This photo was taken on the 5th of June, 2020 in the early days of the BLM protests of 2020, and it represented a moment where we were going from screaming, "BLACK LIVES MATTER!" and we had all these emotions, and we were yelling and screaming.

And then the leaders of this protest decided that everybody was going to stop at a building near City Hall, and we're going to kneel for 8 minutes, 40-plus seconds. And it was such an emotional moment - going from screaming out your pain to just being silent and reflecting and looking inward... 

Y'know, it was an emotional moment for a lot of people because it was just so much to conceptualize or to realize the inequality, so I wanted to take that time - though I was also in pain - to capture this moment: one of the first moments where we were asked to just kneel and to just look inward and to reflect. And I wanted to capture that scene.

And so, the photo presented to you is a moment that was captured where someone was reflecting and was looking inward and kind of opening up their hearts to that pain and that suffering.

City Hall, Manhattan, New York - Jun 05, 2020

Hilena Tibebe

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Hilena Tibebe
Hilena Tibebe
Hilena Tibebe
Jun 5, 2020
a government building near City hall

Hilena Tibebe