This personal photo series is entitled Powdered Faces Part 2, The Male Version and is a collaboration project with my partner, makeup artist, and powder application specialist: Charmella Williams. Powdered Faces Part 2, The Male Version is the second part and continuation to the original female series: Powdered Faces, featuring 60 women from the ages of 15-50. Powdered Faces Part 2, The Male Version was inspired by The Humans of New York to add a documentary aspect to this series and give viewers the opportunity to view each unique photo/story daily. Members of this series had the opportunity to tell their own stories alongside their photos to future enhance the reasoning behind why they chose their colors. This series features men from the ages of 18-51 and shows diversity through the use of color. The idea to do this project started after watching an episode of America's Next Top Model Cycle 12 entitled "Here's Your Test" where all of the models chose different colored powders that represented themselves and then covered their faces with it for a photo-shoot. After doing research, the discovery that paint powders could be purchased online for a cheap price really helped to get this series started.
Powdered Faces Part 2, The Male Version was created with the intent to give men empowerment and also the opportunity to feel attractive through the use of colored powder. It is through the use of color, with their own personal photo-shoots that each member is able to express their own personality. However, when the entire series is presented together, this series shows that regardless of differences in age, race, skin tone, weight, or even sexual orientation, you can be whatever color you want to be, but can also come together to create one cohesive spectrum of color and also be a representation for the symbol of equality.
Makeup Artist / Collaborator
Powdered Faces Part 2, The Male Version features a total of 21 members and has a total of 21 different colors including: Red, Dark Red, Orange, Light Orange, Yellow, Gold, Neon Yellow-Green, Lime Green, Light Green, Emerald Green, Teal, Aquamarine, Sky Blue, Faded Blue, True Blue, Dark Blue-Purple, Purple, Magenta, Light Pink, Pink, and White. Each color has one member assigned to it to help really elaborate on the idea of diversity. Just like leopards have their own spots, each member of this series has their own distinct pattern that sets them apart. This visual series was started on May 17, 2016 and the first member photographed was David. A month later, this series was completed by photographing the last member, Neal on June 19, 2016.