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The Oxford Project

Jul 18, 2011

by Linzee McCray handmade and vintage goods

In our wandering society, there’s something almost suspect about living your life in the same town in which you grew up. As Americans, it’s practically part of our genetic code that, like our pioneer foremothers and fathers, we move out into the world to seek opportunities we can’t possibly imagine we’d find at home. We head for parts unknown, looking for excitement, romance, or the next big thing, for brushes with fame and experiences unlike any we’ve had before. We assume by that leaving what’s familiar, our lives will be richer.

But it turns out that the unpredictable arc of life happens whether you choose to move every year or two or spend your entire life in one town. Even a town like Oxford, Iowa.

In the 1970s, native New Yorker Peter Feldstein moved to tiny, out-of-the-way Oxford. The locals weren’t sure what to make of this big city artist — probably even less sure when, in the spring of 1984, he sent around letters asking each of the towns’ residents to pose for a “come as you are” photograph in his studio on Oxford’s main street. No one showed up at first, but gradually residents trickled in. By summer’s end he had taken photos of 670 Oxford residents. Most of them posed simply, standing in their everyday garb in front of a wrinkled drop cloth. The following spring he exhibited about 100 of the photos in the town’s American Legion Hall, then filed the photos away.

Pat Henkelman (b. 1929) in 1984 and 2005. "I get up at 5 a.m. My son — he works as a prison guard — stops by for breakfast every morning. He usually wants Cream of Wheat or oatmeal. Then I say my morning prayers, take a bath, and eat breakfast. After that, I clean houses. I come home and have lunch, usually a sandwich and a cup of green tea. I watch TV, usually CNN. Sometimes I take a nap... I think the instant you die, you step out of your body. You have to be perfect to go to heaven — like Mother Teresa — but almost everyone else goes to purgatory. There used to be a hat store in town. I wish it still was here. I love hats."

In 2005, Feldstein decided to take follow-up photos of those Oxford residents who hadn’t moved away or died. Again people posed, often in a stance identical to the one they’d used in those first photos, heads tipped to the left or right, hands on hips or hanging loosely at their sides.

Calvin Colony (b. 1956) in 1984 and 2006. "I’m a plumber, but I’m also a diver for the county. I dive for drowning victims, hunting accidents, snowmobiles that go through the ice. It’s black down there and you’re crawling through logs. I’ve probably pulled out twenty bodies since ’73. I’ve had maybe 13 lions over the years. You can train ’em, but you can never tame ‘em. You can’t trust ’em around children. They’re like cats around mice. They’ll kill a dog pretty quick. I used to feed ’em roadkill deer. I fly gyrocopters. They’re a lot of fun. I also fly a World War II photo reconnaissance plane. It’s dark green and still has D-Day invasion stripes on it. For the last six years, I’ve been going to a resort in Jamaica called Hedonism. On one beach, you have to have your bottoms on. On the other beach, you can’t lay out unless you’re naked. You’ll see people having sex if you stay around long enough. All the alcohol you want is included in the price. It’s a good time. You don’t have to take many clothes."

They’d aged of course, and gained a bit of weight or lost a bit of hair. But these outward changes gave little indication of the seismic shifts in many of their lives — of children born and died, couples joined and marriages torn asunder, career and travel dreams realized or quashed.

Kristi Somerville (b. 1982) in 1984 and 2007. "I just graduated from the University with a degree in psychology. Right now I’m working in a junior high school with kids who have mental disabilities. Eventually I’d like to get a PhD and be some sort of therapist. When I turned 18, I had a small armband with a heart tattooed on my arm, but as I got older, it wasn’t me, so I changed it to a Pacific Northwest Indian design. I have a Celtic tattoo on the back of my neck. I know a guy who does tattoos, so I traded one of my paintings for the tattoo on my arm. I do mostly acrylics on canvas. I paint a lot of trees, plants, and leaves. I like to be outside, and I love going to concerts. I just went to Lollapalooza in Chicago. My parents didn’t run a very tight ship, so I went to a lot of concerts around the country when I was growing up. I have an Obama sticker on my Volkswagen right now. He’s really charismatic. It’s not that I’m anti-Hillary. I like the idea of Bill back in the White House. I just think Obama would bring some change. I want to travel to Eastern Europe, South America, Central America, Mexico, Asia, and more places in the U.S. I’ve been to Europe a couple of times. I can’t see myself ending up in Oxford, but you never know."

Journalist Stephen Bloom interviewed about 100 of them and found them remarkably candid. The paired photos and memoirs are compiled in The Oxford Project.

Ben Stoker (b. 1984) in 1984 and 2005. "When I was ten, my dad died. He had renal failure. He used to take me to his office on Saturdays, and in the afternoon we’d catch a Kernels game. Pretty much I think about my dad every day. I remember feeling his beard against my face. I remember his hands — they were soft and warm. Two years ago, when I was 19, my mother died of cancer. She was my guiding light. I was very angry with God. He came and took my father and then he took the other person I loved most in the world. I’d be a liar if I said everything is all right. I know I’ll spend an eternity with both my parents. Two sayings come back to me: 'He’s not going to put you through something you can’t handle,' and 'What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.' I have dreams, mostly of my mother. I dream that my family is in Disney World and we’re going from ride to ride, but my mother’s the only one not talking. I started at Luther College two months after my mother died. It was too soon. I turned into a party animal. I needed to fix my life, so I came back to Oxford. I used to want to study pre-med, but lately I’ve been thinking of becoming a teacher. My mother was a teacher. I want to have a family. I could care less if I make a mark on the world. I just want to be the best father I can be. A lot of people don’t like small towns because they’re so tight-knit. But that’s what makes this place so great. You know who’s sleeping with whom, but when your mother dies, you also know there’ll be 28 people at your door with casseroles."

The stories in The Oxford Project demonstrate many things — that love sometimes lasts, that parents want what’s best for their children but can’t always provide it, that there’s more than one way to live your life, that simple things can provide stability and sometimes mean the most.

Don Saxton (b. 1939) in 1984 and 2005. "My life really hasn’t changed. Maybe I’ve put on weight, but not much. Ten pounds, tops. I haven’t lost much hair. My health is still good. I still go to church every Saturday night, and I still sing in the church choir. I’m retired from teaching high school typing, business, and accounting. Sometimes I substitute, but I really don’t like that. When you retire you ought to mean it. There are people who say they’re bored. I believe them, but I feel sorry for ’em. I’m satisfied here. Never thought of moving. My roots are too deep. I’ve been mayor since 1974. I like the small-town atmosphere. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been having coffee and doughnuts with the same men at 5:30 every morning. I’ve been to lots of the larger cities once or twice –– Dallas, Miami Beach, Chicago, New York –– but I’m always glad to get back. I collect antique cars. I have a ’26 Model T, a ’31 Model A, two ’51 Chevrolets, a ’54 Chevrolet fire truck that was in service for the city of Oxford for 44 years, three Oldsmobiles (’60, ’72, and ’74), two Buicks (’50 and ’66), and three tractors (two ’53 Old Reds and a ’54 Farmall). There was a time in Oxford when we had two farm implement dealerships, a drugstore, a hardware store, a general merchandise store, three grocery stores, three gas stations, a welding shop, a Chevrolet dealer, a Ford dealer, a bank, three cafes, a weekly newspaper, a physician, a dentist, and a hotel. All that’s gone now."

And they prove that you don’t have to live in a big city for life to happen. You don’t even have to leave home. Sorrow and fear, passion and joy will find you, and the completely unexpected can happen whether you strike out for parts unknown or move just down the block.

Jim Hoyt, Sr. (1925-2008) in 1984 and 2005. "My father worked for the railroad and my mother was a rural schoolteacher. I went from kindergarten through twelfth grade in the same building. My biggest achievement was winning the Johnson County Spelling Bee in 1939. I was in the eighth grade and I still remember the word I spelled correctly: 'archive.' After basic training I was sent overseas and went through the Battle of the Bulge. I’m the last living of the first four American soldiers who liberated Buchenwald concentration camp. There were thousands of bodies piled high. I saw hearts that had been taken from live people in medical experiments. They said a wife of one of the SS officers — they called her the Bitch of Buchenwald — saw a tattoo she liked on the arm of a prisoner, and had the skin made into a lampshade. I saw that. I received the Bronze Star, but when I got home, I didn’t have a job. I worked at a bank, then for Burroughs Adding Machine, then in construction. I ended up a rural mail carrier. I have post-traumatic stress disorder. My oldest son, who was awarded the Purple Heart for service in Vietnam, suffers from the same thing. Seeing these things, it changes you. I was a kid. Des Moines had been the farthest I’d ever been from home. I still have horrific dreams. Usually someone needs help and I can’t help them. I’m in a situation where I’m trapped and I can’t get out. I go to a group therapy session every week at the VA. For the 50-year anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald, they asked me to return. They would’ve paid for the whole works. But I said no. I didn’t want to bring back those memories. Thinking back, I would have pushed to be a psychologist — if for no other reason than to understand myself better. I met my wife Doris at a dance in Solon back in 1948. She’s the love of my life. I don’t know what I’d do without her."

Gain more insight into the citizens of Oxford in the video below.

All excerpts courtesy of The Oxford Project and Welcome Books. Photographs © 2008 Peter Feldstein. Text © 2008 Stephen G. Bloom. Preface © 2008 Gerald Stern.

How have you changed in the last 20 years? How would you reflect on your life thus far?

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  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    Wow, I think this was an amazing idea! I love the before and after photo's and the stories, since there is so much of the "untold" in-between! Life is so rich, so sad, so happy! I would love to see more of "The Oxford Project"! Great article!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    So cool! life happens everyday, all around us, and we rarely get to reflect on it as such. what an awesome project, thanks for sharing etsy!

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 5 years ago

    People are all really interesting. Love this peek into their lives.

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 5 years ago

    Great experiment, wonderful photos!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 5 years ago

    Love this! Monica TheIDConnection :)

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Great post ! Thanks for sharing !

  • sherisewsweet

    sherisewsweet said 5 years ago

    Such an interesting article and wonderful pictures to see. Life goes by soo fast! I try to treasure it all.

  • GardenApothecary

    GardenApothecary said 5 years ago

    This is such a great project... thanks for sharing.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    What an interesting project. Life seems similar where ever we live around the globe.

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 5 years ago

    The best part of this was reading the captions under these photos because everyone is so likeable. Excellent project. Beautiful!

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 5 years ago

    Oh and in the past twenty years I haven't changed much. I was a dorky awkward chubby kid with a perm and now I'm a geeky adult with better hair.

  • DessertWine

    DessertWine said 5 years ago

    History of Families and individuals is fascinating! This project is amazing! Thank you so much for bringing it to us!

  • taylorseclectic

    taylorseclectic said 5 years ago

    People are fascinating. What an amazing article...

  • MeadowTea

    MeadowTea said 5 years ago


  • dbailey

    dbailey said 5 years ago

    I live in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area (Oxford is next to Iowa City), and have seen this exhibit in person - IT'S EXTRAORDINARY. Honestly, all you can do is stand there and choke up. And it's true, the stories are what makes it. The entire project is available as a lovely, lovely book, only recently available in softcover. Get it. Get it now.

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 5 years ago

    Really Fascinating.

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 5 years ago

    wow, beautiful story, gives me chills.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Fascinating project, it's interesting how time changes people. I think when we're young there's always a desire to get out and see the world there's nothing wrong with that but it's important to remember where you've come from too.

  • christinetillman

    christinetillman said 5 years ago

    Loved this project for years. High Fives Peter Feldstein!

  • SELVIDGEByRachidaS

    SELVIDGEByRachidaS said 5 years ago

    Whoa, beautiful. Thank's for sharing :)

  • ArtByKristin

    ArtByKristin said 5 years ago

    ...really touching.

  • MaggiePainting

    MaggiePainting said 5 years ago

    There is nothing like the study of people. Love the photos!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 5 years ago

    This is so awesome.

  • LiuRokSilver

    LiuRokSilver said 5 years ago

    Great ideas, wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing :)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    i love the concept of "following up". so interesting!

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto said 5 years ago

    I actually looked at the book on this...very interesting looking at the same person years apart. Very nice article!!

  • TudorRoseDesigns

    TudorRoseDesigns said 5 years ago

    Oh I love this idea! Simply wonderful.

  • SilverMoonglow

    SilverMoonglow said 5 years ago

    A picture is worth a thousand words! Wonderfully evocative photography. Thank you for the article.

  • EclecticHome

    EclecticHome said 5 years ago

    Very moving, thanks for the post.

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 5 years ago

    Brilliant idea. Thank you.

  • JuniperHome

    JuniperHome said 5 years ago

    This is a fantastic piece - thanks for sharing! One of the most touching things I've read in a while. :)

  • rejive

    rejive said 5 years ago

    Very interesting!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 5 years ago

    How wonderful! Loved this video. I'd love to read this book!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 5 years ago

    Absolutely fascinating...I am always taken by how people change, looking at old pictures of people and wondering what will happen to them in their lives. Thank you so much for bringing this to us.

  • TiagoDesigns

    TiagoDesigns said 5 years ago

    Wow, time is an amazing thing...even how twenty years, seemingly not so much time can be the difference of an infant becoming an adult, or prime of your life to knocking on death's door. Makes you reflect...especially as I watch my young children playing on the floor right now. Thanks for the wonderful article...

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 5 years ago

    What an amazing concept! it is true : "Everyone has a story" ... I love it!

  • thatyountvillegirl

    thatyountvillegirl said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful art project.....I miss my hometown so much ..I'm moving back !

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    I've never lived more than 7 miles from the house I was brought up in, where my mother still lives. It can feel suffocating at times living in a small community where everyone knows everything about everyone & you can never be anonymous like you can in a city... but I can't imagine living any other way.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 5 years ago

    This post was amazing to read. Thank you.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Wonderful. Thanks for the intro to this book which is going on my list for gift giving this year. Let's see - I've had children in the past 20 years and no one can be unchanged by that. They pick your life up, spin it around and slam you into a reality that makes it clear that life is not all about you. I barely remember that girl I was 20 years ago but I got to share it all with my best friend who says he still sees her every once in a while.

  • jillianjade1

    jillianjade1 said 5 years ago

    i'm a bit teary eyed. thank you.

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt said 5 years ago

    So well written. The opening paragraph made me tear up :)

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 5 years ago

    What a lovely project. Nostalgic at heart and welling up with tears thank you very much.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Very interesting documentation!

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings said 5 years ago

    I see how much my kids have changed in 20 years, but I feel pretty much the same. 20 years goes by in a flash when you're an adult. It is so interesting to see how the people in the photos changed.

  • JZinn

    JZinn said 5 years ago

    This is a really interesting project... thank you for sharing it with us!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 5 years ago

    Love it! Thanks so much for sharing this great project!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago


  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    Wow, what great pictures

  • Macramaking

    Macramaking said 5 years ago

    Being in the same small town in North Carolina all my life, I really enjoyed this project. Love the photography, vision & concept. Congratz :)

  • FlipFlopOutlet

    FlipFlopOutlet said 5 years ago

    Wow, that is a wonderful idea!

  • SheAteMyCrayons

    SheAteMyCrayons said 5 years ago

    Knock me over with a feather! My Etsy shop has been the best gift I have received in a long time. As I am scrolling around the Etsy home page I see this story on the Oxford project. My in laws and sister in law are in the book, and there on your page is my sister=in=law Kristi! Isn't life fun!

  • ontherebound

    ontherebound said 5 years ago

    Thank you , I have just moved over here from the UK ..... making a big change is scary sometimes. The place we live is small but beautiful. these stories are heart warming, a lot between the lines. Wow.....

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    This is a great art installation and project! Sometimes I feel guilty writing about my Hawaiian life on my blog, because I was born and raised here. However, living in Hawaii is like traveling the world, so many ethnicity's and lifestyles. Thank you!

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 5 years ago

    Great post! Thanks for sharing ^__^

  • organikx

    organikx said 5 years ago

    Thank you for profiling The Oxford Project. An amazing project... touching. I've read the entire book, I laughed, I cried. No, really, it's true. It's amazing and you will not be disappointed if you buy the book.

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 5 years ago

    such amazing candid portraits.

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 5 years ago

    HOW COOL!!!!!!!!! Great post. :-) x

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago


  • Huismus

    Huismus said 5 years ago

    Supercool! Thanks.

  • odecomposition

    odecomposition said 5 years ago

    As someone who has searched the globe to find a place that feels like home, I've come to realize that "wherever you go, there you are". I think this is something that everyone finds out at some point in their lives. This article shows that same theory from a totally different point of view. What a beautiful time capsule of human fragility, complications and joy and we can all relate to.

  • AlicesAtticGems

    AlicesAtticGems said 5 years ago

    I love this! A good friend of mine is one of the ladies in the book, it was so interesting to hear her talk about it!

  • thehopetree

    thehopetree said 5 years ago

    amazing! makes one's thoughts drift somewhere else.

  • hjmart

    hjmart said 5 years ago

    wow! read some of the stories..... each of these people's lives can be put in a book, each on their own..... the whole universe of experience in one small town... will look for the book..... great post! Thank you!

  • ancienesthetique

    ancienesthetique said 5 years ago

    like a film.. i used to live in oxford, but the england verison.. also an amazing place full of characters.. the world and it's people are very interesting, you just have to talk and listen..

  • sleekandproud

    sleekandproud said 5 years ago

    Great concept.We always imagine ourselves to grow up differently, or to look different.A different story.I wouldn't change my life or my past,...It makes the person I am today.

  • brigidmcnellis

    brigidmcnellis said 5 years ago

    Amazing project, so interesting to see that life just happens no matter where you are or are not, essentially we all go through similar experiences. Loved the arcticle.

  • TomLaurus

    TomLaurus said 5 years ago


  • milkthiefvintage

    milkthiefvintage said 5 years ago

    wow these people are so intriguing! i loved this article! thanks :)

  • yimmekedesign

    yimmekedesign said 5 years ago

    Looking at these people... common, some larger, some toothless, makes you feel that there is little difference in "them". That it is "me'... that it is "us'.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 5 years ago

    I love portraits and I'm fascinated by the passage of time. This project encapsulates both of these things beautifully.

  • emmylucy

    emmylucy said 5 years ago

    I feel so connected with each person...their stories. This is beautiful, I want to visit Oxford. I live in a small village in Michigan, just 220 people.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    Oh yes, "the unpredictable arc of life happens' no matter who, where or when. I'm so deeply moved by this. Mr. Hoyt's account brings tears to my eyes. Thank you, Mr. Hoyt, for all you have done and for your courage to persevere. Thank you.

  • jewelsbymoon

    jewelsbymoon said 5 years ago

    This is such a wonderful project. I love it! Lifelong peek into the people and places in our wonderful little world, thank you.

  • Leatherworks4U

    Leatherworks4U said 5 years ago

    This project is in the same realm as "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" by James Agee and Walker Evans. Several decades later there was a follow up entitled "And Their Children After Them" by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson. These books chronicle a few Depression era Alabama families. Filled with moving prose and striking black and white photography, they capture history. There are also the Disfarmer photos from Heber Springs, AR. I cut my teeth on black and white photography and it still resonates with me today. Thank you Etsy for showcasing this great project...I might not have found it otherwise...who knows?

  • EminenceDesign

    EminenceDesign said 5 years ago

    Oh wow! I loved this story and also the pictures. I believe that a picture allows you to see the soul of a person and this is a very interesting study, especially since the photos were taken over such a great time span. Great job!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 5 years ago

    Love the story and pictures are great Thank you for sharing !!

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 5 years ago

    Amazing.....thank you for this wonderful post.

  • EmeliaJane

    EmeliaJane said 5 years ago

    Wow, I just became compleatly entranced with this project! Thank you so much for sharing, it totally made my day :)

  • ReclaimedObjects

    ReclaimedObjects said 5 years ago

    I think it would be a great inspiration for reflection or change if every one would look into their own life to see where they have been and where they want to go in their life. We often cant see ourselves as others see us. Our reflection becomes blurred as we experience life's changes comes in slowly with out realization of how fast the time has gone by.

  • aschwer

    aschwer said 5 years ago

    Amazing! It's so interesting to get such person insights. Like the young man who lost both parents. You never know what people have gone through in their lives, reminds you to not judge a book..

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 5 years ago


  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood said 5 years ago

    Moving, lovely.

  • reiddamnit

    reiddamnit said 5 years ago


  • Surfgirl57

    Surfgirl57 said 5 years ago

    I wonder if the people who left for "parts unknown" found more excitement, romance or bigger things than the ones that stayed? Thanks for sharing this remarkable story, Linzee!

  • Tanith

    Tanith said 5 years ago

    Very interesting.

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 5 years ago

    What a great project ! Very interesting :-) Fun read !

  • sarahsquiltsncrafts

    sarahsquiltsncrafts said 5 years ago

    Wherever you go there you are. Apparently it's true.

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 5 years ago

    This is fascinating - we move away from home, travel the world in search of new experiences but it's true, a lot of the major defining moments in life happen without us seeking them out.

  • afternoontees

    afternoontees said 5 years ago

    Wow, this article really moved me and resonated me. Cheers for recognizing the value of a small town life.

  • LoveStitchesByNaomi

    LoveStitchesByNaomi said 5 years ago

    I am a great one for reflection. I am always looking back to see where I came from or where someone else came from. Everyone's story is different, unique. As the pictures and discriptions show everyone has a story to tell.

  • blevison Admin

    blevison said 5 years ago

    This is incredible. Thanks for sharing this.

  • esther2u2

    esther2u2 said 5 years ago

    What a great idea, really makes you stop and think that we need to slow down and pay attention to the every day moments. Thank you etsy for bringing this to us.

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 5 years ago

    This is a beautiful project with such depth. Thank you for posting and sharing. Life, really buzzes by so Hold On and Grab it and Watch People. Seriously -white knuckle it if you have too, it's a slippery sucker.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    This project is so interesting. Some people didn't really change to much.

  • berni86

    berni86 said 5 years ago

    The personal stories are so real and candid and that really comes through. The small town of Oxford comes across as more than a geographical location but a living breathing entity and you feel it's joy and sorrow. Bravo Peter! This is one inspiring project.

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork said 5 years ago

    love this project- it is so powerful and gripping. I absolutely love the stories of ordinary people. thank you for sharing.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    This is such a great idea. I loved reading the stories & learning about the lives of a few in this town, and seeing the pictures too. Thank you for sharing!

  • compostthis

    compostthis said 5 years ago

    this is amazing...thank you for sharing!

  • goodintent

    goodintent said 5 years ago

    This reminds me of a similar project by Irena Werning.

  • goodintent

    goodintent said 5 years ago

    this reminds me of a similar project by Irena Werning. ..fascinating.

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 5 years ago

    love those photos! great project!

  • Rewoodtoys

    Rewoodtoys said 5 years ago

    This is really cool! thanks

  • carlabobj

    carlabobj said 5 years ago

    I am in AWE. Wonderful!

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 5 years ago

    I live in Iowa!! I love this article, so interesting. :)

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 5 years ago

    This is a really awesome project and story! Thanks so very much for sharing!

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 5 years ago

    One can never go wrong with captured images....never....smiles.

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 5 years ago

    what a marvelous project and true artistic devotion. the photos are so beautifully candid-- seen through a very tender lens. wonderful feature-- thank you!

  • silverpirate

    silverpirate said 5 years ago

    Wonderful, what a great article - Thank you!

  • SaillesStory

    SaillesStory said 5 years ago

    SERENDIPITY I love it~! This week I started focusing on how we can be completely different people throughout our entire lives~! Thanks for this~! :o]

  • InYourBones

    InYourBones said 5 years ago

    an amazing idea

  • vintagebutterfly94

    vintagebutterfly94 said 5 years ago

    I don't know why this just puts a big lump in my throat. I think it's because I grew up in a town like this.

  • tokenandpine

    tokenandpine said 5 years ago

    What a cool idea! I live in the same town that I was born in, grew up in, and even went to college in. Sometimes it feels like nothing changes, but it's so true that the events of your life will find you wherever you are.

  • orleansapothecary

    orleansapothecary said 5 years ago

    moving and amusing. the honesty and simplicity and purity of the captions. it makes me want to hug my grandma. the bit about the casseroles is great too. charming piece.

  • proteales

    proteales said 5 years ago

    This makes me want to interview everyone I know.

  • ShabbyBuyDesign

    ShabbyBuyDesign said 5 years ago

    This is simply Amazing!

  • LesasPlunderPlace

    LesasPlunderPlace said 5 years ago

    This got me thinking back on the past twenty years... What a fascinating project! The people. Their lives. All of it! This was really great to read, and the pictures are wonderful!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 5 years ago

    Love the stories of peoples lives. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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