Let them be seen: CM Life alumnus Jake May gives a voice to people of Flint

Since the news broke that drinking water in Flint had been contaminated with lead, powerful images have framed the nation's understanding of the crisis, images that have been primarily shot through Jake May's lens.

May, a multimedia specialist at The Flint Journal and MLive.com and Central Michigan Life Editor-in-Chief from 2008 to 2009, has shown the human impact of the Flint water crisis in a way that only a community journalist can.

His photos have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Time Magazine, bringing the pain and strength and of the Flint community to readers around the world. The downtown Flint native shared a selection of his photos taken for The Flint Journal with Central Michigan Life and answered some of our questions about what it's like to be at the center of one of the worst tragedies to befall the struggling city.