Figures of Color is a study of black skin that explores the relationship between light and dark. This work diverts from my other photographic approaches, underscored by an appreciation for fine art painting. Contemporary black artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Alex Gardner, Jon Key, and Amy Sherald have inspired me to “paint it black.” To focus on the humanity and beauty of the black figure.

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.








Figures of Color is a study of black skin that explores the relationship between light and dark. This work diverts from my other photographic approaches, underscored by an appreciation for fine art painting. Contemporary black artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Alex Gardner, Jon Key, and Amy Sherald have inspired me to “paint it black.” To focus on the humanity and beauty of the black figure.

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.





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