From the This I Believe website: "This I Believe is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Each day, Americans gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division."
Modern interpretations of this theme can be found on the This I Believe podcast and are occasionally featured on NPR. Many are tear-inducing, heart-warming, and inspiring—definitely worth a listen.
Each student was photographed under dramatic lighting, and then the photographs were further reduced to true black and white portraits—no grey.
The students carefully traced their portrait onto watercolor paper using pencil. The sunlight cooperated for most of the students.
Using words, phrases, ideas, sentences, and whole paragraphs from their completed essays, the students filled in the black portions of their portraits to make an image of their face with their own ideas and beliefs.