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Richmond photographer offers photoshoot to protest racism

Posted at 11:06 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 11:07:00-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond photographer who normally captures precious moments at weddings is now capturing people's reactions to racism -- right in his own studio.

Orrie Gaines invited friends and community members to take a seat on his stool in downtown Richmond over the weekend. He asked them various questions about their opinions on topics like racism, police brutality, and economic injustice.

Gaines said he provided the service at no charge as a way to help people tell their own story.

He says it's his own way of helping right now.

"It’s not about us just saying ‘hey pose...’ It's about us really trying to understand what you’re going through. The virus, COVID, Black Lives Matter, protests, riots, all these things that have affected you," Gaines explained.

"As a business owner and photographer, I’ve been asking myself what can I do or say to help? I think this is a way to listen, collaborate with you, and help tell your story," he added.

If you would like to set up a session with Gaines, click here.