I am starting a new blog series, “Photo of the Week,” where I will share a photo from my archive and tell the backstory. Some may be recent photos and others may be old photos that I’ve rediscovered through new post-production techniques. Simultaneously, I’ve changed my photography workflow, so I’m going back to revisit and re-master favorites from the archive. Photos will come from a diverse range of themes, but predominantly a thread I plan to curate, “Images of Justice.” I’m not a ‘photographer’–those are professionals. I’m just a lawyer using a camera to tell a story.
“Boy Behind Bars” was shot at a tiny, rural prison in Uganda. After our juvenile justice work concluded, I went back out for a final visit and brought my camera along. It’s often too chaotic to shoot when we have 10-15 people visiting out there. On this trip, it was only three of us, so it was calm and I could capture routine moments of the day. I spent some time talking to these boys in the jail–many were accused of pretty serious crimes and I was locked in the cell with them for awhile. We had a good chat and they agreed to let me take their photo. I wanted a photo of them through the bars with the lock and I got exactly that. I like the colors and I like the asymmetry of their positions: looking between bars, looking around bars, hands up, hands down, shirt on, shirt off. Yet, their current conditions are the same. Both boys were acquitted and/or released after our work.