THE BLOG
09/22/2014 01:32 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

RIGHT NEXT DOOR

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There's a world-record holder living just three houses away. In the home adjacent to yours resides a guy who worked as a set carpenter for The Sopranos but now just relaxes in blissful suburban anonymity. Two blocks over is the home of the air-traffic controller who guided the "Miracle on the Hudson" jetliner gently down to its landing in the river.
People with stories like these are all over, in every neighborhood across this vast country. Do we know about them, though? Do we really have any idea who our neighbors are? Right Next Door will cross that threshold to show that amazing human beings with extraordinary lives aren't just found on television or online. They're all around us -- and many live far closer than we think.

Over the coming months I will share the stories of the individuals photographed and interviewed as a part of this project. For now, here's a video to start the ball rolling.

Interviews by Robert Ihlenfeldt and Ian Spanier. Photographs by Ian Spanier. All Images © Ian Spanier Photography 2014