by Jared Leeds on Feb. 25, 2020
Massachusetts Avenue is 16.1 miles long. It is the only street that winds its way through every conceivable type of urban and suburban neighborhood in the Boston metropolitan area. From the poor, ethnically and racially diverse neighborhoods of the Dorchester section of Boston, through the gentrifying sections of the South End of Boston, though the most prestigious universities in the world in Cambridge, such as Harvard and MIT and through wealthy, mostly white suburbs like Lexington, Massachusetts Avenue is a connection and division between these segments of society. This series documents through portraiture, the people who live and/or work on Massachusetts Avenue. In doing so, we get a sense of the diversity of people that inhabit our spaces and how these varied neighborhoods intersect with each other. Additionally, we are able to experience the divides defined by ethnicity, race, religion, culture and socio-economic status that still exists in our communities.
Massachusetts Avenue is a documentation of a microcosm of not only Boston, but many urban centers in a country that has been historically open to accepting people of varying ethnic, racial, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Though there are geographic divisions defined by these distinctions, there are pockets where these differences co-exist. The question remains though, as the cost of living increases and gentrification continues to redefine neighborhoods, will people from varying backgrounds co-exist or will our communities only become more defined by these distinctions?
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I am a lifestyle, portrait and documentary photographer focusing on the authenticity of everyday, real people. Equally comfortable on location or in studio, my team and I are adept at gathering the various needs of a production into a cohesive, well planned, productive and fun experience. My strength lies in my ability to connect with people and put them at ease, creating an environment that allows for the most natural of emotions to appear even in the most reticent of subjects.