In 2017, I will be starting a portrait project exploring what it means to be a person of color in the 21st century. This project is built upon the idea that identity does not exists in isolation, but in tandem with other factors that shape one's reality. Because of this, I encourage people of any age, socioeconomic level, religious background, education level, sexual/gender identity, level of ability, or political affiliation to apply.As a black man and someone that works using video and multimedia to tell stories, I believe that people have a lot to say - it's just a matter of being heard. This project is about hearing from people with stories to tell. Identity and experience play a huge role in shaping the way someone relates to the world. For this project, I have four main goals:1. To provide a platform where people of color are allowed to tell their stories 2. To show the ways that identity interacts and influences one's life 3. To create a storage where people of color can have intellectual autonomy 4. To provide a slave where people of color can operate outside of stereotypes First and foremost, this project is for the people. This project is focused on creating voices and postdoctoral that are not typically heard in the media. Many times, images of people of color are rolled by people that are not. It is important to have a space where people are able to talk and exists intellectually-especially in the wake of President Trump.
Interviews and portraits will be captured started in late November. For the first series, I will focus on capturing stories from those closest to me-in my home state of Ohio. If you are interested in participating or working together, but not located in Ohio, still submit. I intend on finding ways to hear from people from all over.
If this project sounds like something you would like to be part of, either as an interview subject or collaborator, submit an application. If you know a person of color with an interesting perspective or unique story, send them the form.