Saturday, June 21, 2014
"Of all the awesome last resting places of those in the beautiful oak tree laden New Orleans cemetery, this one caught my eye. So many tombs were closed off where you could only peer through a door or gated ironwork. This one has a beautiful archway on all sides where a visitor feels a little closer to those who passed by hanging out under the porch. I get a sense if this person had built his own resting place there would be a “Welcome” sign above the archway"
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The drum in African culture goes beyond Revolutionary and Religious functions. It symbolizes origins, and, as Maureen Warner-Lewis suggests, it "comes to symbolize Africa itself." The following is another quote from Maureen Warner-Lewis:
"The drum is closely linked in learned African philosophy with the word, in the sense in which St. John the Apostle used it at the start of his gospel — The original utterance which created life of nothingness and chaos, and then established order in that creation. The drum is therefore a divine tool of the Supreme Being, a womb or beginning of created life."
Known as the oldest instrument in the world, the drum has its place in societies worldwide, but the sacred love and use of the instrument in Africa is unprecedented. The variations of drums within Africa are innumerable as well, giving the country the scores of rhythmic sounds it is known for.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
.a black painter to be an artist had to join the white world or not function — had to accept the values of white culture, like emphasizing technique in painting rather than what the artist feels. Black people have a spiritualism, maybe because for so long they had nothing else. - Roy DeCarava
Friday, June 6, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
It was an awesome workshop. This workshop provided me the opportunity to explore the awesomeness that New Orleans has to offer the world through my lens. I really enjoyed myself and I really learned a lot. The shot list really helped to challenge myself to think and look at things in a different perspective.
Monday, June 2, 2014
The camera is only a witness. It easily produces an image of truth. Photography is difficult because a good photography is a reflection of those who make it. When a photographer looks at his subject, he sees with everything he is, with everything he has lived. Knowledge, experience, and imagination enable him to do powerful, sensitive work. - James Stanfield