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EBONY & IVORY

SUBY'S PHOTO, SIN'S EDIT!

See  policyofsubster

"I hope that people will finally come to realise that there is only one 'race' - the human race - and that we are all members of it."
Margaret Atwood
 
I was going to put up a different shot, entertaining you with some new snaps of Jazz. That was until I finished watching, in tears, the documentary on the Stephen Lawrence case - the most high-profile unresolved racially motivated murder case in the UK.
 
More than a decade ago, on 22 April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death in Eltham, southeast London. He could have been anyone's son, brother, friend... He was just a young black man who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, who paid a much too high price for the colour of his skin.
 
More than a decade later, after various tip-offs, many allegations of institutional racism within the police force, inadmissable evidence, dropped charges, no one has been convicted for the violent murder of a young, successful, promising black man. The police are still trying to shift the blame, witnesses are still too intimidated to give their statements which may incriminate those who were suspected, from the very first moment of the news of the murder.
 
Suspects? They walk free. They have moved on with their lives. Some have kids of their own. These are the same men who continued to overtly harrass other black people in Elthem long after Stephen's murder; the same men who stood up in court claiming not to be racists, and walked off, acquitted, with smug expressions and menacing behaviour. They walk free. They have moved on.
 
Stephen can't move on, nor can his parents. Not until justice is served.
 
Think of it; it could have been your son, your brother, your friend; wrong time, wrong place, wrong colour.
 
GOD CREATED US IN ALL SHADES AND COLOURS FOR HE WANTED VARIETY.
 
Until every single person comes to realise this truth, there will continue to be injustice, inequality, imprisonment in this world.
 
Words by Sinem
 
"Ars longa, vita brevis."
 
http://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/
 
 
 
 
 
 

EBONY & IVORY

SUBY'S PHOTO, SIN'S EDIT!

See  policyofsubster

"I hope that people will finally come to realise that there is only one 'race' - the human race - and that we are all members of it."
Margaret Atwood
 
I was going to put up a different shot, entertaining you with some new snaps of Jazz. That was until I finished watching, in tears, the documentary on the Stephen Lawrence case - the most high-profile unresolved racially motivated murder case in the UK.
 
More than a decade ago, on 22 April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death in Eltham, southeast London. He could have been anyone's son, brother, friend... He was just a young black man who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, who paid a much too high price for the colour of his skin.
 
More than a decade later, after various tip-offs, many allegations of institutional racism within the police force, inadmissable evidence, dropped charges, no one has been convicted for the violent murder of a young, successful, promising black man. The police are still trying to shift the blame, witnesses are still too intimidated to give their statements which may incriminate those who were suspected, from the very first moment of the news of the murder.
 
Suspects? They walk free. They have moved on with their lives. Some have kids of their own. These are the same men who continued to overtly harrass other black people in Elthem long after Stephen's murder; the same men who stood up in court claiming not to be racists, and walked off, acquitted, with smug expressions and menacing behaviour. They walk free. They have moved on.
 
Stephen can't move on, nor can his parents. Not until justice is served.
 
Think of it; it could have been your son, your brother, your friend; wrong time, wrong place, wrong colour.
 
GOD CREATED US IN ALL SHADES AND COLOURS FOR HE WANTED VARIETY.
 
Until every single person comes to realise this truth, there will continue to be injustice, inequality, imprisonment in this world.
 
Words by Sinem
 
"Ars longa, vita brevis."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

comments (35)

This is a nice shot Suby...more of this please.
Suby & Sinem: Funny thing is I actually wanted to go different by not posting up the usual Suby type shots but since the Wifey wanted to post this she did. Think I need to start posting more abstract and landscape, just for the fun of it smile
May I ask one question? Why do you like your shots dark?
Suby & Sinem: Hi, Jide; this is actually my pp - dunno, may be my monitor, it certainly didn't look dark. Sinem
  • Nkechi
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Jul 2006, 00:21
As Chris Rock said (and I quote, albeit VERY innacurately) "They found Saddam Husssein lying in a hole in the ground in the most random of places, and yet, despite hundreds of witnesses, nobody can tell us who shot Tupac".

Although I would have preferred more interaction between the two models, I like the shot. It looks very peaceful, if not completely harmonious.

It's also very sad that the race issue plays both ways. Despite the fact I'm getting married to a white man whose family has welcomed me unreservedly, several members of my family can't even be bothered to sit with my fiance's family at our reception. Perhaps I'll add that Margaret Atwood quote to our wedding website ...
Suby & Sinem: I guess I am lucky to have been embraced by Suby's family from the beginning, despite being the 'oyinbo' wife!
Thank you for your comments; some people seem to think I posted this to show equality; my aim, as you deciphered was to show harmonious co-existence. Great minds think alike, hey? Good luck with the wedding preparations; we've just been through it so I know how hectic it could get! Sinem
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 27 Jul 2006, 00:38
It boggles my mind to think that racism still exists in this day and age where we are supposedly so much more "enlightened" than we used to be. It hurts my soul to think that this still goes on. I will never understand it...ever. I am lucky to live in a place where racism seems to be the exception rather than the rule, but being white, perhaps I am just oblivious to it happening around me.

In my son's high school it is not an issue at all, which is so wonderful. He is the minority in this school. It is a magnet school, and while white is the single largest race, other than white is the majority. It is so wonderful to see these kids interract without any thought to what their ethnic background is. They all embrace each other and what they share rather than what makes them different from one another.

Fantastic shot that really works with the theme of this post.
Suby & Sinem: There is a documentary they broadcast on the BBC once a year - it is basically on a number of millenium babies they have been watching since their birth and will continue watching till the kids reach twenty. It is aimed at observing what kind of changes take place through the formative years and whether thse are related to nature or nurture. In an episode I watched two years ago, they showed these kids pictures of kids from different ethnicities and asked with whom they'd want to be friends or whom they would trust more, all the kids including the kids from minority groups picked the picture of the Caucassian girl with blond hair and blue eyes. There was only one boy, black, whom his mother had steeped in black culture from a very early age, who said he'd be friends with the black kid. A friend of mine, who is a Year 6 teacher, takes such meticulous care in choosing an 'angel' each year when they draw and paint the picture of an angel as she teaches in an inner city London school where 29 out of 30 kids are of a different background. Last year, they were all angels! They indeed are! It is just baffling to see how much of our prejudices they pick up at such an early age. In that sense, your son is lucky to have grown up in such a tolerant environment that cultivates interaction between different ethnicities.
Thanks for your comments. Sinem
  • Mr Skee
  • SkeeTown (SL)
  • 27 Jul 2006, 01:14
Deep word sSinem, it's a pity, a shame. a disgrace! But sadly such things do go on, and most times sadly nothing ever will come out of it. Sad... but true!

Ok now on to suby....I know the picture relates to Sinems stuff... but

Brushing aside, the subjects beauty and the story and just talk about what skee knows best, the technical dynamic of the digital capture.

3/10 for this shot!

That background blur is just too much and so un-natural!
Since it's a staged shot, wassup with the facial expressions. Anyway thats relative. The main issue is the fog like blur that renders this image too over cooked!

Therefore Skee is revoking your membership of the Royal Shutterchance Police, Please hand over your camera, any photoshop books that you have smile and invite me for dinner with you and Sinem, hehehe! Don't make this hard on yourself cos I do know where you stay! lol
Suby & Sinem: Mr Skeeloo, thanks for the comments as usual, Sorry matey, my boys are always guarding my trustee camera and they are under strict instructions to hurt anyone (apart from the wife & I) who approaches or even looks at the camera funny tongue So be warned. Angry here as well, you junketting all over Europe but you seem not able to make it to the train that takes 40mins to bring you to Milton Keynes, Hmmmmm, hightail it down here quick, you know our door is always open to you tongue As to my Photoshop books, think I have about 6-8 of them, building in "arsenal" steadily smile
Anyway to the shot, As you know, don't believe in adding background blur to me shots after shooting, so the DOF was done when I took the shot, I actually wanted it that way (as usual with the Subster I think I have a shot with a clearer background, BUT the Subster does not feel that shot) I can categorically tell you that the only thing Sinem did when editing this shot was convert to monochrome and adding of the colour tone.
Facial expressions? oh well thought it works but maybe me wrong tongue

Busy Suby
  • Denosha
  • Singapore
  • 27 Jul 2006, 02:31
If you suspect your monitor of giving you a false impression of the exposure, use the histogram to guide you. It doesn't lie. I'd have to agree with Skee on this one about the facial expressions. One seems quite pleased while the other is pensive. If your aim was to show race equality, shouldn't they both have the same expression?

Anyway, as for the PP. There's an ancient Chinese proverb/story (hur hur) that says something about adding legs to the drawing of a snake. Basically, it just means that one should know when to stop adding stuff before it breaks. grin
Suby & Sinem: Denosha bro, dang you are quickly becoming my harsest critic, Me LIKES tongue Shot was not taken for the reason of racial equality, was actually just a day out with a couple of friends and us murking around, taken a few months ago, After Sinem watched the program on Stephen Lawrence last night she decided this image best helped express the words she wanted to post up. As I explained to Skeelooo Man, no blur was added to this shot apart from the DOF that came off the camera, funny thing was I thought the DOF was just right, but maybe me wrong tongue

Suby
P.s
Monoitor cool, I actually ALWAYS lower the exposure on almost all my images, I think Sinem has picked up the same habit oooppsss tongue
beautiful words sinem. i don't know when we will learn that regardless of the color of our skin, God that we worship, ethnicity, or sexual preference, we are one race....we breathe the same air and bleed the same color blood.

the story above reminds me of the story of matthew shephard, a gay kid in the us. shephard went to a bar one night where he met two guys who, later in the night, were responsible for the brutal beating, torture, and killing of shephard. after dragging him behind a truck, and beating him, they left shephard tied to a fence, where he ultimately died. the next day, when the authorities found shephard tied to the fence, his face was caked with dried blood. however, there were two clean places on his face...the path which the tears washed away the blood.

the hate must stop in order for anything to change. we need to stop killing each other and learn to accept that different is totally ok. i like the photo a lot....works beautifully with the words.
Suby & Sinem: The story of Matthew Shephard's murder sent a shudder down my spine. It is outrageous that, im the midst of our communities, there are still such hateful bigots who cannot see past colour, creed, sexual preference to see the human in each and every one of us. Sinem
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Jul 2006, 03:00
dunno wat skee is talking bout men. I absolutely love this shot and the atmosphere
Suby & Sinem: Not to worry, I guess Skee doesn't know what he is talking about either, mate wink Thank you for the vote of confidence. Sinem
  • jon chen
  • United States
  • 27 Jul 2006, 03:21
great composition and focus. Beautiful shot.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks, Jon. Sinem
fantastic capture!!
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 27 Jul 2006, 06:06
Great job Sinem, I like how you co-ordinated their clothing. Your words always make me stop and think. Here in Nigeria we even have tribalism, some humans can't just deal with being different.
  • akanksha
  • Delhi,India
  • 27 Jul 2006, 06:09
great shot!
Sweet...This is great...The girl on the right looks like the actress in Date movie and American Pie, the one whos goes on about band camp..A word of advice, never watch Date movie...It's pathetic..
Suby & Sinem: Hey, Yanik. I watched American Pie 1, 2 and 3. The Date Movie would be the cherry on the cake - I do not intend to take it that far. Interesting observation though... smile Sinem
Suby....your da man!... have a wonderful day... p.s You can still re-apply for the head of police post, doubt if we'll find a more qualified candidate hehehe smile
Suby & Sinem: Skee, the 'Head of Police' business is between you and Subster.
Me?
I just want to clarify that I picked this shot not because it showed equality of races, but the peaceful, harmonious co-existence of races, as in the song... I could have picked a shot that showed equality but I am afraid they might have taken your eye out! smile
So when you coming for dinner then?
Sinem
  • incubus
  • london
  • 27 Jul 2006, 09:17
......... live together in perfect HARMONY smile
I appreciate this image very much, Bravo !
  • dezhare
  • somewhere far far away
  • 27 Jul 2006, 10:41
I like the photo, the caption and the story is just too moving. For being the wrong color?? Who says whose color is right or wrong? When does it end? Nonetheless, I really like this...brilliant effort!!
Suby & Sinem: Obviously, I used 'the wrong colour' from the point of view of Stephen Lawrence's murderers. I think we are all different shades of brown! smile Sinem
  • micki
  • United States
  • 27 Jul 2006, 11:05
Love the image, it is absolutely brilliant! Perfectly done!

One has to wonder when racism will end, and I don't know that it ever will. Certainly every time we witness even the smallest act of racism against someone else or ourselves and we do nothing about it, we only help to keep it going.
  • Jr Prod
  • Switzerland
  • 27 Jul 2006, 12:22
Like all your others visitors : I love this picture. The problem vith this king of shoots is, that the only sthing one can say is : well done dude, it's perfect ! wink
  • chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Jul 2006, 12:34
Awesome one, one of your best work.
Great shot Bro. I'll be away next week, but will try to check in if I can find a computer. Have a good week.....

When I was younger I saw things in black and white
Now all I see is a sad, hazy gray
Sometimes I see a narrow flash of light
Sometimes I look and you show me the way

No matter what else happens
What the future will be
In a world so uncertain
Through the clouds it's hard to see
I will grab you and carry you
Calm your fears if you're afraid
We'll go walking
Across the fields of gray

bruce hornsby
Wow, great composition and framing. Good choice of B&W
  • david
  • England
  • 27 Jul 2006, 13:06
powerful stuff, and i wonder how anyone could possibly disagree? i think though that there will always be a few mindless thugs and bent coppers, no matter how good society becomes. the image you chose is just made for your narrative.
very nice Suby in the classic style. Well executed portrait with a deep meaning.
not bad Suby!
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 27 Jul 2006, 16:21
Thats a fantastic shot, really it is, the toning and the overall impact along with its really deep meaning. Best photo from you, period.
GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOT! For Suby!
Suby & Sinem: Bah...bah...bah... but...what about the pp? you haven't said anything about the pp sad Just kidding, mate, not to worry. Sinem smile
  • Craig
  • London
  • 27 Jul 2006, 16:43
Lovely portrait shot, love the tones.
Wait a sec.. Paul's black? wow man.. you've been holding out on us, i had no idea!...

Nicely done shot, good composition, pose is nice as well.. But you made one mistake, there are two races, the humans and the Galactic COW's... they are secretly trying to enslave us all!!! *cough* anyways.. deep words, Thankfully in Toronto, while the racisim is still present, it's mostly confined to the older generations (from my experiences anyways), the younger ones have, for the most part, come to accept the diversity and are okay with it. The large 'melting pot' atmosphere here lends to that well tho, since we have every race imaginable.

-V V-
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jul 2006, 19:32
Wow...that is really really deep and really touching. And it's not only African Americans its also Hispanics, Muslims..just about anyone who isn't "white'. Back to the shot, excellent stuff...such a brilliant shot with such a deep meaning definitely merits a 9.5/10
Great shot Subster. Great words Sinem. I'm with Paul on his obversation about racism in the U.S. It is still there like he said mostly in the uneducated southern rural areas, and like VV said it is more evident in the older generations. Younger folks tend to be more multicultural. Mostly we need to embrace our differences and appreciate the diversity that makes this world such an interesting place.
Suby & Sinem: I think the problem with the UK is that it is not merely confined to older generations. Step outside London, Birmingham or anywhere slightly multicultural into rural middle class white British ares, it hits you like a slap in the face. Not just racism, in a broader sense, xenophobia.
Thanks for visiting. Sinem
  • barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jul 2006, 19:50
interesting words to accompany the shot and interesting dialogue from all above...hopefully one day everyone will be a mix....that should solve everything (guess I'm biased anyway wink)
Suby & Sinem: Not to worry, Aunty Barbara, we are doing our bit to chip in to the mix! smile Sinem
  • Isowa
  • United States
  • 27 Jul 2006, 20:18
Wow nice one Sinem, immediately when I saw it, I knew it was gonna be "ebony and ivory" before i clicked on the page.
I hear you guys about racism and all. As I always say we are all made from one GOD, and I think He did not want us to look boring, that's why we look different (but we r all the same).
I agree with -VV-, most of the younger generation r cool with it.
There should have been more interaction though, but it's still a great pic. Good job!
  • timmybomb
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • 28 Jul 2006, 00:43
Hey Sinem, I wanted to make a comment on this yesterday but didn't have the time. Living in Canada (a country whose entire identity is based on our multicultural ways), I rarely hear of people encountering racism in this country. To be honest, it is still quite a shock to hear that it happens in sophisticated countries such as the UK and America. When I first saw this photo, I did not at all think of the racial implications. I simply thought I was looking at a couple of good looking ladies.

It is awful to hear about cases such as Stephen's. When is this world going to smarten up? Thank you for bringing our attention to something that is obviously still a struggle for so many.
This is a fantastic composition. I'd increase the contrast a bit but otherwise a perfect photograph.
  • truth
  • USA
  • 2 Jun 2007, 04:37
This blows my mind. Today's my first run through your blog so bear with my overly post-dated comments.
Suby & Sinem: LOL, any comment is always welcome, glad you like the image, do visit again :d

Suby

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