Black Girl Joy Analog
I do not know what to say about this photographic story. When I conceived of the idea, all I was sure of was the play of colors against Black skin. It was a small idea that played against a massive obsession that few outside of my Black female peers can understand. I wanted to explain, visually, how I have been feeling lately about being a Black woman in a world that sees me last. Deeply personal, this story is about my happiness in my own skin despite what has been thrown at me throughout my life. It's about recognizing my own beauty, power, and bountifulness and displaying it similarly to how I feel it. It's about my life as an individual, a woman, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a scholar, a professional, an entrepreneur, an artist, an African-American, a sister, a friend, and as a descendant of American (United States) slaves. These labels are far, wide, and varied but nonetheless become one in me. But, more on this topic in another article!
Instead let me show you how this photographic story, Black Girl Joy Analog. Through its images, you will see that despite, in spite of, and because of all that life has handed me and labeled me as... I am FINALLY happy and honored to just be ME!
Photography, Styling, & Creative Direction — Tenneal McNair
See my favorite shots below all captured on 120 and 35mm film: