Artist Jon Henry started working on his photography series Stranger Fruit back in 2014. What began as a protest against senseless police killings of black people ended up being a lot of other things, too. Most notably, it's an introspective mirror that allows viewers to examine their own take on the subject.

The people we see in the photos are real mothers, posing in their own environment with their actual sons, reenacting what it must feel like to lose them. The mothers are isolated. Alone. Empty. When the trials are over and the protesters have gone home, when the news cameras are gone and nobody is around anymore, the mother remains on the site forever. There's no peace of mind; the scene will always haunt her.

These mothers understand that this could happen to their family at any moment.

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Untitled #44, Crenshaw Blvd, Ca

Untitled #44, Crenshaw Blvd, Ca

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Chloe Drury
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1 month ago

this is why we say black lives matter because people need reminding that POC are humans too.

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From a rural area in North Minneapolis to a street corner in Jersey City, Henry has visited a lot of places for the series. "I chose these locations because I could find subjects there," the photographer told Bored Panda. "The locations are where the families live and work. I'm looking for areas that describe the city and/or state from a geographical and architectural point of view."

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Stranger Fruit By Jon Henry

Stranger Fruit By Jon Henry

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Daria B
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1 month ago

While, I believe Michelangelo's Pietà played a big part in the overall inspiration for these series, this one is aesthetically similar too. And I like that. It surely does evoke many questions.

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Even though these shots are staged, they radiate authenticity. "The families choose whatever they are comfortable with wearing, so that helps the natural feel," Henry explained. "The comfort level with the family also helps the feel of the images. These aren't actors, they are family that [really] consider these issues."

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Untitled #35, North Minneapolis, Mn

Untitled #35, North Minneapolis, Mn

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Carole Dose
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1 month ago

I feel your pain...

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The photographer wanted the mothers to pose deadpan to appeal more directly to the viewer. And they do. They look directly in our eyes, as if asking, how do we feel and what are we going to do about this. "The viewer can make their own decision on how to respond to the images," Henry concluded.

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Untitled #42, Central Los Angeles, Ca

Untitled #42, Central Los Angeles, Ca

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Shelli Aderman
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1 month ago

Oh, my heart! 💕😥

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Untitled #5 Parkchester, NY

Untitled #5 Parkchester, NY

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 month ago

This is heartbreaking...no mother should have to fear for child's life based on solely the colour of their skin.

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Untitled #33, Jersey City, Nj

Untitled #33, Jersey City, Nj

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Anxious-lesbian-disaster
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1 month ago

This is so sad. No mother should have to fear for her son's life because fo their skin.

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“Untitled 48, Inglewood, Ca”

“Untitled 48, Inglewood, Ca”

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DKS 001
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1 month ago

that target sign definitely adds to the image

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Untitled #19 Magnificent Mile, Il

Untitled #19 Magnificent Mile, Il

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Garrison Cox
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1 month ago

Reminds me of Michelangelo's Pieta in the Vatican. http://www.italianrenaissance.org/michelangelos-pieta/

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Untitled #25 Montgomery, Al

Untitled #25 Montgomery, Al

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Claire Mannschreck
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1 month ago

i bet that's hard. taking care of a baby IN A CURSED YEAR.

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Untitled #55 Little Rock, Ar

Untitled #55 Little Rock, Ar

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Jamma
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1 month ago

Poignant, considering the backdrop (a historically famous high school).

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Untitled #17 South Side Chicago, Il

Untitled #17 South Side Chicago, Il

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Janet French
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1 month ago

I grew up on the Southside of Chicago❤️ I loved it and my friends and neighbors were black and white....

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Jon Henry, “Untitled 39, Santa Monica, Ca”

Jon Henry, “Untitled 39, Santa Monica, Ca”

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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
1 month ago

So powerful!

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Untitled 53, North Little Rock, Ar

Untitled 53, North Little Rock, Ar

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Carole Deem
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1 month ago

I have cried over every one of these pictures. people treasure and love each other.

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Untitled 56, Houston Tx

Untitled 56, Houston Tx

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IrishGirl
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1 month ago

my heart is breaking...how can a family endure such a loss? yeah, I know - they weren't given a choice.

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“Untitled 45, Oakland, Ca”

“Untitled 45, Oakland, Ca”

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Carole Dose
Community Member
1 month ago

Heartbreaking. I'm relieved that this is a demonstration.

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Untitled #13 Groveland Park, Il

Untitled #13 Groveland Park, Il

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Awesome horse lover
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1 month ago

*sighs*

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Untitled 51, New Orleans, La

Untitled 51, New Orleans, La

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Carole Dose
Community Member
1 month ago

Mother and son--what a beautiful bond. Please stay safe.

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Untitled #3 Harlem, NY

Untitled #3 Harlem, NY

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Carole Dose
Community Member
1 month ago

The love is so apparent--and the representational agony. So well done.

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Untitled #1 Co-Op City, NY

Untitled #1 Co-Op City, NY

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Salif C
Community Member
1 month ago

Unfortunately and sadly enough some loose more than one child to gun violence :(

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Untitled #29, North Miami, Fl

Untitled #29, North Miami, Fl

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Carole Dose
Community Member
1 month ago

Let's look forward to when we won't have to mourn.

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Untitled #24 Birmingham, Al

Untitled #24 Birmingham, Al

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Carole Dose
Community Member
1 month ago

...and all for WHAT? Let us all LOVE each other!

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Untitled 46, San Francisco, Ca

Untitled 46, San Francisco, Ca

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Hollace beard-hunting
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3 weeks ago

I can picture him in jogging suit and shoes—he’d just been out jogging. . .

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Stranger Fruit By Jon Henry

Stranger Fruit By Jon Henry

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Jamma
Community Member
1 month ago

I see families that will have their hearts torn to pieces. :(

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Untitled #21, Berwyn, Il

Untitled #21, Berwyn, Il

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Hollace beard-hunting
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3 weeks ago

The death of the innocents

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Untitled 50, West Orange Nj

Untitled 50, West Orange Nj

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Carole Dose
Community Member
1 month ago

How do his loved ones endure the pain???

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Untitled #31, Wynwood, Fl

Untitled #31, Wynwood, Fl

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Gerry Higgins
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1 month ago

The world is what we make it.

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Untitled #9 Newburgh, NY

Untitled #9 Newburgh, NY

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Carole Dose
Community Member
1 month ago

I appreciate all the classic poses from well-loved religious art.

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Untitled #11 Buffalo, NY

Untitled #11 Buffalo, NY

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Carole Dose
Community Member
1 month ago

The pain is sooo overwhelming.

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