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)?
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