Monday, August 3, 2015

Blue Moon Rising

Moon; Blue Moon; Smoke Stacks
©David Sorcher 2015

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. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Teach Our Children...

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.

(Please click on images for an enlarged view)
  
Samuel DuBose; Protest; March; Black Lives Matter; Cincinnati; Children
©David Sorcher 2015

Isabella Carter, 2, holds up a sign to passing cars as her mother Jessica Carter stands nearby. 

Samuel DuBose; Protest; March; Black Lives Matter; Cincinnati; Children
©David Sorcher 2015

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.

Samuel DuBose; Protest; March; Black Lives Matter; Cincinnati; Children
©David Sorcher 2015

A young man listens intently as relatives and friends of Samuel DuBose speak about his life and death on the spot where he was killed. 

Samuel DuBose; Protest; March; Black Lives Matter; Cincinnati; Children
©David Sorcher 2015

Samuel DuBose, Jr. speaks to the crowd about his father on the corner where he died. 

Samuel DuBose; Protest; March; Black Lives Matter; Cincinnati; Children
©David Sorcher 2015

A young girl is carried as the marchers walk along Vine Street in the rain. 

Samuel DuBose; Protest; March; Black Lives Matter; Cincinnati; Children
©David Sorcher 2015

Abijah Reid (right), fiancĂ©e 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...



Friday, July 17, 2015

My Black & White Paradise

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... :-) 

All Photos: ©David Sorcher 2005-2015

Nova Scotia; Atlantic Ocean

Nova Scotia; River

Nova Scotia; Inlet; dragon

Nova Scotia; Gaff Point Trail

Nova Scotia; Ship; Boat

Nova Scotia; Cemetery; Tombstone; Grave..

Nova Scotia; Cliffs; Hirtle's Beach

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia; Web

Nova Scotia; Rowboat

Nova Scotia; Cabin

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia; spider web

Nova Scotia; Sailboats; LaHave River; Sailboat races

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Cliff

Nova Scotia; Spider; Web

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia; Seaweed, Hirtle's Beach

Nova Scotia; Stove; Cabin.

Nova Scotia; Atlantic Ocean; Tree; Stump; Hirtle's Beach

Nova Scotia; Rocks, Tree

Nova Scotia; Gaff Point

Nova Scotia; Mussels

Nova Scotia; Ice Crystals; Grasses

Nova Scotia; Tree; Frost

Nova Scotia, Ice Crystals

Nova Scotia; Ice, Grass; Ice Crystals

Nova Scotia; Grasses; Frost

Nova Scotia; Grasses; Frost

Nova Scotia; Ice

Nova Scotia; Cattails

Nova Scotia; Cattails, Inlet

Nova Scotia; Grasses

Nova Scotia; snow

Nova Scotia; Grasses; Frost

Nova Scotia; Risser's Beach; Ice


Nova Scotia; Barn; Barn Door

Nova Scotia; Deer; Bones; Dead Animal

Nova Scotia; Bedroom

Nova Scotia; Lobster Fishing

Nova Scotia; Lobster Fishing

Nova Scotia; Lobster fishing; Lobster Traps

Nova Scotia; LaHave River; Ferry

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach

Nova Scotia; Hirlle's Beach

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach

Nova Scotia; Ice; Diptych

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach

Nova Scotia


Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia; Cattail

Nova Scotia; Seaweed; Frost; Ice

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia; LaHave River; Ferry

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia; LaHave River

Nova Scotia; Sailboat; Races; Wooden boats

Nova Scotia; Snow; Ice

Nova Scotia; Ice



All Photos: ©David Sorcher 2005-2015
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