I am a photographer born and raised in Charleston, SC. I have been fortunate in my photography journey thus far, capturing love stories. Most of my portfolio has been weddings and I definitely appreciate the opportunity I have had to serve each and every one of my clients. Although my photography journey has moved pretty fast for me, I find myself yearning to share more. That yearning has compelled me to begin the planning of an upcoming stylized photoshoot.
Allow me to explain. I have find myself becoming a lover of all things related to love, and I want to express that through my camera. Currently, the world is up in arms. Whether it's the shooting of Keith Lamont being shared virally on social media with divisive sentiments being shared from all races or the presidential race, I think there is a deep necessity to show that love has been found in some of the deepest and darkest of times and places.
As an African American from Charleston, SC, I feel that I don't need to look far to find that dark place. I was fortunate to find Mcleod Plantation. It's amazing that I spent most of my life in Charleston never knowing that this place was here. It actually has preserved slave quarters. It's much more of an accurate representation of how things actually were back then and will be a part of this project. Slavery is no longer a topic that African Americans are shying away from at the moment. With television shows like Roots, Underground and even the movie Birth of a Nation premiering soon, the topic is never too far from the tongue, and minds of anyone. My goal is not to bury the past, but it's also not to dig up any hatred from this shoot. I aim to highlight how love has transcended above all, even in slavery.
When I initially thought of this idea, I reached out to my brother Herman Pryor. As a fellow visionary, I knew he would be able to help me elevate this idea. We spent nearly an hour on the phone discussing how we could bring this concept to life. I also have another resource that I'm thankful for, Alphonso Brown of Gullah Tours. He's such a wealth of knowledge and was able to point me in the right direction to make things a possibility. I'm also thankful for the other parties who have expressed interest in assisting. I will have the pleasure of working with Felita Pinckney who is a masterful event planner and both Jamila Curry and Airess Taylor who are gifted in costume makeup.
To make this effort a success I am looking for more helping hands. I need both african american male and female models (looking for darker skin and natural hair). I will need one white male model. I am also looking for one photography assistant and lighting. Unfortunately this is not a paid opportunity, but I do hope that those who inquire are moved to be a part of telling a powerful story. Email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org