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MCHS graduate returns to Millington promoting her photo exhibit in Atlanta supporing Haiti relief

By Thomas Sellers Jr.© 2013 Tara Nicole Dorsey_We Are the SameDorsey Photo graphic final

Ten years can come and go quickly.
This weekend many from the Millington Central High School Class of 2003 will return back to Flag City for events like the Homecoming Football Game against Kingsbury. And among the catching up, more detailed updates to assist Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, many of the Trojan alumni will ask each other, “What are you up to these days?”
For one member of the Class of 2003, that answer will take her former classmates from ‘Corporate America’ to the rebuilding of Haiti. After graduating from MCHS a decade ago, Tara Nicole Moss has since earned a Communication Studies degree from Vanderbilt University, worked a corporate job for four years and recently married Joseph Dorsey.
Armed with her degree and knowledge from her days of study in Nashville, Tara started to grow weary of the corporate life and wanted a more divine purpose for her life and the skills she was blessed. On Sept. 24, Tara Nicole Dorsey opened her first photo exhibit in Atlanta named “The Least of These.”
Earlier this year Dorsey traveled to Haiti and captured the daily life of Haitians living in Petit Goâve. Seeing a need to give back, Dorsey and organizers created the exhibition with 90 percent of proceeds going to Community2Community to benefit those in Haiti.
So when an old classmate asks Dorsey, “How does it feel to be back and what are you up to these days,” she will reply with a smile on her face.
“I’m excited to come home and visit not only family but I’m looking forward to seeing old friends from high school,” she said. “And when they ask me about what I’m doing today. The best way to answer that is, ‘I’m living my dream; my dream of being an entrepreneur, being an artist and being in God’s will.’”
When making her decision to leave behind making a living in the corporate world to chase a more meaningful purpose in life, Dorsey found comfort in a verse from the Bible in Matthew 25:40; “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
And in that verse Dorsey found the title of her exhibition that will run from Sept. 24 to Dec. 4 at Inman Paerk Coffee. “The Least of These” shows Haiti through the eyes of Dorsey and her lense. Back in March, the daughter of Debra and Emile Sigee got a chance to visit the people living in Petit Goâve. Dorsey, partnered with Community2Community and Ross Oscar Knight Photography, was able to document the replantation and reforestation efforts.
Dorsey saw firsthand how the relief efforts continue after the devasting 2010 earthquake. Many residents of Petit Goâve living along a mountain side in poor conditions. Images of shoeless children walking in debris stuck with Dorsey.
She returned home with a desire to want to help those who were in the images her camera captured.
“I got involved with Community2Community because they were looking for a photographer for non-profit and to provide images for their website for a lower rate,” Dorsey recalled. “I saw it as a way to give back.
“I had a chance to put out my vision,” she added. “I said, ‘If I was able to display my photos, I wouldn’t exploit those who were in them. I wanted them to be empowered.’ The best way to do that as a photographer is not to profit.”
Dorsey’s goal with this exhibit is to bring awareness to the selfless efforts of the Community2Community team that is working  to rebuild the community still distressed by the earthquake. Dorsey decided to donate 90 percent of her profits. Her donation is related to her vision for The Ninety Ten Project, an organization that challenges artists to serve the communities that inspire them through the radical idea to give more than what’s received from the sale of their work.
Dorsey’s work is a journey of Haiti and shows the people and some of the features not protrayed through mainstream media.
Her photos in Atlanta will do their part in bringing awareness to the struggles in Haiti and show people in the United State the hidden beauty of the land. And Dorsey will share her experiences verbally with all including her peers.
“I would tell my classmates, ‘The exhibit will give you an opportunity to explore preconceived notions and dispell some of the negative stereotypes of Haiti,’” she said. “‘There is a beauty to have to see and maybe you can begin to understand the population there.’
“And it’s also a chance to give back to someone that you have never met in the physical form,” Dorsey conclude, “but who you have met through the visual. There is a joy in serving. I’m doing this as an act of service to Christ.”
For more information about Dorsey or the exhibit “The Least of These” e-mail studio@taranicoledorsey.com or to donate or purchase a photo visit www.taranicoledorsey.com

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