Tired of the abstraction of media narratives, I wanted to look carefully and to make portraits of individuals. I asked each BPD officer present if I could make their portrait, and made a portrait of each who consented. I then made portraits of community members who gave their consent. It felt important to put faces to both groups – I’m suspicious of easy narratives and think that the truth is much more complicated.
These photographs are a small way of knowing my city in this difficult time.
George Inness (1825–1894)