“Colors in my Community” is my attempt at a colorful portrait series that is both not about color and all about color. I was born with deuteranopia (red-green colorblindness), making it difficult to distinguish between certain colors like red-green-orange-brown-gray and blue-purple-teal, etc. I do, however, love colors and colorful things. I wanted to make the focus within each photograph on shapes and shades and composition rather than the variation of color. I was hoping that this portrait series would create characterization of each subject around their color. I gave them freedom to wear what they wanted and choose whichever color they wanted (of the colors not yet chosen). I hoped that this would allow each person’s personality to shine through their clothing and color choice. I had everyone pose how they wanted as well, trying to build the images around their personality. One thing that made capturing the subject’s personalities easier is that I am close friends with everyone who was involved in the shoot. Because of this, I see the photos as also about me. I feel that the gestures they chose and the photos that I decided to use as a result are a reflection of our relationship, not only in terms of how I perceive my friends but how the various dynamics in our friendships show themselves in the photos. I titled the piece “Colors in my Community,” because the people in these photos are a piece of my chosen community. My support system feels very colorful and distinct, each person has their own unique relationship to me. Even though I may not be able to see the literal multicolored spectrum that decorate my friend’s lives, this project reflects my colorful experience and the multifaceted emotional connections between me and my friends.