Once the session was over, Polcaro said she couldn’t stop thinking about Wendy and her family. She said she wanted to do something to help women like Wendy.
“She was in such a supportive work environment, but I’m sure there are a ton of women that do not have that kind of resource,” Polcaro said. “It really shouldn’t take all of these co-workers coming together so that she can have these photos taken. That could be a service to women.”
Polcaro contacted Johnston and Atkinson; the three are all moms with 9-year-olds, and they met at the North Area YMCA through their kids.
Photos on display at The Red House
Several of the photos taken by North Syracuse photographer Tara Polcaro as part of The Molly Project are on display at The Red House in Syracuse.
The connection to the Red House came because of Molly Project client Mary Greer, who lost her battle with cancer last fall. Greer’s son is an actor at The Red House.
“The Red House reached out to us [because of Mary’s son] and asked how they could help and if they could host this gallery,” Polcaro said.
The mounted prints of the photographs were provided by another friend of Greer’s. Her family had created a scrapbook of the images Polcaro took and passed it around at her funeral.
“A gentleman who works for a photographic paper company was at Mary’s funeral and saw the scrapbook and heard about our organization and reached out to us to see how he could help,” said Kristin Atkinson. “So they printed all of the images for the gallery and had them mounted.”
Atkinson said she hopes the Red House gallery will help The Molly Project expand its reach.
“This is a great opportunity for us to get the word out and reach a different audience,” she said.
The photos will be on display until Feb. 8. The Red House is located at 201 S. West St., Syracuse.