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Heartfelt image captures 'stay strong Geneva' campaign

Kristen Cornelio has created an uplifting mosaic photo for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce with more than 450 photos that showcase both the people and businesses that make up the city.
Kristen Cornelio has created an uplifting mosaic photo for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce with more than 450 photos that showcase both the people and businesses that make up the city.

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To show how her community is coming together in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, Kristen Cornelio decided to capture the spirit in an image.

Using more than 450 photographs she had collected that showcase both the people and the businesses that make up the city of Geneva, she created a mosaic image for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, where Cornelio works part time as its social media coordinator. The chamber has shared it with the community.

She said she strove to create something unique and uplifting that businesses could put on their social media.

The mosaic depicts two people holding hands that are linked in the shape of a heart.

“I thought of it as togetherness,” she said. “Seeing two people holding hands would be something of comfort and would symbolize unity [in this time of] social distancing. I tried to show the heart of the community … and how strong our area is, and so many people are helping one another.”

Her image incorporates the chamber’s hasthtag: #StayStrongGenevaIL.

She said the chamber also is keeping an up-to-date list of restaurants and businesses on its website and Facebook page for easy reference by patrons who want to support them at this tough time.

In January, Cornelius created her own company called Kristen Holly LLC, which offers social media and marketing services.

When looking at Cornelius’ image, one can zoom in to see each individual photo representing all parts of the town in all seasons. She winnowed the project from more than 800 photos she’s been collecting since August to a total of 462.

“We are all in this together,” she said.

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