Towards the end of my final semester at VCU, I started to take more portraits of people. I wanted to really try and capture people in a way that would help me accurately remember them for years afterwards. I really feel like these pictures do just that for the people in them.
Nelo and Mufti were being goofy under a street sign in Oregon Hill. This was during a group adventure we took to the river and Belle’s Isle late one night. We did some night-hiking, extreme climbing, abandoned building exploring, and we unsuccessfully tried to evade the police. All in all, it was an awesome adventure.
marsOne and Sumayra, longtime friends, are reunited in Monroe Park on this incredible Spring day. It’s true, after college you don’t get to see your friends as much, so it’s always great when you get to meet up again and catch up on old times.
Nadder gave us the eyebrow after we briefly crossed paths in the street on the way to campus.
Monroe Park soccer star, Johnny, chills in the park with some friends before the 5pm daily showdown. It’s recently developed into a local tradition to gather students to play pickup soccer in the park until sundown, in afternoons when the weather is nice.
The organizer behind the Monroe Park soccer showdown, Amer, is multi-tasking in the Student Commons. Amer is usually always seen making the most of his time, a great quality. Here, he’s listening to music, going to class, staying hydrated, organizing players for the soccer match, and looking out a window. Magnanimous.
Nelo is seen looking out to the city of Richmond through an observation deck atop City Hall. If you look closely, you can catch a reflection of the photographer in the glass…
Such a gangsta hoodie. Mufti was probably telling me not to take her picture as a group of us stood outside of Coliseum Deli on Broad St after the ritual Friday afternoon lunch. You can smell the food from the restaurant from blocks away and it always draws a crowd. I used to basically live at this place freshman year.
Kani is actually inside of Coliseum Deli. One of their walls is made of brick and he was leaning against it as we waited for our food. This was also on a Friday, during a ritual afternoon lunch.
Sumayra, often called Sunshine by beloved friends, relaxes in Monroe Park with marsOne.
A group of us stand outside of 821 Cafe in Richmond while waiting for a table for lunch. Mufti was sportin some rockstar shades and you can see the reflections of the rest of the group through the lenses.
Sarwar didn’t want to have his picture taken during this meeting we had in finals. I think his scruffy look just shows the dedication students have to focusing on studying…at the last minute.
My mother sits in the living room in her favorite chair while she does her daily reading, surrounded by flowers and other decorations.