While working with the FSA, Parks
honed his photographic ethos and style, permeating his practice with powerful images that explored civil rights, the socioeconomic impact of racism, and Black American life. He shot Eggs gathered by a student, Bethune-Cookman College
in 1943 while on assignment at Bethune-Cookman College—a private, historically-black university in Daytona Beach, Florida. As the title suggests, this image pictures the hands of a student collecting eggs at the school farm. The agricultural program tasked students with tending to chickens, cows, hogs, and other animals, teaching functional, efficient farming methods in the process. In his photograph, Parks
commemorates that endeavor with respect, and the result is seriously striking.
The eggs are in sharp focus, a shallow depth of field blurring the hay-strewn background. This keeps the attention on the fragile beauty of those gleaming shells, the subtle, gorgeous variation in their grays. Parks caught the crisp shadows cast by the midday light, creating a contrast-rich image that elevates something as simple as an egg to an object of splendor, the gathering of them to an art-form. Two brown hands steady the smooth ovoids on a platter, custodians of their eggish elegance. The hands are strong but feminine, and a swath of what looks like a corduroy skirt further suggests the student pictured is a woman. The eggs are the spoils of her efforts and symbols of self-nourishment. Parks’ close-up composition and considerate minimalism in capturing Eggs gathered by a student, Bethune-Cookman College reflect the care put into the program and the college’s intention to educate its students and arm them with practical knowledge ... More on the blog!
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