Infinite Essence is my exploration of the connections between the black body, the cosmos, universe and the eternal in the face of a world that works to annihilate the black body every single day.

As the #BlackLivesMatter movement has grown in strength, the refrain of "We are Magic" has as well. In Jesse William's speech at the 2016 BET Awards he stated, "Just because we are magic, doesn't mean that we are not real."

Similarly, through this series I meditate on this balance between the real and surreal. Between what we think we know and who we actually are. There is so much more to us than meets the eye, and it transcends dimensions, space and time.

The origin of the series's name comes from a quote by Chinua Achebe discussing Odinani (traditional Igbo spirituality) and the concept of "chi." In his exploration of "chi" and seeking to define it for a contemporary audience - Achebe found more questions than answers. But in his exploration, one line in particular stood out:

"Or is chi an infinitesimal manifestation of Chukwu’s infinite essence given to each of us separately and uniquely, a single ray from the sun’s boundless radiance?"

Similarly, I have started this series with more questions than answers. But with each click of my camera working to decipher a bit more of the puzzle of the eternal blessings we have as manifestations of something far greater than ourselves and physical beings.


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