Intimate Blackness

Photographed by Amina Maya
Location: Seattle, WA
Model: David Rue and Destiny Carter

Amina Maya for portraitnoire.com -- Black portrait photography
Amina Maya for portraitnoire.com -- Black portrait photography
 

The ‘Intimate Blackness’ series, featuring David Rue and Destiny Dunn explores the intimate relationship that Black people have with caring for their skin and loving their body in the face of systemic anti-blackness.

 
Amina Maya for portraitnoire.com -- Black portrait photography
Amina Maya for portraitnoire.com -- Black portrait photography
Amina Maya for portraitnoire.com -- Black portrait photography

Destiny and David are stunning examples of how radical self-love begins with being secure, confident and strong in your skin. Both of them radiate an energy of love for themselves and the people around them in their everyday life, and I wanted to focus on capturing that softness.

This series is part of a larger project for Naturaliste Apothecary (@naturalisteapothecary), a beauty and wellness brand focused on fostering a connection to the earth and bringing ancestral knowledge to a new generation.

 
Amina Maya for portraitnoire.com -- Black portrait photography
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