Personal projects, I try and do at least 20 personal projects a year to push my skills and do creative work. Afro Wisdom is one of those projects and was inspired by my friend Cynthia who is a beautiful human and especially beautiful when she wears her Fro. A few months ago we did a Fro photo shoot, I wanted to test my lighting and black backdrop against her gorgeous big hair. While shooting we started talking about the possibility of doing a series of Fros and Afro Wisdom was sparked.
Cynthia went above and beyond organizing models. She brought me fabulous people, Josiah a professional dance instructor, Neke a college student, Marcus a musician and Jerica a magazine publicist.
Cynthia is from Tulsa, a 2.5 hour drive from me. So when she was able to put together such talent I knew I needed to seize this opportunity. Having no connections in Tulsa I reached out to one of my Artist friends Narciso Arguelles and he gave me the name of Amy Boewe at Living Arts.
I want to say that the Living Arts in Tulsa ROCKS! (http://www.livingarts.org/) Incredible non -profit gallery. Amy was so kind and accommodating. We had a perfect space to set up a temporary studio, she even brought us bottled water!
We had the best time with the photo shoot and I got a lot of great images that I will be editing throughout the month. While I photographed, one of the models Neke, used my cell and took incredibly FUN behind the scenes photos which I love because they document the process, tells the story. Thank you Neke! (Behind the Scenes Photo Credit: Neke Carey. )
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone.
A big shout out to Josiah Kelly, Marcus James, Neke Carey, Jerica Wortham and Cynthia Cunningham for all the hard work, ENERGY and FUN you all brought to the shoot!
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