Creating community, being community
I’m participating in an incredible documentary photography class. It’s taught by Guggenheim Fellow Sara Terry at Venice Arts, and attended by adult students from a variety of backgrounds.

I’m learning a ton about telling stories with my photos. It’s an up and down process (of course) as I discover new facets of recording a moment, a place, a feeling, and then look for ways to integrate those new ideas into the questions I’ve been asking as an artist.

Here are a few photos from a recent assignment. For the shots in this post, we were working with the the following questions:

“What is the role of family in shaping a community? Do families make a community stronger or weaker? What about the homeless—what kind of family do they experience in a community?”

I love working with a group, and trusting that my contribution is just one part of a bigger story we are discovering together as we go. We’ll continue to grow this project over the course of the coming year, and will bring it all together with a culminating show. I’ll post details here.

Creating community, being community

Exploring Community: The Good Gardeners

Family and Community

Family and Community: Defining and being community

Family and Community: boy, turtle, cat, sunset

If you’d like to see more, I’m doing a medium-decent job of organizing the photos from this project in a collection on Flickr.

2 Responses to Ongoing photography project: Community Story Lab

  1. Penina says:

    Thanks! I’ll try and post updates from time to time.

  2. Julie Finger says:

    Sounds like a fun project. Will be interested in seeing the next steps.

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