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My photography tells a story of where I have been and how much further I have to go as a black man in America. I’ve had employees working under me, along side me, my own office suite, my own desk, my own cubicle, I’ve worn uniforms, served fries and took out the trash. Nothing has answered more questions for me about the world we live in, made me want to know more or sustained my attention to detail the way photography does. I cherish every moment I spend behind the camera
We headed back out for photography at our first gathering since the end of our coverage of William Penn (York High) and York Suburban’s boys basketball state playoff runs in March. Since March despite the circumstances of a world wide pandemic, over 100k Americans dead, offices closed, schools closed, parks closed, bars closed, kids going without meals, and adults out of work with no sign of when or if those jobs will come back we witnessed our community come together. We're truly inspired to keep creating as much as when we first opened our studio at Marketview Arts a year ago after seeing the passion and coming together of our community. People of all colors, all ages, some in sundresses, some in suits, some in riot gear, some in anarchist gear but mostly everyone finally glad it’s just not winter we’re there to protest, speak and listen closely. The sun may have brought smiles out, but there was also a lot of anger, confusion, and worry. One of the most impassioned speeches I saw came from the steps of the police station where a young girl (pictured leading the march) with tears in her eyes demanded an end to police brutality. For those who don’t know York, Pennsylvania in particular York City is deeply rooted into American history and protest. When we’re not making national news for stupid shit you might be pressed to remember this city in fact is where the colonists ran when fighting British tyranny and drafted the Articles of Confederation prior to declaration of independence in Philadelphia. We started in Penn Park, a park which once also served as a hospital during a civil war, we marched to the police station, the York County Judicial Center, and back downtown where we knelt for 9 minutes on York’s continental square. #wethepeople #peacenotriots #changethenarrative