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Empowering Self Portraits

Idara Ekpoh, Kenna Klosterman

Empowering Self Portraits

Idara Ekpoh, Kenna Klosterman

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WE ARE PHOTOGRAPHERS PODCAST:

Our weekly audio podcast We Are Photographers brings you true stories from behind the lens and behind the lives of your favorite photographers, filmmakers, and creative industry game-changers. From their struggles to their wins, host Kenna Klosterman discovers the real human stories about why they do what they do.

Listen to this and other audio episodes on our audio Podcast page.

ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

As photographers, we often don’t like to be on the “other” side of the camera. Idara inspires us with her 30+ week Self Portrait Sunday series that took off during the pandemic. Find out how the vulnerability of making self-portraits can not only get your creativity flowing but also heal and build self-confidence. Idara shares her process in both capturing the true essence of her subjects, as well as honing her post-processing style. We talk about storytelling - whether that’s through a still of an individual’s face or through the moments you can edit together with cinematography. Idara is a brilliant example of how passion projects create space for paid opportunities.

ABOUT IDARA:

Idara Ekpoh is a Nigerian-American Portrait Photographer whose art is centered around celebrating Black women and their stories. She focuses on creating captivating visual experiences through her dreamlike & cinematic portraits. She has been able to utilize photography as a medium to not only tell her own story through self-portraiture but to empower and bring visibility to the voices and stories of those within her community. 

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Deitra L. Jackson
 

I really resonated with Idara's self portrait project during quarantine and her reason for creating it. Her Self Portrait Sunday series is lively and creative in imagery and imagination. This Creative Live class was a wonderful introduction to the woman and her work.