I first began using portraiture to document my grandmother with Alzheimer’s, and was exploring all the different ways to deliver my emotions and reflections to whoever wanted to look at those photographs. The results were varying, but I really enjoyed the act of it –– through photography, we were able to connect on a completely different, transformative level. I still find myself utilizing and navigating human connection and energy with photography, trying to imbue the same electricity that my grandmother and I generated.
I’m no stranger to feeling othered and invisible, so once I started working in the photo industry, it felt normal being invisible. It feels normal when I come on set and everyone mistakes my assistant for the photographer (especially if my assistant is white, or male). It feels comfortable, it’s what I've always known. But I've found my community, which encompasses all kinds of people, and it's been transformative to hold one another and be held.
KHADIJA M. FARAH
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