"If I were really asked to define myself, I wouldn’t start with race; I wouldn’t start with blackness; I wouldn’t start with gender; I wouldn’t start with feminism. I would start with stripping down to what fundamentally informs my life, which is that I’m a seeker on the path. I think of feminism, and I think of anti-racist struggles as part of it. But where I stand spiritually is steadfastly, on a path about love." ~ bell hooks
"The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom. " ~ bell hooks
I consider myself a narrative photographer; I try to tell the stories of my life and those whom I love and care about through my images. So to borrow the phrase from bell hooks, what fundamentally informs my photography is that which also fundamentally informs my life. It’s love. I think that comes out pretty clearly in my images, whether it’s love for my daughter Cadence, love for my beloved city of Chicago, love for my friends and comrades, love for the people, love for justice, love for the struggle. I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I think this is apparent in my photos.