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Tammi, the artist
I had just finished making a portrait of Josh, the advocate, when one of the other volunteers at the voter registration booth made a comment about my having approached a stranger to ask for a portrait. The first thing that I noticed about Tammi was her energy — you could almost feel the positive vibes flowing from her friendly face — and when I explained my project to her, she agreed to participate. Different people respond quite differently to my little blurb about the Cville People Project, and Tammi seemed to be genuinely interested in it as an artistic project. She is the first one who actually asked me what I was hoping to do with it, what direction I thought it might take, which was both refreshing and a little disconcerting, as the only answer I could give was that I started with the idea of getting to know Charlottesville through its people but that I hadn’t considered what, if any, the end product would be beyond a series of street portraits and descriptions of the people I encounter. I wasn’t particularly surprised, then, to learn that Tammi is an artist, a painter, which fit perfectly with her openness and engagement with my project. She told me that she doesn’t have any of her art for display on the internet, since she’s not particularly tech savvy and hasn’t been able to build a site that she’s happy with. I hope that she does, though, because I have a feeling that her art is as unique and full of life as she is.
Charlottesville City Market in Charlottesville, VA