In a Silent Way

Words + Photography: Lenworth McIntosh “Joonbug”

Miles Davis’ “In A Silent Way”, 1969 (the LP from which this photo series borrows its title) begins with a nostalgic church organ that sets the tone—soulful, soft, and smooth. As the song progresses, instruments are layered in one by one, and it becomes the soundtrack to a series of images synonymous with a personal journey inward. Jazz is a way of seeing. These images are centered around the unseen, where focus is placed on the spaces people occupy just as much as the people themselves. I photograph members of my community in a voice that listens, respects and reflects the quiet complexity of their being. Jazz is, for me, a portal offering a quiet clarity of the mind in the stillness of night. These selected images speak a silent language where the longer you sit with them, the deeper you’re able to feel and communicate as if, telepathically, they are manifesting themselves as your memories. “In a Silent Way” offers a way to understand life through empathy in a language felt and not heard

About Lenworth McIntosh “Joonbug”:

Born in Jamaica and emigrated to The United States as a child, living in Texas, Florida, and now Oakland, California. His  work explores unseen members of the community in a way that respects, and reflects the quiet complexity of their being. The images are steeped in nostalgia and offer a way to understand life through empathy in a language felt and not heard.

Style is informed by a moment in time, and context is captured by presentation.

The Brooklyn Circus/BKc is a menswear brand that finds inspiration in the pages of history books. Everything we make has a story, from the construction of our varsity jackets to the looms where our denim is woven, and we take these elements into consideration when we cultivate our brand. We are here to tell the story of style throughout American history and to emphasize the power of presentation. We want to change the way Americans dress, one iconic silhouette at a time through the 100-Year Plan. Welcome to the circus.