Artistic representations of dignity and brokenness are foundational to connecting with our humanity. To comprehend our neighbor we must first see them and take the time to know them. Amidst the urban landscape children can become invisible and unknown. With the aim to make them visible I created these portraits of five children, whom I served while teaching at Harambee Preparatory School through the Los Angeles Urban Project LAUP.
One day I simply asked them about their dreams and what they wanted to become: some responded with exuberant excitement and others with sheepish timidity to unveil their hopes. At that moment through their imagination they encountered their future, and it was the first time I saw all of their faces lit up. Knowing begins with seeing, their imagination was the only way they encountered their visions of becoming. These are the dreams of the five; I invite you to see un-deferred imaginings.