One of my favourite photographs was taken when I was nine years old. I’m standing with my siblings in our apartment in Thamesmead estate, a public-housing complex in Southeast London.
I have a little Afro and brown skin, and I’m wearing Michael Jackson-style shorts. Beside me are my very blond and blue-eyed brother and four sisters. I’m drawn to this photo because it reminds me of how often I’ve felt like an outsider—both as a child and later as an adult.
As a kid, I didn’t realize that being an outsider gave me a passport to be different.
I've know Casey for years now and we have wanted to make something since then.
Directed by Casey Neistat: https://www.youtube.com/user/caseyneistat
Filmed by Brett Jutkiewicz
Edited by Ann Lupo: http://www.annlupo.com/ @ann_lupo
Between the Buttons and Diamon Veins (Blowsom Remix) by French 79: http://hyperurl.co/French79-Olympic
Moon by Kid Francescoli: http://hyperurl.co/KID_PlayMeAgain
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