Do Not Disturb…an honorable man
Do Not Disturb my tunnel vision
Do Not Disturb…what I look forward to
Do Not Disturb my diamond light
Do Not Disturb…sunshine, lil shorty
Do Not Disturb
my our Black Excellence
Because noises keep surrounding me, camera on my eye and I, I wish that time never mattered
Photo Series @luke.views #DoNotDisturb (Instagram)
When I started this photo series I had a specific vision, the inspiration was a the Drake song “Do Not Disturb” the outro track of “More Life”. Even though it was Drake’s worst album this specific song had so much relevance, here Drake was speaking in his honest, unfiltered, raw, autobiographical tone which is what I wanted to do with this series. My goal was to have raw unfiltered emotion in each picture, It’s easy to tell a model to pose take a specific pose but to catch a raw emotion is rare. Do Not Disturb is symbolic of something untouched, something honest and pure, uninterrupted is a great way of putting it. A big component of this series was featuring people of color, majority black models. This was intentional. What we commonly see in society is people of color being put down and not recognized for their beauty, a sad yet a real sentiment. Do Not Disturb was chosen as the title ironically, my vision was to disturb. The vision was to show my followers (or any audience) something that they wouldn’t expect, each picture in this series was curated to leave the viewer puzzled and disturbed. Because that is the essence of art…to move you from one level to another. From the stout strength and poise of part i & ii to the joy and triumph of part iii the viewer is going on a journey.
When you view #DoNotDisturb I want you to see: Black Beauty, unfiltered honesty and triumph.
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