#metoo

I've been working on a portrait series about the #metoo movement for my picture stories class. I wanted my portraits to be opposite of the anonymity that often comes with the accounts of sexual assault in the news. At first, I tried this with tight portraits, but tried to maintain the intimacy with various distances. Eventually, I added text to make the project more collaborative and let the voice of the women pictured dictate the visual account of their experience. The project is ongoing, but can be seen as is here.

Here are the outtakes:

august & september

back in Bowling Green, I'm spending my semester in the Picture Stories class. So far, I've done a story on two foster families and a majorette-style dancer. Here are some of my favorites, with some family photos thrown in at the end. 

I'm spending a lot of my time on a longer-story about the lasting effects of child abuse on childhood development, which is still in progress, but can be seen here. 

april: miss black western

 Miss Black Western originated 46 years ago, when Black women were not allowed to participate in the university's homecoming event. Now, it brings empowerment and community to Black women in an educational environment where African American students account for less than 10% of the population. The project can be viewed here.

january: family

The first time I felt the value of a photograph was when looking through the countless photo albums my mom carefully collected and kept safely in the top of her closet. The photos themselves are not special due to technicality, but by the feelings they captured. My own effort to document life in this place and others can be traced back to those books.

Here is a small collection of photos I have taken over the past few weeks in my Eastern Kentucky home, in an effort to capture members of my family with intention and authenticity. 

updated January 18, 2016