two pictures: justice for jason
One of my favorite destinations on the web is “Picture Editor at Large” Mike Davis’ blog.
Currently Mike is inviting photographers to send in two images and he then writes which he thinks is more successful.
Even at my advanced age, I still learn something new from Mike each time I read his words or hear him speak.
Yesterday at a vigil for drive-by shooting victim Jason Perkins. I made two photos that I found compelling but I keep going back and forth on which I think is better.
First, a little background on the assignment.
The 28-year-old Perkins was walking down the 9000 block of S. Cottage Grove Avenue last Wednesday when a car pulled alongside and opened fire.
Sunday afternoon, Perkins’ family, area preachers and community leaders gathered for a march to help find the killer and make a plea to stop the seemingly endless cycle of violence in Chicago’s African-American community.
Shortly after arriving I met Jason’s mother Gloria. I made several photos of her being consoled by her sister.
I then moved over to a group of young boys, two of which were holding photos of Jason.
I approached 10-year-old named Tabyis Perkins and while pointing at the photo I asked if that was his brother. He said yes.
At the numerous vigils and funerals that I have covered, I tend to spend the majority of my time photographing the mothers of the lost children but on this afternoon I felt that the story was told best in the face of Tabyis and the other young boys present.
These are the two images that moved me.
Which of the two works best for you?
©2010 Scott Strazzante/ Chicago Tribune