As a photographer, I feel a responsibility to document and share stories, regardless of the subject matter. I often try to present it from a neutral point of view, so that people can form their own opinions on it. However, when it comes to racism and police brutality, I cannot take a neutral stand point. Today, thousands of people came out with the rest of Highland Park, marching to end racism and police brutality. As community, we all took a knee to honor those who have lost their lives. We marched, for the future generations, like the little girl and her mother I saw cheering on the protestors. Where they can live in a world free of discrimination and racially charged violence. BLACK LIVES MATTER
After careful consideration, we do not believe that now is the time for self promotion or quietly carrying on with business as usual. Now is the time to raise our voices against Racism and Police Brutality and stand with our fellow Black Americans. Now is the time for change.
We at Tide Charmers have always believed in the power of doing the right thing. We believe that carrying on with business as usual, in the face of this humanitarian crisis, only serves to empower and maintain systemic racism in this country. Subsequently - we have chosen to no longer participate with organizations who fail to recognize their white privilege. We will no longer be a part of any festival or organization that is not inclusive of diversity. We will not promote businesses, organizations or community events that are choosing to remain silent right now.
We simply can not be a part of that.
We are working closely with organizations within our community and across the country to raise our voices against systemic racism and police brutality. We are trying our very best to do “The Next Right Thing.” We will use this platform to support Black Artists, Black Owned Business and Black Americans making a difference in our world through conservation and education.
As individuals we may feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of this humanitarian crisis. While we may not have the solutions, each of us has the ability to chose to do the next right thing. We have provided links for ways you to can get involved and do “The Next Right Thing” in our bio.
We thank you for your continued support and we will reopen for business when it feels right to do so. - Tide Charmers
06.06.2020 Went for a drive to get some fresh air. Stopped to joy stumbling upon these car and asked to take some photos. A group of older black men, elderly black men, black women, white war veterans, and black kids were filling the street with laughs and smiles. Then, they got in their cars and drove away slowly. The group thanked me for stopping and taking photos. Times are rough, but we’re persevere y’all. Black lives matter.
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Check out the Pancetta, Parmesan and Pea Risotto with Black Pepper and Homemade Basil Oil from tonight’s 2 course dinner for a group of 6! One of my absolute favorite dishes to make.