My name is Hannah Overbeek and I'm a photographer living in Chicago. I got into photography a few years ago and since then I've found myself drawn more and more to the often overlooked moments of beauty, humor, and absurdity happening all around me.
These two images portray what I view to be a couple important parts of community. I find community in the way we express ourselves & how that self expression allows us to connect to others. Whether it's through fashion, music, art, culture, or shared interests like the costumes in the first photo, we fulfill our human need for connection by creating community through our self expression. Just a second after I took this photo a couple girls came running up to the people in the unicorn costumes and started talking to them and taking pictures with them. Something as simple as how we choose to dress can open us up to new connections and foster a sense of community with others.
We also create community through our shared connections to the past. The second photo of two stuffed animals seen through a car's rear windshield reminds me of how community can come to us in the form of connections to childhood. We all remember how it felt to be a kid and seeing something that takes us back to that time can help us connect with other people of all ages because we've all experienced youth. Something about these two stuffed animals caught me off guard as I was walking by & resulted in me taking one of my favorite photos. It was that childhood nostalgia I felt seeing this bear and dog sitting there that made me feel like I was a part of a community.
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