Family, Love & Hate | Growing Up In Poverty | A Photographer’s Story

 

Artist and Photographer John-David Richardson is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the project ‘Someday I’ll Find The Sun’To see John-David ’s body of work, click on any image.

 

 

 

 

 

I am a product of poverty. The circumstances of my upbringing prepared me for a world where worth is defined by class. Growing up, I watched my family fight to make ends meet– their efforts constantly falling short due to addiction, domestic violence, and a lack of education. This unrelenting cycle shaped my worldview at an early age, and I came to understand family as a collision of love and hate.

My childhood memories exist only as isolated fragments of time– like a puzzle I’m continually piecing together. In Someday I’ll Find the Sun, I use photography as a tool to interpret the complex and traumatic environment that shaped me. Through my images, I urge the viewer to understand the emotional and psychological weight of living in poverty on both an honest and human level.

 

 

 

 

 

All images © John-David Richardson

 

 

See also:

A Place To Fall

By John-David Richardson

 

 

 

 

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