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Jason Parham is a senior writer for WIRED. Depth of Field is his weekly dispatch about culture's most searing current images.I first caught sight of Etika's image on Twitter, via a post by the NYPD, and immediately thought of the photographer Dawoud Bey, and how the portrait-style angle is reminiscent of his work. Bey's portraits—and the subjects within—coolly spellbind the senses. They are stares and poses and gestures full of emotional volume. They do not scream for attention, but demand it all the same. There's a calm confidence saturated within. That's what draws the viewer to Etika's gaze. The image is not seeking a narrative of humanity—that increasingly trite, misused genre of identity-making we recklessly apply to black people—but a language of presence. It is an image of quiet force. It says simply: I am here.
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