6 hours ago
Photos by @shepreebright
|| admittedly on the shy side, sheila was initially drawn to photography due to her own introverted tendencies because it allows her to speak what she sees. when she began photographing the black lives matter movement in 2014, she knew that she was mainly capturing protest imagery, but “wanted to take people beyond that, to show the universal commonalities of all people,” race aside. this proved to be a challenge though, as she found that if a photo features a black person, people cannot “get past the blackness”, even though “we all bleed the same, we all have fear.”⠀
this underbelly of universal acceptance is found in all of her work, as she is in a continual pursuit to get us to come together, despite division into our own countless, personal protests. though our beliefs and passions are split between the movements of black lives matter, #metoo, and immigration rights, etc., we are not coming together, which sheila identifies as a crucially divisive fact of the world today. we hear about one another, we see each other marching for our beliefs, though we don’t know each other. through her powerful storytelling, she hopes to bridge our differences, guide our passions, and unite under one ubiquitous truth: “there is no love without beauty and justice.” to learn more about her impact, click the link in our bio.