Mary Beth Meehan

RI

Molly – Providence, RI

Molly – Providence, RI

My family jokes that I rarely want to photograph white people. They make fun of me, pointing out individuals – an elderly woman in… More

Styles – Providence, RI

Styles – Providence, RI

Styles remembers being a child in Wakefield, growing up in a small cottage near the ocean, with an outhouse at the back and a… More

Annye – Providence, RI

Annye – Providence, RI

I’m sitting in my car in Washington Park, in front of a big white house with red trim, and I can’t believe what I… More

Bidur – Providence, RI

Bidur – Providence, RI

What is it that I should tell you? Should I describe the way the bombs sounded, or name the friends and neighbors killed? Should… More

Marina – Providence, RI

Marina – Providence, RI

On the East Side, clustered around the Providence Hebrew Day School, on Elmgrove Avenue, is an enclave of Orthodox Jews. I live near there,… More

Thaun – Providence, RI

Thaun – Providence, RI

My friend Molly is from Cambodia. She is very active within the Southeast Asian community in Rhode Island. I told her I was making portraits… More

Omowunmi – Providence, RI

Omowunmi – Providence, RI

Omowunmi is a soldier, a mechanic in the U.S. Army. Her specialty is “light-weight vehicles”: trucks, trailers, Humvees. She has been stationed at Fort… More

Li Li – Providence, RI

Li Li – Providence, RI

My sons play baseball at the fields on Gano Street. I recently ran into a guy there I’d known in graduate school, whose name… More

Wannton – Providence, RI

Wannton – Providence, RI

In the mid-1990s, while I was a staff photographer at The Providence Journal, I became acquainted with a Haitian church community in Providence. When… More

Pang – Providence, RI

Pang – Providence, RI

Pang works at Chick-fil-A, at the Warwick Mall. While fast-food customers purchase chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, she stands in the back kitchen, washing… More

Jose – Providence, RI

Jose – Providence, RI

It’s summer and I’m trying to make a portrait of two little boys on the back steps of an apartment building in South Providence.… More

Tracey – Providence, RI

Tracey – Providence, RI

Tracey tells everyone she meets that she’s looking for work. At church, going back and forth on the bus that she takes on North… More

Lee – Providence, RI

Lee – Providence, RI

I first met Lee at a meditation group that gathers on the West Side on Saturday mornings. He lives in my neighborhood, off Hope… More

Bookie – Providence, RI

Bookie – Providence, RI

Darnell’s mother thinks he looks high in this picture: glossy-eyed, thin, struggling with life. She says it shows the pain he was in when… More

Anna – Providence, RI

Anna – Providence, RI

I’m back in Olneyville, in August, and it’s hot. The never-ending road construction has made it hard to walk, and I trip and fall and… More

Delmi – Providence, RI

Delmi – Providence, RI

When Delmi’s husband moved out, she had to find a way to support herself. They had both come from El Salvador and married here,… More

Fernando – Providence, RI

Fernando – Providence, RI

Sometimes I see a perfect picture in front of me: the light, the color, the mood, the gesture. The person. In my mind is… More

Rose – Providence, RI

Rose – Providence, RI

Rose is the wife of a teacher at my sons’ school, someone whose beauty I’d long admired, though I didn’t know her very well.… More

Rafael – Providence, RI

Rafael – Providence, RI

I was in Olneyville Square, walking, when I heard something clanging behind me, metal against metal. An elderly man in a brown cap was… More

Rhonda – Providence, RI

Rhonda – Providence, RI

Rhonda says this portrait of her shows “mixed emotions”: “happy and kind of sad at the same time.” When I first met her, she… More

Scott – Providence, RI

Scott – Providence, RI

It’s Sunday morning on Manton Avenue, and I’m struggling. I go into a church and ask to make some portraits, but the pastor says… More

Trudy – Providence, RI

Trudy – Providence, RI

I first met Trudy when the crocuses were in bloom. They were white, illuminated by the sun, scattered across her front lawn. As I… More