We Are All Related is a photography project about showing the beautiful culture of the reservation.
We Are All Related was a project that was started in the summer of 2010. It was my first experience on an Indian Reservation.That first year, I went to the reservation with open eyes, only taking a few photographs and absorbing everything through my own eyes instead of my lens. I wanted to experience the culture, people, and land. I didn’t want my experience there to be a fog with the thoughts of composing a photograph. Once I returned back home I had this immense urge to return. I could not get it out of my mind. Something was calling me back. In the summer of 2011 I spent one month living in Eagle Butte, South Dakota on the Cheyenne River Reservation. I fell in love with the land and culture that consumed this small town in the middle of South Dakota. Even though I was an outsider I was welcomed with open arms. I was able to personally connect and make friends with amazing people.
I want the photographs to portray an atmosphere that was not depressing, but of people that were full of honor, laughter and life. I needed to show how proud this culture is of their heritage and the lessons that they are instilling to their youth, their stories from elders and past generations, and the words of their language. This is their way of life that I feel compelled to photograph, the gentle breeze that sways the grass back and forth, the wild dogs that chase cars down the street, the smell of fry bread seeping from a small window, the jingle of the dresses during the pow wow, the wonderful aroma of sage and sweet grass, is their way of life.
With your pledges and support I will be able to travel back to the Reservation and photograph for a two week period in the month of August 2012. With the support from Kickstarter I will be able to create amazing coffe table style book of short stories and images from my trip. Thanks you so much for your support!!
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