February 20, 2017
The Voice in Utah
I truly don't know how to put words to this picture.
This photo was shot on day 1 of a 3 day assignment. I have always said that I wanted to start a series entitled #frommywindow .
I should have known that it was going to be a very different kind of trip, when I was the only black person on the huge airbus. The plane was filled with families and other folks heading to the slopes or home.
Walking in the whole airport I saw one other black guy in the distance, his heading rocking from side to side, like mine, maybe also looking for the other black person in the room,or in this instance, the airport.
The assignment was wonderful.
I was surrounded by difference, and though I have to admit I kept looking for me the whole time, it was not hard to find the familiar.
On the final day when I was about to head up into a helicopter, a man of the Caucasian persuasion walked over to me and said,
"You look as scared as I would be. I am also afraid of heights but I wish you well on your shoot."
I went up into the air scared as hell with his words as comfort and a harness as my security.
When the helicopter shoot was over, he was there again to say,
"I prayed for you the whole time you were up there, just to make sure you were safe and that you were able to photograph what you needed."
Did I mention he wasn't black? And that to me is how I have been changing over the past four years. At times the world might offer us cloudy skies, grey days and a city locked by mountains on all sides, however if we look hard enough there will be a kind voice seeking to comfort us, if we stay open.
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