Self-assignment – making some portraits close to home.

I’ve often heard that a thousand stories exist just outside your own door, if you look close enough. Sometimes they will jump right out at you.  I have noticed several people in my neighborhood who are doing very interesting and positive things.  I got involved in a community supported garden that is just one block over from where I live.  Participants get to share in the experience of caring for the garden and take home some of the herbs and vegetables it produces. It is open to anyone who wants to join.  The garden was founded a few years ago by two women, Lola Bloom and Rebecca Lemos who started the non-profit organization City Blossoms.
Lola and Rebecca run a few gardens in the District which helps the community become active in their neighborhoods by the shared experience of growing food, herbs, and flowers. They also educate children via the hands-on experience of “getting in the dirt” and growing and nurturing things. I’ve been a member of the Marion Street Garden that Lola and Rebecca manage for about two months now, I finally got up the nerve to ask them if I could make their portraits.
I  have more portraits that I’ve made of other people in the neighborhood and will share those soon.
Co-founders of the Washington, DC based non-profit, City Blossoms, Lola Bloom (L) and Rebecca Lemos (R) photographed September 29, 2012 at the Marion Intergenerational Garden in Washington, DC. City Blossoms helps participants become active stewards of their communities through gardening.

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