We were all there, sitting for hours in a non-comfortable salon chair or on the floor in front of our sofa, braiding and styling our hair. So what happens when a young woman creates a university photography project focusing on this black beauty ritual and shows it to a predominantly white audience?
She inspires conversations. Award-winning British photographer Adama Jalloh did so with her “Identity” series, which celebrates Black beauty through images of girls and women styling their hair in salons throughout South London.
The 22-year-old wanted black girls to remember what it was like to go to the salon and teach others about our experience. In & # 39; interview with BuzzFeed, she said:
“When I showed my work at Uni, it was for a mostly white audience. So the way they would react to it would be completely different from the black girls. If it's a black audience, it's not just about discovery. It reminds and remembers more. "
Jalloh received her degree in photography from Arts University Bournemouth – where she said she touched her hair a lot – and won the British Journal of Photography's Breakthrough Award in May.
“Identity” is on display at the Black British Girlhood Exhibition and the Center for Better Health in Hackney, London until 5 August.
If you can't take the ride across the dam, then click through to see more photos of Jalloh's "Identity" project.