Jay is a photographer. He is currently working with Geralene Valentine on "The Bridgeport Portrait Project”.
"The Bridgeport Portrait Project" is a photo/audio documentary style project that introduces you to the people who are Bridgeport. The project participants share their stories of values and beliefs . . . culture and heritage. They define Bridgeport and tell why the City is so much more than just a PLACE. The project will help give a contemporary definition to the rich, culturally diverse community that Bridgeport has always been. To participate email Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-268-8306.
Here is a recent "conversation" with Ann Nyberg, Channel 8 News . . .
In 2017, Jay and Geralene published ”Poli's Palace & Majestic Theatres Memories Project”. The book brings to life two magnificent dormant theatres that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The book describes the architecture and social history of the theatres. People share their memories of times spent at the two theatres on Bridgeport's Main Street.
Jay has taught photography at a local university and has given private seminars to both professional photographers and photo enthusiasts. He and Geralene have led “kids with cameras” walking tours in downtown Bridgeport. Jay and Geralene also give presentations about their personal projects at local libraries, senior centers, and historical societies.
Some other personal photo projects:
~ Main Street, Bridgeport, CT – Portraits of people with different occupations
~ Merton House of Hospitality – Portraits at a local “soup kitchen”
~ Connecticut KKK . . . Portraits in the 1980s
To see photographs from the above projects . . . www.misencik-images.com