Karen Kring here: Besides a media strategist, I am a photojournalist. I appreciate rare scenes, hunting them down, capturing them. However, as an artist I also appreciate seemingly average scenes. This scene is seemingly average. At least that is my wish, that worldwide cousins and little ones are cuddling with those who love and respect them. Given the context of this picture, this is not an ordinary scene. This is a picture of a miracle.
Four-month old Dakota Harrison and her cousin Dwyane Wade share a cuddle during a break in the action at Dylan’s Candy Bar on Saturday afternoon, December 17, 2016. Wade, with his foundation, Wade’s World Foundation, and Dylan’s Candy Bar on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, hosted a holiday party for three Chicago families who have been affected by gun violence, as Wade’s had been. His cousin, Nykea Aldridge, Dakota’s mother, was killed on Chicago’s South Side while pushing Dakota in a stroller on her way to register her kids for school in late August 2016.
This is an outtake from images I made while on assignment for the Chicago Sun-Times.