April 2021

April 2021

I felt everything in April.

Heartbreak and love. Joy and pain. Hopelessness and hopefulness. The month really began when Anthony Thompson Jr., a 17-year-old student at Austin-East Magnet High School, was shot and killed by a police officer in a school bathroom. In the days that followed, students and community members banded together to repeatedly ask for police reform. I felt inspired documenting the outpouring of love after also photographing the dramatic scene at the school the day of the shooting.

It is also prom season, and my Friday and Saturday nights were busy jumping from venue to venue snapping fun photos of the senior ritual. My relationship with the principals at Austin-East allowed me the opportunity to photograph their prom and do my “fashion portraits” as they arrive. I am thankful for their confidence and trust in me to allow me the access during such a difficult time for everyone at the school.

Below is also a video project that has been two years in the making – the lone man who singlehandedly washes the an entire downtown skyscraper.

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