This year during the Arnold Sports Festival I noticed I was shooting a lot of similar situations during different events and thought it might be interesting to make diptychs out of those images. It took me forever to work up the motivation to go through my whole take, so here they are, five months later. The Arnold can get kind of overwhelming, and working on this little side project really helped me to focus and get more creative with my images from the weekend.
At the beginning of June I had the privilege of spending time with the incredible women and non-binary folks at the Young Women's Freedom Center in San Francisco while participating in the Hearst Photojournalism Championships. The center works with young women and non-binary people of color who have been incarcerated, in foster care, or involved in the underground street economy - and everyone on staff was once in the same position as the young people they work with. The work they do not only focuses on individuals in the community, but also on creating systemic change on state and local levels through advocacy and policy initiatives. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to see the community that's been cultivated at the center first hand, and I'm especially thankful to KI Ifopo and Julia Arroyo who offered up their time and let me into their lives for the week.