Angela House Documentary:
Once a week for several years, I’ve taught a photography class at a facility called Angela House. The residents are all women who have been directly released from prison and they are in the process of changing the course of their lives. With this documentary project, I’m attempting to shed some light on the work that Angela House does for this underserved Houston population and bring awareness to the everyday struggles and victories that take place within their community. If you click on each image, I’ve written a little about my experiences at the bottom.
I have an unlikely superpower. I find nails and screws in the street every time I go out for a walk. When I pick them up, I feel that in some small way, I’m helping to save the world- one flat tire at a time. This project allowed me to catalog my findings, very meticulously, even somewhat scientifically, over the course of several months. In the past, I would just toss the nails and screws into the garbage bin, but I’ve decided to keep saving them as evidence.
It’s easy to get distracted. We are bombarded with constantly refreshing news feeds, status updates and information overload. It’s hard to stay in the moment. Texts, emails, breaking stories, entertainment – all screaming for our attention. The giant TV is the figurative elephant in the room; the topic that demands our attention. It’s the symbol of all the things we choose to do instead of being engaged in the activity at hand. We distract ourselves to put off what we don’t want to do. We get distracted from what we do want to do. The draw of our devices and the fear of being left out are powerful motivators. What is so important that we can’t put them down?
A collaboration with photographer Tara Romasanta. Each day for a month we both created an image inspired by the same song. View her interpretations here.