At the end of last year through spring of this year, I worked on this project for @topicstories about what young folks care about. Even before the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School turned their tragedy into a national movement, giving young people a platform like they’ve never had before, I’d been wondering what sorts of issues were on adolescent minds. Teaching middle schoolers piqued my curiosity—it's pretty damn sobering to hear how 11 and 12 year olds interpret the issues plaguing our society today. • Above is Tori Jessie, 15 (at the time), who lives in Florissant, Mo. and attends a private Christian high school. One thing she discussed with me was her struggle in deciding whether to kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest in her predominantly white school and the repercussions it might bring. She also talked about the perception of her neighborhood according to her classmates and her younger sister’s teacher. Florissant is a suburb in St. Louis that shares a border with Ferguson. #takeaknee#colinkaepernick#soundon#keepswiping
Opening reception at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY Saturday, Aug 25, 5-7pm. Theme of the show is “Picturing Mental Illness.” • Holler if you can make it. If not, holler if you or someone you know would be interested in participating in my ongoing personal project “Diagnosed.” #soundon
Sometimes I’ll let whoever I’m photographing use the last frame on me. Although I don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera, I think it could be beneficial and feel more collaborative to occasionally swap places.
This interview in particular helped me get back to searching for a therapist (something I’d been saying/struggling with for four years). Last Friday was my first session. Thanks for that and the photo, @theveronicaviper.
Dad’s old cassettes. • This morning, I dreamt I was on a bus. I recognized my dad sitting in front of me and when I looked out the window, the separation wall in Palestine/Israel was rolling along. I realized in the dream that I forgot to call my dad yesterday and wish him safe travels back to The Old Country.
Just heard he’s still in transit. Here’s to a safe return for him (and for others too someday. Insha’Allah.).
Such a fascinating challenge to tackle yesterday. How do you interpret the fragility of life, quiet inevitability of death and the sometimes inescapable (or irresistible) lure of prolonging our existence through technology? Here’s my take. Link in bio for Allison Arieff’s poignant essay. Mad thanks to @virginialoz for this. Shot for @nytimes.
"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men." - Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God)