This story highlights the power of one's outlook + the fruits of consistency in relationships. A 36-year-old man named Coop with cerebral palsy + scoliosis offers a detailed look into his everyday, giving us an appreciation for the way he sees every obstacle + setback, and adopting traits of gratitude + steadfastness into our own lives. Coop turns his "disabilities" into opportunities to give the love of Jesus away. He's deeply invested in friendships around the country, in an outreach ministry for disabled & able-bodied kids, & in spending his life caring heroically about people.
A seemingly ordinary life can be seen as an adventurous experience when paying attention to the unseen details. I will travel to Greenville, SC for a week to document the life of Coop. EXECUTION artistic | online photo story + layflat album for Coop's family, including 50 photos financial | total: $850 (flight, food, accommodations + travel)
PARTNER BENEFITS Funders receive a First Look of the story, with email updates of its development before it's posted. Partners also receive a note from Coop + a print from the story.
In fall 2016, I travelled to India capturing a photo story on Indian widows in partnership with Blue Shoe Media. This project complements the documentaryWithout Color, shedding light on the stigma of a marginalized widows + empowering Indian women to rise in present hope. The widows whose stories I found weren't ones of defeat, though; these are stories of victory, of widows who did not accept their “reject” label + now live with dignity.
Emily Coffey is the woman behind Sweet Justice Photography. Her heart for storytelling speaks through dignity + attention to social justice. The passion behind Sweet Justice makes hope known through snapshots + storylines.