Last month Gabriela and I wanted to explore how it feels to be different photographers. In an effort to gain a new perspective on our photography skills we created fictional people and imagined inhabiting their personas. We enjoyed not being ourselves for a while and we were careful not to slip into the habits of our usual practice. And to add one more challenge, we created personas for each other, to avoid creating someone that subconsciously mirrors ourselves.
Meet our fictional personas: Astrid Toussaint and Noel Delacroix
Astrid Toussaint, is from Harlem, New York, her photos reveal the complex milieu of inner city life, the devastation, and ravages of urban under development, the beauty of the people, their style, flair, and eternal hope. Astrid’s eclectic artistic influences include fashion photographer, Richard Avedon with his ability to shape the idea of beauty in America, Civil rights photographers, P.H. Polk, Dan Budnik, and Gordon Parks with their skill in showing powerful images of African American life and Romare Bearden and Alma Woodsey Thomas for their respective abstract and expressionist motifs.
Noel Delacroix, is from Bretagne, France, and grew up photographing the overwhelming and unconfined beauty of his home province–reminiscent to that of his early inspiration, the American photographer Ansel Adams. Now, in America, Noel, has taken his natural eye for flora and fauna to atmospheric heights with photos of Brooklyn's bountiful exquisiteness. Along with capturing nature's splendor, Noel harbors an innate yearning to understand the zeitgeist through photography. Later this year, we'll showcase, more of Noel's work documenting the day-to-day life of The Outsiders: immigrants, users, prostitutes and wannabe hip hop artists.