Sojourner Truth was formerly enslaved, then went on to become an abolitionist, women's rights advocate, as well as an active supporter of the Union Army during the Civil War. She wanted Black people to be free. So it makes me glad to see her mural, smiling down on Harlem's children.
This image was part of a group show in September of 2019 entitled, New Visions: Activism Through The Lens. The showcase took place at the Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery in Chelsea, New York City.
This is a mural by a UK based artist named Dreph. It's part of a series of murals done by a number of artists. They were completed in September of 2019 along 125th street in Harlem.
The humanity on display in this particular mural--the smile, along with the warm eyes--is making it a fast favorite of mine. Come to find out that the image isn't fictional. Dreph chose to capture a Harlem homeless resident named Country. What an amazing gesture.
Street art by Jules Muck aka Muck Rock. This is on 13th street and Avenue A in Manhattan.
What I like about this photo is the interplay between dark and vibrant elements in the frame. On the left you have the mural, done in black-and-white with the butterflies adding a pop of color. It's a similar dynamic with the woman on the right. Her reddish-brown skin stands in contrast against her dark clothing. Coupled with the fact that the two main subjects are facing each other, these characteristics give the image a great sense of energy.