A Photo Series Exuding the Poise and Purpose of Black Girl Magic
ON purpose is a bubbly and empowering digital collage of photography and illustrations. I worked with photographer Mark Clennon and artist Lakiesha Herman to create a series of images that speaks to being a carefree, bright, bold and, most importantly, unapologetic woman. The project came about when photographer Mark Clennon and I met for the first time to have an open-ended photo-shoot in a hot, non-air conditioned Brooklyn studio with just a fan and a pink backdrop. Subsequently, Mark sent the images to Lakiesha who masterfully utilized design programs and her impressive illustrating skills to evolve the photos into a gorgeous digital collage.
As Mark so perfectly describes it:
This project is an examination of the joy and color of the black woman that glows in spite of the micro- and not so micro- aggressions from everyone, black men included. The lines Kiesh created burst out in the most visceral form of childlike joy that we all are chasing. It’s literal black girl magic.
Dress and Shirt: Beacon’s Closet Thrift Store
Jacket: PAIGE Denim
Jewelry: My own