That Face

I spent this afternoon walking through the “Art on Paper” exhibition at Pier 36. I experienced a lot of beautiful art, but the most incredible thing I saw was this face. For six months or so I’ve been looking all around for a face that matches a character I’ve been writing, and I knew all at once that this was her. She doesn’t look exactly like I thought she would, but in her face I see an openness, vulnerability, faith… it was like meeting an old friend. When I saw the photo I almost burst into tears. My own projection aside, this is beautiful work by Kris Graves. It’s part of his Testament series, a sequence of gorgeous, very moving photos of black people. I’m so glad I saw this today. It’s going to stay with me for a very long time.

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