A penny for your thoughts

June 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Pensive_Portrait-01-5Pensive_Portrait-01-5A side view shot, taken against the evening sunlight with subject looking away from the camera. Converted to monochrome to achieve a "soulful" effect the way only "we" would understand it.
Mind you, not a racial statement, only a cultural one.
You see according to my interpretation. That "Soul" which developed as the Black American public psychosocial expression of depression and deprivation is celebrated in a positive way here and in the gallery under the group "Portraiture" with the name--Soulful

 

A side view,  taken against the evening sunlight with Kathy looking away from the camera.

Converted to monochrome after, to achieve a "soulful" effect the way only "we" would understand it.
I made my statement that way not to evoke  any racial emotion ,positive or otherwise, but to discuss an idea steep in Black American history and which pervaded "people of color" all over the world wherever broadcast  medium existed.
You see according to my interpretation "soul" which developed as the Black American public psychosocial expression of depression and deprivation began in song and lyrics then metamorphosed into dance and song. You would hear during those days and the days when I was a youth the comment "you got soul".

In my opinion it meant that you could dance, that you could sing with passion and that you had rhythm both in terms of how you could carry musical notes with your voice and your whole body in dance motion.

You see these were genuine expressions of a people dealing, albeit vicariously, with their daily grind and stress.

This thing, this idea, has continue to metamorphosed first in the Caribbean ,in Cuba and in Jamaica, now it has taken the world by storm. Almost every piece of music hitting the airwaves has "soul".

Why? Because the computer has joined-in in the mix and ensuring that the "soul" is in most, if not all, modern releases.

It came to me recently that almost every new release is appealing.and while growing up that was not so.

It dawn on me that they had rhythm , they had "soul".

Yes ,African culture is pervasive!Because it is "deep-rooted" and it's genuine.

So this image is from  my gallery "Soulful" which has candid and posed images that has genuine expressions.

p.s. I have differentiate the word by not capitalizing it out of respect to some religious bodies (although Soul is soul in my interpretation because any  talent has a positive spirit-I wonder, now,what would have happened to us without this music).


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