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“Jared Wellington, 14, a former resident of the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn, New York, participated in the program two years ago, during which he turned his lens onto his everyday life. ‘I try to find myself in my photos,’ he explains. ‘I try to show how I see my friends, family and neighbors.'”

PROJECT LIVES is a book that allows residents of public housing in NYC to tell their own story. Read about in TIME here.