My Part of Harlem
My project is about Harlem and what you see here. I'm photographing the neighborhood, its people, and the nice things they do for each other. I am photographing this because I think it's very interesting and want to share this with people who have never really been to this side of Manhattan. It's important to me because I've stayed here since I was 6 and I have met a lot of people and seen a lot of Harlem. I love that Harlem is a kind community and I love that there is always someone to help you when you need it, and that the people in the blue store always know exactly what sandwich you want when you walk in.
People have shoveled people's cars out of snow, paid for people's groceries, and lowered prices for people. They also have carried bags for people, and all of this stuff was for free. I love that in Harlem everyone knows everybody and I know all the people that live in my building. Where I'm at in Harlem it isn't a very tight community really but it's a nice one.
This is Moe. He is one of the workers at the blue store. He is the nicest one there. He is from Morocco.
This is the infamous blue store that I go to everyday of my life. The people who work in this store have seen me grow up since 2015. They always know what sandwich I want depending on what time of day it is. I was at the store with my brother once and we were getting a lot of snacks (like at least 20). When we went up to pay for it, this kind girl said, "Put your money away." She paid for it and my brother and I were so confused and were like, "It's okay. It's a lot of stuff and it's fine." She said, "It's ok," and that this year she was trying to do nice things for people. We were her first act of kindness that year. This is my favorite memory because it shows me how nice people in my community are. I still haven't seen this lady since then.
I want people to understand that my project isn't the full experience of Harlem that and there are more good and bad things that you can't capture with just one photograph. I want people to take away that Harlem is also a nice community and the people are very close. This is how I see Harlem through my eyes.