It is really interesting how many things “Black” can be and how different depending on each culture. In that way black can be Death in the western civilizations but Rebirth in the ancient Egyptian. For others it is linked with Conservatism or Rebellion. Also black is connected with Darkness and the Unknown but in the martial arts a black belt depicts Knowledge. Most of the time, in the mind of people it brings bad thoughts but for the Native Americans black was good, because it was the color of the soil which gave life. These are only some examples. With such a range it is more challenging to tackle the variety itself than just one of these aspects.
Therefore, a series of portraits have been made illustrating what “Black” means for each of the persons photographed.
© Anastasios Ktistis 2008