People of Crozet

I saw this nifty new site – cvillepeople.tumblr.com last week and thought – “this would be so cool to do in Crozet!”

Their goal is an admirable one.

The Cville People Project, a documentary photography project, was inspired by the Humans of New York website, which is the result of the attempt of one photographer to provide a sort of photographic census of New York City.

The focus of this project is somewhat different. I believe that we come to know a city through the people who live there, so my goal is to depict the city of Charlottesville through its inhabitants. I intend to make portraits of as many Charlottesvillians as possible and share them, along with a little bit about each person, on this photoblog.

Documenting some of the faces – the people – many of us see every day, every week, who make Crozet a unique and special place to be – is something that I thought would be neat to do for Crozet.

But I don’t have time. So asked for help on Facebook. And Twitter. And I’ll reiterate the request here. If you’re interested in helping/contributing, please let me know, either in the comments or on this little contact form. Or call me.

I debated seriously copying the People of Charlottesville folks (and the New York site) and publishing this project on a tumblr blog … it’d be a bit prettier and it would be nice to have it all be on one site, but … as I said on Google Plus:

I want what we create to exist and persist for the community, rather than be at the mercy/whim of the market (see: Picplz (edit: or posterous) or any of the other stuff in the deadpool.

Thanks to our volunteers, Spencer Kulow and my daughter Alexandra Duncan, our goal is to push out one or two “people of Crozet” a week for the next several weeks. If you have suggestions for anyone who you think would be nice to profile or want to help, please let me know.

Stay tuned; as of right now, I have the next three Wednesdays’ posts and the next three Fridays’ posts scheduled . I hope this becomes something cool for Crozet.

See all of the People of Crozet.

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10 Replies to “People of Crozet”

  1. Don’t forget Nancy Elizabeth and the people at The Green Olive Tree for all the good they do for Crozet.

  2. It should be noted that this is not the first time this type of project has been done in Crozet.  Some years back the Crozet Community Association sponsored “A Day in the Life of Crozet”.  We had all the 5th graders at Crozet Elementary spend the entire day taking pictures in and around Crozet.  Then Cindy Bashear put all the pictures to music.  The result was enjoyed by all.

      1.  Jim,
           You have to realize that we did this project before digital cameras were available and we used slide film.  We still have the slides from the presentation and I’ve been thinking it might be a good idea to getting them scanned to a CD.  It was a great day for all of the kids, who got to go all around town and meet the people who live and work in Crozet. 

        Tom

        1. Tom – 

          I assumed so, but thought I’d ask anyway. If you do convert them electronically, I’d love to post them here.

          I think it’d be pretty cool to have them do it again, too!

  3. Having lived here less than a year, we’re excited to “meet” more of our neighbors through this project. Crozatians rock!

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