Gordon Parks didn’t print his work and I am very interested in finding out more about possible reasons why he didn’t. I’m currently left to assume he didn’t intend to show his work in galleries. The gentleman at the gallery mentioned that Parks had prints made during his lifetime but never numbered or ‘editioned’. So the print I’m holding which is a part of a story on segregation was shot for Life Magazine but has no date on when it was printed. I guess this could be problematic however for my experience it was incredibly cool to be in the presence as well as holding a print that was made that Gordon Parks knew was made. Also reflecting on the photo and the smile on my face to me is awkward as well as a nice moment, it’s awkward because look at the photo. Structural racism. Segregation. Why is this something to smile about? To respectfully answer that the smile on my face in fairness represents the inspiration that Gordon Parks has given me to document the black experience and to create new narratives and to put that on display for anyone to see, deconstruct and / or like or not like it. Either way. A good day!