Hi friends. I’ve been somewhat active on social media in the last couple of months, but it’s been a while since I posted anything on this blog.
So before addressing anything else, I would like to state that Paige Gribb Photography stands unequivocally with Black Lives Matter.
There should be no room for racism in the US (or in France, or anywhere else for that matter). It is well past time for demanding that structural racism and police violence be addressed. Indeed, people have been making those demands for a long time. America needs change, and I fully support the fight for that change.
I was going to talk about my new print shop in this post, but actually I think this statement needs to stand alone, so that post will come later on.
In the meantime: if you’re a photographer (hi!) and you’re at protests with your camera these days (yes, they’re still happening, and no, not just in Portland, OR and New York City), please remember to not publicly post photos where protesters are identifiable, for safety reasons.
I posted about this on Instagram towards the beginning of the protests, and I will link that post below. If you have any questions or need help obscuring faces, tattoos, etc. in your photos, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Hope you’re all staying safe, and talk soon.
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Black lives matter. Black lives matter, Black lives matter, Black lives matter.⠀ ⠀ If you are in a situation where you are able to protest and you do not feel that you may be sick, please consider doing so. I know that we are living through a pandemic and protesting is not an option for everyone right now; if it’s not an option for you, please do what you can to help in other ways. Donate to bail funds across the country if you have the means. Donate to the Gofundmes organized by the families of George Floyd, Tony Mcdade, and Ahmaud Arbery. (The Gofundme for Breonna Taylor has ended, but if I find another fund in her honor I will post the info below.)⠀ ⠀ Fellow white people, please continue (you had already started, right?) to educate yourselves on racism and work to dismantle the white supremacy that our culture has swaddled us in since birth. Read more books. Talk to your family. Talk to your friends. Be mad. Stay mad.⠀ ⠀ These photos are from Portland, Maine’s BLM protests yesterday. I will not, however, be publicly sharing protest footage or photos where protestors might be identified now or probably for a very long time.⠀ ⠀ I have made my personal Instagram account private for the time being, and am sharing some of those stories over there. That account will remain private until the stories expire and will go back on private if/when I have more to share. I know I have some fellow photographer followers here, and if that’s you, I encourage you to only post protest photos where protesters might be recognized privately or in modified forms to shield identities. Publicly sharing photos of protesters can put their (our) safety at risk. If you want to post a photo where someone might be recognizable, please pixelate faces and other identifying features like tattoos. Photography community @buildandbloom has come up with some good guidelines that I will link in stories.⠀ ⠀ Love you all. Stay safe out there.⠀ #blacklivesmatter #blm #portlandmaine