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Don´t fence me in

Ann Sophie Lindström | United States

Romere Burch,13, rides bareback on the stallion "Ace N da Whole" on Glennwood Ave in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Romere is one of the many kids in the Urban Horsemen Community. He does not own a horse by himself but the older Urban Horsemen let the kids take care of their horses and let them ride to keep the kids away from getting in trouble.

“Horses change lives. They give out young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope.” ― Toni Robinson

Especially in a neighbourhood like North Philadelphia where the pull of the streets is so strong horses have become a blessing. Here a minority of African American low income people created a safe harbor thought keeping horses in the high-crime neighbourhood of North Philadelphia.

As a documentary photographer, I’m always looking for stories that can help dispel stereotypes we are too often accustomed to see in the media. Through these stories, such as Don’t Fence Me In, which tells the story of urban cowboys in North Philadelphia, I seek to find and portray what unite us as a society.



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