Representation Journal

source: Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Reviewed a chapter in Read this if you want to take great photographs by Henry Carroll. “True or false: good photographers nail it the first time?” the answer was False… but what I loved in this chapter was the reminder that I need to give myself lot’s of time and to take my time.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

“Use the visual world as the plastic material for the photographer’s expressive purpose” ~ Minor White

Friday, March 18, 2022

Ralph Gibson video questions that I need to ask myself before going out to shoot:

  1. How to photograph?
  2. What to photograph?
  3. Where to put the camera?!

Drifting will get “nothing” but go with purpose and will get something.

Stay true to medium could find soul

Saturday, March 19, 2022


Example of using something from my cabinet, spices, to create something abstract.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Quilt by Bisa Butler of the late artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.


Monday, March 21, 2022

  • Everything needs to be edited. Photos after they leave the camera, writing and life.
  • Perseverance and persistence. Overcome inner demons/imposter syndrome.
  • Technical skills as a photographer but people skills to make ppl feel comfortable

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Liquid Blackness

At this time, this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I wish it did and I feel silly and basically stupid that I don’t understand this. Also, it makes me feel like I am not understanding something about understanding Blackness… when I am Black

About the research project:

Article from class about it that I really had a hard time understanding

The commonness of blackness is the first foundation of its potential liquidity. It is also what grounds possibilities for its expansiveness.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Brittney Cathey-Adams self-portraits are very inspiring. I love her vulnerability.

Friday, March 25, 2022


“one needs to distinguish between images that simply portray a superficial likeness, and ones that attempt to portray something beyond ­ where the same likeness takes second stage over its interpretation”

Identity and the Photographic Portrait – Literature Review by Sergio Musct

Saturday, March 26, 2022

I have been working on how to represent the word “modulation” combined with liquid blackness. I decided to get abstract to create something abstract because liquid blackness is hard to portray. I created three pieces of abstract art using acrylic paints to show how paint can move in different ways and take on new forms. This represented the word modulation because Black people in this society have and continue to move in different ways, to adapt to the way society is changing.

What I learned through this process is that I enjoy pairing photography and painting together. I think they can complement one another and express the same idea in different ways.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

An abstract depiction of Blackness as Aesthetics – installation number 1 by Adera Robinson-Mesmer

Monday, March 28, 2022

Tuesday, March 29

Best playlist to listen to while working on this assignment on Spotify called Creativity Boost.

Wednesday, March 30

Luminosity by Brittney Cathey-Adams

Thursday, March 31

Me through the lens of my camera

Friday, April 1, 2022

Kerry James Marshall’s “Blackness of Skin Tone”

I loved this photo because Kerry James Marshall is reimaging neighborhoods. What if a neighborhood that in today’s society is not the most desirable place to live had well-maintained greenery? What if relationships in these areas were shown as loving?

Blackness of Skin Tone

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Watching videos about Afrofuturism for a paper that I am writing in my Visual Culture class.

The video by Ytasha Womack makes me want to start reading books about Afrofuturism. I am already curious about how I might be able to create art that makes me think about the future differently and helps others to think about the future differently, “what could be”.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Kenyan American artist, Wangechi Mutu. This is her piece called “Mellow Yellow

I agree with her statement in her video, I’m a city girl with a nature brain.

Mellow Yellow

Monday, April 4, 2022

Vanessa Leroy reflecting on herself:

  • She would dream about being different than she was.
  • For a long time, Leroy explains, she didn’t think her voice was worthy or wanted.
  • Daydreaming is now a form of grounding myself and remaining present … sitting with myself instead of sitting with this character of myself that was leagues away from who I actually am.
  • I’m now at the center of these dreams in my own form. I no longer compartmentalize my emotions, create a facade of strength, or suppress my own voice.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

When a creative Black woman, a person dies, something is lost. Not just a piece of happiness from the remaining survivors. But also those who do not know this person, are missing out on everything that this individual had to offer currently and in the future.

“I finally feel seen and heard”

We will miss you. Your sass, your laugh, your creativity, your determination, your sophistication, your perseverance… your Black Excellence.

Friday, April 8, 2022

“When there are no words, know that the silences are carrying the thoughts and prayers of all who love you.” — Dawn Dais

Saturday April 9

Listening to podcast: ->
Looking for representation- other women.

Metaphor of how women are treated.

The words: blur and grain. Tactility.

Sunday, April 10

love and not trauma was the final submission. Creating a different narrative. There was something in the podcast that I don’t remember the details but : but using the backstory to create a new narrative and also don’t choose photos that are questionably good. They need to make an impact.

April 11

Bisa Butler searched through Depression-era photos instead of using family photos. “I am not an intellectual inferior to anyone”

April 12

Barbara Bosworth and her memories with her father – I like how this inspires her work. Something positive that is fueling her.

Friday, April 15

There are so many issues that are concealed by utopian imagery. The incessant promotion of travel and the city as a desirable destination mixed with the images used to promote real estate sales are the two driving forces behind Miami’s economy. You see all these billboards covering up rusting facades, and when you peek through them you see the dug out foundations filled with water.

Anastasia Samoylova – artist in article by LensCulture

San Diego is a destination for people to come and visit and to live. After reading this article and particularly this quote, it made me think about what is being covered up by utopian imagery.

Saturday, April 16

I considered including Jean Michel-Basquiat into my final project proposal. I reviewed a lot of his work and struggled to tie his work to Afrofuturism. I see references of inserting Black peoople into the past but I don’t see think of his work when I think of Afrofuturism.

Hollywood Africans by Jean-Michel Basquiet

Sunday, April 17

Unorthodox Landscapes – I wish I could play tennis. Instead I just try to channel my inner Venus Williams self and add a little color to these courts in our complex.

Me trying to look like Venus Williams
Venus Williams

Tuesday, April 19, 2022:

Nathan Emerson Rochefort at

I like how one project leads to another one. One Hour led to Strange Future. I think this could be a way of showing Unorthodox Landscapes. I like this! Makes me think about Un. Lands. from a different perspective.

Personal notes from artist lecture: Used time exposures instead of snapshots for singular moments. how can we understand the world. The horizon line is the only static thing. Images were not all taken the same day. human scale vs geologic time – where do humans fit and what is my responsibility as i evaluate myself as part of the system and not separate. What does the land have to offer US is the normal dialogue around landscapes. What is the value that the land has? Is the value of the land beautifule or does it have it own value outside of man. What responsibility do i have when depicting the land, what am i saying about it,

Lake Ontario – the horizon is what is constant
Changing the land for the use of man by machines

April 20

When we talk about being black, we automatically go to the barriers and challenges we face. Not the successes and the beauty of the black experience.

Joshua Mays – artist

April 21

Working on my gallery layout. PowerPoint is not the best for this but I don’t know how to use Photoshop well enough. I want some of the work to hang from the ceilings. I think the front of the gallery should be more lit than the back of the gallery. Mikael Owunna’s work should be in more of a dark space.

Gallery concept

Friday, April 22

Reading an article about Visual Ecologies. I gravitate to black and white photography but I like how one artist uses minimal color photography to show contrasts. Subtle color for contrast work.

Saturday, April 23 – late entry

Late entry because on this day we hiked the Grand Canyon starting at 6:30 am and ending at 3:40ish pm. It was a 19-mile hike from Bright Angel to South Kaibab. We stopped at The Ranch for lunch. At The Ranch one of the workers came out and reminded everyone that the land was sacred and for Native Americans, it’s the same as mecca. He reminded us of the Native American tribes that had originally inhabited the land.

Throughout the hike, I often looked around at the different types of people that were and were not represented in this space.

Me at the top of Bright Angel Trailhead at Grand Canyon

I wonder what it was like to be one of the early Black people to live in or near the Grand Canyon.

Sunday, April 24 – late entry

Late post because we drove home today and then I had to get my project turned in. But I came back to this entry because I had been thinking about the people who originally lived in the Grand Canyon, the Hualapais and Havasupai people.

Monday, April 25

Trying to decide if I want to add a 6th artist to the series. I am thinking about adding Joshua Mays as a 6th artist. The flow would change to either:

Brantly -> Alabo -> Cox and swap the order of the images -> Mutu & swap the order -> add Joshua Mays -> Owunna

Image to consider for Mikael Owunna

Infinite Essence Series

Tuesday, April 26

Finalizing images: Need to make a final decision on an additional David Alabo image. The options are Justice, Kissing and Lust. I am leaning towards Lust due to the eyes to complement the other artists. I might switch out Monochase and use existing Bonsai and new images of Justice and Lust – in this order.

New images:


Wednesday, April 27

Future research: -> Astro blackness (2.0 Afrofuturism)

Black imagination is liberation.

The world we live in has been designed, and we must design our way out of it.

Liberative Design/Institute of Black Imagination

Module 2 links that I don’t want to forget:
Exhibitions to Explore:
In Their Own Form (Museum of Contemporary Photography)
Ascension of Black Stillness (CEPA Gallery) 
Black is Beautiful (Museum of the African Diaspora)

Articles about Black photographers:

Thursday, April 28, 2022

This is it!!! Writing this curatorial statement is very hard.

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