Cameron Sterling, Alton Sterling’s 15-year-old son, recently said, ‘I want everyone to protest the right way. Protest in peace, not guns, not drugs, not alcohol, not violence.’ While the hundreds who protested in front of London’s American Embassy were peaceful, their frustration and fervour for the cause were explicit. Photographer VincentChapters recounted that the march ‘was an extremely positive thing. Different people unified for justice. It was amazing to see the energy and passion of the youth. I think it’s also important to ensure that what’s happening in America and worldwide isn’t brushed under the rug by the media.’ This energy is visible in his photo series, which highlights the importance of challenging hate, responding to violence, and expressing the need for change. Vincent’s artistic response is powerful, documenting the unity born out of divisiveness and highlighting the obstacles to racial equality that we still need to overcome.
From the shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana to the sharp increase in social tensions across the United Kingdom after the Brexit vote, the world has been rocked by divisive acts of race hate in recent weeks. Photographer VincentChapters responds to and challenges these issues in his powerful photographs of one of the recent Black Lives Matter march in London, England.