Kindred Fold
Jarvis James

The Austin Collective

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Commissioned as part of a series for humanizing riders on the Austin public transit system (Capitol Metro), we shared intimate stories and anecdotes from individual riders to show a survey of all the varied kinds of people who utilize public transit

Jarvis James

Jarvis James

"This is such a peaceful spot to me. A little bit of heaven on earth. I know it's just a park in the Arboretum, but its my refuge. I used to come here with friends often, but now I mainly just come to sit and think. I like to clear my head and shake off the worries of the day. When my best friend and I got into a big fight and we just couldn't be around each other any more, I'd come watch the ducks. When I came out to my parents and they didn't understand, I wanted to see the moon reflected on the water here. There are a lot of really difficult things in my life that I had to fight through and this is a place I could just be still and mediate at to find some peace in the midst of it all."

John Williams

John Williams

"My father and my brothers were in the military, so of course I wanted to serve as well. I went down to San Antonio to enlist in the Air Force and passed all my exams, but when I did my physical they said I was flat-footed. I said 'what in the world is that?' It basically meant that I could not wear the standard issue boots, so they wouldn't let me enlist."

Ross Nesselrode

Ross Nesselrode

"I teach special ed and I'm usually the one thats the most distracting in the entire class. They'll be trying to live in their own little world and I'll just barge in to the room wearing a lion costume. Last week I dressed up as a mad scientist and had a wig like Einstein. The kids love it and I'm kind of a dork so it works out well."