DESI

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A few days ago I realized that I’ve been sitting on so many photography projects that I haven’t really published and are just on a hard drive in the dark somewhere. I wanted to start sharing some of these project with you on Instagram because this platform makes the most sense to tell these stories. 

Current Project : DESI
I’ll start with a series that I called DESI. “Desi” is a slang term used by South Asians to refer to themselves. This is an ongoing project I started when I was in High School. While New Yorkers of all shapes and colors seemed to come together during the aftermath of 9/11, South Asians and Muslims were singled out and ostracized. The media bombarded the public with negative images of Muslims, perpetuating every stereotype imaginable, fueling the confusion, anger, and bitterness felt by every American in the wake of 9/11.  I saw how this was effecting my family and community so I began to photograph a variety of South Asians and Muslims in New York City, in an almost desperate attempt to demonstrate that those practicing Islam were not the extremist, fundamentalist that the media wanted people to believe they were. 
 
Over the next couple of days I will be posting a couple of photos each day from this project and would love for you to participate with your feedback and thoughts.
This project was all shot on Kodak Tri-X 400 Film on a Hasselblad and Nikon.
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