When I think of really good art, no matter what medium it is, I think of things that effect me emotionally. While looking at the photos of Clayton Cubitt, the range of emotions I felt, were honestly, all over the board.
The photos above are from a project called ‘Lagos Calling’, where he recreated what he calls the “African skinhead fashion from the early seventies.” I know nothing about any of this, but what I do know is how amazing these photos look. They look like the could be right out of the seventies. The styling is absolutely perfect, and the models are incredible. I felt shock and envy looking over all of these amazing images.
After that I took a look around his site and decided to look at his photos of the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina. Looking at them and reading the captions that went along with them was really hard to do. The pictures are beautiful on their own. It’s hard to believe that he can take such amazing photos in such a harsh place. But when you read the stories that go along with them, it turns the intensity knob to 11. I was close to tears many times, reading about the courage that people had and the lives that were lost.
If you have some time to check out his photos, I highly suggest you do so.
Found through Boing Boing