Photographers aim to shine positive light on Bakersfield

Photographers aim to shine positive light on Bakersfield »Play Video
This photo, entitled "Preparation," is part of Our Bakersfield: A 365 Photo Collective, which is designed to spread a positive feeling about Bakersfield. (Photo courtesy of Our Bakersfield: A 365 Photo Collective)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — When people think of Bakersfield, artistic imagery is not something that necessarily comes to mind. But one group of anonymous photographers is looking to change that perception.

Our Bakersfield is a website showcasing beautiful imagery alongside meaningful quotations. The group is posting a picture per day for the next year. Eyewitness News contacted the group about this project. Below are their responses.

Q: Why do you think it was necessary to create this blog?

A: We wanted to create a positive creative outlet for ourselves beyond the day-to-day work we do as photographers. Bakersfield has been labeled as the armpit of California, but we believe that this city has a lot of positives, if one searches for it. That's where we come in. Some of us were born and raised here, while others are transplants from elsewhere. This project is a labor of love and pride that we have for this city.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with this blog?

A: Spread the positiveness! Photography is a tool that we hope to help reinforce positive feelings that Bakersfield residents have about this city. And we also want try to change the way outsiders perceive of Bakersfield.

Q: Can anyone contribute?

A: The project consists of seven photographers, and we each post one photo a day. However, anyone can contribute to the discussion by posting comments or following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Q: What would you like to tell the community?

A: That Bakersfield isn't isolated from the rest of the state and country. The city is a conglomerate of people from all walks of life that have ended up in Bakersfield for many different reason. We want to show different aspects of the town we call home and hopefully shine some positive light on our community

Q: How can the community get involved and support you?

A: Spread the word. Give us feedback at our project by telling us what you'd like to see in the future. Visit our blog to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google-plus.