We had another photoshoot today in Chinatown–one of the loudest areas in the city. Once you have a chance to read and listen to this sound portrait, you will see exactly why! However, in the meantime, Julio and I continue to bike all over the city photographing and recording fascinating community residents with some interesting noise stories to tell. After our session, Julio and I biked over to the Ink Block and feasted on things we shall not mention at Whole Foods. We also edited photos and talked about next steps. I managed to snag this photo of Julio in action, putting his all into this project, like he does EVERYTHING he touches.
I work a lot. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve awaken in the middle of the night worrying over SAS code or sentences in a potential publication. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten up in the middle of the night, biked to my office just to implement ideas I had in a dream. I’ll usually text or email Julio hopping he’d be up to talk me off the ledge. Funny thing is that he is always there. I work hard, but, ladies and gentleman, Julio works harder.
I’m happy to know Julio. He designed Noise and the City’s website and all of our promotional materials. He is also the brainchild behind our Community Sound Portraits series and has taken…and I count 720 photos to date. He dreams big, he dreams in all kinds of magnificent colors. He listens to my dreams, too. And, he supports them in ways only a friend truly does. As a matter of fact, he was instrumental in helping me to take my research beyond the ivory tower and directly to communities I work in. I am thankful for his contributions to this project and very thankful to call him my friend.