When I make portraits of black subjects, I do so toward a greater imagining of what their blackness and being can mean when in conversation. Historically, from the orthodox perspective, black images have been used to diminish, to discredit or to challenge. I take part in a tradition of black imagemakers who speculate, who exalt, who consider the what if and the what is of blackness. I use these questions to consider their same implications for the human and for consciousness itself. Each shoot is a contrapuntal for black dreams, a conversation in which both subject and photographer enter a third place between/beyond them. In this space, the image is made.