La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden, 2022-23. 

La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez Community Garden of Alphabet City, is more than a community garden; the garden is the community. People and nature live symbiotically. Not only does the garden offer the perfect place to relax, it inspires hope: neighbors are connecting, educational conversations are being held from climate change to childhood behaviors, the feeling of security by feeding loved ones from your own manual labor. The garden is a sanctuary, and all those who volunteer understand, especially since most of the members have remained since its establishment. 

Forest Gate Youth Center, London, England, 2024

I had the opportunity to study at the London College of Communication for a semester abroad in the course of Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. For six months, I had researched and worked with Byron Isaie, a member and youth worker of Forest Gate Youth Center. I strived to photograph Bryon’s authentic self, capturing his pure essence of happiness, strength, and humor. Byron taught me the true beauty of Forest Gate: taking memory walks of his childhood, jam sessions in the youth center’s recording studio, and a boxing class. Byron embodies the human condition of overcoming struggles and forging to success. Undeniably, one of the happiest people I have ever met, Byron is the perfect example of overcoming adversity. 

Julia Berger Photography