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Kennedi Carter, 22, poses for a portrait in her apartment in Durham, N.C., on July 7, 2021. The Durham resident was 21 when she became the youngest photographer to shoot a cover for British Vogue when she photographed @beyonce. On assignment @newsobserver
Immanuel Jarvis of Durham, N.C., pets one of his hogs located on his 4-acre farm in Durham on Feb. 29, 2020. The farm practices permaculture and lets the hogs function naturally to remove undergrowth in the surrounding wooden areas.
My grandmother, Carmen Herron, 77, of the Dominican Republic, carries a plant over to her garden on April 20, 2020. For as long as I can remember, plants have been my grandmother’s passion and she’s spent most of her time maintaining them, even before the pandemic.
An antique vendor steps onto the edge of the back of his truck on Jan. 30, 2021 at the Raleigh Market in Raleigh, N.C. Vendors sell anything ranging from food products, clothing, antiques, furniture, jewelry and much more.
Orlice “Lisa” Hodges, of Winston-Salem, N.C., poses for a portrait outside her home in Raleigh on August 5, 2021. As a young woman, Hodges was told by relatives that her aunt was “fixed”- a term she did not understand until she was older. She later understood it to mean her aunt was sterilized, or medically robbed of the ability to have children. North Carolina sterilized an estimated 7,600 men and women between 1929-1974 under its eugenic sterilization law, targeting the “feebleminded” and poor Black women more than any other racial group. Hodges was tasked with creating an exhibit outlining North Carolina’s eugenics program, which included Gov. Mike Easley’s apology, a timeline, diagrams and more.
Saun Phelps, a sophomore at Person High School, poses for a portrait at their home in Semora, N.C., on June 25, 2021. Phelps is non-binary and lives in a rural part of the state. “It’s okay to make mistakes, it’s okay to change your labels, and it’s okay to feel different,” they said.
UNC students formed a car parade on Franklin Street in celebration of President-elect Joe Biden becoming the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election on Nov. 7, 2020 in Chapel Hill, N.C.. A chorus of honking and cheering accompanied the large crowd of students driving near campus.
Louise Gooche, 78, of Durham N.C., prepares for a date on Jan. 31, 2020 in her home. She dressed as a flapper from the Roaring Twenties. “Getting older makes you bolder,” said Gooche about her outfit.
Brandon Huber measures his corpse flower, Lupin, which is named after Remus Lupin from Harry Potter, at the Marye Anne Fox Science Teaching Laboratory at NCSU on July 21, 2021. The bloom can be between 4-8ft tall. Huber received the rare plant 14 years ago while visiting the Huntington Botanical Gardens in California.
Mihir Shah, a senior communications major, is the director of Chapel Hill Players (CHiPs) “UNC’s premier improv and sketch comedy group.”
Katierick UreƱa of the Dominican Republic, poses for a photo on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Dustin Duong, 19, of Charlotte, poses for a portrait on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 in Karen Shelton Stadium.