I want these soooooooo badly!!!
I JUST DIED!
Extraordinary Swag & A Mouth Full Of Gold.
Aint nuttin but a g thang bayyybay
ahhhh cute and a depiction of how the world is evolving
“Black / African American”
© Noelle Théard for (1)ne Drop
This is part of that (1)ne Drop photo documentary (the video about it is on my blog). Definitely one of the most powerful images in the group. (And this is obvious evidence of why I was so intrigued…)
This is a quote from the girl in the picture that they share on the website:
“A lot of people just look and see skin color. I’ve actually had people ask me was I Black or was I White first. A White gentleman came up to me and said ‘I thought you might be White, but then I saw your lips.’ One girl said to me ‘I’ve been wanting to ask you this question, but I didn’t feel comfortable asking you because I thought that you might be offended, but are you Black or are you White?’ And I was just like, ‘Well, I’m always Black.’ When we were done with the meat of the conversation, she laughed and said something about my hair and my butt gave it away. People definitely let you know that they view being Black as being very literal – the amount of pigment you have. ‘Your skin is White, therefore you’re White. Or are you?’
— Sembene McFarland
© 2012 Black Fiya Works
The imagery is powerful. Look at the way the man’s eyes are shadowed and his arrogant dominance is a commanding aura. Even the hat makes him look like a commander, an evil one. His grip is a grip of ownership.
And then the expression on the woman’s face. Her…pain is palpable. It is impossible to have empathy looking at such a fragile being, you can feel her shame. There are no tears which is a testament to her but you know they are soon to come.
It takes a while to notice the ring on her finger and my heart aches even more. She is a wife, she was a wife, now she is a slave. One gets the clear feeling that her body is not hers to control.
This is insightful and haunting photography.
Hmmmmm food for thought
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