My name is Aryeh Goldsmith and I have lived in the Far North Side of Chicago nearly all my life. I was lucky to have grown up in an area that is incredibly diverse. For my Project, I aim to capture images that celebrate this special part of the city and create a photo book that shows an appreciation for the breadth of immigrants with different backgrounds that make the Far North Side special. The areas included can be seen in the image below:
Photography has long been a passion of mine, but for many years now I have neglected photographing Chicago and especially places close to home. My upbringing in a such a wealth of diversity certainly led to an appreciation of other cultures and inspired me to travel to many other countries. However, being so accustomed to Chicago has made me a bit numb to it and subsequently I have sought inspiration away from home. I neglected photographing the city but joyfully captured thousands of images elsewhere. However, I believe that the area that I live in really has much to offer and one does need to go to very far to create beautiful or meaningful images. With “Little India” in West Ridge, “Little Vietnam” in uptown, the orthodox Jewish community in West Rogers Park, and the African Community in Edgewater (just to name a few), there is certainly plenty to experience and celebrate.
I look forward to collaborating with other people from the Far North Side and hearing from them about what they think is special about their neighborhoods and what they would like to see photographed as examples of thriving cultural diversity. I would love to hear your opinion on where to go or experience. Please let me know your thoughts or advice in the “comments” section.
The book will be 40 pages including the cover and will include descriptions of the images and a brief introduction. The book will initially be limited 20 copies, but with enough demand more will be available.
Below are a few examples of some of the work I have done away from home:
Risks and challenges
I hope to do all the photography within the next few months and shortly afterwards put together the book. However, life can always get in the way. Additionally, I aim to create a good book and if a little more time is needed in order to improve the final product I may postpone the printing. I will be working with a printing company that I have not used before. I will be receiving a physical proof of the book and if it is not up to my standards, I would need time to re-source the printing. If there is a delay I will certainly update my Kickstarter page and will periodically give an update on my progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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