Sunday, October 14, 2007

Shirt Tales: A Photo Project

These images serve as inspiration for my first studio photography project called "Shirt Tales". Shirt Tales uses photography to capture a moment in our lives through what we wear. It is an exploration of identity, geography, cultural and class histories, migration and sexuality. The way we dress can be utilitarian, but it can also be imbued with meaning and significance about who we are, where we come from and who we want to be. I am interested in learning about why we wear what we do, what these items tell us about our lives and histories and why they are important to us.

Shirt Tales is about where we are right now, in this moment, as women who are creative, sexy, strong, beautiful and full of spirit and whose histories originate in South Asia. The photos will confound any easy reading of who we are and where we come from.

I am looking for help from studio lighting specialists, portrait photographers, and make-up artists. If that sounds like you and you are available between now and December, holla.

Above images: (L to R) MIA from ID Mag Oct07, photographer Shawn Mortensen; "Deft" from Black Book Mag Spring02, photographer Jamel Shabazz; "Lagos Calling" from Metro Pop Mag #31, photographer Clayton James Cubitt

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