<a href=”http://brooklynmovementcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/dnainfo.jpg”><img class=”size-medium wp-image-409″ src=”http://brooklynmovementcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/dnainfo-300×224.jpg” alt=”Bk stoop” width=”300″ height=”224″ /></a> BK stoop
<strong>By Sonja Sharp </strong>
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — In the kingdom of Bedford Stuyvesant, the stoop is a throne — at least, that’s what the locals say.
“You call them stoops, we call them thrones,” tweeted resident <a href=”https://twitter.com/shannboogie”>@shannboogie</a>, aka Shannon Washington, under an <a href=”http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/tags/instagram”>Instagram</a> picture of brick-lane steps in Bed-Stuy.
Her neighborhood shoutout and dozens like it were inspired by the brand new <a href=”http://brooklynmovementcenter.org/”>Brooklyn Movement Center,</a> Bed-Stuy based community organizing group, which recently challenged residents of Central Brooklyn to document their rapidly changing neighborhoods, one picture at a time.
“The photo a day project was to change the perception of what it means to report on something,” Mary Pierre-Louis, the center’s communications organizer, said of the project. “Taking a picture of something from your perspective (as a resident), that’s just as valid as a trained reporter or journalist coming into a community and doing a report on it.”
Inspired by the popular photo-sharing app Instagram, the challenge prompts visitors with a daily theme like “gentrification” or “kings and queens”, aggregating the results through Facebook, Twitter and<a href=”http://bedstuyphotoaday.tumblr.com/”> Tumblr.</a>
“We’re living in the digital age where people are hyper-sharing, everyone is taking photos, everyone has smartphones,” Pierre-Louis said. “We weave communications, social media and technology into everything we do.”
Beginning in Bed-Stuy in June and expanding to Crown Heights in July, the photo a day project is part of a larger tech-driven organizing push that meshes traditional community organizing tools with the apps in an iPhone. Volunteers have already spent the summer fanning out across Central Brooklyn block parties, conducting video-surveys with local residents.
“We’re doing issue identification through video surveys,” Pierre-Louis said. “Using video is more interesting. I think people are more interested in stopping and talking on camera.”
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