"Capture Your Freedom" Photo Exhibit Through July 1

I am honored to be a part of United Photo Industries’ “Capture Your Freedom” exhibit currently on display at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The exhibit features photographic series by almost 30 photographers, each focused on one of the “Four Freedoms” (from FDR’s pivotal 1941 address): Freedom of Speech and Expression, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear.

Selected to be part of the Freedom From Fear category, my “Fade to Black” series intends to inspire discourse and promote action around the gun violence crisis in the United States. The project is a series of 60+ photographs taken at the sites of fatal shootings in Brooklyn, New York during the last two years. I used video footage, news article descriptions, photographs and geocodes to determine as precisely as I could (exact or within steps of) the location of each shooting. Rather than pointing the camera at the crime scene, the photographs were taken from the vantage point of the victims so as to ask viewers to put themselves “in the shoes” of the victims and imagine what the experience of their final moments might have been. 

Too often, we are not exposed to the violence that is happening every day in our very own neighborhoods, as media coverage is less robust than it is after, for example, mass shootings. Yet approximately 96 people die on average from guns each day in the US. These photographs are intended in no way to blame the shooters or implicate the victims. Gun control is all of our problem as U.S. citizens, and something we need to solve together. In the context of envisioning a world without fear, “Fade to Black” aims to raise awareness and move viewers to take action - such as to advocate for stricter federal gun control laws - to eliminate the fear and destruction that guns bring into our communities.

Other photographs in the exhibit focus on, for example, formerly incarcerated women (Sara Bennett’s “Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project”), immigration detention for asylum seekers in the United States (“Immigrant Detention” by Ed Kashi), and urban planning and the concept of experiencing a national ideal through the built environment (“Freedom From Want” by Ryan Koopmans). If you live in the New York City area or are planning to visit before July 1 when the exhibit closes, I highly recommend you check out the exhibit! 

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