a part-time painter—turned designer. Still working a 9 to 5;
working on a dream,
This is about us. Culture. Black hair. A photo book called “Cornrows.”
From street corners; barbershops; and beauty salons.
Preserving elements of pride and joy; carefully carried through an artistic lens.
Starting here. Crowdfunded by patrons, curators, and creators.
My name is Nasir Watson and I’m a multidisciplinary artist currently living in Youngstown, Ohio. Right now I’m working on my latest photo project entitled “Cornrows.” It's a compilation of film photography examining the genuine and profound nature of Black hair; a comprehensive study on the unique and timeless aspects of Black hairstyles.
By helping me reach my donation goal I will be able to purchase a large format camera and complete this project within the next two months. Ultimately, this will allow me to independently publish and distribute the final images as a high quality, hardcover coffee table book by the end of year.
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What is this feeling? / This invisible flow of energy / That comes up from the earth, into the soles of my feet / Coming through my stomach, to my chest, then up into my throat / Welling up inside me, making me want to shout out loud / What is this feeling? / Buds bursting out from the tips of tree branches, poking at my heart / It is delight, but also grief / It is agitation, and yet tranquility / It is longing, with hidden anger / Held in check by the dam in my heart / But the the whirlpools, held back, grow fierce / Trying to flood over / What is this feeling? / I want to dip my hand into the sky’s blue / All the people I’ve never met / I want to meet them, I want to talk to them / I wish tomorrow and the day after tomorrow would come all at once / I feel so impatient / I want to walk beyond the horizon / And yet, I want to stay right here on this patch of grass, motionless / I want to call out to someone in a loud voice / And yet, I want to be alone in silence / What is this feeling?
There is so much about the Pentax SFX that I don’t like. It’s chunky, it’s heavy and the controls are weird. But for all of that, I’m still absolutely loving shooting it. It looks awesome (subjective, I know), it fits in the hand perfectly, and the viewfinder is beyond stunning! With the 77mm lens attached to the front too... this is love!