The power of music. It can bring people together from all walks of life. It also has the ability to unite ethnicity, religion, and folks from all sexual orientation. The rhythms from the Soul Summit located in Fort Greene Brooklyn could be felt deep within one's soul. It crossed economic boundaries, causing poor and rich to forget their status as they danced. Young and old alike danced carefree as the DJ mixed the music. It's an event like no other in New York City.
Can we say that music is a gift from heaven? Is there anything else in the world that unites people regardless of language? It is said that "music is the great uniter".
The Soul Summit can be called heaven on earth to some. The thumping bass of the house music permeating the body. The sounds of the repetitious beats placing the crowd into a hypnotic trance take place twice every year in Fort Greene Park. People travel from Canada, Europe and many parts of the United States to attend.
Thousands of people sprawled out across the park lawns and hillsides enjoying friends and family as the music played in the background. There was the smell of barbeque and food cooking on the grill. Vendors gathered around the base of the Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument selling their specialties.
I look forward to photographing this event each year. The Soul Summit is a photographer's paradise. There is never a lack of subjects to photograph and showcase their love for this event. Some folks come dressed in their best Afrocentric look. The beautiful pageantry of colorful outfits and the authenticity of ethnic pride can be seen on their faces as they walked the park grounds.
Here are some special moments I was able to capture with my camera: