Artist Statement: For many minorities in America, the feeling of not quite belonging in this country is a familiar one. While the first image of an “American” that comes to mind may not be one of a minority, and while minorities may not always be treated like Americans, they have as much of a place in the U.S. as anyone else. This piece was part of a larger series in which I photographed various classmates who are also considered minorities. Each one has the same projected text, which serves as a defining statement for them.
Using the production studio at my school and a black curtain for the background, I projected the phrase “I belong here,” which I created in Adobe Photoshop, onto my models. The pictures were shot with a Nikon D3500 DSLR camera and an AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens.