Growing up in Atlanta, you can’t ignore the city’s history and involvement from the Civil War to the civil rights movement. I’ve always paid attention to politics and for a long time would interrupt journalists I saw doing their job in public, asking them how they got into it and what they did. I started doing my own coverage of video game production when I was 13, interviewing voice actors and video game content creators at local conventions, such as MomoCon. As I grew older, I combined my two interests in politics and digital content creation by working on campaigns and covering them. Now as a rising sophomore at Georgetown University, I plan to major in government and minor in film and media studies as well as statistics, hoping to eventually get into a career creating digital content for campaigns or possibly covering them for media outlets.
I photographed these protests because it’s important and the history being made here should be covered from a perspective that doesn’t favor anyone, but rather looks at it from an unbiased position. Our city has a story to tell, and I think that it can be told through my eyes as a photographer. Atlanta has a history of being on the forefront of change, and I think as a photojournalist it is my job to document that change factually as it happens on the streets of our city, both for those who can’t be there and for future generations.