they were in a small urban statue garden? and on display. It all seemed very odd to me.. I have no idea what the owners intention were but they had quite a few similar statues. Regardless of the owners intent I found them to be a disturbing but interesting subject to photograph. Like beauty (disturbing but interesting).
Who would have thought it was a good idea to make them in the first place is the question to me. Much less, who was the market for them?
It's strange but true that my wife has two different African American women friends, who collect the Aunt Jamima dolls and advertising pieces. Some of it I think is a "my bad history is still history and should be preserved" kind of thing. I am thinking holocaust museum here as well.
However I am not saying there aren't any racist left in the old south, but I will tell one really quick story. I write southern fiction but his is so help me god a true story,,,
I was shooting a wedding and the bride's father and I were talking. He took off his uncomfortable tux coat and the funny looking cufflings came loose. I was watching him try to rehook it when I noticed the stars and bars tattoo on his forearm.
"When did you get that?" I asked.
"Back when I was young and stupid," he replied as he quickly covered it. There was not a black person near us. He was embarrassed that he had it, not that someone might see it. I hope that says a lot for us as a people.