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Reflections from within. In Our Glory. #WestPhiladelphia @everydayblackamerica

“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.”
~ Kwame Nkrumah
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These words of wisdom have guided me for much of life.
Pan-Africanism is my way of life. I have taught my son that regardless of the branch Africa is the root. We had a wonderful #Blackpantherthemovie weekend. I’m hoping he will see past the moment and embrace the movement.
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From the ongoing Photo Project “From the Root to the Fruit: Black fathers and their children.”
•  #Wakandaforever
#blackpanther #representationmatters 
#panafrican 
#Africa
#Father
#Son
#BlackExcellence
#legacy
#dignity
#tradition
#Blackfathers
#westphilly to #wakanda 
#365ken
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“i am not african because i was born in africa but because africa was born in me.” ~ kwame nkrumah • these words of wisdom have guided me for much of life. pan-africanism is my way of life. i have taught my son that regardless of the branch africa is the root. we had a wonderful #blackpantherthemovie weekend. i’m hoping he will see past the moment and embrace the movement. • from the ongoing photo project “from the root to the fruit: black fathers and their children.” • #wakandaforever #blackpanther #representationmatters #panafrican #africa #father #son #blackexcellence #legacy #dignity #tradition #blackfathers #westphilly to #wakanda #365ken
1,092 33 18 hours ago
“From the City of brotherly love and SISTERLY AFFECTION.”
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Sisters Yemaya & Samarah
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Photographed for the ongoing Project
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“from the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection.” • sisters yemaya & samarah • photographed for the ongoing project "from the root to the fruit: black fathers and their children.” • #sisters #sisterhood #philadelphia #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlsrock #melanin #traditions #legacy #dignity #supportsystem #portrait #blackportraiture #portraiture #postthepeople #makeportraits #portraitphotography #portraitpage
1,057 13 2 weeks ago
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"i think of my role as a father as that of support to my two daughters being brilliant, beautiful, strong, and resilient. i can’t support them without listening to them, without learning from them, learning to soften rough edges, while staying stable enough for them to lean on, and lift off from." • ~ jean-jacques, samarah & yemaya. photographed for the ongoing project "from the root to the fruit: black fathers and their children. • #father #daughter #blackfathers #traditions #legacy #dignity #supportsystem #portrait #blackportraiture #portraiture #postthepeople #makeportraits #portraitphotography #portraitpage #365ken
1,293 17 3 weeks ago
“Giving thanks every minute, every single day. Give thanks for high health and therein, opportunity. Give thanks for divine timing. Give thanks for a discerning, attentive, indomitable spirit. Give thanks for alignment with the real and the right. Give thanks for a nimble mind. Give thanks for able hands to actualize the vision. Give thanks for agile feet to “trod”  the hills and valleys. Give thanks for the great humor with which to regard all, especially oneself. Give thanks for mistakes, which are really lessons. Give thanks for learning. Give thanks for losses. Give thanks for newness. 
Give thanks for love.” ~ @taubattice
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Image by @365Ken
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Words by @taubattice
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#self #portraiture #selfportrait #lighttest #givingthanks #strength #dignity #humanity #africandiaspora #blacklivesmatter #iamsomebody #youaresomebody #supermoon
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@365ken
“giving thanks every minute, every single day. give thanks for high health and therein, opportunity. give thanks for divine timing. give thanks for a discerning, attentive, indomitable spirit. give thanks for alignment with the real and the right. give thanks for a nimble mind. give thanks for able hands to actualize the vision. give thanks for agile feet to “trod” the hills and valleys. give thanks for the great humor with which to regard all, especially oneself. give thanks for mistakes, which are really lessons. give thanks for learning. give thanks for losses. give thanks for newness. give thanks for love.” ~ @taubattice • • image by @365ken • words by @taubattice#self #portraiture #selfportrait #lighttest #givingthanks #strength #dignity #humanity #africandiaspora #blacklivesmatter #iamsomebody #youaresomebody #supermoon
1,253 30 3 weeks ago
It doesn't matter how we get there as long as we get there together.
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From my ongoing series

From the Root to the Fruit:
Black Fathers and their Children
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#Father #daughter #family #Streetphotography #philadelphia #shotoniphone #everdayblackamerica #everydayeverywhere #365ken
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It doesn't matter how we get there as long as we get there together. • from my ongoing series from the root to the fruit: black fathers and their children • #father #daughter #family #streetphotography #philadelphia #shotoniphone #everdayblackamerica #everydayeverywhere #365ken
2,019 40 4 weeks ago
“We are so much greater than we have been told and far greater than we can imagine.” •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Jean Jacques @heyjeanjacques 
photographed by
Ken Mcfarlane @365Ken 
Image Edited by @saharchphoto 
#strength #dignity #power #portraiture #yoga #philadelphia #westphilly #pursuitofportraits  #makeportraits #blackisbeautiful #justgoshoot #streetphotography #postthepeople #portraitmood #BlackSteelinthehourofchaos
@365ken ken
@365ken
“we are so much greater than we have been told and far greater than we can imagine.” •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• jean jacques @heyjeanjacques photographed by ken mcfarlane @365ken image edited by @saharchphoto #strength #dignity #power #portraiture #yoga #philadelphia #westphilly #pursuitofportraits #makeportraits #blackisbeautiful #justgoshoot #streetphotography #postthepeople #portraitmood #blacksteelinthehourofchaos
1,428 24 last month
I’m humbled and honored to have my work featured by @Instagram this week. Thank you to the team at Instagram for making this happen and to the instagram community for continually supporting this work.

Special thanks to the people of #WestPhilly for allowing me to show the world a view from within.

#Repost @instagram
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Photo by @365ken
In Ken McFarlane’s (@365ken) portrait work, two common threads weave through: strength and dignity. “What is often highlighted in our communities is not necessarily the only thing, the best thing or the things that we know to be true,” says the photographer, based in Philadelphia. Reclaiming representations of the black community is important to Ken. “I believe in giving agency or utilizing our own agency in reflecting ourselves in the larger sense,” he explains. “What Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others sacrificed allows me to have the mindset and the perspective that I have. My goal is really to open new windows of opportunity so that new heroes and heroines can be known.”
This post is in honor of #MLKDAY in the United States. Watch our story to see more from Ken.
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@365ken
I’m humbled and honored to have my work featured by @instagram this week. thank you to the team at instagram for making this happen and to the instagram community for continually supporting this work. special thanks to the people of #westphilly for allowing me to show the world a view from within. #repost @instagram ・・・ photo by @365ken in ken mcfarlane’s (@365ken ) portrait work, two common threads weave through: strength and dignity. “what is often highlighted in our communities is not necessarily the only thing, the best thing or the things that we know to be true,” says the photographer, based in philadelphia. reclaiming representations of the black community is important to ken. “i believe in giving agency or utilizing our own agency in reflecting ourselves in the larger sense,” he explains. “what dr. martin luther king jr. and many others sacrificed allows me to have the mindset and the perspective that i have. my goal is really to open new windows of opportunity so that new heroes and heroines can be known.” this post is in honor of #mlkday in the united states. watch our story to see more from ken.
2,448 108 last month
More life, more prosperity and more portraits for 2018! Much love and respect for everyone that stood before my lens and to everyone that has accompanied me on this journey. I don’t do New Years resolutions but I am resolute in my commitment to make more portraits and honest reflections of my community this year and always. Let us work together.

#everdayblackamerica #humanity #strength #dignity
#reflectionsnotcaptures
#Philadelphia #Westphilly #portrait #portraiture #publicenemy #pursuitofportraits  #makeportraits #blackisbeautiful #justgoshoot #streetphotography #postthepeople #portraitmood #BlackSteelinthehourofchaos #ittakesanationofmillionstoholdusback #picturemegivingadamnisaidnever
@365ken ken
@365ken
More life, more prosperity and more portraits for 2018! much love and respect for everyone that stood before my lens and to everyone that has accompanied me on this journey. i don’t do new years resolutions but i am resolute in my commitment to make more portraits and honest reflections of my community this year and always. let us work together. #everdayblackamerica #humanity #strength #dignity #reflectionsnotcaptures #philadelphia #westphilly #portrait #portraiture #publicenemy #pursuitofportraits #makeportraits #blackisbeautiful #justgoshoot #streetphotography #postthepeople #portraitmood #blacksteelinthehourofchaos #ittakesanationofmillionstoholdusback #picturemegivingadamnisaidnever
2,245 71 last month
“Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival.” •Historian and Civil War reenactor Albert El photographed outside of The Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery in Philadelphia.

#veteransday #africanamerican #blackveterans #soldier  #blackportaiture #veteransday2017
#blackhistory #philadelphia #postthepeople
@365ken ken
@365ken
“fighting on arrival, fighting for survival.” •historian and civil war reenactor albert el photographed outside of the lest we forget museum of slavery in philadelphia. #veteransday #africanamerican #blackveterans #soldier #blackportaiture #veteransday2017 #blackhistory #philadelphia #postthepeople
678 9 November 2017
“The evidence of things unseen.” #westphilly
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@365ken
“the evidence of things unseen.” #westphilly
634 17 November 2017
“Didn’t my people before me slave for this country?”
#Iphone reflection reimagined. 
#streetportrait #portrait #iamaman #streetphotography #mood #portraitmood #postthepeople #philadelphia #westphilly
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@365ken
“didn’t my people before me s***e for this country?” #iphone reflection reimagined. #streetportrait #portrait #iamaman #streetphotography #mood #portraitmood #postthepeople #philadelphia #westphilly
897 21 October 2017
“Every which way but loose.” #mother #daughter #westphilly #streetphotography #streetportrait
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@365ken
“every which way but loose.” #mother #daughter #westphilly #streetphotography #streetportrait
901 32 October 2017
Good friends are better than pocket money. #westphilly #friendshipgoals #friends #streetphotography #streetportrait
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@365ken
Good friends are better than pocket money. #westphilly #friendshipgoals #friends #streetphotography #streetportrait
573 11 October 2017
Photography for me has always been just as much about listening and hearing as it is about looking and seeing.

This man walked right up to me interrupting a conversation I was having and started talking. Admittedly much of what he said missed me. I tried my best to understand what he was saying but I couldn’t grasp a word he said.

It wasn’t until I raised my lens to my eye that he stopped talking and the hearing and seeing kicked in. He raised his finger to his crown and without saying a word he told me everything I needed to know. 👆🏽“I refuse to surrender!” #streetphotography #streetportrait #streetphoto_bw #seeer #listener #nosurrender
@365ken ken
@365ken
Photography for me has always been just as much about listening and hearing as it is about looking and seeing. this man walked right up to me interrupting a conversation i was having and started talking. admittedly much of what he said missed me. i tried my best to understand what he was saying but i couldn’t grasp a word he said. it wasn’t until i raised my lens to my eye that he stopped talking and the hearing and seeing kicked in. he raised his finger to his crown and without saying a word he told me everything i needed to know. 👆🏽“i refuse to surrender!” #streetphotography #streetportrait #streetphoto_bw #seeer #listener #nosurrender
683 21 October 2017