Early morning snow in Harlem today. It’s not Snowmageddon but it’s pretty for now. I wonder if this will be the last snow of the winter….
URBAN ART PHOTOGRAPHER RAY TUCKER PRESENTS:
“Dreams in Color”
Artist Ray Tucker is pleased to present his sophomore solo photography exhibition Dreams in Color. This show is a collaboration with notable Harlem fashion and culture boutique, THE VAULT.
The vivid colors on display represent open mindedness and creativity, protesting the notion that dreams occur in black and white. The photos are a combination of colorful abstract urban imagery and still life displayed with a unique metallic finish. The frames are also artworks which feature original paintings of inspirational and philosophical text offering “interpretations” of each dream. Ray Tucker is a Harlem based artist and this is his first showing within the neighborhood. THE VAULT has been a fixture in the community since 2006 and is the perfect venue to display fine art with an urban edge. Dreams in Color will run for no less than two weeks and all the pieces in the show are one-of-kind and personalized although similar versions may be available upon request.
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WHAT: Join Ray Tucker of TheSilentClatter.com at THE VAULT specialty boutique forDreams in Color; his sophomore solo photography exhibition.
WHO: Music lovers, art lovers, lovers of love, and everyone in between. WHEN: Opening Thursday November 29, 2012 @ 7pm (minimum two week run) WHERE: THE VAULT
2498 Frederick Douglass Boulevard,
New York, NY 10030
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A Harlem-based photographer has come out in support of the black community in response to the heinous, borderline racist article published in the Psychology Today journal. The article, titled ‘Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive than Other Women?’ by psychologist Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa sparked fury amongst the black community worldwide and while some were busy getting angry, Harlem-photographer Paul Phillips took it upon himself to prove the opposite.
Beauty in Black
Paul Phillips plans to get together some of the women from all around the country to show exactly how beautiful and stunning they are, in both personality and appearance and his collection of photos is to be published in a weighty coffee table tome entitled Beauty in Black. Of course, to finance his project, Phillips needed to make significant steps in moving money to make sure the funds he needed were available but through setting up a Kickstarter page, he began to raise funds for his project.
Phillips has come out strongly against these hurtful and mistaken statements made by Kanazawa and others by showing exactly how strong and beautiful black women can be. He plans to travel all across the States to find black women in a diverse range of areas and situations. When speaking to the Huffington Post, Phillips explained he wanted to capture black women of ‘all ages, shades, shapes, sizes and hair textures’ providing a fuller picture of what constitutes a black woman.
It’s extremely humbling for Harlem to see one of their own pioneering this huge project especially as he’s a male entering a very feminine debate with no qualms and only his camera to capture the truth. Phillips went on to explain how he was brought up by ‘a strong black woman’ and went onto marry another ‘strong black woman’ and so statements such as those made by Kanazawa are blatantly wrong according to his experiences and opinions.
Phillips’ book may not seem like the most influential and life changing step but it is a clear physical, photographic example of someone trying to change a negative opinion which need never have been formed.
As already mentioned, Phillips plans to travel the country, taking photographs and then put his book together, all in just one year. He’s looking to raise $10,000 via his Kickstarter page and we are pleased to say as of 9th March his target has been reached and his project can go ahead.
Phillips sees his project as an essential educational tool as he believes every young girl should have access to his book so they can understand the meaning of beauty in all its contexts before they’re taken away by the white idealism of Barbie and Disney princesses.
Now Phillips has his funds, we can only wait and see what he comes up with but the following video is a sample of some of the women he’d hope to include in his project and their thoughts on its production:
Research Arguing Against Kanazawa
Since the publication of Kanazawa’s essay, plenty of people have come out in protest against it. Regardless of his evolutionary points, the majority of people have been shocked if not outraged by the statements in his essay. A poll conducted in conjunction with the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation and showed that black women across America are generally more satisfied with their lives. That’s not to say they’re disputing the family or home lives of white women, just working to prove that Kanazawa’s word isn’t final.
The research poll conducted amongst a wide diverse range of women showed that black women (51%) came out on top when asked how satisfied they were with their lives, scoring higher than white women as well as both black and white men. The poll also discovered that although black women are heavier overall than others, they also have higher levels of self esteem and therefore body confidence. Now, confidence is seriously one of the most attractive traits in a woman.
In Harlem, it’s estimated that over 50% of the residents are of color and therefore you’d think that the area would come out in support of Phillips and his fantastic project. Phillips’ project has the potential to make a huge difference to the educational understanding of different body types and skin colors and should be something that America as a nation embraces.
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Christmas and New Years are times of celebration. They are also times for reflection. And what better place to reflect on than our beloved Harlem.
HarlemCondoLife’s mission has been to chronicle all that’s great about Harlem. And we’ve uncovered an incredible and innovative way of doing so. It’s called InvincibleCities.
The site speaks for itself. But in a nutshell, it uses photography and technology to chronicle changes of several urban landscapes. One such landscape is Harlem.
The first thing I did was check out my block to see what it looked like and compared it to what is there today. Wow. I’ve spent hours examining Harlem then and now through the lens of artist Camilo Jose Vergara. My favorite so far has been examining locations that today have been transformed by new real estate projects, including Frederick Douglass Boulevard, between 110th and 125th, which many consider the “Gateway to Harlem”.
How to use the site:
- Goto http://invinciblecities.camden.rutgers.edu/intro.html
- Click on “Harlem”.
- Locate the map pane (upper left corner).
- Move the bulls eye to the desired location.
- Locate the photo phone (right below the map pane).
- Click on each dot which represents a photo. The photo will appear in the photo pain (to the right).
- Click on the timeline below the photo to see the changes.
Join us in exploring the beauty, art and history that is Invincible Cities.