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The 38126 Project was derived from my concern of the poverty and abandonment of this zip code in Memphis and through a national perspective as well. The 38126 zip code is the poorest in Memphis and one of the poorest in the nation. It was mainly comprised of warehouses in the days that it thrived, and now there are many abandoned warehouses and government housing units. I have personally done mission work in this zip code and surrounding areas and have seen the effect the area has had on people that live there, and thus this is personal to me as well. One thing that I have always been captivated by about some impoverished people, is their hearts. Most of the time, they are incredibly grateful for what they have, and not just materialistic things. This is life and joy that cannot necessarily be seen or maybe is not even noticed by the outsider, but it is indeed still there. This concept of underlying beauty is what I wanted to portray in The 38126 Project. I wanted to show that even in an abandoned area that no one really pays attention to, except for those who live there, there is still beauty and there is still something to be noticed and appreciated. The aspect of beauty is also present in the color tones and values used, as there is an element of harshness yet at the same time natural tones exist. Overall, I want people to see the images and not just see poverty or abandonment, but first see something beautiful and intriguing; as this is how I see these areas.