“It Could Have Been Me”

It Could Have Been Me is a PhotoVoice project that aims to more fully understand the lived experiences of the Black community in Louisville in the wake of Breonna Taylor’s killing through picture taking and group conversation. Specifically, how is Breonna Taylor a mirror for what needs to change in Louisville? This project is focused on exploring experiences and engaging in social justice action within the community. This study is a community engagement project for Promise, Witness, Remembrance led by Community Engagement Strategist Toya Northington, created in partnership with the Speed Art Museum, the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work and the School of Public Health and Information Sciences and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work.

PhotoVoice is a way to hear about people’s thoughts and experiences through their eyes and their words.Participants in the PhotoVoice project were invited to select one of three groups to join based on their gender identity and/or experience: Feminine Energy, Masculine Energy, or Just Me Energy groups. People who are part of the project took pictures with a camera and then discussed them to determine the meaning embedded in the composition and subject matter. The themes for this PhotoVoice project were developed from conversations with Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor's mother.

The purpose of the project is to explore and describe experiences, perspectives, and feelings through photography and words.The title came from conversations with community members. People said over and over that “Breonna Taylor could have been me.” There is a sense of vulnerability that this could happen at any time to any Black person living in Louisville, especially those living closest to the West End. There is also a connection to Breonna Taylor as a person and with her family. Many see themselves in her story with her hopes, dreams, and untimely tragedy, thinking "it could have been me" or "it could be me in the future."

To add your own PhotoVoice images and videos to the virtual exhibition of It Could Have Been Me, text WITNESS to 484848. Images will be displayed on the website at promisewitnessremembrance.org