On August 9, 2014 a white police officer shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown dead in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.
I documented events in August and again in November last year when street protests escalated after the officer was cleared of wrongdoing.
For some Ferguson residents, the events have made them get more involved in the community.
“My life won’t ever be the same,” said a 36-year-old activist and protester who goes by the nickname Chocolate.
“When I ask kids what they want to be when they grow, they respond ‘I want to be alive’. No one has accepted what’s happened,” she said. “There’s still a disconnect between the police and the community.”
Brown’s shooting stoked a debate over race relations, policing and the criminal justice system in a year when the United States has become acutely aware of the deaths of civilians, especially black people, at the hands of police.
Events in Ferguson sparked a national movement, causing a reaction from coast to coast. All of a sudden we had this attention on the police and their use of force.
We felt Ferguson deserved to be revisited ahead of the one-year anniversary.
On my return trip, I finally got to witness the suburb without the presence of protesters and media on the streets.
Initially it felt empty, but once I spoke to the youth and community leaders, I found the events of 2014 are still very much alive. The community is still coping with the aftermath.
There was a mixed reaction when I went out and spoke to people on the streets.
I faced several incidents where residents showed animosity towards me as they felt the media didn’t portray Ferguson in a good light.
Others were keen to talk. While I was taking the photo of an RIP sign on the ground, a woman stopped me and asked what I was doing.
When I explained that I’d taken a photo of her walking by, she said she was honoured to be part of any report that marked the anniversary of Brown’s death.