So a few years back, I was laying on my couch enjoying a cupcake. It was a Sunday night and I had just finished taking photos of a friend in D.C. I knew I wanted to do some kind of long-term project, but I wasn't quite sure what. One way or another, I came up with the idea to do a black and white photography project that focused strictly on African-American women with natural hair. I always felt that mainstream media always looked for their preconceived notions of beauty, thus overlooking gems in the process. "Essence" is defined as "the intrinsic or indispensable properties that serve to characterize or identify something". In my mind, a small part of what makes me think of a black woman is her hair in its natural state.
I ended up spending over a year working on this project. I initially had 30 volunteers that wanted to be a part of it, but I thought that 30 galleries would have been far too many. I ended up settling on 13 people (12 galleries) in the end. To this day, this is the one defining project that I literally put my heart and soul into. In case you missed them, I wanted to reintroduce these photos. If you wish to view the galleries, just click on any of the photos below.
In an attempt to provide visitors of Silas Photography a glimpse into my mind regarding my thoughts and motivations behind photography, I have changed the primary format of my website to that of a blog. Whenever new photos are posted, a blog post will accompany them. Feel free to leave your thoughts on any posts that interest you. Check back periodically for updates.