The end of FEBRUARY but not the end of BLACK HISTORY
Its taken me a very long time to write a blog post on black history month. I have read articles, and other photographers blog posts and ideas on how to make a difference with your artwork. I was told by a fellow photographer in my area to get everything ready months before hand so it would be all prepared at the time you need it most.
Sure, I did that. I found the model, photographed and edited ALL before February but I still didn't get what I wanted out of it. I wasn't sure how to do it? I mean making a post about black history had to be strong and meaningful for what it all stood for...I somewhat failed at it. I wont lie.
I wanted to post on social media everyday about activists and different people who inspire us all. I wanted to share facts about them in my story on instagram and share the photographs I took for the month as well. It didn't happen! I know. I am terrible but it just didn't work out.
All I have now is this blog post. I can't beat myself up about it but strive to work better on the next thing.
Black history is so important to me. In fact, I remember the days I fell in love with the history of my community in itself. I was in High School taking a U.S History class my junior year. Even though I knew all about black history something about sitting down and only focusing on civil rights moment at the time was amazing. In that time frame I also went to the inauguration and witnessed the first black president. It was a very powerful time in my life and it paved the way for me to learn my history ever since.
With this session I wanted it to touch people in many ways. I didn't want any images to have an explanation. I just wanted them to speak to you how you would like them to. With that being said here are the photographs I was able to create for the beauty and power of this lovely month.
*The face paint placed on model is not true tribal war paint.*