Deep and Dark
'Deep and Dark' highlights dark-skinned women through the lens of a dark-skinned woman.
“ It's fair to say that black folks operate under a cloud of invisibility... This invisibility - this erasure out of the complex history of our life and time - is the greatest source of my longing.”
- Carrie Mae Weems
Built on false beauty standards that often cater to white women, the fashion industry is known for repeatedly excluding women of color from the editorial conversation. This exclusion and invisibility extend beyond the model in the frame but also dictates the lens through which they are seen. Oftentimes, the black body, when seen in the media, is photographed by a white person which determines the way they are represented.
Deep and Dark is a series that highlights dark-skinned women through the lens of a dark-skinned woman. Inspired by black female photographers such as Esther Sweeney from Kenya who photographs black people using bold and rich colors, and Ally Green from Texas whose high fashion photography is centered around black people, this project uses natural light as a tool to highlight the beauty in blackness.