Perhaps its a memorable dinner for two. At any rate, capturing these events and going back to remember, can have a cathartic effect as we go back to these photos to remember. Where we choose to dine I believe is as important as the events. Here are images from left to right taken from; Kiratiana's Guide to Black Paris + Waly Fay Restaurant, The Xicato Dining Experience, and 626 Rood, Grand Junction.
Imagine if you had a really extraordinary photo of your child or friend based on the talent of the photographer. This would in effect double the value of the image. This quality is not based on altering the subject of the photo in any way to achieve prominence. Rather the fundamental skill through expertise and creativity that the photographer brings to the table.
For example, you can google dog portraits, and most of the photos will look the same, with the primary difference being with the sentimental value of the subject to the dog owner.
So why not make the quality of the photo, through the photographer's skill, extraordinary. Here's an example of a dog photo taken from animalwall.xyz that is powerful. I'm sure the dog's owner is sentimental about their dog, and at the same time thrilled to have an art-gallery-level quality artist provide the result shown below.
It really is stunning to realize that in our current time, with cell phones technology, grocery stores with isles lined with food, we still have multitudes of poor people.
Although I give to charities to help people, and I am aware of segments of society that are impoverished, but the true face of poverty and desolation is stark and shocking.
If these images cause us to ask ourselves what more can we do, then the effort has been effective.
Here's a different take on what I would consider an intimate dining experience from ElAbundio.
Incidentally, these are the same black people who were good enough to cook meals for white folks, take care of their kids, clean their houses, work their yards and fields, and suffer the abuses, indignities, all kinds of torture and death at the hands of insane racists, yet not good enough to walk through the front door of a restaurant let alone eat there, or live where they could afford.
Whats for certain is that what is recorded does not begin to scrape the surface of the cruelty, inhumanity and barbaric behavior that these people suffered.
In the aftermath as we consider events in the United States - we understand that mad fire of racism was never snuffed out. It only smoldered and has once again erupted and threatens the existence of all of us.
For certain, Blacks and Latinos, and Native Americans suffer most under the sickness of racism. But don't think for a minute that you and I are safe. These same forces are removing the very sustenance of all of us in every consideration from human rights to jobs, to environment. We must all come together to fight this.
Brave photographers captured and published images that shocked the world only a few decades ago. And today cameras and cell phones capture the gruesome events, only to have the highest levels of government level no accountability to the perpetrators. The same grotesque behavior that takes place by cowardly people and cowardly governments has arrived on our shores.
One other item to remember that is hidden in the media, is that more whites than blacks are shot and killed by police. One day, we may realize this as a class issue and not a race issue.
Donald Leon Farrow saw the world through a true photographer's eyes as long as he can remember. There are so many beautiful landscapes and images when Donald Leon Farrow was younger - that he could not capture with a camera, as Don did not have one. But these images were etched into his memory, and Donald Leon Farrow was the only one who could see them. When Donald Leon Farrow was 7 years old, his dad brought Don a camera. Donald Leon Farrow's dad was a doctor - but also a magnificent photographer. His dad was usually called upon to photograph family weddings. Donald Leon Farrow was taught by his dad the art of composition and lighting, and how to develop film pictures in the old fashioned dark room. Donald Leon Farrow attended photography fairs, lectures and club events with his dad. Those were some of the best memories of Don's life - and he knew that he was hooked on photography. Later, Donald Leon Farrow his dad's passion for medical science and became an Nurse Anesthetist with dad's help. With a good income and generous time and travel - Donald Leon Farrow can pursue his primary passion of photography.
- School of the Photographic Arts: OttawaPhotographic Arts and Production