Photo by Chris Padgett

Photo by Chris Padgett

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking with local photographer Chris Padgett about his project Bled for Boston. Chris is photographing the people of Boston who got tattoos to memorialize last year's attack on the Marathon, and as you can read in our interview the project grew from taking photos of the tattoos to portraits of the individuals to now a Indiegogo campaign to fund collect the stories and photos in book form with proceeds benefiting the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. 

The interview kicks off "Crowded," a series I'm on with my friends over at Opus Affair to highlight Boston arts-related crowd sourcing campaigns. 

In speaking with Chris, and then again when writing up the post, I was inspired by his practicality and transparency. Here was a guy who had a desire to do something to help, and who ended up creating something bigger than himself. He started small, did his best at every step of the way, and the rest came. As a friend told me the other day, "There's never going to be a perfect time, so if you have a vision just start." Bled for Boston is a sparkly shiny example of that. 

Photo by Chris Padgett

Photo by Chris Padgett

My favorite thing about Bled for Boston is that it's documenting and reflecting on a really hard event on a really human level. A person's story is something I can wrap my brain around and sit with. I wouldn't presume to speak for Boston as a whole but for that I personally thank you, Chris. Much success, man. 

Read more about Bled for Boston and support the Indiegogo campaign (it ends on 2/17 and at the date of this post there's a little over $2,000 to go!) 

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