Drums of Life is a revealing statement about my own personal confrontations. The images reflect the positive qualities I saw in the men that I photographed, revealing their strength, wisdom, dignity, kindness and power. I think the photographs show that we can be strong enough to be honest with ourselves and others; kind and considerate enough to respect other lives around us; pure enough so that others can trust us; and sincere enough so that if we lose someone we love, we can cry.

I see the Drum as the number one spiritual mover in the universe. It has always been a dominant force in the heritage and culture of Black folks. Because of its force, we move to its power as it permeates our whole being. The life force, that ability to touch everything with power and love is what I celebrate in the lives of the Black men in this book.




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