Suffering in Silence- Pastor
So often what it means to be a Black man hinges on the lack of emotional expression. Sometimes though the pain is too much to bear, the burden is too heavy to carry.
“Tears are words the heart can’t express.”Gerard Way
African cultures have historically tied masculinity with stoicism and independence: the ability to endure suffering in silence. Equally rooted in culture, however, is religion, which has invited communities to pray, celebrate, grieve, and feel in communion. Capturing a poignant moment, this photograph embodies the duality of strength and emotionality in unity: a pastor sheds tears as he leads his people in moving prayer. As the community bleeds with its individual members, religion has provided refuge in fellow believers, and a way to channel out shared suffering.
Amir Leung-Tat, Suffering in Silence- Pastor, 2020. Digital Photograph. ©Amir Leung-Tat. All rights reserved.