Photographer Johanne Rahaman gets out a lot.
“Liberty City. Pahokee. Fort Pierce. Jacksonville...” Rahaman began, as she rattled off a list of communities she’s photographed, “West Palm Beach. Pleasant City. Brownsville. Carroll City…”
The list goes on. Rahaman's mission: to get to know Florida’s working class black communities, then document them through her photography.
“It’s a celebration of everyday life,” Rahaman said. “I feel really grateful that people allow me to experience what life is like in their home, on their street, in their church, in the barbershop.”
Her project is called Black Florida.
Rahaman aims to capture the warm side of neighborhoods that often get a one-dimensional treatment, associated only with poverty and violence.
“My focus is on what happens in spite of that,” said Rahaman, “the simpler things that are often overlooked -- things that keep the communities functioning and help sustain the people who live there.”
She has photographed Sally Mobley, 80, in her Collier City home several times.
“It’s so wonderful to see somebody that cares about what’s going on around you,” said Mobley. “Somebody who shows interest in how you live and what happened to you. That makes the person — like me — feel real good.”
Rahaman’s new exhibit, “Black Florida: Pompano Beach,” runs Feb. 15 – Mar. 31 at Bailey Contemporary Arts, 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach.