Pick a Colour...Any Colour

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UploadedMarch 24, 2010
TakenDecember 31, 2009
Exposure1/200 sec at f/10
FlashRed Eye, Compulsory Flash, Return light detected
Focal Length11.5 mm
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You're the one who has to live, and die with it.

Recognizing gang colours--as well activity--is important in my line of work;however, I do not even broach the subject without remaining nuetral. It is not my job--much less wise--to take sides or condemn gangs. For some, gangs represent the only family that they've ever known. Presenting alternatives through the power of a variety of educational-tools is the seed that we all plant. The growing that takes place later is out of our hands, yet remains in our hearts and soul--as we painfully let go.

(Gang colors are the types or color of clothing, or insignia that are worn by gang members to identify each other. Tattooes may also come under the category of gang colors.

Street gangs wear many colors, for example the Sureños wear blue and grey, and their rivals the Norteños wear red and black. Bloods wear red. Their rivals the Crips wear blue, the Bloods' allies the Latin Kings wear gold and black. Latin King rivals Folks Nation also wears blue and black, and are allied with the Crips. Other gangs such as La Primera wear white as their main color. Their rivals the Cholos wear all black.)

7 responses

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (24 Mar 2010):

    what are we drawing, James? Lovely and colorful image! This is totally different coming from you.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (24 Mar 2010):

    Cool find! Art is everywhere.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (24 Mar 2010):

    I laugh at gangs wearing all the same colours and insignia. These are the girls and boys who hated uniforms in High School, and fought against wearing them. and now they dress the same. Clones. Yes we have the Crips and Bloods here. An import from America we would rather do without! We have too many other gangs of our own to deal with.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (24 Mar 2010):

    We all need a security blanket.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (25 Mar 2010):

    I'll take the bright purple thanks James:) This is stunning in the lightbox too!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (25 Mar 2010):

    Well you have used well the colours of the markers to describe gang horrors and sadness my friend!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (26 Mar 2010):

    An awesome metaphor! Well thought out JH!

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