I meant to write a little about what this image means on my personal blog, but I’ll do it here. This photo reminds me of just how important it is to document your own stories. I don’t know if the photographer, Simon Foxton, (or if McQueen himself) knew that this handsome, slightly awkward looking young man would become an innovative, accomplished visual artist (winning the prestigious Turner Prize, to boot), as well as a history-making Academy Award winning-director.
It’s so important to document yourself, to document your friends, and to not assume that other people will tell your story correctly, if at all. Seeing these kind of photos also brings our heroes back down to earth. It helps us see that these titans of industry started out much like us, that they are human and vulnerable, and we can make our mark in the world just like they have, and continue to do so. - D.S.
S&A recently reached out to filmmaker Kiandra Parks to learn more about her critically-acclaimed short film Black Girl in Paris, her chance encounter with director Spike Lee early in her career, and the current project she’s using Kickstarter to help fund, C’est La Vie, a feature film homage to Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It.
I think that you find your own way. You have your own rules. You have your own understanding of yourself, and that’s what you’re going to count on. In the end, it’s what feels right to you … Not what anybody else tells you.