Friday, April 12, 2019

In Morning Light

Image: Photographer unknown.

See also the previous posts:
In Morning Light (2016)
Hare's Breath
Hare at Twilight

Friday, April 5, 2019


Lyriq Bent (born January 3, 1979) is a Jamaican-Canadian actor. He is known for his roles in the Saw films, the television series Rookie Blue and TV mini-series The Book of Negroes (left). Bent portrays Jamie Overstreet in the Netflix series by Spike Lee, She's Gotta Have It, based on the film of the same name.

Bent was born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada when he was six years old.[1] He grew up in Toronto and later attended Seneca College in North York.

Bent has starred in various lead and supporting roles both in film and television since he began his acting career in the early 2000s. Prior to landing a co-starring role in the drama series Angela's Eyes, he guest starred on the UPN series Kevin Hill opposite Taye Diggs, and USA Network's Kojak opposite Ving Rhames.

Bent attracted further attention when he co-starred in the hit horror films Saw II and Saw III as Officer Daniel Rigg. He later starred as one of the central characters in Saw IV.

From 2010–2014 he co-starred in the Canadian television series Rookie Blue, portraying Staff Sergeant Frank Best.

Bent recently portrayed Chekura Tiano in the television miniseries The Book of Negroes, based on the best-selling novel by Lawrence Hill. For this role, Bent won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Dramatic Role at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.


See also the previous posts: Philip | Don | LeBron | Jayjay | Donald | Geremy | Jerome | Solomon | Colin | Luis | Nyle | Philip | Charlie | Sukdeep | Rafael | Mon Bel Ami

Images: Photographers unknown.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

On Display

See also the previous posts:
On Display (2016)
The Easter Hare
Origins of the Easter Bunny

Image: The Leveret.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Morning Light

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Welcoming the Return of Spring

Writes Edward Hays in his classic spiritual manual, Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim.

As the sun’s rays strike our planet more directly, the earth responds with newness and freshness. [Our spiritual ancestors] set this day apart as sacred, as a feast to celebrate the resurrection of the earth. The sun, radiant and healing, revitalizes the dark and dormant, as days and nights are again of equal length on the day of the equinox.

May the eternal experience of spring prepare each of us for a personal rebirth and resurrection. May it be a pledge-sign that life rises out of death.

A true planetary pilgrim experiences this feast not as a spectator but as a concelebrant with the earth and all creation. This day is both holy and magical, filled with hidden spirits and sounds.

May our ears, eyes, and nose be attentive to the rebirth of green life pushing up through the earth, even if it is still hidden from view. May we feel in our bodies the energy of the sun calling for newness and life.

The ancient ones danced to the mystery of new life and sprouting vegetation. They lit fires to banish the tired, aged spirits of winter and darkness. They built their bonfires to ward off the half-hidden fears that perhaps this time, this year, winter would not leave and they would die in the barren, icy darkness.

With reverence, let us be touched by this hidden memory as we respond to the tidal-gravitational tug of the planet Earth on this feast. Rejoice with all the Web of Life, woven so tightly, as the season of spring begins.

– Edward Hays
Excerpted from "A Spring Equinox Ritual"
in Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim
(Forest of Peace Books, 1989)

Related Off-site Links:
First Day of Spring 2019: The Spring Equinox – Catherine Boeckmann (The Old Farmer's Almanac, March 20, 2019).
Spring Equinox 2019: Ancient Traditions Echo in Our Modern World – Forrest Brown (CNN, March 20, 2019).
See the First Supermoon on the Spring Equinox in 19 Years – Andrew Fazekas (National Geographic, March 19, 2019).

See also the previous posts:
Welcoming the Spring Equinox
A Time of Balance
Eostre at Spring Equinox
Remembering Eostre
Burgeoning Life Force

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Wouri River Divers

NOTE: In the hours after publishing this post I found myself feeling perturbed. At first I couldn't pinpoint the cause of my unease and then I realized that it was to do with the whole premise of photographer Hugh Brown's project. Here was a comfortably-off white man traveling the world "capturing" images of people of color doing difficult and dangerous work in order to publish (and presumably profit to some degree from) a book documenting those he encountered. I found myself wondering: Why not use this privilege to give agency to the subjects of his images? Perhaps by providing them with cameras to document for themselves their lives and experiences? How different might these images look if the workers themselves were behind the camera?

No sooner had these thoughts and questions crossed my mind then I received a text message from a friend and follower of The Leveret: "The diver post strikes me as exploitation," my friend wrote. "White colonials ogling the sexy jungle men." I concurred with my friend and shared with him my own thoughts on the matter. "So are you taking the post down?' he asked. I responded by saying that, no, I did not intend taking the post down but that I would add this note. I acknowledged that it would probably not generate conversation, but that it would ensure that these images are out there coupled with a critique that may make people think about them in a way they might not have previously. The images themselves, I observed, are not totally without value and beauty.

"You're still promoting the [photographer's project and forthcoming] book," my friend responded; to which I replied: True, but people may now think twice about buying it (and other products like it) whereas they may not have before.

I welcome my readers thoughts on both the images shared in this post and the thoughts shared in this note.


Writes Adaobi Onyeakagbu . . .

Australian photographer Hugh Brown has captured a group of men working as artisanal miners in and along the Wouri River in Cameroon.

In his search to capture images of men and women working in some of the most remote and dangerous work environments, Brown found the subsistence miners fetching wet sand from the river bed to be transported up the river and sold for construction purposes. The men are not officially employed by any company, but work independently.

The divers risk their lives daily to make a living out of jumping to the river bottom at least 100 times per shift. They use 3 kilogram steel buckets with holes punched in the bottom that aids in the collection of the sand. [It's work that gives them] incredibly muscular physiques.

Hugh aims to make these artisanal miners the subject of a major photo art book and will also be the subject of a major feature documentary film.

Related Off-site Links:
Cameroon's Muscle-bound Miners: Photos Show the Incredible Sculpted Physique of Workers Who Dive 20ft to Collect Tonnes of Sand From the River Bed – Terri-Ann Williams (Daily Mail, January 17, 2019).
Amazing Pictures Show African Miners Risking Death Diving Incredible Depths for Sand – Dominic Smithers (, January 17, 2019).
Artisanal Mining Is One of the Few Ways Africans Directly Benefit From Natural Resources – Lynsey Chutel (Quartz, July 27, 2018).

Images: Hugh Brown.