The Black Hair Project
This Portrait series depicts a variety of black men and women showcasing their black hair and individual fashion culture. I was inspired by the “My Black is Beautiful” campaign showing various shades and backgrounds of black women with different hair patterns all smiling joyfully. I wanted to achieve this genuine joyfulness in their representation of who these individuals are as black people.
I executed this series in a way that allowed for a connection on set with my subjects due to our mutual culture. I used a yellow-ish radiant colour treatment to add a glow to their melanin as well as to enhance the concept of happiness. I always seem to find a way of including myself in any series as I see myself in everything I do that inspires me. Talking to each individual person about their hair, background and culture was inspirational.