Her first night.


On a cool Fall evening, earthSista Alluris stepped to the models’ podium at Apache Cafe in Atlanta. She was the featured MUSE at Pangea’s Afrosocial and it was her first time stepping up. And it was an Artists Night.

I say ‘Artists Night’ because of the poses. For Photographers the poses are quick and impulsive and for Artists they are held longer giving the creatives time to be capture what they are inspired to create. Those longer poses also offer the opportunity for me, as a photographer, to find different perspectives that you wouldn’t notice with moves that were quick and impulsive. And on that night, in the midsts of all the arrangements I was managing for this Afrosocial event that I was responsible for, I couldn’t help the fact that I found Alluris’ moves inspiring. And I was not the only one, as you will see in some of the images I’ve shared.

Each pose provoked curiosity that led to multiples captures. The adornments provided by Honi Montique and Maharajah Moor of Melanated Minerals complemented her form well as struck different stances or sat comfortably in various ways. Alluris was provocative, artistic and uninhibited. Again I was inspired.

In the times to come, Alluris would become the event coordinator and show runner for Pangea’s Afrosocial. She would take the event to new heights and define the engaging “different kind of date night” experience that we were all trying to create.

But on her first night, she was pure inspiration.

Vincent, Pangea’s Gardener

ROOTS OF THE GARDEN is a new series that will feature unseen works from past promos, behind-the-scenes content and outstanding outtakes that deserve celebration. There will be more features coming from this this shoot as well as many others a part of this series.

What do you think about this set and the series it’s a part of? What more would you like to see?

Alluris’ adornments for the evening were provided Melanated Minerals

Images created by TCV 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.


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