Neighborhood Photo Booth Project

 BORN IN THE NORTHEAST AND TRANSPLANTED TO SOUTH, THIS PROJECT BEGAN WITH A GOAL: TO TRY AND MAKE A NEW HOME MORE INVITING BY MEETING AND PHOTOGRAPHING ALL THOSE THAT LIVE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. I HAVE CONTINUED THIS PROJECT FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS IN THREE SEPARATE LOCATIONS: BATON ROUGE, LA; BROOKLYN, NY; AND NOW TO MY NEW HOME AS A RESIDENT ARTIST AT PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS. MY TOOLS OF CHOICE CONSIST OF MULTIPLE FILM-BASED CAMERAS, A HOMEMADE PHOTO BOOTH BACKDROP, AND A SIGN THAT READS, “PHOTOGRAPHS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD PHOTO PROJECT,” ANNOUNCING THE PROJECT TO EVERYONE WHO PASSES BY. IN RETURN FOR HELPING ME BUILD A SENSE OF COMMUNITY, I GIVE A SILVER GELATIN FILMSTRIP PRINT TO EVERY ONE OF MY NEIGHBORS IN PERSON OR BY MAIL. I SEE THIS AS A CHANCE TO BREAK AWAY FROM TODAY’S DIGITAL MEDIA, AND A WAY TO GIVE A TANGIBLE GIFT THAT CAN BE PASSED DOWN FOR GENERATIONS. THIS PROJECT WILL ALWAYS REMAIN FREE TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SIT FOR ME. PRINT SALES GO TOWARDS FUNDING FILM, PHOTO CHEMICALS, AND POSTAGE FOR THE PROJECT.