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Powerful Portraits That Push For Racial Equality In Popular Media

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Powerful Portraits That Push For Racial Equality In Popular Media

New York-based Justin French is tackling tough issues head-on with his incredible creative portrait photography.

His work is a kind of documentary process, drawing inspiration from music and the mood to create these other-worldly scenes.

In his series “Black Skins, Shibori Masks”, all the models are masked and it isn't just an aesthetic decision.

"The choice of covering each face was intentional and in my mind was a jab at gaps in cinema at having black characters with no character development except merely eye candy or just to clear diversity checks," he says.

"The images are meant to evoke curiosity about who these characters are, where do they come from, what are their intentions, are they good, evil or neutral." 

Most often my inspiration comes from my imagination when listening to music.

As for his process, French first comes up with a concept and then begins searching for the perfect model. So what's his casting secret?

“Cast for comfort," he says. "I usually take interest in people who are open minded and quiet comfortable with themselves and have respect for the ideas I propose. It’s really difficult to project what is in my mind as a finished image onto a mood board, so typically I verbally explain it and wait for a positive reaction.”

Find more of his work on Instagram.

Via Feature Shoot

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