Walk A Mile
Somewhere along the way we have forgotten how to care for one another. To be empathetic towards our neighbors who feel unsafe in their communities. Empathetic towards our peers and loved ones who silently struggle.
By way of the Internet, specifically Craigslist, Facebook and Reddit, I connected with countless people in and around the Gallatin Valley, and asked them to help me create a visual catalogue of our town. My request looked like this—
Hello! I am a photographer living in Bozeman, who is seeking the public’s help. I am making a series of photographs about the Bozeman community that will be on display at the Baxter later this year. My concept for the project is that people from the Bozeman and surrounding communities share places around town that have made a substantial impact on your life. It could be the view from your office window, or the bar where you met the love of your life. Perhaps it’s the intersection where your dog was hit by a car, or the bus stop you wait at everyday. It can be as simple as your favorite grocery store. I just want to help all of us view life through someone else's experiences. After you share your location and briefly explain why you have chosen it, i’ll recreate that spot for you in a series of photographs which will ultimately become the content for the show. Thank you so much, I look forward to hearing about your places!
This body of work is a survey of our community, created from a collection of personal stories, generously shared with me. As I document these spaces, I am gently reminded to feel compassion for the countless lives that exist outside of my own.