Figures of Color


Figures of Color is an ongoing project that looks closely at how black skin is represented in works of art, and the relationship between this representation and elements of light and darkness. Taking inspiration from painters such as Kerry James Marshall and Jon Key, the images contain a painterly quality which pushes the boundaries of photography. The work focuses on the marriage between color and form, engaging with stark Blackness as a symbol, while leaving room for creative interpretation. In a world that’s constantly changing, it’s interesting to think about all the ways in which black and white work together. This visual concept paired with the fundamental issues of race, make for a life-long personal project.


Press


It’s Nice That, 2021
The New Yorker, 2020
The Independent Photographer, 2020
The Nashville Scene, 2018
Booooooom, 2018






Figures of Color


Figures of Color is an ongoing project that looks closely at how black skin is represented in works of art, and the relationship between this representation and elements of light and darkness. Taking inspiration from painters such as Kerry James Marshall and Jon Key, the images contain a painterly quality which pushes the boundaries of photography. The work focuses on the marriage between color and form, engaging with stark Blackness as a symbol, while leaving room for creative interpretation. In a world that’s constantly changing, it’s interesting to think about all the ways in which black and white work together. This visual concept paired with the fundamental issues of race, make for a life-long personal project.


Press


It’s Nice That, 2021
The New Yorker, 2020
The Independent Photographer, 2020
The Nashville Scene, 2018
Booooooom, 2018








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