I started this project with one goal. I wanted to explore what it was like being a black man in the current climate in the United States. I wanted to do this visually through the use of black and white portraiture. My end goal was to take the best 4 photos of each subject and put them together as a book. I would then try to do a gallery showing of the images.
As I progressed and took more photos and spoke to more subjects, I had a thought. Yes, being black in America is and has always been a detrimental thing. Being a black man, the odds are not in your favour for avoiding jail. However, I began thinking about my original thought and it dawned on me that, whilst being black is hard, being a Muslim, immigrant, gay, trans is just as hard. It hit me that simply being different in this current climate both in the US and globally is seen as a bad thing.
Whilst thinking about that and being inspired by the total badassery of Saffiya Khan, I decided to expand on this project. So instead of simply being black, this project is going to unanimously be called Being…!
The new goal of this project is to explore what it’s like being different. I plan on doing this in multiple parts and the titles will change accordingly. For example, Being Black, Being Gay, Being Trans, Being Muslim, etc. The end goals are still the same, just a pushed back date. I’m still toying with the idea of having this be one large book or a series of books.
If you or anyone you know fit into any of the aforementioned categories or you simply feel different, please get in touch with me. Let’s talk, take some photos and smile at those that dare to push their hateful agenda.
In the meantime, go check out some of the photos of those that I've photographed for the original project.