A project honoring the voices of neighbors finding
gratitude in this challenging time

by Mary Rafferty




A very bright spot in a challenging year was collaborating on this portrait photo project honoring special moments in the lives of neighbors. Shot safely outside in the courtyard at the Marshall Field Garden Apartments, each participant enjoyed a private photo session with Chicago artist Mary Rafferty and then had an opportunity to share stories about how the pandemic and turmoil of 2020 was impacting them. A common theme that quickly surfaced was how they are finding gratitude.

created & Installed

Summer-Fall 2020

Visit at 1448, 1406 N Sedgwick St, Chicago, IL 60610



About The Artist

Mary Rafferty

Mary has been working as a professional photographer for over 15 years. She began her career as a photojournalist and continues to draw from these roots with her current work and personal projects.

She is drawn to the small details and gestures that tell an individual’s story. It is with these details she hopes the viewer can find a connection and inspiration.

Her portrait and event work can be seen on the walls and mantels of many families throughout Chicago and beyond.


Exhibiting Photographs