Daron Jackson, 23, followed photographers’ blogs in the aftermath of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12. Witnessing “absolute destruction,” she wanted to help. She couldn’t get on a plane, so she used the tools at hand: her photography and her blog. She created “Help Haiti Auction,” an online auction of photographic prints and art.
Jackson, a 2009 graduate in fine arts at Oregon State University, called on her friends for donations and help. OSU photography student Tyler Sessa, 21, joined Jackson.
“I was really busy, but I sent her an e-mail: I’m so on board,” Sessa said. They collected 22 contributions, 20 of which are photographs. All but one of the pieces were donated by OSU students or alumni. The online auction began Feb. 14 and runs through March 9. Jackson and Sessa will donate 100 percent of the funds raised to Mercy Corps, a Portland-based relief organization working in Haiti.
The project is designed to raise funds and generate awareness.
“How cool is the Internet in sharing information,” Jackson said. Her blog used to average 20 hits a day. On the second day of the auction, she had 300 hits; on the third day she had 600.
On Saturday, Jackson and Sessa will use an old-school approach and host a gallery show and party at Impulse Bar and Grill at 1425 N.W. Monroe Ave. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., a number of pieces will be on display and Jackson and Sessa will be on hand to talk about the work and the project. After 9 p.m., a $3 cover charge will buy access to music and dancing, with all proceeds going to Mercy Corps.
Sessa believes thoughts and actions make a difference. “Your thoughts can be felt. This is our little way of contributing.”