Feeling the Spirit
Comment Book from
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Ca
14 February - 14 April, 1998
1. Thank you for the uplifting experience enabling humankind. A gorgeous
exhibit and a credit to our MoPA. Bea Laynab, La Jolla
2. Outstanding exhibit—Chicago, with all its cultural institutions
does not have a photography museum.
3. Delightful, awe inspiring. I've followed your career from afar. This
surpasses the exhibit and book "Songs of My People." I see myself
and recognize many of these people from my own experience as an African
American. Thank you for this profound record of humanity.
Carmen Carter, Cincinnati
4. It was wonderful. Black people are everywhere. We work hard, we love
and take care of our families. We pray and play. I truly enjoyed the photographs.
Thank you. Sharon McGhee, Escondido
5. Excellent exhibit. We need more of such ways to recognize African Americans
and their historic struggle. Debra Franklin. Westerfield,Ct
6. Finally someone has the delicacy and intelligence to re-define America
of today with (cultural void we know) with some correction of who we (all
of us black & white) are and from what common ancestry we evolved.
Congratulations. Scott L.R.Smith. 64 Monash Avenue, Nedlands 6009, Western
7. A wonderful exhibit showing how the old and new can come together in
a true spirit. Ann Thunley
8. This amazing embodiment of the human spirit has humbled my soul and
inspired me to find a way to capture that spirit through my own eyes.
9. I'm glad to come here. There are so many pictures telling us lives
of many people. Through the pictures shown here, I'm sure everybody can
open his/her own perspective. Thank you! Monchi
10. Quite a wonderful presentation. The T.V. presentation added to the
sheer enjoyment of Higgins' exquisite photos. Cliff/June Kenny
11. Very sad and an 'eye opener'. Doug/Anne Gregg-Alaska
12. The exhibit's spirit is within all of us. Thank you for bringing it
13. It's nice to see good art. Thanks so much!
14. Thank you. It really help educate me.
15. The exhibition was very well done. You really seemed to capture the
spirit and essence of the people. Evelin J. Sarti
16. Excellent! Great art. Thanks.
17. Remarkable photo-documentary of African peoples in the Diaspora.
18. They were fabulous pictures! Kendall Schmidt
19. Wonderful pictures! Una Balu
20. Almost breathless. This gives me the courage to look into my own heritage,
the people and land of Australia. I have never seen photography captured
like this, with such spirit behind the pictures. Thank you. May your expressions
grow and encompass all the people of this planet. Mitchell Roe
21. Exquisite. It filled me up. What an incredible photographic chronicle
of the Diaspora.
22.Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I brought with me my two-year old
son. He listened as I read the cards and then explained the pictures that
he viewed. I believe that he understood. He was solemn and humble. Respectfully,
23. I love the way he captures interest in the onlooker.
24. I especially liked the 'school girl in Tamale.' She was so. Love,
25. Really appreciate these beautiful photographic works. Thanks for the
insight on African people..Calin Baher
26. So very beautiful. Nash Lawreson, Boston
27. The camera captures the dignity Chester Higgins obviously wanted.
A little humor would have been added to the story being told in remarkable
28. Memorable! Paul/Susan Hays-Nagoya, Japan
29. After being myself in Senegal last year, I can only have this pain
in my heart remembering each place I have been. Thanks for making me remember
what I will never forget. Assalaam malekoun, nam g'a def.
30. The children are wonderful!!!
31. Personally, I think that you need more pictures, because your work
is so good. Darya Dehghan
32. Your images are wonderful, both in subject matter and in technical
excellence. Thank you for your vision. Mark Tanner-LA
33. I've just begun to explore the possibilities of photography and was
really inspired by this exhibit and the deep histories and emotions it
touches. I especially love the expressions you captured in peoples' faces.
34. Ok! Chester. Your work is soooo.....breathtaking. I appreciate you
much and lending your insight to fill our (San Diego) starving minds and
hearts. Can I travel with you on your next journey. Africa is sooo...in
us! Much admiration. Asante sana, good work. Pamela Rider Smith-A San
Diego urban warrior.
35. This was an extremely moving and educational exhibit. What happened
to the simplistic lifestyle still practiced in other lands?
36. We have seen through your eyes. Documentary work brings societies
closer to the truth. Your experiences have served to enlighten us. Thank
you for your generosity.
37.A beautiful, spiritual exhibit—shows people with soul and dignity.
38. A wonderful experience.
39. Thank you for a wonderful look into history and the heart! Amy Andersen—
Pt Loma. Nazerene College
40. I liked it, and so did my uncle. Misty
41. I enjoyed some of the photos but I'm tired of those 'fake identities'.
As a (white) French guy, I feel many times closer to the African culture,
the music and the way of living than many "African-American"
people. What is the common point? The colour of skin...is it sufficient
to build a common reality? The lack of roots...
42. Outstanding work, all of the pictures brought out the life of the
people, their pain and joy. Excellent. Tony Torres
43. Black and white photo's brought to life wide lips and strong hands.
This warmed and saddened my heart. Your writings accented each picture
perfectly. From her sixth birthday to shackled ankles all made strong
positive statements. I found it interesting to see creek fishing in similar
memories a century ago. Thank you for making me feel.
44. Passion—Path—Inspiration. Kristine
45. I feel connected...beautiful, informative, spiritual, revealing. Bless
you. Joyce Blair Hall
46. This was feeling, and heart touching way of sharing our history and
also our future.
47. I felt very enlightened by the art exhibit. I am definitely going
to bring my children to see this. Tammy Cook
48. Excellent exhibit. Truly worth seeing by all. Karlor Davis
49. I was impressed with the rich culture.
50. An exceptionally moving exhibition.
51. A truly beautiful exhibition and I learned a great deal too!
52. Absolutely beautiful! I saw so many faces of my family and friends
in those photographs. Thank you for showing us how beautiful we are and
how closely connected we really are. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
C. Fatima Muhammed
53. Great history, enjoyed the journey.
54. I've never been in touch with my African heritage. I don't know where
my family comes from. Lately, I've become very interested in wanting to
learn about all of that. Coming to this museum gave me a feeling that's
hard to describe. It was very powerful and emotional. The pictures you
make are wonderful. I wish I could purchase one or two for my home. Thank
you for sharing your art. Tabitha Smith
55. I very much enjoyed your exhibit, the format, the concept. You managed
to link the motherland to the homeland. I'm certain you could have and
would have been more extensive... I also enjoyed reading the comments
here, you have touched and inspired many feelings, crossing spiritual
as well as cultural lines, for that I commend your work. For me you help
confirm my faith and belief, "One world, one lord, one faith, one
spirit...I look forward to more from you. Stay strong, stay inspired.
56. These pictures are interesting. I learned that they live in caves.
It is interesting how they made the old buildings. The lady with the white
cloth was scary. Thank you. Florence, 8 years-old
57. You took me home with your tribute to New York. Your expression for
art is exhilarating and heartfelt. Keep up your passion for capturing
the souls of everyday lives of people throughout the Diaspora.
58. Didn't know what to expect when I dropped in on your exhibit. Now
I expect it will be with me for a long time as I sift through the images
you have made. Thank you. Kathy Franks. Calgary
59. Absolutely excellent celebration of our oneness—As Baha's (members
of the Baha'i faith) my husband and I join millions of others around the
globe in working to build the unity of humankind. We are all one race—the
human race! Thank you for having this show.
60. Thank you for your displays of Africans from all over the world. Your
pictures are very emotional and inspiring. The Middle Passage—stirred
something deep inside of me—Display was excellent.
61. We have been taught, throughout our lives, even now, that unless you
are pure white you are not right. People like me of mixed descent, who
can hide, by fairness of features their true ancestry do so to avoid any
shame. I feel proud to have both in me and I was both spiritually and
physically moved. I am proud to be who I am and more proud than ever of
my roots. Thank you.
62. Sometimes what is truly felt has no words. Your pictures have enough
words to express a century of pride, character, and tradition. I have
nothing more to say except that it was beautiful.
63. Every piece of art was so marvelously beautiful and so indescribable.
Words could never express half of things that were said out by these pictures.
The history, heritage, pride, sorrow, happiness, and so much more were
felt all through the pictures from within. I enjoyed it. Dina
64. I attended the opening of this exhibit at the Schomburg in New York
City. Seeing it again in San Diego has given it a deeper meaning to me.
Best wishes. Mari da Silva
65.I loved this exhibit.
66. I was incredibly inspired by your exhibit. My favorite pictures were
of the churches and all of New York, Alabama and family shots.
67. The photography was outstanding. I wish there had been more pictures
on Islam. Since Islam has such a huge impact on Muslims in Africa.
68. Bless you for giving purpose to 'Unity'.
69. Very powerful.
70. Not often are there historical teachings as brilliant as this. I'm
honored to have this experience. May your 'mission' in life be realized;
for the believer it has.
71. You done good!! God bless you.
72. Thanks. Very beautiful indeed, you have brought to life something
most people never get to see from abroad. Keep up the good work. Salaam
73. Exceptional photography! Enjoyed witnessing the religious theme and
most of all relished the idea of an artist pulling together art through
photos the African Diaspora. I welcome this photo exhibit...May Mr. Higgins
be blessed to take more of these types of photos for public exposure and
viewing. The stories told through them are beneficial for the entire world.
74. Again great show. I brought my father for some "culture"—and
he liked it as well. Thanks
75. I learned so much of history and an awesome capture of loving people.
76. Higgins intellectual grasp of the human condition is excelled only
by his photographic insights. Dick Falk
77. I was happy to see your part on slavery, not to mention your great
talent! Great photos!
78. Second time seeing it...made me want to go to Ghana.
79. Superb monochromatic prints confirming the dramatic value of photography
in documentary work.
80. Beautifully put together.
81. Dear MoPa. Many thanks for sharing with us these stunning images and
insightful thoughts of Chester Higgins Jr.
82. Absolutely superb!! Thank you for bringing it to San Diego.
83. Incredible! I am so impressed with all of it. Thanks.
84. I drenched myself in the Living Waters, bowed to the Rites, felt the
Middle Passage and nurtured in the Spirituality. Thank you for Feeling
the Spirit, our community is revitalized. Yeyere Afe of Oshun
85. Having lived in Tanzania and Trinidad we felt you captured the spirit
we felt living among these beautiful people. Bill/Patti Harmon
86. Beautiful prints, extraordinary composition and insightful content.
87. Culturally inspiring. After my day filled with disappointment seeing
your photos gave me some inspiration and motivation.
88. Awesomely beautiful! My spirit was enlightened.
89. Because of this exhibit my wife and I joined the museum! We are pleased
that this exhibit was chosen to be presented to us.
90. To me, this exhibit shows that all share in a common humanity.
91. I found the African world.
92. An inspiring photographic display of the African culture. Magnificent!!
93. My heart became warm. Yuki
94. Wonderful photographs from a huge talent.
95. As an African, I truly appreciate your work. Be encouraged.
96. A deeper appreciation of the deep and ancient ties of all African
ancestors and how they have come to inhabit all cultures. Thank you.
97. Higgins brings us all together as one human race, while, at the same
time, recognizing the decency and the power of the African as a separate
starting place for everyone. Thank you.
98. Fantastic, riveting pictures: miraculous. But could do without racists
99. Absolutely riveting photographs! I didn't want to leave.
100. Your exhibit is beautiful. I was too late so I couldn't get in to
hear your lecture but the pictures spoke loud and clear. Love, Faith Ringgold
101. A wonderful, sensitive portrayal of your heritage. The photography
102. A revelation for me and a joy to see so many beautiful photos.
103. The closer I become to myself the nearer I get to traveling to Africa.
Six to nine months ought to do it. Next year perhaps. Thank you Mr. Artist.
104. You have a gift.
105. Wonderful photography! Being a photographer myself, and having studied
the Yoruba in Anthropology classes really makes this exhibit come alive.
Elinor S. Cohen
106. Thank you so much for telling and sharing our history so up close
and personal—my body tingles.
107. Thank you for sharing with me the pride I feel in being a part of
humankind. Karen Johnson
108. Chester, you've open our eyes with kindness and clarity.
109. Most informative and amazing photography.
110. Wish there had been a description of the camera, photography details,
111. Powerful photography. These images are a learning experience about
people, places and things most of us know nothing about.
112. It makes me ponder my own roots, some Moorish in me which connects
me more to your art! Technically beautifully and personally luminous,
your images should be seen by all. Congratulations for a great exhibit.
113. Beautiful images especially of faces—or where the focus was
on a person.
114. It's too real. Enjoyed it.
115. Your image of strong, powerful healing hands of women brought tears
to my eyes.
116. Having the photos in black and white made the images all the more
powerful. Alexandra Pierce
117. Thank you for showing the dignity, decency and character of the people
of African who inhabit the entire world. Blessings with peace, love and
118. A fantastic celebration of the fundamental beauty from which all
features across the world are derived. Makes light of the atrocity of
European domination and greed to the extent of wiping out the true past
from which we all came!
119. Fantastic exhibit—beautiful and powerfully simple.
120. Enjoyed the photographs. Great vision.
121. This was a marvelous exhibit of connectedness and persistence. Thank
you. Cynthia Scarlett
121. Bring it all together.
122. Brilliant photography. But beyond that a statement that was moving.
Thank you for sharing.
123. Beautiful, inspirational photography! You learn so much from just
walking through. We loved it!
124. Emotionally gripping.
125. Beautiful, but sad. I really enjoyed this. Marissa. 8 years old.
126. Excellent show! I really enjoyed your work!
127. The spirit is in this place!
128. I understand a bit more. Thank you.
129. Thank you for sharing your work. It was great. I guess from now I'll
appreciate the history more...
130. Am inspired to take photos by your great work.
131. Your photos are very powerful and they invoke in me very strong emotions.
132. Thank you for your moving photographs on this Valentine's Day. My
husband and I truly appreciated this exhibit especially during this Black
History month. I have been educated more today on the African Diaspora.
133. The austerity and simplicity and class makes one proud to be African.
134. Excellent presentation in its layout, and the photos are captivating.
They hold so much history of our people.
135. A great exhibit of history and portraiture. Fine environmental portraits.
136. Beautiful! Truly captured the spirit. Stephanie Green
137. This is truly moving.
138. When I was a small child I went to see a photography exhibit at a
museum similar to this. It inspired me to become a photographer and to
this day I have loved taking pictures but today I dropped that because
139. The first photograph of the midwife standing by her gate was a superb
transition from the sidewalk to you gallery of photography. She represents
birth, in life and in the mood of your work. Lydia
140. A good example of diversity.
141. Very powerful, moving and personal experience. Great work.
142. Thank you for a moment of peace and knowledge with someone special.
143. Marvelous work. Even though, in today's terminology, I'm not of African
descent I appreciate the spiritual bridge that you have provided so that
my footsteps across it provides me with a peek into this brotherhood we
call humanity. Reyes Rodriguez
144. It was very very nice, I love seeing people of my hometown of Alabama.
145. In the annals of time have you indeed made a mark—at least
on the minds of the individual. We are pieces of a puzzle of which you
have been part of the master hand placing us together. I hope that the
world can and will be moved as I was by your work. Continue yourself to
"Feel the Spirit" as God gives you grace to do as much.
146. Thank you so much for your insight, wisdom, and open minded approach
to living, dying experiences and seeing. I am thoroughly moved by your
vision made manifest on film and your endeavors to bring humanity ever
closer to peace, understanding, compassion and love for one another.
147. Excellent collection of images. Particularly admired the use of light
and shadow in presenting people amid their daily activities.
148. I feel so good seeing this exhibit. So old and yet so new!
149. It was an experience to make me feel the importance of my own country's
150. A beautiful feeling exhibition showing also much sadness in the eyes
and capturing a magnificent people.
151. As African Americans we constantly need reminders of our connection
to the motherland. Living in San Diego where there has been a large influx
of immigrants from Africa (primarily Ethiopia, Somalia and Central Africa)
it hurts me to hear about or see the ill treatment they receive from blacks
in this city. I hope these blacks who see this exhibit will understand
that when they spread ill will toward these people they are in fact doing
harm to themselves. I hope that African Americans who see this exhibit
see a little of themselves. Felicia Eaves
152. VOICES. Voices from afar, A door ajar, Voices oh so smooth, Faces
of the Truth Walter A. Salameh 619/260.1014
153. Wonderful photos. They touched my heart and spirit. Thank you for
155. Your work touches the core. The images you presented envoke feelings
of emotion, strength and courage and longevity. Your eye for detail is
phenomenal. Please continue to present the extensive cultural of minorities
in a "real" way.
156. The King Curtis photo has him playing the soprano sax, not tenor.
Fantastically moving collection of images. Thank you.
157. I enjoyed your powerful photos. Also liked your distinction between
being religious and/or spiritual.
158. Enjoyed Muslim woman, moving and informative. Unknown to me before
that 90% of African slaves were taken to South American countries and
Caribbean. Clear photographs conveying mood and insight!
159. Take you time and feel it...
160. Powerful connection of human spirit for all races. Thank you.
161. This was moving! A genius. Coleen Moore
162. Thank you. I'm still looking for a copy of your earlier book showing
fathers and sons. It was wonderful inspiration for me.
163. This exhibit is very powerful and uplifting. It truly shows the many
facets of Kemetic (African) culture. Peace and blessings to Brother Higgins.
164. I found myself lost in the spirits of the people photographed. And
I saw myself. Asante Sana
165. Mr. Higgins reflects his roots and strong feelings for his subjects.
166. I love the exhibit. I was full of energy and strong vibes.
167. Moving, beautiful—rewarding to see this photographic history!
168. Thank you for bringing out the moments of a culture that inspire
us to think about our own lives and histories.
169. Breathtaking, memorable, touching...I felt so proud. It make me want
170. This is my heritage. I now feel a kinship to the motherland "Africa".
171. Your photographs were inspiring, informative, and gave us a feeling
of importance, proud and good...we felt the spirit. Thank you.
172. I found your photographs fulfilling. You captured the essence of
the people so beautifully. I also found knowledge in areas that I knew
nothing of. Thank you.
173. This really takes me back to my roots. I love it.
174. I really enjoyed your work. Your photo's gave me a feeling of "being
175. It was a great collection of African memories, saga and their cherished
works. I was impressed! Thanks
176. Good stuff! How about a little longer next time! Change admission
to two dollars.
177. I found out a wonderful photo which is Native American. Her eyes
could see anything. That's my feeling.
178. Excellent Exhibit. I enjoyed making both the spiritual and human
journey from Africa to US and Caribbean. Thank you.
179. Your work is beautiful. I live in a dark room and it is my passion
to photograph people. You've inspired me to venture out of my small space
and see more of this world.
180. I came. I saw. I like. I left.
181. Really great, makes you think and aware of the passing time.
182. The work here is excellent by Chester Higgins, it really moves you
in so many ways.
183. I've found that this is very enlightening. I also feel that its is
184. Truly enlightening, inspiring and gorgeous—you captured the
spirit and love it's obvious you experienced.
185. Pictures well chosen of the many faces of the African Spirit. Thank
you for the reflections.
186. Has shown me what God had given me! Thank you for the opening my
187. Beautiful artworks! You have truly captured some amazing moments.
Thank you Inga/Steve
188. Why do I feel in these rooms there is a lack of honesty? But then,
the only truth here, really...is yours. Why do you want us, really want
us, to see these images—and didn't the vision really exist before
any of this happened. Best of luck to you.
189. You have a deep and profound understanding of Africans and African
Americans as well as insight on the beauty and mistress of the world that
is lost in "dominant" western culture. Your pictures are worth
thousands of words, meanings, insights and thoughts. You have truly captured
your understanding, through the medium of photography, express it so well.
As a Filipino American, you have definitely epitomized a "branching
out" and understanding, a connection or bridge of our two different
but intersecting worlds. You are truly gifted.
190. This exhibition has served as an impetus in fulfilling a personal
goal of mine. I love photography and am currently exploring my own culture
as a Filipino-American. You have shown one that using photographs as a
medium in expressing the mysteries, wonders, beauty and horrors of ethnic
Americans is truly a powerful form of self understanding and cultural
appreciation. One day I would like to complete a photographic project
in the Philippines and the Filipino communities here in America. I will
surely attribute my source of inspiration to you, Mr. Higgins.
191. This is a wonderful exhibit, but that mumbo-jumbo about the Book
of the Dead back there is not quite right! Beautiful work though.
191. All of the photos are very impressive for me.
192. Very insightful as we ponder the effects on Christianity on blacks
throughout history and relationships with the Americans not popularly
known. Rodney McGhee, Minneapolis
193. Wish I was there...A chance to open my eyes...The tears would not
stop flowing. Something to learn for everyone.
194. This have been the most touching exhibition in my life. Because you
had a story to tell and a reason to show. I want to be a photographer
myself, you have been a great inspiration for me! I hope that you will
make your searching once to Denmark, where I live and show through your
great and spiritually pictures and story!
195. I love your exhibition and your style.
196. This was a wonderful display of human spirit. You captured emotion,
depth, history, love and tragedy. Thank you.
197. As an African American male, I was reminded of where I came from.
As an aspiring photographer, I was inspired. Thank you and please put
out a book.
198. Carriacou, Grenada. One of the best photos I've ever seen. You have
a way of capturing true life with your lens.
199. Your photographs moved me deeply . Your take is incredible!! It's
obvious you're doing what you love. Danielle Bevins. Atl
200. The ability to photograph beautiful people of African descent is
201. Amazing, to have all that history and understand it.
202. Loved every image and every word.
203. Your exhibition is wonderful. The choice of black and white brings
the timelessness. Very moving and uplifting. Grapevine testimony to the
human condition and spirit.
204. I like the different pictures that told you what they were doing.
205. For those of us not naturally attuned to the spirit, or to the African
heritage, you opened our eyes and moved our spirits.
206. Beautiful photography—a very romantic view!
207. These are beautiful prints. I loved his composition.
208. Conveys the spirit tremendously!
209. Very powerful. I could spend hours in here. Beautiful! Thanks.
210. Your exquisite portraits of human life is breathtaking. Thank you.
211. The way each moment is captured is amazing. I was blown away by this
exhibit. Thank you.
212. We enjoyed the display and the explaining of the sections throughout.
I think you for keeping the children involved with reading the dialogue
of each one.
213. A touching and magnificent exhibition. I learned and I realized the
poetry of these exquisite spirits.
214. The president's trip has illuminated our need to know more about
Africa and to share in the Spiritual gifts given in the Diaspora. The
show is a wonderful work of art!!
215. Moving and inspirational. Touched my soul. Diane
216. Stunning and inspirational photography—I came across the book
version of 'Feeling the Spirit' a few weeks ago, and I loved it. To be
able to see the original artwork in person is a privilege!
217. A very heartfelt thank you to Chester Higgins Jr., for showing his
love for all people through his body of art. We are all connected.
218. Wonderful works, for the Africans who have crossed the world and
for the rest of us who have benefited from their lives.
219. What an elegant, reverential, beautiful show!
220. Having just returned from East Africa, I was particularly interested
in seeing the mosques, etc., and the people of that area. Great show.
221. Fantastic pictures—the black and whites reflect endless color.
222. What a superb exhibit. Higgins works is masterful, relevant, touching,
and transcends race to touch all humanity. Thanks.
223. Very touching! It sure touched me in the heart how it started in
the beginning and continuing today!
224. Moving. Wonderful expression of feelings through facial expression.
225. Am extremely moving collection in the study of humanity and the human
condition. The dignity of the people, depicted are shining examples of
226. What interesting photography—the placards were very informative.
I enjoyed the cultural visit in lands never visited.
227. Great! Make me want to take black and white photos!
228. These photos were the type that you can look at forever and never
get tired of. Capturing people's personalities and the world around them
is so challenging, and to keep each one alive with such form and light
is very inspiring. Wonderful eye.
229. Outstanding exhibition. The collective African memory is something
to be quite proud of. Marcy Gilman
230. Beautifully photographed with informative and insightful comments.
231. A fantastic affirmation of the African spirit.
232. We hope you will be able to add Cuba to this collection—it
seemed conspicuously missing. (It is a treasure not to be missed) Other
than that, thank you for capturing the spirit!
233. All the photos from the book should be displayed!! Get the video
234. I enjoyed your interview on KPBS and the pictures.
235. Touching beyond words. I am moved, truly. Mickael Kyle
236. Being of African descent, I took great pleasure and ownership in
your beautiful works of art. Thanks for the joyous memories.
237. Wonderful, inspired but well-thought out work. Thanks for bringing
it to San Diego.
238. A whole new view of the extent of the travels and influence of Africans
on the world.
239. Having lived in Benin, West Africa and traveled a bit on that continent,
your photographs brought back the joys, sadness, and frustrations. Your
exhibit put the "common sense" of African humans around the
world and their similarities on the walls. Bless you.
240. Amazing photos, most left me speechless. Thank you.
241. Thank you for sharing our ancestral history. It's a joy to see and
hope to visit someday.
242. Feeling the Spirit. Boy, did I! I can't believe how real, full, moving,
and touching this exhibit is. I don't know what else to say.
243. Beautiful photographs, and the arrangement of an explanation of the
works was exceptional. Rosann McCullough. Denver
244. A very unique selection of subjects. Bill Gagnon
245. I particularly loved the perspective of the child face taken through
the elbow of the girl.
246. I've seen this exhibit before. I believe in NYC at the Museum of
Photography there. What a pleasure to see it again and be inspired by
the many messages for me, held within the photos. Thank you.
247. Thanks! It is really what we are and beyond. Silvain Valuntum
248. I was very moved by the intensity, simplicity and creativity of this
249. Rich, compelling—as an African man in Diaspora I felt the spirits
of kin. Thanks to Brother Higgins for capturing the breath of our ancestors
250. Outstanding work. Most historical/educational research ever done.
It was enriching and motivational to see an exhibition of this caliber.
Keep the spirit.
251. Great emotional connection when black/white film used. Very effective
presentation. Jane Montgomery. Oyster Bay, NY
252. Just beautiful—thoroughly enjoyed.
253. Amazing. I enjoyed all of it. I am a photo student and the printing
and images blew my mind. The study itself was very interesting and informative.
254. Thank you for teaching me in a moving and insightful way.
255. Nothing has ever made me feel more connected to my ancestors! I am
them and they are me. Thank you. Olga Venegas
256. Chester, you have captured a (the) spirit of a beautiful people.
Thank you for sharing these experiences with us/me. I feel the energetic
flow of love and pride, custom and ritual in your presentation.
257. Thank you Chester for the wonderful depiction of our oneness through
the photographs; to me they show that we are ONE for the earth is but
one country and mankind its citizens.
258. Beautiful! I have learned a lot! If only your book was affordable!
Keep up the good work.
259. An incredible body of work! A beautiful experience! Thank you for
sharing this with others.
260. Truly expresses our feeling and thoughts that this beautiful exhibit
displays. I do hope this fabulous exhibit of pictures will be on display
again in our city so many more people will have the opportunity to see
it. This hall was beautiful but not easily found. It should be in a very