Oakland is my home, and also happens to be among the most misunderstood and misrepresented cities in the country. Oakland is and long has been a culturally rich and diverse city that, despite its vital and welcoming communities, faces more than its fair share of urban problems. Some of that is beginning to change for some of Oakland’s residents, but not enough and not for everybody. With this in mind, I have started a photo project that is my contribution to changing Oakland’s image both internally and externally.

My Oakland Neighborhoods Project is designed to increase awareness of Oakland’s numerous historically and culturally rich neighborhoods by letting the residents of those neighborhoods tell their stories in their own words. Over the next 12-18 months, I will identify and photograph one person, couple or family in each of Oakland’s more than 150 neighborhoods. Each photo session will take place in that person’s neighborhood and will feature the person holding a sign with their message to the rest of the world written on it.

I am actively recruiting participants for this project. If you are interested, contact me soon, as there are only so many neighborhoods to go around.

Are you interested in finding out more about Oakland? Here are a few nice pages that will help you do just that.

Community Wealth (Oakland)

City-Data (Oakland)

Paramount Theatre

OaklandWiki

Population and Demographics

First Fridays Art Walk

Oakland Arts