Noticing Existence is a photography project that came out of a time when I lived in a new place, knew no one, and the only way to get by day to day was through interacting with strangers. During that season, I learned the importance of human connection like I had never known before. In this project, I use the camera in a collaborative process as a means to engage with strangers mostly in the Nashville area. Fear surrounds the idea of talking to people we do not know, but over the years, and through both times of loneliness and intense community, I have learned that when strangers talk to each other, each individual feels like their existence as a person has been noticed and is worthwhile.
Puls, Mary, "Noticing Existence" (2020). Honors Theses. 27.