Lincoln Road Looks is a project documenting the community of Lincoln Road Northeast in Washington, D.C. Lincoln Road is one of the last frontiers of displacement, juxtaposed with a reimagined New York Avenue and Union Market. This project shows a community of people that have been rooted here for generations.
I began to conceptualize this project in 2014 after my neighbors and I experienced a few negative encounters with our community police. My roommate organized a community meeting with police officers that were assigned to our area in hopes of relationship building and fostering trust. Prior to this meeting, we held a neighborhood gathering to define our values in community. We affirmed how we wanted the neighborhood to look and feel. Lincoln Road Northeast is a mostly black, intergenerational area. There exists a texture that is palpable. A remaining enclave that feels open and hospitable in that Southern charm type of way. Good morning and have a good day is how we begin our morning commutes. After work there is music, laughter and conversations flowing that welcome us all back home.
This project is a visual capture of the interpersonal. Relationships that have been weaved through apartment buildings, homes, alleys, street lights and stoops. Air that holds so much history and magic as generations of families have sustained lives here. This work is a telling of our own stories by us and for us. A capture of black joy and black folks simply living our lives.