Glad to share a fashion editorial for Capitol File magazine I creative directed and photographed for their new issue. You can check it out here, on newsstands or online HERE. You can read more about the thought and values that made these pictures below.
Walking the Walk Through Photography
In 2017, there are countless issues so pressing and urgent we cannot afford to be unengaged or unaware. I try to use the power of my privilege to make images that drive meaningful conversation. Photographs give importance to groups of people, lifestyles, and philosophies. They offer commentary, stand in protest, or represent ideals yet unrealized. As a photographer, I believe I have a responsibility to make work with that in mind whenever possible. I treasure collaborations with others who share those same values and try to make space for my subjects to speak their own truth.
Feminism + Diversity
My muses are women who lead with intelligence, unafraid to let their voices be heard to fight for justice with grace. I believe that true style cannot exist without substance to back it up, and live my values through the images I make. Our model Linda filled that role, showing that smart and effortlessly cool trump traditional ideals of how women should dress and confidently occupy space. Her confident presence and strong personality makes these pictures what they are.
The styling was inspired by a "give no fucks", post-gender, streetwear mentality and featured Linda wearing menswear pieces as well as womenswear. I'm not particularly interested in "pretty", but instead use fashion to look at how women express their identities. Looks highlighted softened architectural silhouettes and unique proportions, and styling was inspired by the natural hair and minimalist makeup of 1970's feminists.
I'm proud to create work in a historically black city and take my commitment to representing diversity in my pictures very seriously. Since non-white models remain under represented in editorials or are included as a form of tokenism, I wanted to cast black models in both roles. It still isn't often that non-white models are used for luxury imagery, despite the fact that they are consumers in that space as well. Fashion editorials are meant to be aspirational, and these pictures aspire to a world where representation isn't even a question.
Many thanks to editor Michael M. Clements for trusting my vision and allowing me to walk the walk of our shared values around representation, diversity, and feminism. Styling: Polly Spadavecchia, T.H.E. Artist Agency // HMU: Carla Pressley // Talent: Linda and Terrell, T.H.E. Artist Agency // Location: CityCenterDC
You can check out the editorial below. Enjoy!