When a soul has suffered too much, it develops a taste for the misfortune.
— Albert Camus
Recently news of Black men and women being killed by police has raised consciousness in the rest of this country of how Black folks have actually been living. With the increasing use of smartphones to document everyday life, the United States and the rest of the world are seeing firsthand the brutality, the wanton disregard for human rights, and the daily difficulties that plague Black Americans.
In 2015 I began photographing and recording the tales of those whose lives are a testimony to this ongoing struggle. My work is an attempt to show what it means to live in the struggle in places like South Carolina and Mississippi, and to document protests from Ferguson, Missouri, to New York City. I want to show the faces of those whose lives are spent in protest.