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Day 678 of 365 More.

Got a new 50mm lens. The world is good again.

Last year I dedicated a photo to Juneteenth. Sadly I was late doing it. I didn’t get around to doing the photo up til June 21st. Two days after Juneteenth. I considered it apropos as the entire point of Juneteenth is being late, but I vowed to make sure I did a commemorative Juneteenth photo on the right day this year.

For those of you who didn’t see last years photo, and are too lazy to click on the link, allow me to excerpt it and explain the meaning of Juneteenth:

The base idea of Juneteenth is that back on September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln announces that the civil war is over and that all slaves would be freemen effective the 1st of the year (you know, you can’t just end 200 years of slavery and oppression, you have to ween people off of it. Give Masa a chance for a few last beatings and rapes… and you know, the harvest was coming).

Two and a half years later, Union Soldiers by led by General Gordon Granger rode into to Texas and were surprised to find that, goshdarnit, there were still slaves there. Apparently "news hadn’t gotten that far." Of course, I’ve always felt that news had gotten that far and Whitey just decided that since the nigros couldn’t read, maybe if no one said anything out loud they’d never catch on. Anyway, on that day, the slaves were "freed" in Texas. Of course, General Granger advised them to continue doing the same work they were doing, living in the same houses they were living in and proceed exactly the same, you know… except now they would be getting paid (slaves wages). And thus slavery died and the ghetto was born.

I commemorate this joyous day by symbolically breaking free of my chains.

Yay! I’m free… And yet still poor… No 40 acres… No mule… hmmm… Can a nigga get a table dance?

So there you go. By the way, I have marked this pic flickr safe, even though technically I am naked. I figure, I’m a boy. I’m showing no naughty bits, it’s not even remotely sexual. Here’s hoping that I don’t get myself banned again. I’ve pretty much given up on explore. 🙂

Happy Juneteenth. Now how about that table dance?

365 days


20 comments for “6-19-08

  1. June 20, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Great photo, great exposition. Have you read the posthumous Ralph Ellison novel Juneteenth? I confess I haven’t, but I love Invisible Man so much that I feel I should. Posthumous novels, though, are always dicey.

    This shot, by the way, reminds me of your earlier shot that I imitated for the Founder’s Day pool.

  2. June 20, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Great Shot!!!

    "GIVE US FREE!!!", Amistad….

    Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

  3. June 20, 2008 at 7:18 am

    wow. this is so cool

  4. June 20, 2008 at 7:20 am

    great shot Mav – can’t promise a table dance but I’ve heard of this great karoke bar near you 😉

  5. June 20, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Definitely you’re most expressionist photo to date.

  6. June 20, 2008 at 10:04 am

    You nailed it! Last year’s was really good, but you topped it this year!

    ps. thought you were gonna remind me! you KNOW I’ve got the Old Timer’s Disease!

  7. June 20, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Again, great emotion and intensity.

  8. June 20, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    *crams herself in box for fed ex marked "table dance – handle with care"*

  9. June 20, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Powerful. Nice work.

  10. June 20, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    @madmolecule: No, I haven’t read it. Maybe I’ll have to check it out.

    @VAN JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY: thanks. That’s a great movie and one of my inspirations for the original shot.

    @☼ Helder: thank you

    @disco~stu: heh. That’s true. Not sure when I’m going back there.

    @shockingbird: thanks. I think. I hope that doesn’t mean all the others suck. 🙂

    @lrayholly: Glad you think so. I was afraid it paled next to the original. And yeah, I thought around midnight that maybe I should call you to remind you, but I figured you had written it down and all, and if you hadn’t done it, you already had something by then.

    @adayinthelife: thank you.

    @365bunnies: 🙂 why don’t I get more offers like that?

    @afunkydamsel: thank you.

  11. June 21, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Workouts appear to be coming along.
    Thanks for sharing the Juneteenth story.
    This is a great shot… Old iron chain might have worked better

  12. June 21, 2008 at 10:32 am

    @DeHoll: not really. I haven’t had time to work out. I’m as out of shape as ever.

  13. June 21, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    lovely shot realy lovely.congrats

  14. June 21, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    By the way…. this made explore Chris LOL

    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)

  15. June 23, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    nice pic. where did u get those chains? from ghost rider?

  16. June 24, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Of course not!

  17. June 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    visionary image
    like what you have created

  18. June 25, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I think you nailed it. This is a great photo. I like the lighting a lot, in addition to the general idea of the photo.

  19. June 27, 2008 at 1:32 am

    @®© ROBERTO CARBONI: thank you. Glad you like it.

    @~*Denise*~ On Vacation Be Back Monday: yep. I’ve been tracking it. Thanks.

    @excalipoor: Nope, just a hardware store. I keep them in the studio for prop work.

    @SkyShaper: thank you.

    @Miss Emily goes bananas: yeah, I was quite happy with the lighting here.

  20. February 3, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Hi I love the picture. I have just created an article on

    about Juneteenth here

    Would it be possible to use your picture for my article ?

    Thanks & Peace,


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