The Face Of Foreclosure In Mass.

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Nov. 15, 2011

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Springfield resident David Dunwell protests against foreclosure in a photograph that's part of the "We Shall Not Be Moved" exhibit. (Kelly Creedon)


BOSTON — The “We Shall Not Be Moved” exhibit by photographer Kelly Creedon documents the human impact of the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts. The exhibit is traveling to the hardest-hit cities and its next stop is downtown Springfield, where volunteers will partner with No One Leaves/Nadie Se Mude Nov. 19–20 to transform a vacant commercial space on Worthington Street into an installation. The exhibit will be on display there through Dec. 18. (Event info.)

Creedon and her subject David Dunwell, a homeowner dealing with foreclosure, appeared on "The Callie Crossley Show" on Nov. 15

Creedon discusses her photography project on foreclosure.

Creedon started the project in 2008. She didn’t expect it — or the crisis — to extend all the way through 2011.
 
“One of the things that inspired me to start telling some of these stories was this series of eviction blockades that had been happening in Boston in 2008. And I sort of felt like I was catching the tail end of this sort of series of really moving actions, and recognizing at the same time that I'm not an economist and I wasn't in a position to be predicting where we were going to go as a country at that point, obviously. But I wasn't hearing people anticipating that 3 years down the line we would still be looking at another however many years — we’re at this point talking about 10 to 12 million families that we anticipate will be impacted by foreclosure, directly impacted, by the time we can find some recovery. So, I wasn't anticipating to still see our country and these communities so entrenched in this crisis, 3 years down the line.”
 
Dunwell talked about the hardest part of being foreclosed on:

"I like to consider myself as a person that’s responsible…my wife and I work hard," Dunwell says.

“One of the main reasons we moved out to Springfield was to be able to have our own home and be able to show our children the way of life that was better than we had. We moved to Springfield because all the houses in the Boston area were elevated out of our price range. It was really tough and humbling to be able to present to our children this dream that we had is now lost. That we have no home now. That was really, really tough, compounded by the fact that I lost my job a year and a half prior — that was heart-wrenching.”

But when thinking about the future, Dunwell was more optimistic, despite the fact that Springfield had the most foreclosures in the state in 2010, he said:

Dunwell talks about the American Dream of homeownership.

“I’ve definitely found a home. I don’t think this is the end of my dream… I am in no way dismayed. I know that I will stand — if I don't get to keep my own house, I’ll stand again, and I'll show my own children that this dream is possible within Springfield, within Massachusetts, within the United States of America.”

See more photos.

 

Reggie Fuller and Louanna Hall talk about their experience with foreclosure. (Kelly Creedon on Vimeo)


WHERE WE LIVE: THE AMERICAN DREAM IN MASS.

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