21 Exposures is Anthem‘s ongoing photography project that serves as a window into the lives of some of our past interview subjects as told through the eyes of the subjects themselves. Participants are handed a disposable camera—the number of exposures vary by camera despite the name of this series—with the understanding that every image will be shared with our readers.
An interview can often feel like it’s just skimming the surface of things. 21 Exposures is intended to help dispel this feeling of distant familiarity. The way in which the subjects are able to freely share intimate moments of their lives on their own terms rather than an interested party’s, such as ours, can be more tractable than you might think. We acknowledge the inherent limitations of using a disposable camera, a medium that can only be partial and work at the level of vague hints. However, it’s the subjects’ willingness to observe their surroundings more closely and celebrate individual perception that are in many ways the most meaningful contribution of all.
For our latest edition in the series, we find JB Ghuman, Jr., the Los Angeles-based visual artist and filmmaker behind the award-winning Spork, around his home of Skid Row—remember “STARLAiR”? Scroll through the gallery above to take a closer look!