Professional photographer Stephen Texeira has lived in Oakland some 20 years. Over that period he has witnessed changes in Oakland’s rich culture that continually faces challenging urban problems.
Stephen Texeira wanted to give the residents of the 146 neighborhoods a voice about what they love about Oakland. He created the Oakland Neighborhood Project to photograph individuals, families and friends in each neighborbood holding up a sign stating what Oakland means to them. Some of those poster size photos can be seen on Broadway at 20th St in Downtown Oakland.
Atiim Chenzira of Golden Gate held up his sign that read…
“Oakland is . . .
Diverse; Creative; Starving; Exploding; Curious; Amazing; Scary; Serene; Neo-local; Roots; Culture; Life-style; Trend-setting; Southern; Eastern; Northern; West-Coast; Vibrant; Old-School; Chocolate-City; Hipster; Political; Occupy; Arts; Poor; Rich; Needy; Full; and . . . ME.”
Atiim Chenzira grew up in East Oakland and still has plenty of family there. He now calls the Golden Gate neighborhood his home. Atiim is a musician, a songwriter, a spoken word poet, a community activist and a family therapist. From the short period of time I spent with him, I would also add that Atiim is committed, compassionate and compelling and represents the best of what Oakland is all about.
Learn more about Oakland Neighborhood Project
More Participants are needed for various neighborhoods. See which ones on the website.
Support the project by purchasing an images.
Read some sound bites about the people who showed Oakland Love like Atiim Chenzira.
Find out more about Stephen Texeira
Visit the website: Oakland Photo.org