Images from the "Our Kind of People" series have been selected for The cover of, DisIntegration: The Splintering of Black America
by Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Eugene Robinson
The Our Kind Of People series examines how clothing, ethnicity and gender affect our ideas about identity, personality and character. The subjects in this work are dressed in clothing from their own wardrobes. The outfits are worn in a style and fashion similar to how that person would wear them in daily life. I have kept the lighting and facial expressions the same in each photograph, changing only the clothing and race. Devoid of any context for assessing the personality of the individual in the photograph, the viewer projects her or his own cultural biases on each photograph.