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photoblog image Slave Trade Series: Emancipate Yourself

Slave Trade Series: Emancipate Yourself

This will be the last of the series! Don't want to bore you guys. I wrote a poem a earlier in the year and its quite appropriate for this series.

Heres a variation of the pic for Skee. http://etomi.shutterchance.com/photoblog/12127.htm

The Passage

 

Calamity arose around me

War! War! They had come

Panic

Men from another world

Had come to take us away

There was nowhere to hide

 

We were chained

March! March! Heads hung low

Defeat

The walk of death

We all cried from pain

Some died along the way

 

The cargo was loaded

Live! Live! Live to profit

Greed

Packed like sardines

With no room to breathe

Diseases took more away

 

The ship arrived port

Jump! Run! Sold to bondage

Caged

With my head raised high

My spirit unbroken

My culture unsuppressed

 

Words by E Etomi.

 

Slave Trade Series: Emancipate Yourself

This will be the last of the series! Don't want to bore you guys. I wrote a poem a earlier in the year and its quite appropriate for this series.

Heres a variation of the pic for Skee. http://etomi.shutterchance.com/photoblog/12127.htm

The Passage

 

Calamity arose around me

War! War! They had come

Panic

Men from another world

Had come to take us away

There was nowhere to hide

 

We were chained

March! March! Heads hung low

Defeat

The walk of death

We all cried from pain

Some died along the way

 

The cargo was loaded

Live! Live! Live to profit

Greed

Packed like sardines

With no room to breathe

Diseases took more away

 

The ship arrived port

Jump! Run! Sold to bondage

Caged

With my head raised high

My spirit unbroken

My culture unsuppressed

 

Words by E Etomi.

 

comments (17)

  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jul 2006, 00:59
very powerful!! Great ending to a wonderful series!!! i thoroughly enjoyed it!! smile
E Etomi: Thanks Incubus! I enjoyed your comments too.
  • Mr Skee
  • SkeeTown (SL)
  • 31 Jul 2006, 01:03
You have got a really interesting series going on smile

But for this shot... I think the broken chain is place too much in the center.

Having said that...placing it to either side would have interfered with the other compositional elements.

I think you should have change the angle completely...you had plenty on time as the chain wasn't running anywhere.

Nice poem by the way.

Why not make a digital book of all these wonderful shots and poems? Just a passing thought
E Etomi: Hey Skee, I took this as well http://etomi.shutterchance.com/photoblog/12127.htm. Close to what ur saying?
etomi,

this is a great picture to end this series. i love the blurred background and the people who are enjoying their freedom in the shadow of the chains.
E Etomi: Thanks Nicole.
Wow! You're right! what similar shots we have today! Cool coincidence. I really like the sandy-warm tones in this shot. The old rusty chain is a very cool subject.
E Etomi: It really is. Thanks
Wow! You're right! what similar shots we have today! Cool coincidence. I really like the sandy-warm tones in this shot. The old rusty chain is a very cool subject. The background works really well too!
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 31 Jul 2006, 04:35
Good shot, I love the imagery of the breaking chain and the meaning it has. I'm just not too sure about the strange colours.
E Etomi: Lol, thats just me experimenting. I wanted the colour to be gright to signify freedom.
dramatic picture.
the dark of the rusty chain is suitable with the tone of the background.
perfect ending for the series.
E Etomi: Thanks bigant. I picked the colour at the spur of the moment. what do you think of the other one i've added a link to?
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Jul 2006, 08:14
Love the looks of the chain. Quite scary!
As i said before E, really well done on the series...was great, not a bore at all...This is an appropriate shot to finish it off...
  • Etomi's No. 1 Fan
  • London
  • 31 Jul 2006, 09:53
Well done dear...

As for the poem, you are multi talented aren't you? smile

x x x
E Etomi: Thanks Dury. x
  • Temidayo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jul 2006, 11:17
Eni dear, the whole series has been very intriguing. Good work!! so whats up for this week?
E Etomi: Thanks Temi! Definately uplifting stuff. smile
  • Idefix
  • Germany
  • 31 Jul 2006, 12:51
Well, you are not boring me AT ALL - I love this, to me it is one of the best ones! I am undecided about the central placing of the chain, maybe taking the shot from a couple of steps anticlockwise would have allowed the trees and people to still be in it yet the chain to be placed off centre. But I really like the symbolism of the broken chain and the free people in the background, even when the chain itself would have been pwoerful in her own right. Very good with the poem as well, what a multi talented chap !
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jul 2006, 14:33
I am enjoying this, keep it up.. DEFINITELY NOT BORED smile

Suby
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 31 Jul 2006, 16:24
great series. loved your words. it was obviously an emotional time shooting these.
  • biodun
  • United States
  • 31 Jul 2006, 22:17
Wow, I love the picture, great job girl, n the poem was great too! Keep up the good job!
  • oz
  • United States
  • 31 Jul 2006, 23:32
YAY Enimien...great series..and now a new one!!
  • Kemi
  • London
  • 27 May 2007, 03:53
I've just come across this photoblog and this particular photo caught my eye. I didn't immediately recognise it as broken links of a chain, rather all I can see when I look at it is someone being pulled to freedom or safety by the hands his/her fellow man. The chain at the person's feet which had tied him/her down, probably for many years, is finally being broken. Did you also see this when you took the photo? If you did then it's ingenius.

I feel strangely energised by some of these photos. Lie a yearning to get up and go, stop making excuses and do the things I've always said I should. Thank you for that.

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