[Art Attack] Photographer IslandBoi: A tribute to black beauty

March 29, 2018 at 09:52 am | Art Attack

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

March 29, 2018 at 09:52 am | Art Attack

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Photography is the science, technique and art of capturing images. Whether captured by film or digitally, the way a picture is taken can invoke many emotions. 

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ____ ____ Model: @kohcoa.kibibijaweta Mua: @asatousohna Accessories: @tafaritribeshop Headwrap: @morowa_ Photographer: @islandboiphotography ________________________________ #Islandboiphotography #beautyofawoman #blackisbeautiful #melanin #melaninmagic #blackgirlsrock #fbf #darkskin #brownskin

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In 1800, a British inventor by the name of Thomas Wedgwood made the first known attempt at capturing an image by using white paper and silver nitrate.  Though Wedgewood was able to make an impression on paper, the pictures soon blurred.  In 1826 or 27, French inventor Nicèphore Nièpce produced “view from the window at Le Gras” which is the earliest recorded picture captured by a lens. Though the exposure time was several hours to days, it was the beginning of something magical. Photography has since evolved to many unique forms.  Let’s learn more about IslandBoi and his photography.

IslandBoi born Joey Rosado, is a lifestyle, fashion and beauty photographer. Formerly a doorman in a New York City luxury residential property and a stock associate at Party City – the popular party accessory store, Rosado has grown as a respected photographer and an appreciator of black beauty. He began honing his skill in 2007.

“A woman’s love is one of the HUGEST gifts to life! Sometimes I think society puts us against each other. Honestly, I don’t think there is anything better than a womans touch, beauty, healing qualities, loyalty and birthing abilities. We bring Life! We bring Joy! We bring Glory and Wisdom. But imagine… just imagine.. for once these spirits coming together with pure intent. It’s magical it’s ground braking and nothing short from a miracle. There is divine completion when we come together! I’m declaring that 2018 is the year of women! We’re gonna be embracing, empowering, uplifting, helping and encouraging each other!”-words from @moshoodat – You’re going to be amazed by the outcome! Let’s do the unthinkable! #BareYourSoul #Moshoodat #islandboiphotography _________________________________ Models from top to bottom: @egyptiann_queen @sirakanteofficial @blissfullqueen @shar.tutu Mua/Creative Director: @moshoodat Hairstylist: @hairbyantoinettenyc photographer: @islandboiphotography _________________________________ Products used Eyebrows – @anastasiabeverlyhills brow wiz in shade granite and ebony Eyeshadow – @patmcgrathreal mothership ll :sublime eye palette shade bronze 005 Lipgloss -@fentybeauty gloss Highlighter -@fentybeauty trophy wife Foundation – @hudabeauty Huda beauty top to bottom Chocolate truffle, Mocha, chocolate mousse , chocolate truffle

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IslandBoi is known for amazingly seizing the beauty of black men and women; especially the latter.

“You are a woman of strength, courage and dignity; one who value’s herself and fights for what she believes in. A woman who won’t give up on her dreams regardless of how many obstacles stand in her way.” ________________ ________________ Model/Stylist: @empressak Headwrap/Jewelry: @empressivefinds Photographer: @islandboiphotography _________________________________ #islandboiphotography #lifestyle #beautyofawoman #blackisbeautiful #myblackisbeautiful #melanin #darkskin #brownskin #headwrap #melaninpoppin #unapologetic #blackmodelsmatter #lovetheskinyourein #melaninmagic #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlsrock #empower #inspiration #motivation #determination #confidence #greatness #strength #strongwomen #fearless #powerful #courageous #curlbox #afroellemag #afropunk

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In 2015, he began an on-going project named “Melanina,” he explained to AfroPunk: “The title is Spanish for “Melanin.”  “I photograph portraits of black women (and men) in their natural beauty. I want them to embrace their true inner natural self, to love the skin they’re in, to feel unapologetic, to find perfection in their imperfections and to uplift and inspire others.”

IslandBoi’s work has been featured in the October 2016 issue of Glamour. Ericka Hart, a breast cancer survivor and model featured in the fashion spread said, “They center black and brown models in all of their work. I am honoured to have worked with them, thank you not only for a breathtaking photo, but for showing me community.”

IslandBoi explained in 2015, “I want to show the world the more positive, beautiful and inspiring way everyone is than what society and the media of today portray.” “Everyone is perfect in their own unique way.”

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