THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

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Whenever there’s something worth posting, spreading the word & keeping your head in the loop seems to be the ticket. This one particular piece is personal due to my obvious love for digital photography. The aim here is simply to inspire, motivate & move….20150202084302-THROUGHLENSD_Ad_FA

Inspired by Deborah Willis’s book, Reflections in Black, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY (Willis is also a co-producer) casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris’s family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery.

The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems. The film is a cornucopia of Americana that reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens.Thomas Allen Harris, director of THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PH

“Mr. Harris’s film is a family memoir, a tribute to unsungartists and a lyrical, at times, heartbroken, meditation on imagery and identity. The film is always absorbing to watch, but only once it’s over do you begin to grasp the extent of its ambitions, and just how much it has done within a packed, compact hour and half… Mr. Harris marshals an impressive collection of scholars, artists and photojournalists to help us understand what we see… He is a wise and passionate guide to an inexhaustibly fascinating subject.” 

– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Using this medium as a way to spread inspiring stories brings a great sense of satisfaction. Even if only one person decided to take a peep, that’s another one moved with the human spirit….

That’s right!..

Peace!…with 2 fingers;)

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Why look for the worst when everything is actually good?
….wrong when it’s right.

No need 2 complain
for it’s all about perspective.

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What is it gonna take for us 2 realize
this could all go away in a blink of an eye?

Seems 2 happen all the time
when the whole world is in your hands &
don’t even know it.

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Guess it’s just how you look it.
Yep!

Peace!…with 2 fingers;)

Gimme a Call.

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Steppin’ out 2 give a lil’ hello 2 family & current happenings in my world as of late…

Hey Mama. (everything is fine. don’t worry. LOVE YOU!)

Sister Jackie. (keep smiling’).

Brother Reggie (keep on singing’ man).

Other Brother Kenny. (you’re superdad!)

…Sister Viv. (always thinking much of you.)

Al Jr. (hawks win!).

Kenya (so you’re a doctor now!). S

Shantel. (did we lose you 2 vegas! where are you? lol).

Ken Jr. (finished high school in 3 years….whew!).

Kayla. (play that piano gurl.)

Lil’ Cory. (we have our very own deion sanders. go get em’!).

Sister in law Danielle. (love your hair…envy)

Cousin Sheryl. (remember those SIU dayz? oh boy!)

Other Cousin Sandra. (you’re such the diva just like yo’ mama!!)…

Hey Aunt Fannie. (let’s all say amen 2 the pastor…lol:).

What’s up Karla & Tiff (grown azz women…i see you).

My man June. (what’s up man. wish we could’ve been closer).

Extended family… (can’t wait 2 meet ya!)

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Man, I miss Chicago….
Lately I’ve been inspired 2 capture some new engaging moments with my Canon 7d & cut up some video but dayum this weather.!

Simply put, I feel nil pleasure from sub zero temps & 20 foot snow drifts.
It’s Cabin Fever dammit!! lol.

Pretty much living the routine. Chill work sleep work…(twiddle my thumbs…then back 2 work (in that order). There’s surely an urgency 2 reestablish the local scene & get out the house for a change…sooner than later.

For now, Thank goodness for the 27′ inch IMac which has come 2 save the day on a many occasion.
That’s where I go 2 make a beautiful picture, write a blog or cut a music video.
What else could an artist ask for? ;)

Until next time…

Hey Ma…gimme a call ;)

Peace!…with 2 fingers;)