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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Weekly Black & White Photo

The Servant

The-Servant

This image was created using a DSLR and an 18 – 105 lens. The ISO was 200 and exposed for 1/125 sec @f/5.6.

During the 18th century, half of Colonial Williamsburg's population was black. However, the first official United States Census taken in 1790 showed that only eight percent of the black populace was free.

In Colonial Williamsburg today there are numerous black American citizens participating as re-enactors showing how life was for the black person before the Revolutionary War.

As we were walking about during a recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg I saw this man walking down a path and I could not help but photograph him; as he made it look like I had stepped back in time. He looked at me and I held up my camera to signify that I wanted to photograph him, he smiled and nodded and went about walking as you see here. After I took the photo I said, “Got it.” He smiled again, gave a slight wave as I thanked him and he went on to work.

For me, making this photo a B&W image was the only true way to honor this person in his portrayal of the black man during the time proceeding the Revolutionary War.