Sacrament of the Ordinary.

7 01 2011

One of my teammates, Becky, and I (Kate) are currently in an ongoing process of creating a photojournal piece that seeks to highlight the interiority of our neighbors’ lives in the First Ward community this year. This is being accomplished through a combination of digital color photography, black and white film, and face-to-face interviews/transcribed notes. The central theme winding its way through each interview focuses on an innate human desire to know and be known that is revealed through introspective thought, memory-sharing and a strong sense of physical belonging. As we spend every Wednesday afternoon on a weekly basis listening to our neighbors’ stories while we sit on their front porches or in their living rooms or on the floor of their kitchens, as we capture informal portraits and jot down conversational notes, we are uncovering a richer layer of understanding regarding connection: to person, to place and, ultimately, to God.  Our hope is to produce a cohesive work to display in a hanging gallery or photo book by the end of our season here in Houston, combining both film and text as we tell a powerful story of the ordinary transformed into the sacremental in our neighborhood.

(All photos taken by Becky Harlan)

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