© Rebecca Drobis 2008

Our guest photographer and judge was Rebecca Drobis.

Rebecca, a commercial photographer and a born-and-bred Washingtonian presented her work that focuses on the following thematic areas: health, education, kids/young adults, family and portraits.

She  showed a special video entitled “The Ice Cream Man” shot while doing a photo project on the Montana’s Blackfeet Reservation.

Rebecca first travelled there at the invitation of a friend who grew up nearby. That trip turned into a multi-year, multi-media art project that documents  – from one year to the next  – the life of the Blackfeet Reservation community of 7,000 residents with a staggering 69% unemployment rate.

The video is a story of a young man from the Reservation who went into an ice cream business in order to help himself and his family financially. It’s both sad and uplifting at the same time, and really helps you connect with the subjects in Rebecca’s visual story.