June 12, 2016

Cameron Sterling is only 15 years old. He is posing with a composite image he made this morning using a picture of himself and an old picture he had of his father. "The police took his phone so all the pictures he took are gone with his phone," he told me. 
The whole time I am with him, he does not say more than two sentences without conjuring up some memory of his father that brings him close to tears. A song by Drake blares from his cell phone and he immediately starts a sentence with, "that was my dad's favorite song." He tries to smile. "Today has been a peaceful day so far. There was less drama today. It's quiet and calm today. But this morning started with my mom coming to get me so I can meet my lawyer and she had to call down to social services to get some money so our utilities would not be cut off.” Both Cameron and his mother Quinyetta seem to hold each other up with words of encouragement. "Why you crying now big boy, see I know my little teddy bear," she said smiling as she watched her son hold back his tears.
Photo and text by @ruddyroye #onassignment  #batonrougeportrait #streetphotography #streetportrait #makeportrait #makeportraits @time @leicaakademieusa @leicacamerausa #blackportraiture
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  • ruddyroyeJune 12, 2016

    Cameron Sterling is only 15 years old. He is posing with a composite image he made this morning using a picture of himself and an old picture he had of his father. "The police took his phone so all the pictures he took are gone with his phone," he told me.
    The whole time I am with him, he does not say more than two sentences without conjuring up some memory of his father that brings him close to tears. A song by Drake blares from his cell phone and he immediately starts a sentence with, "that was my dad's favorite song." He tries to smile. "Today has been a peaceful day so far. There was less drama today. It's quiet and calm today. But this morning started with my mom coming to get me so I can meet my lawyer and she had to call down to social services to get some money so our utilities would not be cut off.” Both Cameron and his mother Quinyetta seem to hold each other up with words of encouragement. "Why you crying now big boy, see I know my little teddy bear," she said smiling as she watched her son hold back his tears.
    Photo and text by @ruddyroye #onassignment #batonrougeportrait #streetphotography #streetportrait #makeportrait #makeportraits @time @leicaakademieusa @leicacamerausa #blackportraiture

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  • _stvck_no justice 🙏 no peace
  • icemecri📷 top
  • but_imma_90s_bitch@sippin_tee ❤❤
  • erkahontass😥❤️❤️ stay strong Cameron!! You are going to change millions of lives! Just wait 💕
  • photollectualGod bless you younger brother.
  • feldmoneHey Ruddy - met you At Leica Soho last week - great story/words here that really cement the image with human insight
  • ayyejayyeChange is coming. Stay strong
  • edgarpovA harrowing image indeed.
  • marshahalper💔❤️❤️
  • irishearthmotherLove this young man!!!
  • psimcah😓😓😓😓😓😓
  • charliiamlegendDeep.
  • juniorrodigan.... deeply moving, disturbing and uplifting at the same time. May God give that family all the strength they need and may this nation never forget the sad loss of #AltonSterling . Thank you for this @ruddyroye
  • courtneytaylerxo@yung_bz no this one rt🔐❤️
  • peaceoutermaBeautiful story
  • rushingashleyStrong young man, keep holding on. You are loved..
  • jason_woodberry@marcus_kiser @mskashida
  • addisaileen@no_chill_shawty
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