Atlanta Photographer Tackles Love, Encouragement, Black Gay Men and HIV In First Exhibit

Staticc Art & Life, LLC Founder, Jay Ray, debuts his first public photography collection called #BeTheFlame. Two stories of Black men are presented - "Words of Love and Encouragement" and "Black Gay Men, HIV and Standing At The Front Of The Line."
ATLANTA - March 17, 2016 - PRLog -- Staticc Founder, Jay Ray, debuts his first public photography exhibition #BeTheFlame.

According to Ray, "[#BeTheFlame] started out as a response to Michael Brown's murder in 2014. The conversation was initially just one discussion about countering the traditional narratives about Black men in America. After the CDC released a study estimating that 1 out of 2 Black men who have sex with men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, I couldn't ignore it. I'm a Black gay man. I need to talk about this. Seeing this exhibit, in this way, is the only time people will get to see it."

#BeTheFlame will be on display from March 18, 2016 -  April 16, 2016 at The Gallery EAV. The Gallery EAV is located at 490 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. The one of a kind photos will be for sale to the public. An opening reception is taking place on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7pm. The Atlanta community is encouraged to attend.

About the Exhibit:

#BeTheFlame is a message to the world from one of the most feared, desired and criticized creatures. It's a message of hope, release, survival and freedom. This exhibition will tell two distinct stories of Black men. The first story - "#BeTheFlame: Words of Love and Inspiration" - will be messages of hope from Black men to the world. Additionally a second, and very urgent story - "#BeTheFlame: Black Gay Men, HIV & Standing At The Front of the Line" - will tell the stories of Black gay men who're living with HIV and sharing their stories with the world.

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