"I See You: Facing My Blindness" is a project born out of despair following the 2016 presidential election when I was struggling with the realization that my disconnectedness to 50% of my fellow citizens made me complicit in the results. I could now see the division in a way that filled me with fear and hopelessness and I knew that while my community was stunned and saddened, others were celebrating. For me, it was not about the politics. It was about human connection, or in this case human disconnection. My mind swirled with questions and confusion. Who was I not seeing? Who was I not hearing? What could I do to inject more love into the world? Then, just four days later I habitually avoided eye contact and walked right by someone asking for help. It took about twenty paces to recognize my hypocrisy. I stopped, turned around and this project was born. I now carry five dollar bills in my camera case and am getting to know the people I used to ignore. I hope you will click on the photos below, read these stories and learn what I learned that day. We are all the same. We all want to feel as if we matter and making the effort to see someone else is more powerful than being seen yourself.
Be sure to click on the photos below to read about my encounters and check back later to see the black boxes come to life!