DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: #wocbeauty ft. Angela Law

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 for them to showcase their beauty.

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

Sides of Me You Have not Seen ft. Angela Law

I was inspired to explore the idea of how a woman is perceived when she adopts outfits and poses traditionally deemed as masculine in society. The grainy texture of the photos acts a visual metaphor for how masculinity is expected to be portrayed: rough. But do notions of masculinity continue to exist when there appears even a slight degree of softness (i.e. the final photo)?

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My objective for the second set was to not only address the topic of subversive gender representation, but also to incorporate intersectional elements of personal identity and heritage as well. How does personal history tie into how you choose to present yourself – and does it?

 

Project type: Photo shoot

Program: Adobe Lightroom

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T5 SLR

Project status: Complete

Work time: 5-10 Hours

Location: Northampton, Massachusetts

Styling and photography by Jessica Nguyen

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: #wocbeauty ft. Hien Hua

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 for them to showcase their beauty.

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

The Space Within ft. Hien Hua

For this project, I wanted to focus on the concept of spatiality and stress its importance in our daily lives. We all have that one space that we can call our own so that within that one space, we are free to do whatever we please. The bedroom – more specifically, the corner where our bed lies – is an example of a space that we claim for ourselves during times when we need to unravel and rest. I hope that you feel a tinge of nostalgia as you browse through this collection of photos.

Project type: Photo shoot

Program: Adobe Lightroom CC

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T5 SLR

Project status: Complete

Work time: 5-10 Hours

Location: Northampton, MA

Styling and photography by Jessica Nguyen

 

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: #wocbeauty ft. Tif Chen

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

Spring Hues ft. Tif Chen

Believe it or not, this photo shoot was taken during a very tumultuous period in my life, but being able to go outside and taking in the colors of spring had a great therapeutic effect on me.

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Project type: Photo shoot

Program: Adobe Lightroom CC

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T5 SLR

Project status: Complete

Work time: 5-10 Hours

Location: Northampton, MA

Styling and photography by Jessica Nguyen