Photography opened the door to art for me, but lately I've been neglecting my camera. In college I divided my time between wet and digital darkrooms. I was inspired by photographers like Nan Golden, Dianne Arbus, Joel Sternfeld, Stefan Shore, and the like. Their ability to capture the world around them and relay stories beautifully through their photography encouraged me to try and do the same. For my final thesis I set out documenting my commute in a series of photos I called "The Street Where We Live".
At the time I was living in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Florida, and would commute around by bike with regularity (something I'm lucky to have lived through). On my commute I passed many people, but rarely stopped to talk to them. For this project I decided to ditch the bike, and go out on foot. Equipped with my camera and a notebook, I was ready to record. I photographed everything from forgotten objects to entire houses, and in the notebook neighbors wrote a few words on what they thought about Seminole Heights. The finished series combined my photos with the text from my neighbors, and was printed into a book which now serves a beautiful reminder of my old neighborhood.
I've found myself falling in love with my current commute throughout San Francisco, and have been considering a second iteration of "The Street Where We Live". I've decided to dust off my old cameras, and give it a go. I look forward to seeing what comes of this.