I’ve always loved to take photographs - in a previous post I’ve written a bit about how valuable it is to capture my surroundings. And I always wondered how other people see the world around them. Its fascinating how communities can change just based on the people that live in them - I wanted to create something that appreciated that.
A few months ago, I had the chance to help with a couple of friends make a project called Captures. It was a photography exhibit that used images submitted from people living in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood in Vancouver, Canada. We were able to design a set of panels that I was really proud to display in a central part of the neighborhood.
Rather than advertising something specific, we wanted to show parts of the community through peoples’ eyes that you might not notice at first glance. That bike attached to the street sign, the mural on the side of the corner store, the back alleyways, or the building’s reflections in the coffeeshop window all create a piece of the environment of that community.
It was more than creating panels that sat on a piece of land. I loved creating this simply because it invited people to pause and appreciate their everyday environment - something I feel we don’t do nearly enough. I’d do it again in an instant.