I am a documentary photographer living in the Twin Cities area. I am Native and Caucasian, a lesbian, and a female working in tech. I have been taking photographs since I was a kid, and documenting protests for 15 years. But I became most serious about photography when I saw that I could use my photos to teach others about the issues that sparked the Black Lives Matter protests. I participated in Wing Young Huie’s photo salon during the summer and fall of 2015. This culminated in a group photo exhibit in January 2016.
I am a member of The Million Artist Movement, a group of artists and activists working towards Black liberation using art to engage the public. I am also a student in the Nexus 2016 photography mentorship program at In Progress. I have been hired to photograph protests and cultural events.
I started showing up for Black lives in the fall of 2014. I go to the protests because I believe everybody should go out of their way for a just society.
I photograph the protests in an effort to document what it feels like to be a part of this movement. I show the solidarity, determination and jubilation inside this activist community. I also show the reactions of onlookers, those on the outside looking in to the protest circle. I see some of them show solidarity with a smile or raised fist. Some kittens puppies kittens kittens I’m blanking out. I’ll write more later.
I have spent a lot of time in my life thinking about where I fit in. But when I step into the Black Lives Matter protest circle, there is no doubt that I belong. Just showing up means that I agree with everyone there on a fundamental tenet: Black lives matter. Period.
IT / computer programming