“Style has a profound meaning to Black Americans. If we can’t drive, we will invent walks and the world will envy the dexterity of our feet. If we can’t have ham, we will boil chitterlings; if we are given rotten peaches, we will make cobblers; if given scraps, we will make quilts; take away our drums, and we will clap our hands. We prove the human spirit will prevail. We will take what we have to make what we need. We need confidence in our knowledge of who we are.” ~Nikki Giovanni
I recently learned about this collective of young photographers from South Africa.. The collective consists of three South African photo bloggers, Justice Mukheli, Vuyo Mpantsha, and Innocent Mukheli, who are committed to positively portray Africa through the use of fashion, photography, and stories. The mission behind I See a Different You is to provide a different perspective of life experiences in Africa. Growing up in Soweto, Justice, Vuyo, and Innocent recognized that their daily experiences of childhood, joy, and love were not always portrayed in the media. They represent their culture, land, identity, and heritage very beautifully.
“I was very much interested in documentary photography as a vehicle for expression, as a political tool. It was a way of capturing the human condition.” ~Carrie Mae Weems
Her work is such an inspiration to me as a woman and a photographer. I love the messages and stories she convey in her images. A natural storyteller. She creates images that reflect how she perceives her community and the world that surrounds her. She also creates images that display how the world may perceive her as a black woman.
Here is an insightful interview when Carrie Weems visited Duke University: