I think it's important to acknowledge we made it!
I think it's important to acknowledge we made it!
No eggs, dairy, or anything of the flesh. Plant based. Vegan. All words that seem to scare people and are the butt of the thanksgiving jokes. You know your plate is full of veggies, bread, and sweet potatoes if you're vegan around holiday time. You don't get many options.
*cue trumpets playing a heavenly melody*
Bomb af! Inobe Nicole. Not only has a dope ass sense of style, but she also cooks .. amazing vegan dishes! Once Inobe showed me a couple simple vegan recipes, I was sold. (I went vegan for 2 months but then I had a cheese crumble. My new lifestyle disappeared.) I just needed to rethink traditional dishes that normally held meat as the star. My favorite that I can't STOP making?! The tacos! Made with walnut pieces and cashew halves, cumin, salt (to taste), and olive oil. Topped with red onions, tomatoes, avacado, and cilantro wrapped in a lettuce leaf. Everyone I've made this dish for, fell in love! It's a raw dish (no heat necessary) and only requires a food processor. Perfect! Takes 5 minutes to make.
Be sure to pop over to her website for fashion inspiration and her raw vegan taco recipe!
Thick humidity, creaky aged plank wood floors, willow trees, and a small town feel with big taste and character. New Orleans held a mysteriousness about it. Although the purpose of the trip was a refresher, to my creativity & scenery, it was also about learning more about myself and disconnecting. The city didn't have the typical "southern" feel, it felt heavier in culture than any other it's neighboring states. The people I encountered from the airport to the restaurants, were beautiful. There is something about that N'awls sing songy twang that's comforting. Fair warning though, if you came for the food porn, I don't have any.
prior to this trip, I was on an "unofficial" 3 week photography tour. 7 planes, 5 cities ( NY twice ) I was about over flying at this point. I'm actually scared of flying, any small bump or sway out of the norm gets my heart racing and the prayers flowing.
my airbnb was cozy and cute.
the space was well utilized.
Legs for days . Ogden museum of Southern Art . 2017 . New Orleans .
i attempted to go see the Saint Heron store . didn't work .
trying to travel lighter and be more minimalistic with my packing .
There is something about rich royal colors like blue and deep purple .. oh, and orange, golden yellow, and ... really all the colors in the spectrum compliment brown skin perfectly! If you didn't get a chance to attend black girl beautiful, hopefully you learned your lesson and won't miss it again. (Just kidding!) What's special about BGB 2017 is, I attended in 2016 and became apart of it in 2017!
BGB and I teamed up with sculptur, Kristie Mays, and created a series of portraits featuring her handmade wire crowns. Which are amazing af! Let me tell you. I shot portraits of the attendees wearing the crows so they could briefly become apart of the project. Seeing themselves as royalty!
This new body of work is an extension of my personal work. Yup, that project that I mentioned seemed to load in the background, brought about a new way to show my work! The project I pushed myself to do when sometimes I really wanted to give up. The project I sometimes wished I never created because some Saturday's (I shot the portraits almost every Saturday) I just wanted to relax in bed. The project I stuck with until I felt it was time to move onto something new. The project that created a new venture for me. I constantly try to talk myself out of doing things I signed myself up to do and i'm trying to rewire myself out of thinking that way. This is gratifying in more than one way! Something I purely made out of the need to create turned into something bigger. I learned it was bigger than me when a young girl came up to me and said I was her favorite photographer and she's been following my work for a year. Mind boggling to think someone you've never met is able to see your work through a small device such as a phone, then to meet them in person. Crazy how big the small world of the internet is.
Being able to speak to these women and share stories along side my sister (who played a BIG role in my upbringing) created a new perspective. I literally saw younger me in every single young girl that came to get a portrait. BGB was beautiful to say the least and I hope to be able to experience that again one day on a larger scale.
Be sure to see more of the portraits similar to the ones above at wearemonarch
I support anyone who has the guts to go out and get whatever they want! Newdstyle is all about making women feel great on the daily. They source clothing that fits well and can be worn everyday! Kea, co-owner and face of the brand, is a boss!
Check out some sneak peek photos below, then shoot over to the site to see what they have in store.