While I was in Colombia, I was able to do only two portraits, because the short time in each city with lots of visits to homes didn’t lend itself to the quiet extended time that I need with each subject. So I decided I would create portraits once I was back home, on the basis of photos.
Tonight I sorted through my hundreds of images & cropped 29 that should work for portraits. They are diverse – mostly women, because we were hosted by leaders of women’s organizations, but also men & children. I despair of ever doing justice to these beautiful faces, but if I wait till I can do it perfectly I will never do art. This year I’m committed to this project as part of my Lenten discipline.
While I was in the process, I got a Facebook message from a Latin American studies prof at a community college in the suburbs. He & some colleagues, including an art history prof who is involved in running the college art gallery, would like to put on an exhibit of M’s photos & have me do a presentation on the struggles of the Afro-Colombian people next fall. It’s exactly the kind of thing we want to do in the wake of our trip, so I responded to say yes, we’re interested.
We shall see whether any of my portraits end up in this exhibit as well. First I have to make them!