I saw the Neighbo(u)r project as an opportunity to connect with the local community and meet new people as well as familiar faces. There are so many unique personalities and stories that make up my local community. The Neighbo(u)r project was a great way to showcase them.
It definitely took time for me to get out of my comfort zone. Sometimes people don’t know how to interact with disabled people such as myself. However, the strangers that were able to look pass my wheelchair made conversations more comfortable, which is why I have a special admiration for these people.
The most rewarding part was having a conversation or connection with the person and then having a portrait to show for it. Also, getting people to smile was pretty delightful as well.
At the start of the project, it was hard to engage with strangers during my daily commute. However, this became easier and more natural throughout the project.
These photos are of the kindest and most positive people you’ll ever meet. While the majority of photos are of family and friends, the strangers that I met on my commute were easy to get along with due to their heart-warming personalities. Stewart Teal (the man looking into the mirror) has helped me travel to and from places since 2014. I first met him when I was on the school transport taxi and we've become good mates ever since. Over the years, he's ensured that I never miss a party or a concert where transport accessibility might be an issue. His positive outlook on life will never get old. He's always down for a conversation. Sometimes a good chat is all you need.