Pre-Obamaian Period (lol)
The grass is hardly greener on the "other side." This photo is very interesting to me. At first I dismissed it as another one of my badly washed out photos. But coming across it again by accident, I noticed the contrast between the colorful grass and the subjects' state.
To me, this photograph shows the continued struggle of The African-American Experience in America today. Isn't it something how the boy is already perceived to be "behind bars" before he ever truly gets a chance to become a man?
His shorts unveil that he's a soldier in this struggle but in who's
He is clearly the next generation in the "forefront" but what will he do to get out of his current struggle?
He is overshadowed by his father, who is unable to look forward (towards the light of the lens) because of the preoccupations of his own struggles. Stripped of the shirts off their backs, they are vulnerable in this cruel and dark world.
However, the brightness behind them reveals hope from a source not of this earth.