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Photographer creates Facebook page sharing stories of Duluthians

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A Duluth photographer has created a Facebook page which she hopes will give a deeper look at the people who live in the city. 

It's called The Human Fabric of Duluth

The concept is based on Humans of New York, a project which started in 2010, posting pictures and stories of people in New York City. More than 20 million people now follow HONY on social media. Its creator says he wanted to give people a glimpse into the lives of strangers on the streets.

Trudy Vrieze wants to do the same for the Duluth area. 

She interviews people about their life, and takes their pictures. She then puts their story into a few paragraphs, and posts it on the Facebook page.

"I go for things that are from the heart," she said, "I'm not interested so much in where people went to school, what they've accomplished, etc. I want to know what brought you to that direction [in your life] that you ended up making that decision."

The profiles shared are personal; detailing career changes, deadly diseases, and learning to live after loss.

"I firmly believe that we all feel the same things, we have the same experiences," Vrieze said, "It doesn't matter who you are."

The idea to start The Human Fabric of Duluth came from a discussion between Vrieze and her friend, Donna Anderson.

"[Donna] said to me, 'I don't know what I'm going to do when I retire,'" Vrieze said, "We had both been following Humans of New York, and I said, you know, 'Why don't I photograph and you tell the stories?'"

The collaboration wouldn't come to be. Donna retired in January 2016. That June she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She died in September. 

"I let the project go and during that time, I thought, 'What is it about Donna, where you could be in her presence and feel like the most important person in the world?'" Vrieze said, "I realized it was because she knew how to listen."

So Vrieze started listening, too. In July 2017 she launched The Human Fabric of Duluth, filling the page with stories - each post with the same purpose. 

What I hope to bring to this, [is] that we're all a fabric of something that's happening here," Vrieze said, "And we're much more alike than we are different."

You can follow The Human Fabric of Duluth, here

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