Please Make It Stop! Someone's Child Was Killed Here
Balloons and signs to most would symbolize a celebration, a graduation or an anniversary. On Chicago streets these days more often than not they are a sign of a memorial.
This project began as the result of a conversation I had with a man I worked with at a homeless shelter. I was telling him what I was thinking of doing. He said, " Do you remember the woman who was burned up in the van with her nine year old son. " I said I that did. It was one of the ones that you don't forget. "That was my daughter and my grand-son. You have to do it."
These images are my attempt to record and remember those who have had their lives cut short before they have even begun to become the person we will never get to know. My father taught in Chicago public high schools for 39 years, I have taught photography to a number of CPS students as well. Each photo and name represents a Chicago Public school student who has been killed since Easter of 2009.
" We do not need military battles to provide images of conflicts."
December 31, 2009
The photograph posted here on October 22, 2009 was not the last Chicago Public school student to have been killed since I began this project. It was however the last photo I took for this project. I have failed with this project. Maybe the images weren't strong enough, maybe not violent enough. No one seemed to care about the work except those I met on the streets while making the images.
As the year closes today I don't have the final number on how many Chicago Public school students were killed since I started the project. It was my goal to try and remind people that these children were more than just a number. They had names. They were someone's child, friend, sibling, student. They were victims.