We are not Alone: Images of Hope
Photos and stories by Carlos Javier Ortiz
Tommie (left) and Pamela Bosley (back) , whose 18-year-old son, Terrell, was shot to death in April 2006 in the their church parking lot of his in the Chicago of South Side.
While old photographs fill out our mental image of the past, the photographs being taken now transform what is present into a mental image, like the past. Cameras establish an inferential relation to the present (reality is known by its traces), provide an instantly retroactive view of experience. (Sontag, 1977, pp. 166-167)
This photograph harkens back to Civil Rights era photographs. The choice to print this photograph black and white contributes to this aesthetic. The impassioned man to the right yelling is positioned in such a way as to appear to be leading the protest, recalling images of protest leaders and great historical figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr.
While this image took place in 2012 and captures a relatively small protest march through inner city Chicago, this event is placed into a greater historical context. In this way, this photograph exemplifies Sontag’s observation regarding the effect of a camera in bringing the essence of history and the past to a recent occurrence.