Well, I'm pretty sure I know I'm doing the right thing working on this photo essay, because I'm waking up in the middle of the night thinking about it. I mean, I'd way rather be asleep, but it also feels good to be so excited about a project I really believe in. It's really consuming my thoughts and creativity, even when I'm not there or working on the images. I keep thinking, how's a better way to light this while keeping it from looking lit? Or, how am I going to reduce all this noise from underexposed images shot at ISO 4000? I've even started listening to hip hop. (I highly recommend Kendrick Lamar, if you can handle a bit of uh, adult language.)
I know I'm going to figure it out, and I'm trying not to worry too much about how to do it, because with this kind of photojournalism, I think you just show up and do your best to capture what's there... you can't plan too much anyway. But still.
Also, apologies to my friends -- I'm not blowing you off, I know I've been sort of AWOL, I'm just really preoccupied these days. June and July should hopefully be a little calmer.
And with that, here are some more images from the project. Yesterday was an intense day of editing down all the pictures I took Friday and Saturday (thanks for helping me out with that, Dan)!