Afrcentric Photo Shoot

Hey Family!

What a wonderful weekend. Sunday was a Rollercoaster ride of awesome. These are the candid shots I took of a wonderful photo shoot that was put together by our very own Sassy Sister thrifting group Kelly W. and her wonderful Photographer daughter Miss. Alana

This photo shoot was as random as it was wonderful. Kelly posted a beautiful inspiration picture and had an idea to recreate it. Then she had the wonderful idea to make it happen. About 35-40 women said that they would like to be part of this iconic shot.

From there slowly but surely for whatever and. Varying reasons people could not attend the 1st planned shoot. It rained bad by the 2nd scheduled one and 3x is the charm. By then it was less than 10 of us and those whom cheered us on and gave support.

Ms. Kelly gave me life and inspiration and motivation. Having and idea seeing a vision planting it watering it and watching it grow. Again Sis thank you for this journey it won't be forgotten

I was not only dressing for the photo shoot I was dressing for the day. Church date night and photo shoot. It was such a great shoot. All around us was the heat beat of Downtown Chicago. We lived and breathed it. Chicago celebrated us with the people asking us what was going on. Citizens and touist of the Chi taking pictures and stopping traffic. People commented on how we gave them inspiration.

The last shot is the photo we wanted to recreate.

I feel as if we inspire each other. Here was my full look.

Everything Thrifted:
Butterfly African print dress $2
Leather belt $2
Headwrap from a thrifted dress
Wrist jewelry thrift store belt $1.5

Earing artist made.
Shoes new from Payless

As always thank you for reading and all are welcome. Lurkers, readers, those who like to just look. But comments are always welcome.

side note:

These pictures were taken in Grant Park at the Permanent Statues of Agora.

Here is a bit of information incase of interest:

Located along the southwest side of Grant Park, Agora is one of
Chicago’s most recent and important sculptural installations. Comprised
of 106 nine-foot tall headless torsos made of cast iron, the artwork
derives it name from the Greek word for meeting place. The figures are
posed walking in groups in various directions or standing still.
Internationally renowned artist Magdalena Abakanowicz donated the
sculptural group along with the Polish Ministry of Culture, a Polish
cultural foundation, and other private donors. Born into an aristocratic
family just outside of Warsaw, Abakanowicz (b. 1930) was deeply
affected by World War II and the forty-five years of Soviet domination
that followed. In her journals, she writes that she has lived “…in times
which were extraordinary by their various forms of collective hate and
collective adulation. Marches and parades worshipped leaders, great and
good, who soon turned out to be mass murderers. I was obsessed by the
image of the crowd… I suspected that under the human skull, instincts
and emotions overpower the intellect without us being aware of it.” The
sculptor began creating large headless figures in the 1970s. Initially
working in burlap and resin, she went on to use bronze, steel, and iron.
Although Abakanowicz hasfrequently exhibited in museums and public
spaces throughout the world— Agora is her largest permanent
installation.

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31 Comments

  • Diane G replied 1 year ago

    What an amazing day! Those sculptures are spectacular and thanks for filling us in on the back story of them. Your outfit is gorgeous Ledonna. So colourful. You and your friends make for a stunning group.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    AMAZING. Just look at those incredible poses. I love it. Such verve. 

  • Elle replied 1 year ago

    Great pictures!  Everyone looks like they are having a fabulous time.

  • Robin replied 1 year ago

    Thanks for sharing extra info about the sculpture. Learning new things like this makes my hart sing.

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    What a wonderful day and occasion Ledonna, you all look superb.  Thanks for sharing.

  • Lyn D. replied 1 year ago

    Thanks again for a fashion feast for the eyes!
    Your group amongst the sculptures looked amazing :)

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    You look fabulous. What a wonderful day with your friends, and you picked a really great spot for the shoot. Love it all. 

  • UmmLila replied 1 year ago

    You all are So Freaking Amazing!

  • Jenava replied 1 year ago

    Amazing.  Love the colors, the styles, the hair, shoes, attitude, and the location!

  • JAileen replied 1 year ago

    What a fab group of ladies!

  • anne replied 1 year ago

    Wow!

  • Aida replied 1 year ago

    Gorgeous colors and such fabulous energy! I love that you chose a green headwrap even though there's no green elsewhere in your outfit. Woohoo to big color combos :D And how lovely for you all to help complete the inspiration of the young photographer.

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    Ledonna these photos are works of art. Wow!

  • skylurker replied 1 year ago

    You look wonderful in your dress Ledonna, and pictures #6 and #7 are delightful and touching.

  • Ledonna N. replied 1 year ago

    Diane G-thank you I just find art and history so amazing. When I actually read the story I was very impressed. 

    Angie we just went for what we knew.  These ladies kill the fashion game and inspire like a real life YLF

    Elle it was a grand time.  The sun was shinning it was in the 90s people in the city gave us life.

    Robin I always pass by the statues but this was my 1st time being up close.  I had to read and research about them.  I fully understand.

    Kiwigal/Sally you are so welcome I love sharing with the YLF family

    Lyn D oh what a descriptive word Fashion Feast.  A visual feast for the eyes. 

     Suz Oh I wish I could take credit for the location. I was just one of the collective.  We inspire each other.

    UmmLila Right back at you. 

    Jenava Thank you it was like a color explosion so very vivid.

    JAileen Thank you Just like our virtual group here from all walks of life but share common interest.

    Anne, I know right I kept saying that.  lol

    Aida, thank you most could not get with the green headwrap.  I loved the color and these ladies are so fierce I needed an impact piece.  Miss Alana will be starting her 1st year of college and she is already working her craft and skill as a photog.

    Shevia thank you so much.  I just point the camera and we all just work together. 

    Skylurker in 6 we turned on the music and just started dancing.  lol we are all in our 40s and 50s and enjoying life.  7 was a women in unity shot.  I love this one because so many people feel as if women cannot get along.  It is a stereotype we try to break.  So I love this connected shot. 

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Ooh. Nice art lesson! Also, I see you're showing the gams. You ought to more often :)

  • Ledonna N. replied 1 year ago

    Haha Rachylou I keep them hidden it is one of my growing edges. I'm insecure about them. We love all things arty.

  • Diana replied 1 year ago

    Oh, wow, this is so fab!  You all look so beautiful and vibrant and colorful and full of life.  I can feel the energy from here!  6&7 are my favorites - 6 just for the pure joy that emanates from the photo, and 7 because it is such a wonderful image of strong women. 

    Thank you for the information about the sculptures too.  I would love to see them in person. They are really impressive and the history behind them makes them even more so. 

  • Jules replied 1 year ago

    Amazing photo shoot! As it happens I found myself at the installation earlier this year when I went for a morning walk from the McCormick Place conference centre where I was staying*. It really does feel like you are surrounded by moving people when you walk through the figures -  an amazing piece.
    *Although I love art and am impressed by Chicago's grand scale public art, truth be told I was mostly out looking for Stan's donuts.

  • Ledonna N. replied 1 year ago

    Awe Jewels we could have done a mini meet up. Stan's is located inside of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. I am very close for.work. I love it. Next time.

    Diana thank you so much it was so colorful.

  • Jeanie replied 1 year ago

    Wow!  Such great color and energy.  What an amazing idea.  You all rocked it!!!

  • Amy replied 1 year ago

    Wow! This is a stunning series of photos of a group of stunning and vivacious women. :)

  • Ledonna N. replied 1 year ago

    Jeanie and Amy thank you so much  we just do random meet ups.  We all are thrifters or thrifty at heart. 

  • Jules replied 1 year ago

    Ledonna, I know we both work in telecom-related jobs and from your cabling pictures I have an idea what you do. I'm more on the desk job side working with the routers, switches and now firewalls. Anyway, I thought you might relate to this and enjoy the artistry - who would have thought a photographer would be interested in making art out of old telecom equipment? The building I worked in for many years is basically the Canadian equivalent so I very much relate.
    http://www.newyorker.com/cultu.....-verizon-b

  • Sara L. replied 1 year ago

    Great photo shoot!  I love that you included a little bit of art history in your write-up.  I would have had to look those statues up since they are so large and strange looking.

  • Ledonna N. replied 1 year ago

    Jules what raw beauty of part of what I see on a daily, Thank you for sharing.  There was also a short video on the death of the telephone and booth at the bottom of the page. I am an installer so it is lovely to see.

    Sara L. Thank you so much I love art and information almost as much as fashion. 

  • minimalist replied 1 year ago

    You all are vibrance personified! Thank you for sharing. Talk about having fun with fashion!

  • Momo replied 1 year ago

    Amazing pictures! Beautiful.

  • Ledonna N. replied 1 year ago

    Amy K  thank you so much  we must have fun with fashion.  We have so many serious things in the world to think about. 

    Momo Thank you very much

  • tishatalktv replied 1 year ago

    I love this style. The dashikis are So beautiful! Excellent style :D

  • Karie replied 1 year ago

    What gorgeous and colorful outfits! Thanks for sharing.

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