Creative Community Portraits

Art and technology play a large role in community and society and vice versa. Throughout human existence, art has been the glue of communities. Art brings people together and reflects the cultures and desires of the community that it is a part of. Technology also plays a big part in community and art, because it facilitates art and creates easier connection and communication between members of a community.

 

The Community at the First Gardening Workshop of the Spring

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in north Troy is truly a diamond in the rough. The Sanctuary is dedicated to all different media arts and community efforts spanning from radio, musical performances, and photography to community service including efforts such as gardening and feeding the community. It acts as a space for members of the Troy community, no matter their backgrounds, to come together and freely express their creativity or to admire the art and creativity of others.


Over the course of my last semester at RPI, I have truly grown to appreciate the value that the Sanctuary brings to the community as well as the value that the community brings to the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary thrives from enthusiastic volunteers from the community and north Troy would not be the same without it.


I had the priveledge and pleasure of being able to photograph a few of the events that the Sanctuary hosted with the community members. With my focus of the semester being in portraiture, i decided to highlight the community members in that style. The photos show the beautiful diversity as well as the commitment of the community members to the sanctuary and to Troy. 

 

I’ve included a few of my favorite images below. To view all of them, visit my image gallery here!

Christian leaning over part of the aquaponics system currently being built
Christian leaning over part of the aquaponics system currently being built

Standing inside the enclosure where the aquaponics system is being built
Standing inside the enclosure where the aquaponics system is being built

The community putting a greenhouse together
The community putting a greenhouse together

The community putting a greenhouse together (continuted)
The community putting a greenhouse together (continuted)

The community putting a greenhouse together (continuted)
The community putting a greenhouse together (continuted)

Coffee for what was a chilly day in the garden
Coffee for what was a chilly day in the garden

Branda transporting gardening tools
Branda transporting gardening tools

Lots of volunteers seemed to be advocates of bike travel
Lots of volunteers seemed to be advocates of bike travel

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