FLOWERS is a portrait of a generation fighting for justice on the streets of New York City.

After the killing of George Floyd, I started taking portraits of protesters and organizers I met at marches and rallies for the Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives Matter movements. I was captivated by the many beautiful faces of young people from all walks of life who came out into the streets in the middle of the pandemic and Summer heat wave. The city streets will forever echo with their chants demanding justice for lives lost and calling for a world filled with equality and love for every human being.

In the early weeks of Summer, the sidewalks and buildings adjacent to City Hall (an area now known as Abolition Park) were covered with graffiti and artwork that captured the energy of the time. Among these were drawings of flowers and plants juxtaposed with writing: They didn’t know we were seeds and Black is Beauty among others. I began thinking of the young people I was photographing as flowers–full of color and life at the dawn of a new day.

Abolition Park (Occupy City Hall, NYC), June-July, 2020


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