Jessica Rinaldi del Boston Globe vince il Pulitzer 2016 per la Feature Photography
Questo progetto, “The life and times of Strider Wolf”, potrebbe cambiare la vita di Strider. Queste immagini, o meglio dire, questa storia ha toccato nel profondo i lettori del Boston Globe che hanno reagito con donazioni e con l’apertura di un fondo fiduciario intestato alla famiglia e che potrebbe cambiare le loro esistenze. Strider Wolf è nato in una zona rurale del Maine e fu affidato alla custodia dei nonni assieme a sua madre e suo fratello a causa degli abusi del padre; sfrattati dalla casa mobile nella quale vivevano, cominciano la loro nuova vita in un camper vivendo per strada, in parcheggi o in campeggi, sempre cercando un luogo da poter chiamare “casa”.
Jessica Rinaldi ha vissuto con loro 5 mesi, dall’alba al tramonto: ha documentato la complessità del loro mondo, la trappola nella quale erano finiti e il desiderio di Strider di essere amato. “It is a devastating and uniquely revealing portrait of poverty and the power of trauma to transcend generations. It is also, ultimately, a beautiful, complex and painful story about the yearnings of the human spirit.”
Jessica Rinaldi of The Boston Globe.
“For the raw and revealing photographic story of a boy who strives to find his footing after abuse by those he trusted”
Strider Wolf was born poor in rural Maine. When he was two, his mother’s raging boyfriend beat him nearly to death / Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe – November 8, 2015
Tired and acting out, Gallagher bites Strider who recoils, pressing his body against the car window / Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe – November 8, 2015
After moving into a campground, Strider struggles as he carries gallons of water filled from a spigot to the camper / Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe – November 8, 2015
Often left to their own devices, Strider and Gallagher played on an abandoned Ford at twilight. Strider holds a broken automotive hose to his eyes like a pair of binoculars and asks, “What’s on the moon?” / Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe- November 8, 2015
During Strider’s sixth birthday party, Lanette and her mother make the 15 minute drive to Walmart to pick up his cake. Having been gone over two hours, a disappointed Strider sits beside Larry and waits for them to return to begin his party / Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe- November 8, 2015
During this unsettling time for the family, Strider wanders into his old bedroom and looks around at many of his belongings that will not make the next move and will be left behind / Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe- November 8, 2015
After living in several campgrounds over the summer, the Grants appear in Maine District Court to try to retrieve their belongings from the mobile home / Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe- November 2015
Gallagher cools off with a drink as Larry and Lanette scramble to pack by the light of their car headlights as the midnight eviction deadline inches closer / Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe- November 2015
After months of searching for a new place to live, the Grants finally find a home they can afford on Craigslist in Lisbon, Maine. Anna Cunningham arrives to the family’s new home with a donation of beds for the boys. Lanette grabs her and pulls her in for a grateful hug / Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe- November 9, 2015
On the first morning, Strider plays in the backyard of his new home, an old rectory in Lisbon, Maine / Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe- November 8, 2015