I grew up in a town where you knew your neighbors. Now, living in a major ever -changing American city I often think about the home I grew up in versus the home I live in now. Growing up I knew the stories of the people living behind the doors in my neighborhood. I have always pondered the thought of who lives behind the doors in my Chicago neighborhood. People move in and out, with rarely an introduction or even a hello. The demographic changes rapidly as gentrification arrives.
This project opens the door to meeting the people I pass as I walk my neighborhood in Chicago called “Logan Square”. I am changing observation into introduction as I meet and interact with the people I see. The making of these portraits acts like a passport into the lives of my neighbors. It now gives purpose to saying “hello” in a huge city where saying hello is not the norm.
The project is also a time capsule of who lives, works and plays in this Chicago neighborhood right now. The people I meet now on the street is very different than whom I would have met ten years ago, as well it is now very different from what it will be ten years into the future. The “hello” will continue as the faces change over time.