Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to travel to Florence, Italy for a study abroad. I was at Studio Arts College International, an arts college founded solely for giving art students the chance to learn and study in the heart of the Renaissance.
The first assignment I received in my photography class was to look for things that we noticed in the city. One of the things that I noticed was the immense population of African immigrants living and working on the streets. I made a semester-long project about it, because I knew that even though I had just arrived, I had something to say about it.
By the end of the summer, I had about 40 prints. These were all prints from film negatives, so I would spend about 2 hours in the darkroom just for one print.
I found out right before the end of the term that a local magazine in Florence, called Florence Urban Living, was looking to publish something about the immigration crisis. They ended up publishing seven of my images.