Friends, family and the all seeing eye. Haha no not the illuminati but you guys. This group, this project. I never got to take a photo of us in any of our meeting i don't know I was always just so engauged in the conversations we were having. This project and the people in it especially has changed my views on a lot of things. Sometime you have to zoom in to the meaning of a photo the photo itself isn't always gonna directly tell you what you want it to and sometimes you have to zoom out and not over think a photo. We are a group of intelligent and creative people and it's was beautiful getting into each other's minds. My friends and family allow me to continue to practice what we were learning about in this group and they also challenge me to think more.
Community. Support. New Ideas. And self discovery. Those are the things I think of when I think of this project. It all started as a research project. I remember Jen came to my Psychology club meeting one day and was asking around and explain that this was a photograph research project and I thought to myself “I’m doing this! I love photography!” Then I thought “how does one incorporate photos and research?” But I didn't really care, I want to try something new.
Before this project I was super shy, I mean I still am shy but I feel like I can open up a little bit more to people. I’ve met a bunch of amazing people here. You’re doing this for a year so of course you’re bound to make a bond or two with some of your peers and even with the researchers. We became a community within a community. You learn so much from all of these different personalities. And I loved that about this group of people.
We all thought differently and interpreted the photo missions differently. That was cool in itself because we’d try to figure out the mean of the photos before the artist would tell us about what they were thinking while taking their photos. I’d always have the most shallow reasons for taking the photo like “It was a pretty sky” that would somehow fit into what the photo mission was about. But someone else would have a deeper thought about the photo then I originally intended it to be and that just made me dig deeper in my thoughts. I question the photos I take now. Like why’d I take this certain photo and what it made me feel. People influence and inspire people. New views of the world and that's how we learn and improve the human race. I think this project was about discovering, bettering, and understanding ourselves through the important communities in our lives.