Nothing here resembles what was when I was growin’ up—but it’s still Point Breeze. It’s the walkway, it’s the neighborhood...there are some things that are unexplainable like you can’t put a word to it. It’s ‘the Breeze.'
- Patricia McClay, Point Breeze resident
These images serve as a proof of concept for an ongoing project documenting the rapidly changing Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philadelphia. The historically black neighborhood has a rich history as well as a troubled past. During this moment of unprecedented change, the community risks losing that inexplicable essence which binds it together—the Breeze.
This project will combine contemporary photography, audio recordings of oral histories, and archival photographs in an attempt to preserve, showcase, and share the stories gentrification threatens to erase.