Nantucket Portraits

by Rachel Fabiszak on Sunday, November 23rd

By Rachel Fabiszak

Can you tell me a moment in your life when you were most happy?

“I had just moved to California from living on Nantucket to begin a five month stay in Berkeley, CA.  I was only there for about two to three days. I had just started browsing through some used t-shirts at a department store in Berkeley. I got to this rack after barely browsing that had about 200 or so used t-shirts on it. They were on a couple of bars on coat hangers parallel to each other so that you couldn’t read what was written on it. I saw this one that was this nice sort of navy blueish color, kind of purpley too.  It was a good dark hue and I liked it. I picked it off the rack and I kid you not: it was a Something Natural t-shirt. It was the very first t-shirt I reached for. I stood there in disbelief for a moment and I stood there and started laughing so hard. 'This place can’t escape me, this place is a part of me,' I said to myself. I don’t necessarily believe in coincidences or synchronicities either way. I am not sure that it was a message from above or it was random. I wouldn’t claim to know. It struck me.  Again it was uncanny. I was laughing so hard that people were stopping to look at me in this department store. I bought the shirt--it was three bucks.”

Subject: Rob Smith
Location: Pocomo, Nantucket
Date: November 16th, 2014


Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to portray various members of the island community who share with us their lives, dreams and hopes.

Photographer and island native Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photography.


 

 

by Rachel Fabiszak on Sunday, November 16th

What do you like to do as a family?

"Play games, hanging out together, going to the moors, coming to Altar Rock, dance party, playing soccer, listening to music, running and races, cooking, going on rides, and making things together."
 

Subject:  Gina and her Ducklings
Location:  Altar Rock, Nantucket
Date:  November 9, 2014

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to portray various members of the island community who share with us their lives, dreams and hopes.

Photographer and island native Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photography.

by Rachel Fabiszak on Sunday, November 9th

Can you tell me a time in your life when you were the happiest?

"I was the happiest when I gave birth to my son. I had a home birth and it was the hardest thing I have ever done but it was very rewarding. When he came into my arms it was just a euphoria that I can’t compare to any other happiness out there."

Subject:  Kaity Farrell
Location:  State Forest, Nantucket
Date:  November 9, 2014

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to portray various members of the island community who share with us their lives, dreams and hopes.

Photographer and island native Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photograpy.

by Rachel Fabiszak on Sunday, November 2nd

“All the years that I took pictures of my Dad before he died, he would say “You need to take more pictures!” When he died--to look at those pictures, I can put myself right back into that situation when I took them, about how I felt or how he looked and I am so happy that I took those pictures for that reason. If I hadn’t I wouldn’t remember the expressions that he made, and over time you can forget those memories. You don’t even realize--you’re just like ‘oh I’m just taking a picture,’ but when you don’t have it anymore you at least have those pictures to remember how happy he was when you took them. That’s what he always wanted me to do, because he knew that I had a talent for it. So that is when I bought my dream camera. I was like ‘I can do this and put myself out there and see if anyone accepts’. And I have been accepted, which is awesome.”  --Jaime Connelly, taken at The Handlebar Cafe, November 1, 2014

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to portray various members of the island community who share with us their lives, dreams and hopes.  

Photographer and island native Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photography.

by Rachel Fabiszak on Sunday, October 26th

“What was one of your favorite performances?”

“In high school I auditioned and got into the Allstate Choral Festival. I actually had a soprano solo and beat like fifty sopranos for it. Just for the sheer novelty of a guy doing this part instead of the girls. We sang at Symphony Hall and it’s just so cool to be given that opportunity to sing in an old place as a kid. Most of us if we really thought about it at the moment will never sing in that hall again. Some might but most of us won’t. But for a second we were on stage and not just on stage but walked up as a group. We filed in and out of the stage as you would if you were part of an orchestra, chorus group, or jazz band. We were going through the tunnels of the Symphony Hall. And we were walking the same grounds that Yo Yo Ma did. That was inspirational for sure. It was cool to do that in high school and it’s tough to beat that.” 

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to portray various members of the island community who share their lives, dreams and hopes.  

Photographer and island native Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photography.

by Rachel Fabiszak on Sunday, October 19th

“I am just so happy to see them every day. I wake up in the morning so happy to see my kids. Get home from work so happy to see my kids. There is not much else I’d rather do. Really all I just want to do is be with my kids the most. I am kinda lucky it’s my life.” ---Laurie Richards, Nantucket Island, October 2014

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to introduce us to members of the island community we might not already know, and to share in their lives, dreams and hopes.  Photographer Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photography.

by Rachel Fabiszak on Monday, October 13th

"I have never been bored in my life and I’m fortunate enough to work in the most exciting field of work I can imagine. You never know from one day to the next who you are going to meet and or what you are going to film or photograph! For instance, one day I photographed a baby being born at a home water birth, then in the afternoon I was photographing the interior of a house under construction. And then in the evening I ended up editing a theater workshop play. I loved every minute of it." ---Lisa Frey, Nantucket Island, October 2014

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to introduce us to members of the island community we might not already know, and to share in their lives, dreams and hopes.  Photographer Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photography.

by Rachel Fabiszak on Wednesday, October 8th

“There are so many proud individual moments of each child that it’s hard to pick one that I am most proud of. But the joy is the same for all the kids. I received so much pleasure when they were little. Especially of watching their reaction to life and watching them experience something. I remember distinctly Amelia’s first day home from the hospital and her experiencing wind going across her little baby face and her little baby reaction. That was pure humanity and pure joy. That I experienced with all the kids and I love it. Loved it. Even at their age now as young adults. Watching them experience relationships, jobs, success, and failure.  I have the same joy now for them that I had when they were little.”---Kate O'Connor, Nantucket Island, October 2014

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to introduce us to members of the island community we might not already know, and to share in their lives, dreams and hopes.  Photographer Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photography.

by Rachel Fabiszak on Friday, October 3rd

“What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?”

“My biggest accomplishment I would say was starting a career at 43 years old and finding my true calling, which is a personal trainer.  I knew when I was a kid I was born to help people. I never wanted to be a nurse. I never wanted to do anything like that. I have been in the customer service business so--kind of helping people, but not in the way I was made to do. Doing this job doesn’t seem like a job to me. It is a sense of accomplishment. I get results for every single client, in whatever they are looking for. I get results from it and they get results from it. And seeing what the body can do and what mind over matter can do is incredible.”---Nikki Drew, Nobadeer Beach, October 2014.
 

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to introduce us to members of the island community we might not already know, and to share in their lives, dreams and hopes.
Photographer Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photography.

 

by Rachel Fabiszak on Sunday, September 28th

"When I was a kid, as one of ten children, I was in the younger end of our family. It was me and my younger brother and the next older brother. We were the last few kids in the house. We were always building forts. Not just like kids build a fort in their yard or their house. We would go into our woods, we lived on 260 acre farm on the Chesapeake Bay, and we would climb way up high in trees and build up where no one was looking and just have these unique multi-story forts. We would also take logs that were fallen trees laying in the woods and made them into paths. And we built this elaborate path system through the woods. They were about 5ft wide and just had mulched leaves as the carpet. They would become bike trails and we would go biking really fast through these narrow twisting paths in the woods. You had to know your way around or you would crash into the trees."

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to introduce us to members of the island community we might not already know, and to share in their lives, dreams and hopes.
Photographer Rachel Fabiszak owns Rachel Fabiszak Photography.

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