Features by Middle Class Photo Project
Being middle class to me means learning how to prioritize resources. After paying a mortgage payment, a car payment, and paying the bills, the most important thing I can spend my extra income on is making memories for my children. Being able to plan small day trips on weekends to museums, farms, pumpkin patches, and the beach means I get to spend quality time with my family and give them memories that will last a lifetime. This is a photo of my daughter, Soleil, taken at a pumpkin patch in Elk Grove, CA. We didn't have a lot of money to spend that day on taking home huge pumpkins, so she was picking out a few smaller ones for our front porch. We decoupaged them with eyes, noses and lips cut out from magazine ads when we got home.
This photo reminds me of growing up in Levittown, long island in the 60's. ha ha.
I chose this photo because it represents what being a middle class person is to me. It represents middle class because being able to travel several times a year on paid vacation is a great benefit of my job. I don't have a husband or kids, and though young professionals are not often thought about as part of the "middle class", we really are. This picture is of myself in Miami relaxing on vacation.
This photo was taken in January 2011 during the "Recall Scott Walker" protests in Madison, WI. I chose this photo because many people in Wisconsin view Scot Walker as the one who has "waged war on the middle class." This picture shows a bunch of middle class union folks fighting to keep the rights and resources they have.
These are the fifteen customer rewards cards I carry. Being middle class means having to provide information about your shopping habits in exchange for small discounts. The wealthy can afford privacy.
I make art and this piece is about the banking industry and corperations who are destroying us.
The house is what my wife and I built. After 16 months the house was done and we knew someone else had to build the barns.It shows about the extent of our small farm of 63 acres. Now our horse training business is down 85%. Our organic hay crop has come in down 30-40% due to lack of early rains in the fall but saved at a cost of having to irrigate through the winter.
During a typical afternoon rush hour traffic from San Francisco into Marin I was listening to Marketplace's segment on what it means to be middle class at the time this picture was taken. How perfectly middle class to work all day and commute home in traffic.
Middle class for me means having the money to travel back to Maine from Wisconsin, where my wife and I go to grad school, to visit our families and do a little fishing.
This shows my brother-in-law at the Oregon Coast, in a shot taken by his wife. He's a scholar and musician, she's an artist. We were spending time at the family's beach cabin. This represents a big part of the good life: being with family and having leisure time. Although I want to be in the middle class, and I want more pay. I also want more leisure time to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I am learning how leisure time is more valuable than a higher income. Since I haven't heard time off enter into media discussions of the middle class, I picked this.