2/20/17 by Matt Oberski

 Pete

Pete

I met Pete today at an anti-Trump rally in downtown Grand Rapids. In between chants of "Not my president" and "This is what democracy looks like," Pete took a turn at addressing the hundred or so people who gathered today to show our opposition and/or general distaste of the 45th President of the United States. He passionately explained that, above all else, we must stand with our fellow human beings - immigrants, refugees, citizens, or otherwise - because at the root of it all, we are all connected. We are all one.

Pete and I talked for a little while before marching to Calder Plaza. I asked him what he thought the next step was to solve the many problems our country is facing, and, reiterating his position of global connectivity, said "We need to communicate, not only as citizens, but as people." We must work together, around the world, towards peace and understanding. I agree.

 Nick and Pete

Nick and Pete

2/18/17 by Matt Oberski

 Spencer

Spencer

I've known Spencer since my first week of college, and nearly six years later, he is still one of the greatest people I've ever known. Today began an incredibly rare four-day weekend for me, and sharing the glorious 55deg morning with him over coffee did wonders for my physical and mental well-being. Thanks, dude. 

2/16/17 - Day Off #1 by Matt Oberski

 Darien

Darien

While my creative gears never seem to stop turning, finding time to produce new work amongst sociopolitical turmoil, a new job, and freelance ventures has seemed impossible this year. However, I believe I've found a solution to this roadblock.

Days Off  will be my ever-growing collection of portraits taken during the precious day or two I have open each week. Whether it be a friend, stranger, family member, coworker, colleague, or otherwise, a new face shall be in front of my lens on my days off. With this, I hope to improve my consistency in creating images and provide a glimpse into the lives of a mere fraction of our global family.

This project will undoubtedly evolve as this year goes on, as many ideas do, and I am elated to see where it takes me.


My good friend Darien helped me kick off this series a couple days ago after we explored the Grand Rapids Art Museum. She dreams of visiting every art museum in the U.S. I hope her dreams come true.