It was 2005, we were in high school and excited about the world. I had just got my license and I would always drive my best friend James home after school. It was a beautiful spring day around the same time I did this photograph. I remember it like it was yesterday, we were working on making a video with my neighborhood friend Zev. We always used to make ridiculous videos that made absolutely no sense and would laugh at them so hard that we couldn’t breathe. I would always listen to my dad and grandmother and they would tell me not to be in a rush to grow up. Now I finally understand what they were saying, I would give anything to go back and re-live my teenage years again. 3 Years ago when we turned 21, I lost my best friend James after a 4 month long battle to a rare blood disease called HLH. Months after in November, I also lost my friend Zev who was only 17 to an allergic reaction to food he ate. I knew James since kindergarten and Zev since i was in the 4th grade. I have learned that life is very short and unpredictable, you have to embrace the moment and always cherish time spent with your loved ones. This picture brings me back to that exact moment in time and I will never forget James and Zev and the great times I had being a teenager.
I have waked the streets of my hometown searching for the architecture lost during the redevelopment of Birmingham during the 1960’s. I have found the ghosts of buildings that were demolished and streets that have disappeared. The photo above shows bomb damage in Birmingham after the Blitz in 1940 and two people helping with the cleanup. Putting the photo in the real context made me remember how lucky we all are today