ten years ago in january 2001, i had a show in raleigh, nc (my home town), titled "the black show." it also ran at morning glory cafe in flagstaff a little bit after that. one of my influences at that time was peter beard. i'd just seen his show in soho and was blown away by it. i used to write stories around the margins of photos and send them to friends as postcards. in fact, i've a buddy in san francisco whose kitchen in his cottage bungalow was a gallery of postcards i'd sent him over like a 10 year period. maybe longer. i think his wife made him take them all down now. but, after seeing peter beard's show, i started playing with the images more, drawing on them, gluing stuff onto the images and writing directly on the print. thank you peter beard.
i came across my portfolio of images from "the black show" recently. i'd forgotten i had it. it made me smile to go through the images again. in total, there are 15 images. i decided that i'll celebrate black history month this year by scanning and uploading to my blog a page from the black show over the course of the month of february.
happy black history month!