Sunday, March 5, 2017

Amazing Portrait Of Mr. Renty

Stumbled on this haunting portrait of a older man named Renty who was a slave on a South Carolina plantation, 1850. Read the story behind the picture, and Harvard University's connection to injustice in the link. This is the type of portraiture I need to do, an honest and heartfelt illumination of a soul.

Who was this man? What was the story of his life? What amazing hardships did he face and overcome? When did he die? Who did he leave behind? I would love to learn more about this man. This photograph may be all that remains, he most likely is 160 years dead, but part of him lives on through this portrait and the magic of photography.

Renty South Carolina Plantation Slave, 1850 USA
Mirror Of Race
NY Times Story Behind The Photograph