Pre-Birthday fun: Prospect Park Photo Shoot
By Alecia James Monday, August 18, 2014
I love BIRTHDAYS! Especially mine. For my birthday this year (7/30) which luckily falls in the summertime, I decided on a series of local adventure in lieu of traveling, like I did last year. Some say that "age is just a number" but I feel that there's also some depth and symbolic meaning involved. As the numeric value attached to my time on earth increases, it also represents a time for celebrating life, a time of thanksgiving and also a time to reflect, unwind, and make even bigger and more exciting plans for the upcoming year.
I recently got my hands on a Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8g lens, and was totally enthusiastic to use it outdoors. And you should know by now just how passionate I am about art & photography. Their ability to capture memorable moments and to interpret and retell emotions--just magical, if you ask me.
Prospect Park is an often overlooked jewel nestled in the lively and eclectic borough of Brooklyn. In a nutshell, it's a beautiful natural landscape in the heart of BK, replete with fascinating gardens, colorful foliage, lakes and nature trails. It also serves as a wonderful mecca if you're looking for a quick hideaway from the busy city of Brooklyn. Admittedly, I didn't get to the location until about 6:30 pm, and I was a bit skeptical about the final product. We all know that a key aspect of photography is good lighting, however, we decided to improvise with the faint natural lighting available at the time. First we took a few shots on the sidewalk, and then we ventured inside the park.
If I were to give this shoot a theme, it would be "Free and Fearless." I've noticed that I haven't worn my hair freely in its natural state in most of the shoots I've done since embarking on my natural hair journey. It speaks to the symbolism of that "number" and the fact that I'm at a place of mental fulfillment with my kinky, curly locks. The truth is that this was a "last minute" shoot. I didn't prep my hair the night before, and my "rushed" bantu knots failed to provide the defined curls I was hoping for. But the unpredictable nature of natural hair prepares you to embrace shrinkage and frizz as these are sureties along the way.
My first outfit was a summer maxi dress: very long, loose, free fitting, and almost sweeping the ground as I walked. A simple pair of sandals completed the look. It wasn't dressy by a long stretch but I love the freedom and oneness that it afforded me. I was one with nature, and felt like I've truly found my utopia.
The second outfit was a high waist printed pants with a black sleeveless flare top, completed with black pumps. By the time I changed into the second outfit, most of the natural outdoor lighting had elusively crept away and I had to compensate by shooting with a higher ISO.
Slideshow of some images
I had so much fun doing this. It definitely got me in high gear to kick off the remaining events for my birthday. The awesome pictures will be here as great reminders to reflect on an incredible day. I'll end by saying: find what takes you "home," what gives you peace and happiness. Feel free to revisit these elements when you seek comfort and internal bliss. Oh, one more thing:
BE BOLD. BE ALLURING. BE DIFFERENT
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