they were typical, wonderful portraits of people," Sharp said.

"There were no distinctions of people with disabilities," he said.

"They were portraits of people. That was a great impression and response.

"It was shoulder to shoulder at the opening and for all the right reasons."

Carrying a bachelor of fine arts degree with a photography concentration from Ohio State University, Sharp has taught photography to children and adults of all skill levels, including some individuals with developmental disabilities.

Despite a teaching background, Sharp said his time with Roussi and Engberg was hardly about education.

"I talked to Shane and Jeremy on the phone extensively on what we were into in photography in general and found we had a lot in common," he said. "From there we just went out in a common place.

"We thought it would be fun to interact at the Ohio State Fair. We got together and spent a day making photographs around central Ohio."

At the exhibition, the work of Sharp and Roussi will be shown side by side, with no names depicting who took what photo.

"It's a really special situation to see that we are all individuals with strengths, with deficits, with unique characteristics," Sharp said.

"Shifting Perspectives: My Perspective" opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the DAC, 7125 Riverside Drive. The photographers will be on hand and the event is open to the public.

"It really proves to be a powerful message to the community and momentum hasn't stopped," Guion said. "It continues to build awareness."

The exhibition will be open to view at the DAC through Down Syndrome Awareness Month until Nov. 8.

The exhibition is open for viewing 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, look online at dublinarts.org.

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