The Many Faces of our Fort – Introducing Adam Garland
Jun11

The Many Faces of our Fort – Introducing Adam Garland

“Be the change you want to see in your community.” Isn’t that something to live by? Living Fort Wayne thinks so, and that’s why we’ve decided to bring back our Faces of the Fort series – this time with a twist. There are individuals in this city who do great things. We see their faces at events and hear their stories in all the local publications. They are business owners, entrepreneurs, public figures…they are great people. And, they’re making a difference. But here’s the thing, they’re not the only people. We live in a city with people from all cultures, from every corner of the United States, of all ages, all religions, all walks of life. And we all make a difference. The people of Fort Wayne create the “fabric of our community.” With Living Fort Wayne’s Faces of the Fort, I have the privilege of introducing you to a few of them. I am thrilled to begin with Adam Garland. Adam Garland is a 26 year old transplant from Bloomington, IN. His father was a car dealer and his mother was an art historian and curator. In 2003, Adam and his family moved to Fort Wayne and he attended Northrop High School. He hated it. In 2007, his mother passed away, leaving behind her collection of cameras and a broken, lost son. Adam had plans to go to school to become a pastor. But, the death of his mother left him in a dark place with a lack of enthusiasm for even his tangible existence, much less his spiritual one. He started taking pictures with his mother’s cameras. Adam found that through pictures, he could transform and shift his experiences. He could see things from a different perspective. “Photography let light back into my life,” he explained to me, readily. So that was the re-birth of Adam Garland. “I didn’t like Fort Wayne at first,” he laughed. So, I asked him what he likes about it now. Adam explained to me that he didn’t start to like our city until he started biking and exploring neighborhoods. Traveling from one end of town to the other, on a bike with a camera on his back, he began to see how it all came together. And he watched it all through his camera lens. It was this growth and transformation for Adam that fuels his fire for our community today. He is a strong advocate of bike share and public transportation. “When people start to explore other parts of our city, it brings us all together. It’s so easy to be involved in your community, but you have to be...

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