Mr. Williams began photographing life in the southeastern Queens neighborhood of St. Albans, where he grew up, after the foreclosure crisis wrecked much of the largely black and middle-class community.
St. Albans covers about three square miles, with Tudor houses and leafy streets that are home to more than 34,000 residents who take pride in their community’s roots. Most of the residents are African-American or African-Caribbean, although in recent years buyers of distressed properties have added a growing Latino and South Asian population.
The result of Mr. Williams’s work is a growing collection of portraiture, documentary and street photography that shows legacy and pride.
“There’s a whole bunch of stories to tell from the people who lived there,” he said. “I feel there are too many photos of black people who struggle in America and there’s not much else.”
There is a quietness in Mr. Williams’s photos, but also the steady strength of day-to-day life. The photos are images of what makes a community home.