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.
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.
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