LABASH 2017

My teammates and I will be presenting at the LABASH conference this Saturday, March 25th at the University of Maryland.

How do we design memorials beyond brick-and-mortar? What stories do we celebrate as a collective? Who decides what is worth memorializing and how does this read into the landscape? How do memorials adapt to site-specific conditions and evolving histories? These are a few of the questions that we found provocative and tried to answer with our project. Our session will will look at “The Im(migrant)”, our mobile memorial project in response to the  Memorials For The Future competition, sponsored by the National Park Service, National Capital Planning Commission, and Van Alen Institute.

@everydayphilly takeover

 

everydayphilly

Last week, I guest posted to the @everydayphilly account on Instagram. This is a community of photographers capturing and documenting life in Philadelphia. I took the opportunity to highlight my ongoing project with Marco Hill, documenting the public school closures in Philadelphia. In 2013 operating under a severe budget shortfall, the district permanently closed 23 schools. These images depict the school buildings as well as the landscape and communities that they once resided. I also posted a few of my street photographs, what I see as quintessential Philly moments.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the photography community in Philadelphia and I’m looking forward to viewing more stories on @everdayphilly.

Yes to Portraits

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Did I tell you how much I love capturing portraits? Well, I do. From LA to Philly to Boston, here are a few that I captured over the past 6 months.

 

A Meadow with my son

I’m continuously inspired by the landscapes I photograph and Mercer Meadows was no exception. This past fall, I brought my oldest son along to work as my assistant, which allowed me to teach him a bit about the craft while capturing this beautiful New Jersey meadow. He was a huge help, carrying equipment, assisting in navigation, standing in as a visitor, and even hoisting himself on a roof to check out views.

 



Women’s march on Philly 2017

I wasn’t sure I was going to attend the women’s march in Philly. I had questions. Was it going to be inclusive? Were the speakers going to talk about race as well as gender? I read the vision and intent, and honestly I was a little disappointed. The national Women’s March’s platform in Washington D.C. was much more progressive and I was nervous. In the end, my husband and I decided that we would attend and show our sons that is also important for men to show up for women. I don’t regret going, but I did look around with more questions. How many of these people voted for the same man they are protesting? Why are there so many more police officers at Black Lives Matter protests? What if this many white people showed up for the black people being killed by police? While I am happy that some people feel that it is time to raise up, many of us have known that it’s been time. I’m just hopeful that we can make a collective change for the better.

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Playdate

I often listen to music while shooting spaces and The Lawn on D was no exception. Solange’s “A Seat at the Table” had recently come out and FUBU, Cranes in the Sky, Mad, and Don’t Touch My Hair were on heavy rotation in my headphones.  Early one evening, after the work day, a group of six young people came to the park and headed straight for the swings. This was obviously their happy hour and I felt both thrilled and privileged to witness them laugh, swing, talk relationships, and just experience black joy. Listening to this uplifting album created by a black woman and for a black audience, while photographing these beautiful young people in this space felt incredible and I would relive this moment again and again. Spaces where we can have fun and be free and just let go are extremely necessary.

 

Check out the “Playdate On D Street” article in this month’s issue of LAM. And the digital issue is free…don’t say I never gave you anything. 😉

I have no pictures today

This America is deeply flawed. Many of us have seen and felt this for all of our lives and through generations of suffering, while some are just coming to this conclusion. I’ve had so many concerns, fears, and ideas post the 2016 presidential election and not many words that haven’t already been shared more eloquently by others.

Really I just want to share publicly that I’m just trying to do my best and what I can to contribute to and fight for justice and civil rights for all my people.

It’s a rebrand

My friends at Pixel Parlor hooked me up with Advanced Enviro Systems to photograph a few of their products, people at work, and installations for their rebranding effort. I’m often in the business of avoiding waste receptacles, so photographing them posed as an interesting challenge. The shoot went extremely well and I am happy to see the final images live on their new beautiful website.

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