Photojournalist Brenda Ann Kenneally captures the life of Donny, from birth to age 8. He lives with his young mother Kayla in multi-generational poverty in Troy, N.Y., not far from where Kenneally grew up.”
The Boy from Troy is important to watch because it:
• mirrors the childhoods of most of the incarcerated women we write ‘inside’ with each week
• mirrors the adult experiences of these women as mothers
• documents the “cradle to prison pipeline” many children are trapped within
• demonstrates the lack of parenting, economic resources, education, nutritional foods, mentors, exposure to nature, self-responsibility (and on and on) that comes with impoverishment.
This photo essay reminds me of the fragile beings we accompany week-to-week, and the complexity of social issues that converge to create these predicaments. It also reinforces how difficult it is to break out of the cycle of multi-generational poverty. As has been said many times before, “there but for the grace of God, go I.”