Really appreciate you for sharing your response. Thank you… It’s the expression on the face of the model that drew me into feeling that was the perfect visual for what I wanted to convey in the article.
I hadn’t made associations consciously with the horrors of enslavement per se, but I agree, the model’s naked shoulders can be seen as harking back to that terror.
Certainly, the photo as a whole, conveys to me, a sense of vulnerability. We as Black people are subjected to all manner of power plays by systemic racism that is embodied us as individuals. Obviously, the article is exposing the kinds of power games we are subjected to as people of colour, in order that we can be empowered and thus stop being manipulated, dominated and exploited.