Author: baileychairez

Bailey Chairez-Nelson an advertiser, photographer, and creator currently studying at PrattMWP. From Granite Bay, California she's been in media production for six years.

Mohawk Valley Refugee Center

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  Founded in 1981 Mohawk Valley Refugee Center has resettled more than 15,000 individuals to the City of Utica. These populations have included Vietnamese, Russian, Bosnian, Somali Bantu, Burmese, and Nepali, just to name a few of the larger and more recent arrivals (Visit the populations page for a full arrivals sheet). The success of the Refugee Center, and Utica as a welcoming community, has received lots of attention. The center does more services than just helping refugees, but also to immigrant communities. The Center is unique amongst refugee resettlements because it’s “one-stop shop” model that allows people to access many services in one location.

Interview questions:

  1. how’d you get involved with the refugee center?
  2. why?
  3. how long have you lived in utica?
  4. what kind of impact do you think the center has on utica
  5. what in utica makes you proud

Personal project update

I’ve been playing around with several compositions for some of the photoshoots. This is one of the rejects. In this photos I was working through the process of developing what I want to convey in my photos. These I did due to my frustration from always being told “you’re so pretty you don’t have to worry about anything else in life”. This always made me feel silenced because anything I had to say wasn’t relevant. I decided not to include these because I want my photos to be more about bringing women up and these weren’t conveying that in the way I want.


This is what I’m pulling inspiration from for my first shoot for the photo book. My Photo book (one part of my personal project) will focus on women and women being confident. My first shoot will be paint on a body resembling water to look like drowning, but having the end photos rising above it. The quote that I based this off of is “I was never afraid of death until I fell in love” by Bailey Chairez.


Kerstin Bernhard

Kerstin Bernhard is a Photographer from Sweden. She studied at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and photography school Contempora Lehrateliers in Berlin. She worked with many establish artist such as Christian Dior. She’s my inspiration because we’re both Swedish and her photo style is fun but elegant.