Beige on beige, 2016

Photographing friends of East Asian heritage is always a cathartic experience for me. Growing up, I saw so few images of people who looked like me. And as many of my friends know, having such an impoverished visual vocabulary of your identity can drain the color from your dreams and put fences around your identity in the minds of others. Imagery commands power in society because human minds learn through pattern matching, and we all form associations between the visuals aspects of a person and their non-visual attributes. I can't claim to be helping to solve this problem, but at least I am creating images that edify the 10-year-old that still lives in me.

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