During a recent trip to New York, I decided to continue working on the project that I started at Foundry workshop in Guatemala this summer, with plans to make the work global. Titled What do we have in common?, the project is based around a simple concept that we learn new things by drawing parallels with what we already know. Therefore, to understand a new culture, I looked for similarities that I can relate to, asking New Yorkers from different walks of life to tell me their stories and find one thing that we have in common:
Encouraged by an editor to “go deeper” and look for more personal experiences or beliefs, I was fascinated how many strangers were willing to open up and tell me their stories! It was equally interesting to see how people describe themselves and how they approach a deliberately open question: “Tell me about yourself”.
What’s more, I find the process a lot more liberating and the results – fair, since, unlike many documentary stories put subject into the spotlight, if I choose to expose any intimate secrets of the people who trusted me, I had to be prepared to admit we share them first.
You can now find the full edit of the project, combining images from Antigua and New York, on my website.