The Ferguson Print - Now on sale!


On November 24th, 2014, three days before Thanksgiving, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch stepped up to a podium to announce the outcome of the Grand Jury hearing on the shooting death of Michael Brown. His announcement - there would be no indictment. 

In the wake of this decision, the city of Ferguson, along with other communities in the St. Louis area, ignited - quite literally - into chaos. Despite calls for peaceful protests, there was mass rioting, destruction, looting, and arson. The next day, while the international news media was firmly camped out near the sites of burned down businesses, eagerly retelling the stories of the prior night, the city of Ferguson began trying to pick up the pieces and move forward. Thanksgiving was right around the corner, and the community needed to find something for which to be thankful. But by continuing to look backwards, the media missed the most important part of the story... the healing. It was in this spirit that I ventured the few short miles up to Ferguson with my camera. 

I have decided to call this photograph "The Ferguson Print" because I believe it to be exactly that. It is the only image I will produce, and it is the only one I really want to look at. It is sad, but hopeful. Ugly, but beautiful. It is a bittersweet reminder of what St. Louis has been through and the scars we may always carry.  



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