From Flushing is a book of photographs that I took while exploring the busy environment around me. These images sit with portraits of my friends that have grown up with a special relationship to Flushing, Queens while also showing their specific passions that tie them to the community. Intertwined with the portraits are interviews where we discuss childhood nostalgia, shared memories, but also the realities of Flushing’s continual changes as it gentrifies. The goal of From Flushing was to share similar, but unique stories that create deeper human connections.
In this thesis project, I am able to communicate the importance of preserving memories while also creating new ones with the people I interview. In this way remembrance and formation of new memories are intertwined, creating a continuous process.