Durrell Hospedale thinks photos can play a role in spreading the impact of protesting police brutality.
And he’s seen it happen. The 21-year-old from Philadelphia has watched some of his photos from over the last week multiply in reach on Twitter and Instagram. The powerful images show demonstrators being arrested after blocking traffic on I-676 last week, clashing with police officers on the streets and carrying signs for miles down Market Street.
“I’m a black man in America where I’m seeing everything unfold,” the aspiring professional photographer said. “I don’t go just to document like a news reporter. It includes me. So I’m there to be a part of the protest, and I’m there to document.”
For the last six days, hundreds of people have taken to the streets across Philadelphia to protest police brutality following the police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. Several other protests are scheduled to take place throughout the city this week, including one at City Hall Wednesday that could draw a crowd of 1,000 people.
Here are scenes from the protests Hospedale took part in: