FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT
The Family Portrait Project is a thought provoking series that takes a look at the alternative reality behind the life of former gang members and the way their lifestyle could have affected their families.
Former gang members are photographed with their families in the first portrait to introduce the viewer to them and their place within their family structure. The second family portrait gives the viewer insight into what could have been by showing the family posed next to an empty chair.
The empty chair symbolises the loss many families of gang members deal with. It was important to illustrate the humanitarian side of former gang-members by portraying them with their families and so they become more relatable as the viewer now sees them as also being a father, a husband, a brother and a son.
By looking at what their family portrait could have looked like you allow people the space to think about how our actions impact our future and how the choices we make can affect loved ones. By changing their lives and exiting gang life they get the opportunity to change the ending for themselves and their families.