As I’m taking time away from Instagram and social media, I figured I could go back to some old ways of sharing my work. I like the intentionality of a blog and the space it gives for sharing work.
September was an incredibly busy month. I definitely appreciate working and getting assignments, but I think I took on a lot more than I should have. Before freelance photography, I worked as an English teacher in South Korea, both privately as a tutor and also as a teacher in a classroom. The hustle changed, but has never gone away. I’m trying to find that sweet spot of working assignments and also creating the work that brings me life. I think this is a never ending search.
Here’s a round up of some assignments I did in September.
Philadelphia has long been considered one of the poorest big cities in America. As of March 6—before the coronavirus pandemic sent unemployment numbers skyrocketing—more than 7% of its residents were unemployed. …
By: Pavlina Cerna, Colin Chrestay, Lillian Hightower, Jozette M. Williams, Hannah Love Yoon, Miles Wall
On a warm morning in October, Crystal Jackson, 31, was at her Germantown Avenue clothing boutique and make-up studio called Perfectly Flawless, preparing to hand out piles of clothes for free out front. Jackson has done this every Thursday since July to help community members in need, something Jackson considers to be her responsibility as a local businesswoman. For her, this includes ‘spreading love amongst neighbors’.
“It didn’t make sense for me to have a business and not do anything to help my community. I observe businesses and think, ‘What are they doing for the community?’ Because you should have time to help,” Jackson said. “You need to give back. …