Taking Pause is a collaborative portrait project that asks people to reflect on what in their lives feels most essential. With what do we identify and connect most deeply? What truly matters to us, and why?
Participants are being documented with two distinct portraits. One of their physical selves and one of their reflective selves as seen through what they have chosen to share.
The goal of this project is to ask the same simple yet thought-provoking question — what is irreplaceable to you — of the widest possible range of participants.
Taking Pause combines photographs and stories in a visual and verbal narrative that explores the complexities and simplicities of what we value. The intent is to document the differences and commonalities of these choices while engaging the spectrum of American diversity and disconnections, both political and economic: from the financially secure to the evicted to those who have lost everything in recent natural disasters.
I began work on this series in February 2018 . The goal is to grow this project beyond my local community into our national community and to publish it as a book. In the fall of 2018, I will embark on a five-month trip across the country to do the field work for this project.