My original thought and inspiration behind “One of Us” was not conceptual but compositional, using black male subjects as elements in my living composition. The day of the vision definitely evolved when I realized how many people actually showed up in 90 degree heat. It was definitely overwhelming but with the help of other creatives such as @terrysauve , @1stkind , @Portraitmami , @ogvisionhd , @annickstopstime and @aera we created a collaborative and judgement free creative space for these young black men to exist in. One of US Celebrates the spectrum of the young black man in America . Thank you for reading and viewing.
The inspiration behind the whimsical shoot was “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland”. Creative Directors, Gary Javier and Sancho Smalls wanted to creative an abstraction that would nod to the original novels by Lewis Carroll and certainly the Tim Burton film adaptations.
“Focusing on the themes and archetypal scenes such as the tea party and Alice’s meeting of the iconic characters, our fashion narrative was realized. We chose our intentionally melaninated cast because their personalities and looks embodied qualities from each character which we mixed their own personal styles.”
Most of the pieces were designed specifically for each fanciful character/model , keeping the focus in fashion and while only skimming into costume. The process took 3 months to prepare - picking the models, designing the pieces, coming up with set ideas, shooting and editing. The outcome was well worth it. We would like to thank everyone involved in this project.
Alice - @therealmonicamonica
The Mad Hatter - @ucantcd
The Queen of Hearts - @jas_vines
Card henchmen 1 - @wayofeli
Card henchmen 2 - @mackthevandal
The White Queen - @sontiarowdy
The White Rabbit - @iamhere20
The Caterpillar - @chynahmo
The Tweedle Ds - @biglipbonita & @babyhairprincess