After losing her job in the economic downturn of 2008, Brittany M. Powell was inspired to begin photographing people in debt.
Powell seeks to determine how debt shapes our identity and affects the way we relate to the world around us. Money is a taboo subject that we often don't mention for the sake of social propriety. Powell hopes that her project will loosen the stigma around the subject, inviting discussion and critical analysis. The project is currently seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, and Powell would like to finish the series with 99 portraits in total.
The objective of the project is to "recontexualize" a system of power that is publicly enforced, yet privately and shamefully experienced.