I first met Lorna on Lake Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she works as a hairdresser. She told me that she was living the life, followed by her signature laugh. I was not convinced. She said any other story would take hours to tell, so I contacted her again and spent hours to listen. She has had a difficult life, a life that I couldn’t imagine when I first met her. Through this project, I want to convey the complexity in her life. The beauty, hope, promise, humor, struggle, pain, and despair in her life. I do not believe in absolute objectivity, but I strive to minimize the role my camera plays in these images.
Following the long tradition of social documentary photography, I want this project to be more than a critique of the society or the culture we live in. It should provoke more questions than it attempts to answer. I hope it serves as a reminder of the difficulties faced by the working class, as well as the common humanity within all of us.
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