Portraits Of Boston: 'I Know Both Sides'

“I do black history projects for television.”

“How did you become interested in these projects?”

“It’s because I’m partially black, and I know both sides. I look white, so I find that white people who don’t know who I am tend to be very racist around me, if they want to be. They never know, and I’m very sensitive to this. When I hear something racist, it makes me cringe. It hurts.”

Portraits of Boston is a project of independent photographer Ivan Velinov. He is regularly sharing some of his favorite portraits with WBUR. Visit his website to see the hundreds of portraits he has taken on the streets of Boston.


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