An Ode to Sharon Wilson.
“To live in a country where black people represented nearly 60% of the population but were absent from television, film, magazines, greeting cards, etc. was profoundly damaging to my psyche. It damaged my ability to celebrate and value myself, leaving me feeling invisible. This was Bermuda in the 1950s. Today, invisibility has been replaced by negative stereotyping through the media. I paint for my own daughter and for the many children I have taught who hunger to see themselves portrayed positively... laughing, secure, loved and in love with life.”
These are the words of painter Sharon Wilson, who likens painting to healing. She paints Black fathers back within the family. She paints Black boys who are comfortable showing emotion. And she paints soft, nurturing Black women as opposed to the stereotypical “angry Black woman”. Imagery influences thinking and by painting Black people wholesomely, she hopes to change the negative narratives surrounding us.
Throughout my photography career, I’ve always strived to work with the same consciousness of the depictions I put into the world. Growing up Black and being surrounded by Black people, I realized that the negative characterizations of us were nothing like the soft, imaginative, and thoughtful people I knew and interacted with daily. This editorial, for which we hand painted our own backdrop, serves as an Homage to not only Sharon Wilson’s work but also to the softer side of our existence that isn’t always depicted.
Creative Director / Patricia Roberts
Model / Sasha Vukovic
Stylist / Symone Keisha
Make Up / Francesca Daniella
Assistant / Robin Priest
Shot for CRWN Magazine.