This photo series is dedicated to highlighting women of color as the main characters of my themes. Oftentimes, the beauty we see in front of the lens do not truly reflect the diversity we see in the real world. This project is meant to introduce and normalize new meanings of what it means to be captured on camera as a woman. And how do you normalize beauty of women of color? You bring in new situations, new themes.
Each theme varies – some tell a story or while others provoke you to think critically. The rest are left for you to simply appreciate visually. Many thanks to my female friends of color. #wocbeauty
Theme: New York Times Ft. Jessenia Preciado
New York has been known as one of the greatest cities in the world as well as being one of my personal favorite locations for sightseeing. For this project, I wanted to focus on the timeless aesthetics of the urban scenery.
My model’s androgynous attire is inspired by the musical icon, Frank Sinatra, whose song, “New York New York,” is known to be a classic. Context from the Great Depression, a historical downturn in American history, significantly contributed to the tone and visuals of these photographs.
Project type: Photo shoot
Program: Adobe Photoshop CS6
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T5 SLR
Project status: Complete
Work time: 20+ Hours
Location: New York, NY
Styling and photography by Jessica Nguyen