Matt MacPake photographs his new neighbours in a series documenting the transition from one town to another
Words by Matt MacPake
Photographing people in these images was an introduction to a new town and place for me. I had just relocated, following the end of a relationship. I had no connection to my new surroundings, and knew nobody. I decided to photograph the area and the people to get a feel for my new home, and to learn more about the place and the people. I wandered around for months talking to strangers and requesting portraits, trying to get a feel for the area. It's very easy to ignore the environment around you; people can stick to routine, visiting the same places at the same time; this project encouraged me to wander and approach people.
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