an editorial short examining the regality and opulence of Blackness, despite its absence in remarkable sociocultural, revolutionary periods such as the Victorian age. This piece and its corresponding images seek to borrow elements of painting techniques present within the Victorian period, being keen to underline that:
while the first photograph was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. Conducting a search may yield a few collections inclusive of Black men and women, many of which endured strife to come into a space warranting of a portraiture. However, there still remains an absence of Black narratives represented in paintings--a process that requires far more intricacy and dedication than that of taking a photograph. More than that, paintings of eras such as Romantic and Victorian are essential in depicting the rich, colourful, and extravagant lifestyles of the people of that period. For the exclusion of Black narratives to be present, it begs for a retrospective portrayal of what could have been.
Art direction, styling, and photography by Teff, for STUDIO THEORY. Assistance and original score provided by singer/songwriter, Niya Wells, featuring Eve Majok as the subject with makeup by Johanna Essien. I thought it important to assemble and incorporate the efforts of an entirely team of Black women.