While shooting a band at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS. I turned, facing the audience with my back to the band, and captured this scene.
I’ve always caught myself looking for the background people. Often they are the underprivileged who, in one way or another, serve us. In the delta of Mississippi, that person is usually very poor and black.
The people on my side of the kitchen wall are enjoying the venue, being served a great meal, listening to some live music; the blues in this case. The people on the other side of the wall are working in a hot kitchen for a minimum wage which doesn’t afford them the means of enjoying the pleasures on my side of the wall. They are the people who invented the blues.
Take out the computer adjacent to the subject and the cell phone she is peering into and this photo could have been taken in 1952.
Things change. Things don’t.
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