A rare, one-night photographic exhibition from National Geographic Creative photographer Greg Davis and nonprofit Well Aware is planned to generate awareness for desperately needed water infrastructures in East Africa. The event, Journey of Clean Water for Life: Fine Art Photography by Greg Davis, National Geographic Creative, will be from 7 to 10 p.m., August 21 at VUKA, in Austin. The gala will feature live music by Erin Ivey, catering by Steve Constantine of Chef ATX, beer and wine and Untouched Poetry by Ryan Ashley. Proceeds will be donated directly to Well Aware’s clean water systems.
Award-winning photographer Davis traveled with Well Aware to Kenya in May to document the organization’s work rebuilding communities there through sustainable clean water systems. He photographed the implementation of a community well in Laikipia that now provides life-saving clean water to a clinic, schools and to more than 4,000 people.
Fifteen special-edition images from that trip will be curated and displayed at the event. Davis is also selling additional limited-edition prints online of the Kenya trip (GregDavisPhotography.com). Well Aware will receive 20 percent from each print purchased.
In addition to being a National Geographic Creative photographer, Davis is also a founding member of the former Austin Center for Photography and a Texas Photographic Society member. His work has been featured on MSNBC.com, in Professional Photographer magazine and multiple exhibitions throughout the U.S. “The images convey that education, health care and disease-free water can be a way of life instead of a rarity,” says Davis.
Well Aware selected the project in Laikipia because it was a neglected community with a broken borehole that previous implementers abandoned, explains Sarah Evans, Well Aware’s executive director. Women in the area had to walk five miles to the nearest water source—a contaminated dam—that spread water-related illnesses to the community. As a result, its medical clinic became inoperable, agriculture suffered and children left school as disease rates increased and they were required to help carry water.
With the help of Well Aware and its donors, the well gives fresh water to thousands and allows the clinic to serve up to 100 patients, and the school holds 500 children daily.
Cost: $25 donation; tickets must be purchased in advance. Location: 411 W. Monroe St., Austin. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 512-200-7312, email Sarah@WellAwareWorld.org, or visit WellAwareWorld.org.