Festival - Artist Statement

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I’ve been photographing people at the three-day Green River Music Festival in western Massachusetts for the past 3 years. What started as a one-time plan has evolved into an ongoing project to document a small, but rich slice of life.

There is a spark that passes between people as they share their lives at the festival. For me, it feels like a small, vibrant, city, made up of many neighborhoods where lives swirl and mix together. I search for the brief moments when chaos balances with a certain indefinable order—everything comes together; currents and eddies meet, before moving on. The stories hide inside these moments, like dreams, when people forget their everyday roles, and taste freedom unfiltered. We can’t see every detail with our conscious minds. The job of the images is to show us a shadow of the dream.