When photographer and video producer Trent Bell learned that one of his friends was sentenced to 36 years in prison, he decided to document the lives behind the bars in this compelling, emotional and beautiful project called “The Reflect Project.” Trent interviewed and photographed the inmates before he imposed those images over letters that they had “written to their younger selves”.
While reading the quotes and letters in moving, it’s the father of an inmate in the video below that had me feeling empathy for those with family and loved ones of those serving time in the criminal justice system. At the end of the day, we are all humans. Some of us make decisions that destroy our lives, for those of us that haven’t, we should be grateful for our ability to make rational decisions.
“Ask yourself, ‘What is it you want for your life? What makes you happy?’ Whatever that happiness may be I promise you it’s much better than being locked up in prison. A world full of loneliness and darkness from being away from family and loved ones. Wes, I believe in you, so many people do, you just have to believe in yourself.”
CREDITS: Trent Bell