The photographs in my “Darker Than Blue” collection represent moments I was fortunate enough to experience. When I look at them, they feel like a time machine, a lucid dream, carrying every sensation and nuance—hyperrealistic contrast only my Leica Monochrom can capture.
The title “Darker Than Blue” references a 1970 Curtis Mayfield lyric from the Civil Rights-themed, “We People Who Are Darker Than Blue.” I’ve always loved its depth and symbolism and have sought to reflect that paradox of hope and struggle in these images.
My lifelong passion for the history, music, cinema and arts of the black community comes full circle with this exhibit as my contribution to artifacts that honor and reflect such a rich and beautiful culture. I am very grateful to Leica for allowing me to share it in such a manner.”
“If your mind could really see
You’d know your color the same as me
Pardon me, brother, as you stand in your glory I know you won’t mind if I tell the whole story.”
– Curtis Mayfield