I watched in pure awe as this actress brought to life three characters from completely different worlds. It was like being pulled through the gate to another realm. Renee Wilson’s monologues of choice:
|”Permutations” by Normal Jean Reynolds from ‘The Colored Museum’ by George C. Wolfe
|”Go Not to These Wars” by Lady Percy from ‘Henry IV’ by William Shakespeare
|An excerpt of Diane from ‘Beauty’s Daughter’ by Dael Orlandersmith
'I'm sure he's been taking photos of you all day'
"He’s been wrecking my brain!"
Following my request, he immediately stepped back and relinquished the decision to her.
At the earliest stages of growing up, we’re often asked, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ The lesser posed question — pending there’s an answer to the former — is ‘why?’ Why do I engage in portraiture? I’ve always admired the composition of the face. From way back in art classes before and all throughout high school, when I used to sketch so much more than I do today, the human face and figure have been a wonder to me. They are a puzzle that will never frustrate me for being unsolvable. I try to share that with you all, every moment I get. Here’s to the all-important-why, after deciding the what.
'Would you consider yourself a photographer?'
'I… like to take pictures'
It took me a while, too.
As bloggers, we spend a wealth of our time making sure we’re ready. Interview? Let’s make sure we know ourselves. Photo-call? Let’s make sure makeup is right. New potential client? Let’s make sure these business cards are clean and crisp — or even there to begin with. But whatever we’re sharing with the world folks, we know you’re all patiently waiting. So without further ado: Nami’s Fashion Light & Kalani Ave.
Perhaps a little less than half of the time that I spend with subjects, I’m met with apologies and remarks on their ‘not being ready’ or not wanting to ‘break my camera,’ being ‘busted,’ ‘off’ or some form of not being ‘good enough.’ I have to ask — good enough for what exactly? True, we grow up in a society that challenges us to no end on what it means to be beautiful, let alone enjoy ourselves in our own skin. If at all my words and portraits thusfar may resonate in your mind though, know this: you are beautiful. Every last one of you that I approach, know that I find it pretty amazing that you made it out of bed and onto the street, and even more amazing that you’re just being you. Keep doing that. It’s great. That’s all.
After sharing secrets of the artists’ way, he concluded with, ‘don’t go stealing our secrets.’
It’s Thanksgiving! If you aren’t already, go enjoy some amazing time with your family and friends!