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Fouad Abou-Rizk
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Slavery Still Exists

Light-painting photo series.
In 2017, while in college at Appalachian State University, I volunteered with the campus chapter of International Justice Mission, the world's largest organization fighting to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking.
I was inspired to illustrate statements inspired by their mission and some disturbing statistics about the prevalence of this great evil in our modern world.
This photo series was featured by art blogs and The photos were created through light painting on a cold, rainy January night on a grassy hill along the Blue Ridge Parkway and have been only minimally edited.
I would like to give special thanks to my friends Jack Brown and Kenny Schneider who bore with me for three hours drawing a row of each message until all three of us got the text right for each of the six messages. Most of the images had several tries, and some of the exposures took about two minutes because of the length of the phrases being illustrated by hand.
The images have been very minimally edited.
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