i-D Up+Rising, 40th Anniversary Cover

Mere words can’t describe the emotions I felt seeing this for the first time .. I shot a cover of an issue of i-D Magazine. I don’t usually attach my emotions to outcomes but this was different, this is something that me at the beginning of my photography career would fantasize about but never knew if it would or could happen. To share such an accolade with someone as special as Ravyn was the proverbial icing on the cake. Endless thank you’s and gratitude to Alastair and Hazel for trusting me with this and to Ravyn for her time, energy and compassion.

The endless flaws of a society built on the ideals of white supremacy have shaped generations of people- we’re told we have enough, we’re told to go back from where we came, we’re told to obey orders, we’re told to shut up and entertain, we’re told our desire for equity has no place in the world. We’re mocked, mimicked, cosplayed, we’re judged, persecuted, mistreated, murdered. Everyday is suffering, everyday I can hold an object in my hand and witness people that look like me be murdered, everyday I walk into a setting and am believed to be an aggressor, everyday I cry for Black people murdered by those ‘sworn to protect us’, everyday I wish for a new world.

Read Ravyn’s much more articulate dissection of this same system that stifles us and what she envisions for our future here.