This personal photo series is entitled Powdered Faces and is a collaboration project with my partner, makeup artist, and powder application specialist: Charmella Williams. Powdered Faces 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 women from the ages of 15-50 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 was created with the intent to give women empowerment and also the opportunity to feel beautiful 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
Written by: Jasmyne Ray
Produced by Charmella Williams
Powdered Faces features a total of 60 members and has a total of 20 different colors including: Red, Dark Red, Orange, Light Orange, Yellow, Gold, Neon Yellow-Green, Lime Green, Light Green, Emerald Green, Teal, Aquamarine, Faded Blue, True Blue, Dark Blue-Purple, Purple, Magenta, Light Pink, Pink, and White. Each color has three members 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 series features twins, and
two mothers & daughters as well. This visual series was started on February 6, 2016 and the first member photographed was Aubrae on February 14, 2016. Three months later the series was completed by photographing the last member, Darby on April 30, 2016.