Ooman, Binya is an ongoing project that acts as a reflective journey through Hilton Head Island, Island. This project was started on my first trip to the island since before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In my time away change has been rampant throughout the island and my family members who live there. We’ve lost beloved family patriarchs and have seen littles ones be born all while sea levels continue to rise and winters become colder than they should be.
This exploration of the island in these images is led by my cousins, two young women who grew up on Hilton Head. They lead us through the island in a way that could only be done by someone who calls it home; with an extreme tenderness. While largely serene, Ooman, Binya is saturated with grief and vast uncertainty.