Perhaps one of the hardest things to do is to confront your fears. Talking to strangers was a big fear of mine, and to this day I still feel my heart race as I approach a person on the street. More than making photographs, Downtown Crossing (DTX) is a photography project which allowed me to overcome that fear. I believe that fear is what gets in the way of following our intuition to make a strong photograph. Often times when I see a character on the street or a scene I would like to photograph I respond by turning away because I fear rejection. However, building up the courage to talk to the community around me made me realize that most people like to be photographed.
While I strive to document the life, people and built environment at Downtown Crossing, the main purpose of the project is to connect with the community that surrounds me. Upon graduating from Clark University in May 2018, I moved to Boston to start a new chapter in my life and began searching for a photography project to develop a more personal connection with the city.
As I photograph and meet people on the streets I am often reminded of a quote by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá from Paris Talks, “Do not be content with showing friendship with words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.” In many ways this quote has shaped the way I approach photographing people on the streets and has allowed me to open my soul to the community around me.