I was coming home from a concert shoot at the Lawrenceburg Event center and as i was driving onto the on-ramp for I275 i was greeted by this sight and i just had to pull over...you know, once in a Blue Moon, as they say.
Many people across the country are becoming aware of the killing of Samuel DuBose by a University of Cincinnati police officer during an off-campus traffic stop over a missing front license plate. That officer was charged yesterday with murder after a grand jury investigated the evidence, including the officer's own body camera.
Just a few days before this indictment about 300 people turned out for a rally and march demanding justice for Sam Dubose and the release of the body cam footage. You can view my entire gallery of that march HERE. It was a powerful and emotionally charged day that was only barely dampened by a torrential downpour that didn't seem to faze most of the ardent protestors one bit.
One of the many things that struck me during that day were the children. It is not uncommon to see children at demonstrations, but there was something about the intensity and awareness of the little ones at this march that particularly grabbed me. They seemed much more like true participants than merely hapless kids dragged along unwillingly by their parents. This was, of course, more true of the older ones, but even the toddlers held a composure that seemed beyond their years. There was in general a sense of engagement and an understanding that they were indeed witnessing important affairs and what seemed to me to be a sincere desire to comprehend them. This was an educational moment. I could not help but hear the Graham Nash song Teach Your Children playing continuously in my head as i made my shots.
Two young boys watch intently as a woman lays a flower on the shrine created at the spot in the Mt. Auburn neighborhood where Samuel DuBose was killed. Protesters stood, spoke and chanted in the heavy ran for nearly an hour before marching back to the UC Campus.
Abijah Reid (right), fiancée and mother of three of DuBose's children, along with some of his family, lead the march back to the UC Campus. DuBose left twelve children behind in all.
This is a terribly, sad time for us all here in Cincinnati, especially so for the friends and relatives of Samuel DuBose. What we teach our children in this moment can become the hope for a better, brighter future and empower them with a sense of strength, peace and justice. We must teach our children well folks. They are the promise of all things to come...
This is the last of my attempts to gather the bodies of work i have created from the past ten years of regular visits to the south shore of Nova Scotia. I have already presented my polyptychs and single frame color images in their own blog posts. This third installment are my black & white renderings.
Frankly, for years the concept of creating black & white images in this most colorful of places seemed a bit counter-intuitive. If you have spent any time looking through my color images from this project you might understand this better. Color literally oozes from rocks, plants, sea and sky in this magical place. Certainly a photograph can be about and driven by color. The land and seascapes of Nova Scotia make that abundantly clear. But ultimately i think good photographs still need a strong organizational structure beneath the colorful dressings to fully succeed and sometimes i have discovered that the over all impact of the images are even more powerful without the distraction of the color.
I would imagine that given the number of images here this black & white work could stand alone as a body of work unto itself. Still, in my dreams, i guess i have envisioned a book of all my Nova Scotia work that would combine the polyptychs, single color images and these black & whites in a single coffee table book. Are you listening book publishers? ;-)
Please be sure to click on images for an enlarged gallery view. Size does matter... :-)