Bearden 100

#51 Showtime - 1974
By Romare Bearden

Selected by Ocean Morisset

What initially drew me to the Romare Bearden collage “Showtime”, was the emotional content that touched me upon viewing the work. The composition of the female singer with her arms stretched up and outward, suggest releasing all the pain, heartache and struggle of African-American people of her time. Her open mouth-- not singing, but “belting out” blues lyrics is her battle cry, knowing that though everything has been taken from her, she still has a voice as a means of expression and empowerment. The trumpeters yield their instruments high above her head as a male singer joins in the session. Collectively, this is the way they fight injustices, through music and song.

Romare Bearden had a deep love and understanding of African-American people, and even music. The same passion these musician’s and singer display, is the same passion Bearden used to create this great work of art. This image is full of heart and soul.

Ocean Morisset

Harlem, New York

"All of life is in the bubbles", 2012

Ocean Morisset is a Haitian-American self-taught (freelance) photographer specializing in Photojournalism and Documentary photography. A self described “inconstant” photographer, Ocean also explores Fine Art photography and engages with a wide range of subjects in life, though his passion remain in telling stories with images. Ocean’s choice of subject matter reveals his humanitarianism, as he has a keen eye for the unnoticed and under-appreciated aspects of life, and presents them in a way that the viewer takes hold of the image for their own self-reflection.
Ocean Morisset has exhibited internationally, and has been published in two international photography books; Nude Photography, The Art and Craft by Pascal Baetens, published out of the UK, and Black No.5 by Juergen Janssen, published out of South Africa. In May of 2011, Ocean self-published his first book of photography titled Musings.
Ocean's current projects include writing his memoir about his journey through cancer (2011-12), including a body of work of self-portraiture taken during that time. He has also signed on to be the unit set photographer  for the documentary film,"You Are Not Alone" shooting in New York City.