report (and next steps) about
Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage, Stone Mountain, Georgia, 1998
past one and one-half years, June 2001December 2002, Ive
examined the photographic materials generated during my 15 month journey
to explore historic slavery and contemporary racism. Ive put them
into forms more usable by people: exhibits, slide shows, website presentations,
and publications. Four topics have emerged:
much turmoil searching for deeper themes in each of these topics,
Ive discovered the following:
are other themes. Most are not immediately photographable. Does that mean
they are unimportant in the life and work of a visual artist? Hardly.
They form the bedrock, the grounding, the underlying perspective that
shapes the imagery.
constitute the One Sky I refer to in the main title of my project.
They flow togetherone large social picture. In addition, everywhere
I travel, northern or southern hemisphere, there are similar clouds, similar
star formations, similar winds, the same four major directions, and the
same air, recirculatingOne Sky.
I feel stronglyoh
so strongly!that both of the following topics will guide my next
me prepare for the prison themeand I do hope to gain permission
to enter and photograph prisonsIve been visiting a friend
in a maximum security state prison (Walpole, Massachusetts). Ive
also embarked on a new design featuring the aerial photographs of prisons
by Alex MacLean, Landslides Photography. For Palestine-Israel Ive
been researching the historical and political background of the region,
as well as contacting possible hosts and guides.
I hope to
complete One Sky by June 2003this phase at any rateand
lay a foundation for my next work.
Thanks to all for your support.
I invite you to examine my earlier reports on the web.
In the Footsteps of the Freedom Fighters, Ervon Brisbon, North Carolina Racial Justice Network, Greensboro, 1999
Delta Sojourn: A Journey Home, Learning to drum, New Orleans, 1998
In the Valley of the Refineries, South Durban, South Africa, 1999
Whipped, Jacob Lawrence
Passage, Bernice Thomas, raised in Cahoma county, Mississippi, moved
Whipped, Jacob Lawrence
Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop, Cape Town, South Africa, chair of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission, photo from the Internet
South Bay prison, Boston, Interfaith Massachusetts Prison Pilgrimage, 2000
a Palestinian school,