As you may or may not know, I’m a photographer (Psych! I know you know.) But photography isn’t just my job, it’s my passion. It’s so much more than just a job. Sometimes, though, photographers can hyper focus on the “job” part of photography and forget about what made us fall in love with photography in the first place. So lately I’ve been reflecting on photography, women’s issues, identity, and my place in all of it.
I’ve always been confused about my identity. I’m African and I live in America, but I don’t feel African American because I wasn’t born here. On the other hand, I have been here for 15 years, and American values, customs and traditions shaped a huge part of my life. My skin is dark in every sense, but many of my friends have lighter skin and are an entire beautiful spectrum of colors. I’m surrounded in diversity, which I absolutely love.
I’ve also been thinking about my own identity as a strong, black woman, and studying women’s history. I’m amazed at how far women have come — at how far we have come — in terms of being our own person and being allowed to be ourselves. And not only that, but within that, how our do our identities shape us as we are growing? I’ve been contemplating the societal pressure women face to be absolutely perfect, and how that impacts us. I want to celebrate how far we have come and reinvigorate the passion to keep moving forward as women.
New Photography Adventure
So with all that said, I’m really excited to venture into some new, personal projects. I want to create a new body of work that relates to all these concepts and ideas that have been floating around in my head. I’m eager to creatively expresses these new ideas and to share them with you as they take form.
Stay tuned for an eventual debut!
Until then, stay fierce!