by Pangea’s Gardener
My efforts in Pangea’s Garden have always been about sharing images of an Afrosensual Aesthetic – the beauty ideal born out of authentic and natural attributes of peoples of color. It is not a beauty that is born out of a vacuum however. It is cultivated and nurtured by a culture that never really gets the voice it deserves. Even by those of us who celebrate the beauty born from it.
I was reminded of this on a recent excursion led by @toddwbarronphotography. It was a model/photographer meetup like so many in the past that I have attended but this one was different. It was not set up in a studio or Airbnb or any of the usual photography meetups spaces. We paid a visit to @fyre.wata.
FYRE & WATA is Black Owned and Women led enterprise that believes everyone deserves access to the beneficial #metaphysical healing that come from products like CBD, Crystals and Sage. And they’re happy to supply those tools (and more) to help on your healing journey.
I felt blessed that Todd introduced me to the women that have built this healing space. Young, beautiful sisters Chanel and DavannaMichelle were the afrosensual MUSES who inspired us. And we were hosted by Dr. Goddess Qadesh and Rebel Waters, the owners and managers of the uniquely, cultural establishment.
And even though I was fortunate to create a few humble images from the creative collaboration at this metaphysical wellness center, I really don’t believe I’ve done enough justice there. I don’t believe I gave it the voice it deserves as being the culture that cultivates the beauty we celebrate.
Check out the handful of images of shared here and rest assure that I will reach out and share more about Fyre & Wata because I wasn’t just inspired by the models who posed that day; I was inspired by the location where it all took place and I believe we should celebrate it as well. Stay tuned because more is definitely coming soon.
Live Your Garden Life.
All of the images for this feature were provided Truecolor Photography.
EarthSistas in nature; what could be better inspiration? Momentary strolls that were reflective, imaginative, provocative and creative leading to some revealing moments in which beauty both inside and out are exposed. And with this exposure… through this unveiling… there is a serenity. There is a euphoric communion with nature that is liberating. And whether she’s a country girl or urbanista, all of the earthSistas seem to find a moment of peace that, like their beauty, is inside and out.
The Afrosensual Aesthetic is the GardenVoice that pushes the limits and deepens the perspective. It is still be done from a position of respect, pride and joy, but here we will be able to explore themes that don’t quite fit within the earthSista box. Its is a place for the sensual lovermakers and the premium cultivators. Check it out and share your thoughts and ideas and passions.
What is your Afrosensual Portrait? Were you feeling cute one day, on your way out the door…or just getting out of the shower…so you break out the camera and snap away…No one around to make you feel like you have to pose this way or that way… So you just do you and snap away… Well, show us how you see yourself in your camera… The UdoU Series focuses on how Sistas see themselves; creating captures of their own Afrocentric beauty and sensuality. We invite you to participate by using your own SLR camera or your Point-and-Shoot Kodak, even your camera phone. We want you to capture you.