Commenting on society is a very risky thing because you are bound to offend some portion of the population; making a social critique on a community as small and tight-knit as Lawrence seems even more daunting. Although in incorporating social critiques one does not seek to offend or upset anyone, I believe there is strength in pointing out something that might have otherwise been invisible to even just one person.
Using Robert Frank's style of taking the everyday mundane and using it to comment on society, I tackled the large issue of "lack of diversity" at Lawrence University. In the sense that I am trying to portray it as, "diversity' can take on many different meanings. To one person my photographs can be about race, to another gender, and to another even randomness might come through. It is this fluidity of meaning that I was reaching for in this project. I want any Lawrence student or faculty member to see these photographs and ultimately see a part of themselves in the work. Many people on this campus believe that lack of diversity is no longer an issue. I believe that is not true. Whether you are part of the majority or part of the minority, you are part of a something larger than yourself and it is important to reflect on what those things might be.
The Lawrence "Difference", is an examination into the social fabrication of Lawrence University.
Each photo I have chosen displays a public area of Lawrence University tailored to represent the reality of its student and faculty.