While images in the media are slowly become more diverse and inclusive, there’s still a wide gap when it comes to kids of color seeing positive images that look like them. To widen the lens, Regis and Kahran, the husband and wife duo behind CreativeSoul Photography, have created the AfroArt project, a series of stunning photographs showcasing “the beauty and versatility of afro hair.”
“Unfortunately the lack of diversity often plays into the stereotypes that they are not ‘good enough’ and often forces kids to have low self-esteem,” Regis and Kahran shared with WYSK via email. “We try to combat these stereotypes in our photography by showing imagery of kids who love the skin they’re in, their own natural curls and their culture.”
The first images from the series, which started in 2016, were inspired by the Baroque period. The artists loved the idea of the contrast between Baroque era clothing with girls of color wearing their bold natural hair. “It is unexpected and not something that you would think about when you think of the Baroque era.” As they have continued on with the project, Regis and Kahran have expanded their themes to include Steampunk and focusing on a single color, pearls, retro, etc.
Based in Atlanta, the duo have traveled to New York, California and Texas for photo shoots. Kahran tells us that one of the most memorable parts of a shoot is when the girls see themselves styled for the first time. Most of the girls featured have never modeled before. “I think most of them are a bit too young to understand the impact and significance of the shoot, but we hope that one day they will be able to look back and see the beauty in themselves no matter what style they choose to wear. We also hope that it gives them the boost of confidence they need to go out and conquer the world.”
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