So it feels like it’s been a minute since I’ve done #OnWednesdayWeWearArt! I’ve missed it! I needed a moment to handle LIFE. It gets like that at times and it helps to take a step back and regain a strong perspective. This weeks post probably all seem like they're about perspective! And they probably are because that’s what I've got on my mind.
Given that is the case, it only made sense that my artist type be a little different from the ones we usually share. Today I’m sharing a photographer because photography is all about perspective. Given February is on it's way out, I had to get my black history month post up! Thank You, Dr. Carter G. Woodson (creator of Black History Month).
Gordon Parks was a prolific, world-renowned photographer, writer, composer and filmmaker known for his work on projects like Shaft and The Learning Tree. ~ biography.com
Gordon parks was self taught. At 25 he picked up a camera and never looked back! While learning more mediums to share his art. He faked his way into a job as a fashion photographer and later became a photographer for LIFE magazine. He is most noted and famous for documenting city images and it’s characters (people) so much so that his photographic essay on a harlem gang leader won him a spot as a LIFE magazine staff photographer. (see the photographic essay here.) a lot of the iconic images that we see in history books are his!
I pinned quite a few of them here on my piniterst board! Take a look, you'll quickly realize you know this artist well! For this post I chose the images that reflected what's Gordon Parks refers to below about his photography. As that is what he is best know for doing... capturing life.
“People in millenniums ahead will know what we were like in the 1930's and the thing that, the important major things that shaped our history at that time. This is as important for historic reasons as any other.”
I believe that we are doing the same thing with social media, blogs and the likes. We are documenting and those that come after us will know the things that were important, trendy, or a focus of our era. Gordon parks lived to be 93 years old. What an amazing life he lived. He was a high fashion photographer for the glitterati and Civil Rights Movement! He experienced some of the most heart wrenching parts of the Civil Rights Fights of that decade. Documenting it all in a way that by looking at his pictures you can feel the momentum and the emotion. It’s moving.
Most of his photos, not all are in black and white.(see more color photos here.) I think that this attributes to the tone of helping us understand, relate, and feel the raw human emotions that he was capturing as he created a time capsule of photographs so that today we would know what life was like then. What it looked like, felt like. So for my photos this week I went black and white and am featuring the photos that are more "moment" like. The ones that capture the candidness of life's seemingly miniscule things. That's what Gordon parks did and in doing that he told us so much about the person and the times that we see in his iconic photographs.
“There's another horizon out there, one more horizon that you have to make for yourself and let other people discover it, and someone else will take it further on, you know.”
It makes me ask myself is my creative expression moving? Do I jump off paper at you? I want to do that in my creative expression. I want to take the adventure that expression takes us to, when we hit that place of oozing through our work! The place that makes a photograph, song, or movie just instantly connect with others. That place of fullness and clarity of idea and vision- EXPRESSED. Like the quote above about enthusiasm. I want my creative expression to be felt. I want to get on the ride! How about you? Were will our creative expression take us? what experiences will be added to the tapestry of our life because of our courage?! Let's RIDE!
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