This past weekend I photographed the Mid-Missouri Solidarity March in downtown Columbia. Columbia isn’t that big of a city, so I was surprised to see thousands show up to the march through the streets. It wasn’t like being in D.C., or even Kansas City or St.Louis, but Columbia has its own spirit to it which I think was present in the march. There were a lot of students, but also quite a few families who brought their children along.
I’m glad I could be a witness and document this time of transition in our country, even if it was just in Mid-Missouri.
A few of my favorite images are below:
Violet Sieli,8, picks up the sign she made with her family for the Mid-Missouri Solidarity March in Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.
This photo essay, by Lynn Johnson, focuses on different gender identities and expressions. The topic interests me more than the style of the essay. It partially feels like an environmental portrait series, which I admire, but I don’t find the photos where the subject acknowledges the camera as powerful as the photos that seem more documentary styled. They give a peek into their lives and open up to a conversation about gender that is extremely important. The topic of gender identity and expression is beginning to become less taboo, especially with trans-celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and Lavern Cox. This story goes deeper than trans-men or trans-women and gives recognition to other gender identities and expressions.
This inspired me to find stories of similar value that haven’t been given this much attention before.