Dusk ’til Dawn

“Dear Melanin,
As children, those not of this skin, made it seem that we had to hate you.
As we got older, we realized that the skin we’re in was quite special you see.
This skin so magical, a creation that the creator himself took his precious time to manifest. So royal is this skin that the moon bows, the stars twinkle, and the sun dares to kiss, at the mere sight of it.”

~Terri George, Virginia Union University


Terri George has so eloquently put into words the concept behind our much awaited photo-shoot. #MelaninAppreciation has been a theme that I have been trying execute for a long time and I am so proud it’s finally happened with this super fun and professional team. Ajith, Mary and Kaveeta, were a total pleasure to work with. We had many discussions on the theme of our shoot, but we mainly wanted to bring more exposure to South-Indian bridal styles and also to darker skin models.

Having grown up in Australia during a time when South-Asians were a rarity, colourism was a strong issue that people like me faced almost everyday. We would have to put up with racial slurs from the same people who would bake for hours at the beach trying to achieve fifty shades of brown. Even within South-Asia there is social stigma and superiority based on the colour of our skin. Personally, it was disappointing to see South-Indian photo-shoots featuring fair-skinned and skinny models because the reality is, that only speaks to a minority. With so much on melanin appreciation and fair modelling, we thought it’s the perfect time to showcase our recently collaboration, “Dusk ’til Dawn”. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do. 🙂

indian girl in saree on bridge

south indian jewellerysouth indian jewellerygirl looking out from bridge

Girl looking over bridge

Team:
Photography @ajithkumarphotographyperth
HMUA @magdalene_lashairmakeup
Model @kaveetaprasad
Concept @saffron_weddings 
Location: John Oldham Park, WA

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