Untitled © Chrissie Smolders
I've been in Brooklyn for almost a month now, shooting for my graduation project. This work is about a girl, Hope York. She lives in Flatbush, a neighborhood down in Brooklyn. It's almost an hour away from where I live. Two weeks ago I found out she lied about her age; she's one year younger than me. That makes her twenty years old. She has a son, Justin. He is nine months old. She was the last of her group of friends to give birth. She's no longer together with the father; her boyfriend is in jail and her father was recently released.
However stereotypical this may be, Hope is not. She's resilient and responsible. She has a decent job with opportunities. She stays home with her baby every day. Hope is looking at a future.