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Privilege: East Charlotte During Covid-19

This project initially started out with me walking around making photographs of life during a time of stay at home orders and social distancing. I was curious about how things had changed and how people were living. I felt the need to document life during the pandemic.

While walking around and photographing my community in East Charlotte, I began to see certain trends. In the parks and in neighborhoods, I was seeing a majority of white people running, roller-skating, riding bicycles, and just walking for the sake of walking. At the same time, I witnessed black and latinx people, walking to and from public transportation or grocery stores, wearing masks at bus stops, and working.

This zine is not a commentary on the people photographed. If you are able to enjoy your life and get outdoors for recreation, good for you. It was also not created to pity those who cannot enjoy their lives the same way. This zine is a commentary on a system that creates the conditions where during a pandemic some people are able to work from home, safely social distance, and have time to recreate, while others must risk their health, leaving their homes to work; ride public transportation, limiting social distancing; and walk out of necessity, because they don’t have access to the same resources or opportunities.

It is my hope that this zine will spark conversations on inequity and privilege, leading to discussions about solutions.

This photo zine is a tale of two Charlottes.

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