Surprise in the Pantry

Owen at L'Arche

A few weeks ago I was asked to spend an afternoon taking pictures at the L’Arche Atlanta residence. The organization wanted imagery they could use in their annual report that captured life in community at the house. At L’Arche, people with and without intellectual disabilities live together as a family. It is one of my favorite places to be and to photograph. The joy and love in this home is palpable and blankets me like a soothing balm. On this particular day, in part because I was photographing, volunteers and other administrative staff members dropped by to join the residents for dinner. This made for a festive atmosphere, especially with two young children present. As I was photographing one of the core members setting the table for dinner, a volunteer came out from the kitchen to tell me that she was sure there was a picture to be captured there. As I walked into the kitchen, I saw 2-year-old Owen repeatedly opening and closing the pantry door, giggling with delight at finding Liz, one of the assistants, inside.

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3 comments
  1. margfoxon said:

    BeateThis is special to me – I was involved, with some others, in the 1970’s with bringing Jean Vanier and L’Arche to Australia and thereby establishing L’Arche in Australia at that time. It is still flourishing. An amazing organisation and they do really wonderful work.  I have visited Daybreak in Toronto on several occasions also. So it was nice to see you were involved with L’Arche in Atlanta. I hope you are doing well.M

    • Oh my goodness what a small world. Your story is amazing. I never knew of your connection to L’Arche. I’ve been so inspired by their philosophy and way of life that a group of us are trying to create an intentional community with affordable housing that will include individuals living with an intellectual or developmental disability. Thanks for sharing this Marguerite. I hope all is well on your side of the world.

  2. Margarita Montalvo said:

    LOVED IT! LOVED IT! MARGARITA

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