Here’s my final project for the semester. I really enjoyed discovering Northeast D.C. and will continue to share my findings as long as I live here.

This piece is on one person out of the many amazing people who I’ve met while living here. Ron allowed me to talk to him and share a piece of his story with the world and I thank him immensely for that.

Ron Hudson grew up in Northeast D.C. After a turbulent youth, he was incarcerated for more than 15 years. Now, he’s come back home a changed man. However, his home is also changed.

The area is being injected with money and new faces. In the 1990s, the neighborhood had an 82% black, non-Hispanic population. In 2010, it was 61% black, non-Hispanic. Since 2000, violent crimes have dropped from 25 to 16 per 1,000 people in the area.

Gentrification is very real in Ron’s neighborhood, but change is something that he’s been able to adapt to.

 

Ron’s Story

Ron sits and thinks about how his life and his neighborhood has changed drastically in the past 15 years. He still struggles to get by, but his biggest struggle is to be a good father to his two daughters in college.

Ron sits and thinks about how his life and his neighborhood has changed drastically in the past 15 years. He still struggles to get by, but his biggest struggle is to be a good father to his two daughters in college.

Coming back home after being gone for so long  has made his neighborhood seem more changed.

Coming back home after being gone for so long has made his neighborhood seem more changed.

This is Ron's daughter. After getting out of jail, it's been difficult for him to reconnect with her.

This is Ron’s daughter. After getting out of jail, it’s been difficult for him to reconnect with her.

While living and photographing Northeast D.C., I’ve come across many people who have told me how much the neighborhood has changed. The area has been given a facelift and is on the edge of gentrification.

Ron Hudson grew up in Northeast D.C. and has returned home after being in jail for more than 15 years. I enjoy talking with him and he tells me stories about his life, his neighborhood and his struggles.

He let me video some of our conversations and I’ll post that as soon as it’s completed. For now, here are a few photos he allowed me to take. (Shot with Nikon D800)

DOUBLES

I think we get inspiration from nature and copy it in everything that we do. Here are some photos from around Northeast D.C., that are found instances of man copying nature or vice versa. You decide.

Huge thanks to friend and musician Josh Risner for letting me use his awesome music. Please check out his page: facebook.com/joshrisnermusic

Music:
Josh Risner
“Beggar (Lucky Number Seven)”

Found Beauty

The past few days in D.C. have been spectacular. Lots of light and lots of chances to take the camera out and explore. I wanted to focus on finding beauty in the concrete city walls. Some people don’t like cities because there isn’t much natural beauty in them. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t peaceful, beautiful and serene moments in the bustling concrete jungle. (Shot with Nikon D800)

Northeast of Eden – A Love Affair With the Streets

The photos are moments in time that showcase the excitement, depression, beauty and barrenness of the world around. Each photo was selected with a purpose to get a feel for how I’ve seen my new home through my lens. This is a project that I plan on continuing for the next couple of years. I want to capture the gentrification of the area. And also what happens when the current residents are forced out? Will they continue to hang on to their roots?

Special thanks to my friend and awesome musician, Josh Risner.

Music: Josh Risner “Forbidden”

Easter Weekend

After finding a car on blocks and all four tires stolen this morning, I decided to photograph something a little nicer this weekend.

I went out trying to find some Spring photos and the nicer side of Northeast D.C. I had to walk almost to the border of Northeast and Northwest, but I found some uplifting scenes.

Don’t get used to it… (Shot with a Nikon D800)