Welcome to the Story-line

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as an artist   …..
with a Smartphone camera
who loves to preserve
snapshots
of every day things
in time
later to be created
into this image with words
to tell a little story
that’s part of a larger story
a collective story
however
not the whole story
or “the story”
but rather
a sort of WELCOME
to a story of stories
that wets the appetite
just enough
to inspire
those of THE HUMAN RACE
with its facets of color
to discover
then further explore
and uncover
the full story-line
or even some
underground legacy
for themselves . ….
…..   shouldn’t that be
the noble intent
behind STORYTELLING  ~
empathic enlightenment
intelligent progression
~   healing and self-growth

for example
in this case
my Slavery in America
Image with Words Collection
~    Virginia Edition
exhibited in The Urban
Individualist Artist Collective
a gallery at Art Works
in Richmond, VA
started by my dear friend
and fellow artist
Helene Ruiz   ~
how  fitting then
this snapshot
of a building
more than ONE STORY
with the words painted
on its side
WELCOME TO SHOCKOE BOTTOM
an area with an underground legacy
layers ……    story after story
of artifacts
preserved in moist soil
under pavement
embedded with the stories
of slave trade
like the story of Goodwin’s jail
that held a slave named
Solomon Northrup
stories of slavery
which flow past
this building’s welcome
back down the James River
to the storied waters
of Deep Creek
a canal with a lock
and a swamp
a part of the Underground Railroad
stories with a street
called Moses Grandy  ~  a slave
stories of my muse RLF’s family
buried in the Barnes
Culpepper family cemetery

Slave Trade in America
~    waiting for THE HUMAN RACE
with its facets of color
to discover
then further explore
and uncover
the full story-line
or even some
underground legacy
for themselves . ….
undergo empathic enlightenment
intelligent progression
~   healing and self-growth

Image & Words by   ~Keith Alan Hamilton~
Dedicated to the preservation of artifacts
at Shockoe Bottom and Deep Creek…  its story-line

This Image with Words will be a part of my Slavery in America Image with Words Collection now exhibited in The Urban Individualist Artist Collective, Gallery #219 at Art Works In Richmond, VA.

All Words & Images Copyright © 1999-2021 - Keith Alan Hamilton - All rights reserved.