kaitlyn ferreira
email: kferrei8@pratt.edu
Instagram: @kaitographic

Growing up in the quiet, I’ve always wanted to escape it and move into the noise, but after doing this multiple times throughout my life; Life in the quiet isn’t as bad as I once thought it to be. It has its strengths and weaknesses but overall, there is always going to be some sort of appreciation for the place that I grew up in, no matter how much I dislike it. Colonia, NJ is a small town that doesn’t seem to act like one. It’s not like in the movies, where everyone knows your name, here we only know the names of people’s dogs. This should bother me, right? Well, sometimes, it does and other times it doesn’t. But after coming home and spending weeks on end inside, this feeling became amplified. The feelings of suffocation and isolation were only magnified by the overcrowded houses and the self-confined people. With a population of 17,795, and 6,238 houses in a 3.9 square mile area, it is clear that it is quite compact. This project documents a suburban community, the quiet that inhabits it, as well as the feelings of seclusion that come through when being here too long.