Neighbours

Design Research & Photography

This is a photo series that I worked on during the initial stages of my parcway project. I began that project with the goal of connecting neighbours- a goal that was inspired by the hundreds of interactions I had already had while taking photos of dogs on the streets of Vancouver over the past few years. So for this set, I took photos of both the dogs and their owners and used this opportunity to start a conversation with my neighbours around how they feel about the area we live in. 

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“Oh it totally makes a difference, cause people talk to you if you have a dog, otherwise nobody talks to you, nobody will look at you”

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"People have changed though a lot in the area, it used to be a lot more friendlier, a lot of people are still in a rush, you know"

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Unlike years ago, when people knew everyone within a block radius and felt a greater sense of community and belonging, we are increasingly feeling cut off from those around us.

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How might we design our world and intervene so that we reconnect, even amidst booming cities?

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