In this groundbreaking work, Woodrow Bailey deconstructs the entire concept of freedom, our most sacred notion of ourselves and way of life. With a unique style of his own Woodrow Bailey challenges us to examine the very meaning of our lives.
"I can tell you the definition of the word “Freedom” but what good will it do for your psyche? The condition of being free, are we? Think about this, we are being held hostage by others’ drama, check the news or social media. Political independence, really, have you seen the latest parade of “Politicians” running for office. The mere word “Freedom” came with a cost, but no one wants to pay anymore.
Sure, you can move around this country with virtually no barriers but the psychological warfare in the minds of those who struggle is a real issue. We are not unrestricted by any means then again what do we have access to? I have a bird eye view of these con¬ditions in my everyday environment. In fact, you see it too. I am recording it with the rage of my pen and paper.
Think about your freedom, your history and your ancestors, if you had to buy your freedom then what?
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This is my own style and if you read any of my other material there are still a few surprises. Talk to you at the end. My village of family, friends, who have encouraged me to express who I am and as always this is for all who know me.
“Photography and now poetry informs Woodrow Bailey’s way of looking at the world. I still embrace my former USC student Wood-row Bailey’s photographic mode almost 35 years ago...At that time his photographs described empathically, his daily encounters with his immediate present and his community. Collectively his images began a narrative that both defined and transcended boundaries. In photography and in poetry Woodrow Bailey shapes the weight of moments collapsed beyond their kin with an urgent poetic journey burned into our nation’s present. Woodrow’s words cry their meanings as both a private and public condition. He summarizes the personal as he lays bare the shared.” —Robert Flick, Professor Emeritus, Roski School of Art & Design
Poetry. African & African American Studies.
Born in New Orleans and raised in South Los Angeles, Woodrow Bailey has always seen his creativity differently. He was taught at an early age to be a "Man for Others" and be committed to a greater cause than yourself. After graduating from the University of Southern California's Roski School of Art & Design in 1985 he started out in the visual arts field. After a few years he realized that his creativity was linked to his philanthropy. By happenstance he was hired by the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services. He decided to also work on his Master of Arts degree at California State University Los Angeles Luckman School of Art. By 1992 Mr. Bailey was taking words and phrases and incorporating them into his artwork but he started the process at while an undergraduate on photos. While working at building his career the conditions and circumstances of servicing those in need started to trigger emotional fragments of what society deals with. He started to document them, doing journals and writing about events that affected his environment. For the past thirty years he has been a "storyteller' in his own unique style of prose. "There are literally hundreds of these pieces, I will write one or two a day or depending on what's going on around me. An incident in the neighborhood will trigger my mind to document it.". his current series FREEDOM speaks on the conditions of culture of a fractured society. While somber the prose is meant to uplift and connect the reader to his environment. Woodrow Bailey is married to his wife Tahnda with two adult children Skylarr and Spencer; his first love is God for giving him this gift and giving him these opportunities to serve. Second his family who he lives for. "As an African American Man, I must lead by my deeds and consciousness." Third the people he helps through his philanthropy in South Los Angeles. His catch phrase is "Peace, Faith & Blessings to all who know me."