Black is polarizing.
Paint a new picture, tell a new story.
Local Artist/Photographer to Showcase Photo Journalism Project: Black Innocence
James Drakeford (Mr. King JD) is on a mission. All too often, for Drakeford’s taste, the dominant images and social constructs associated with Blackness in general and Black youth, in particular, invoke feelings of hopelessness, fear, and mistrust that resonate negatively with mainstream and marginalized America. Through authentic photographs of Black youth, Drakeford introduces a counter narrative of hopefulness, courage, and faith.
Black Innocence tells a new story, freezes a new frame, and paints a new picture of African American youth. “When I see a Black child”, Drakeford explains, “I see someone with limitless talent and potential. I see unbridled innocence”. He wants others to see what he sees. Through the use of candid, natural, spontaneous photographs of elementary school age Black children doing ordinary, everyday things, Drakeford captures the innocence of childhood.
Serving children is nothing new to Drakeford. A native of Dayton, Ohio and current Columbus resident, the young entrepreneur received a B.S. degree from the College of Education at The Ohio State University, taught in the Freedom School Program . . . , founded The Idea of Being Somebody.® (TIOBS), a lifestyle movement that promotes self-actualization, and manages Sole Classics, a premier sneaker and clothing boutique in the Short North Columbus area. Drakeford is a painter as well as a photographer. His paintings have been featured in several art shows.
The Black Innocence project will be his second exclusive photography exhibit. Of his work and the children he portrays, Drakeford states: “In addition to rebranding the image of Black youth, I want my work to promote unity, respect, hope, determination, and compassion. I wish for these children to flourish and defy negative premonitions. I hope they will find purpose, fulfillment, and happiness.”
The Black Innocence project will be shown:
March, 9, 2013
The Method Gallery
889 E. Long Street
Columbus, OH 43203 (Historic King-Lincoln District)
To learn more about the artist and his work, follow Black Innocence Tumblr & Instagram:
|When: Mar 9|
|Where: 889 E. Long Street Columbus, OH 43203|
|Time: 6-9 p.m.||Price: Donation|