S: Rich Norris. My Rhode Island
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FC: My Rhode Island Rich Norris
1: The object of this project was to highlight the people and places that has an everyday impact on me. Many of the images in here are of people I cherish, events that impact the community and places in the state of Rhode Island and beyond that I find pleasing to the eye, and has the ability to bring calm to my life when all else seem to be on a downward spiral. My biggest motivation for this pictorial exploration of Providence particularly [as many of the images are from the city] is to show that the city has much to offer, but one has to go out and find it.. It is unfortunate that some of us live in the city and state a whole lifetime and never see its beauty because we never have time to find it. We have some of the best parks, lakes, sporting venues, lifestyles, and mixture of cultures; some of us we just never realize it, or go out to experience it. My intent is to highlight some people in my life, those I have been lucky to take photos of, the city of Providence, and the state in general. I hope that is serves some purpose and inspire you to explore the city state, and to celebrate the people and events that make up your own life. The photos show as much of th city as I could capture and I hope it highlights our triumphs as well as our sorrow. In the end, it is always up to us to make all of the state's weaknesses into it's strengths. As some one who uses pictures as the predominant way of self expression, I will offend some, inspire some, and never get it right for others, but I am content with just capturing life and letting others draw their own conclusions. Enjoy Rich "Knight" Norris
2: People | Cousin Willie...While on our way to the annual family reunion trip I asked him if he could turn around on the bus for a shot. This is the result. | For as long as I can remember, Howard Soares has been around the John Hope settlement house. He is the true definition of father, mentor, teacher, and protector of all of the children who has ever walked through that building. Many of us return because of him, and many of us do what we can to be like him. HE HAS A HEART OF GOLD.
4: My friend, Councilman James Diossa of Central Falls invited me to take photos for Thanksgivings at an old folks home. I was deeply moved by the music this fellow produced. | Sometimes...to enjoy life....one..must.. CONCENTRATE and savor the moment,
5: I do not even know her name, but this beautiful young lady asked me to take a photo and I did. She is very stunning and I appreciate having her in my shot. Below: Residents of a Central Fall Nursing home.
6: Gani and Nabs..
7: The beauty of childhood is that we haven't yet gotten corrupted by the evils of this world. My greatest wish is that we can all hold on to our childhood innocence. Perhaps the world maybe be a better place.
8: Providence Dude. I was walking over the India Point Park Bridge and I saw this fellow sitting and observing traffic so I asked if I could get a shot of him. | Below: Aspiring Providence Artist Yung Cam.
9: I asked this fellow and his son to photograph them at the bus stop as they shared an ice cream cone. BELOW: This amazing lady is my little cousin. She eats, sleeps, and breathes basketball. I cannot wait to see where it takes her. I hope she makes it to the top as she so wants to do. | An awareness evenT in Central Falls, RI.
11: Social Activism shouldn't have an age. Once the brain is formed enough that the individual understand right from wrong, s/he should begin to advocate for what is right. | Right: A small rally aimed at highlighting unfair labor practices by an employer on Cranston Street, Providence
12: Finish this: Let's advocate for...
13: If any people fail to advocate for their own survival and what is right, such a people will perish.
19: This storm in 2011 knocked down and uprooted trees.
21: Fascination with architecture will never fade
23: I wonder how many Rhode Islanders actually know the history of this church on the hill next to RISD, or what occupied the space that is now Providence Place Mall. History is key to understanding the past preparing for the future.
26: Date in Newport...
27: Citizens' anger | I spent almost two whole days trying take a photo of a chipmunk on my first and only middle school camping trip. Years later on a field trip with my middle school kids I finally get the shot. Whew!!!!!
28: Who made the rule that to be an adult is to forget to play?
29: JUST SHOOT IT. ---KNIKE
30: Bea | Beauty and the beast. While the city has many good things to offer, so it does with ugliness. Homelessness is a issue that must be addressed, as many shelters cannot accommodate the less fortunate and the city is not financially able to fully support this population. Below: Gazebo at Roger Williams Park
31: Does God change with the times or does the times change God's people?
33: Rhode Island has a unique history, and this dome is just a testimony to the majesty of this tiny space on earth......... The photo on the top left is a view of the city from the state house walkway. The shot of the state house was also taken from the extended walkway that leads into downtown Providence. The trees below was shot in north Kingston. I think it is important to explore as much of RI as one can. It can only open that individual up to the uniqueness of this state. Believe it or not, RI is very special in its own right.
36: Cranston Street. Bus #31 | Product of the City
37: Waterfire view & the multipurpose rink. Bottom Left: Sunset, on my way home from Emerald square mall, in Mass. This photo was taken entering the RI & Mass. state line.
38: On April vacations in the Providence School District, it is customary for The College Crusade of RI to take students to various colleges and universities. Sometimes as an added perk, we usually take the students to educational attractions. The photos on this page were taken at the beautiful Roger Williams Park Zoo and at the Rhode Island House of Reptiles. The students had an incredible day and I learned more about animals than I had ever learned in all my years in school. Says a lot about the education system. RIGHT: I don't remember where I took this photo, but it is an incredible shot and there is an element of freedom to it that I admire.
40: On some evenings it is common to find many Rhode Islanders here relaxing and engaging in various other pursuits. | Then there is this....
41: Kennedy Plaza--The collision of lives... ..Kennedy Plaza at around 3:30-5:00PM in the fall. I think it is the most interesting scene ever. When the paths of the students, the professional class, the sick, the elderly, government and police officials, and the perpetually poor all cross paths. | .The one place where many people in that state who will probably never or speak to each other again collide. The one place where the hope, dreams, and optimism for the future constantly intersects with the harsh realities of the downtrodden, depressed, and apathetic. And then there are all the shades of gray between those two extremes. All of that life in such proximity is unbelievable.That place is truly a scene of moving poetry. - Menlee Mansue
43: Above: RI State House from Prospect Park view Below: The other side of the Hope Street Tunnel which exits onto Thayer Street.
44: Views of the downtown area. Usually on days when I'm bored, I bike around the city and take as many photos as I can.
46: It is up to us to keep our city as beautiful as we wish and to preserve our landmarks and other staples. Trashing our city detracts from its beauty.
47: Two versions of the Mall from the Federal Hill Bridge over RT. I 95. I like that the mall and other buildings in the background are blurred, forcing the viewer to examine the intimate details of the protective wire fence over the bridge.
49: Right: Game of thought. I could never play chess to save my life. But I am always fascinated by the game and by the level of concentration it takes to win. I asked the two fellows if I could photograph them and they agreed. Above: High view of the former Blue Cross/Blue Shield building downtown TOP LEFT ON PREVIOUS PAGE: Providence Art
51: The Dairy King on Cranston Street has been a staple on the community for more than 30 Years now. I can only imagine the changes it has seen and undergone over the years. On the previous page, Pitos II has and is still a community hot spot. The food is really good. Bottom Right: While perusing the neighborhood on my bike as usual, the STOP sign especially caught my eye for the message it was attempting to send globally, nationally, and locally.
52: The Tunnel has been in existence for more than nine decades. it connects the Hope Street bus #42 to Thayer Street. This was usually a favorite spot for us school children to venture into after our summer classes at Brown University let out. I don't know for sure, but I can bet that our childhood fun was probably illegal.
53: Providence at Night. Not the best photo because I forgot to set my ISO Setting (technical stuff), But I later came to appreciate the grainy quality of the photo. Below. A walkway at Providence College. Taken on my way to class.
54: Amazing Art. This is what city art should be about.
55: Above. Carolina's. Below is Gilbert Stuart Middle School. This is where I spent my middle school years. Fun times.
57: The Images on the left represent a significant part of the city's identity. While we highlight the beauty of downtown and the east side, we also must include the other sides of the city that gives it life, highlight culture, and daily living for the vast majority of its residents. The photo above was from my first coaching gig as a head coach. I loved everything about the coaching profession from game planning, practice, and the whole teaching aspect of the game. My players were incredible. We lost by a heartbreaking 5 points in the championship game, but I wouldn't have traded the summer for anything. JOHN HOPE SETTLEMENT HOUSE, AUG. 2011
58: ABOVE: NE Lemonade BELOW: Death in Providence
60: When I shot these, I hoped that they would show a side of Providence that will never be highlighted in the tourist brochures or by those who stand to loose something if they highlight the city's true identity. As one will notice, throughout this book, Providence has its angels and its demons, and I hope that these photos can show both the unfortunate and beautiful side of the city. | I C
61: In this photo, I was messing around with Photoshop. I took the same image and just mirrored it. | The photo at the bottom right is also of the same bridge, just in color ONLEYVILLE BRIDGE OVER RT. 10
63: Federal Hill [LEFT] is always a good place to hangout at night or get lunch during the day. ABOVE: Upside down view of the RT. 10 Bridge from Onleybville RIGHT: South Side Providence, someone view of religion or God.