My mother is a huge influence in my art, what I was always taught by her was to always highlight a woman's beauty, strength, growth, radiance, and empowerment. Because that uniqueness allows that light within her to shine bright.
One quote from Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God", "Black women are the mule of the world", and as a child of a black woman I have the responsibility as a man to showcase and to bring out that light out in every photo I have.
This project is called "100 Womxn", which it is displaying 100 women with 100 different backgrounds, 100 different stories, 100 different influences in their communities in Milwaukee. These 100 Womxn are culmination of women coming from different areas within one city in Milwaukee but holds a commonality with their uniqueness, in the aspect that they all have tangling stories of hardship, beauty, strength and growth. And just like the back of these photos these women will have very lush and green growth while also experiencing changes just like the seasons.
This is the start of many photography story projects that I will be telling about my mother and I. Each photography project will express the woman my mother was, from her personal story of independence as a young woman with 3 children to her being a first time homeowner to her being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The exhibition will be titled, "Pookie" and the showcase will be in the Spring of 2017.