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Humans Of Nantucket

Rachel Fabiszak

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.