Photography has always been a passion of mine. Over the past 3 years, I turned that passion into a career. I make photographs in a documentary style. I strive to capture a sense of history in the images I make. I love meeting new people, making connections, and photographing them while I'm out observing the world around me. I want the individuals who view my work to feel the story behind my subject matter and make their own connections to them.
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted each and every one of our lives. There have been great challenges and with that comes adaptability. Because I am not able to go out and shoot people as freely as I would like to, I have taken to focusing in more on those around me, my family. I show, through my work, the strengths of family and community despite the different hardships that are being faced by many, myself included.
The following photo series will show a portrayal of a strong black couple something that the media often fails to show. During the COVID-19 pandemic after many facilities were closed, barber shops included, my mom took it upon herself to watch YouTube videos and learn how to cut my dad's hair. Granted, my dad was very apprehensive at first but for me it highlights their love for one another. It symbolizes their drive to push forward despite these challenges, while also highlighting the intimacy involved in such a seemingly simple act of cutting one's hair.