Lyra Aoko Photography – Black Pool

Black Pool

The opportunity to spend a lazy and beautiful Sunday with a very creative individual arose recently and I grabbed it by the balls.

I remember I was in a creative slump during that period having not shot any personal photography projects for a really long time and I had just made the decision to shoot more often.

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So when Liz Maelane (the creative individual) asked me to be the photographer for her pre-big chop shoot, I quickly took the chance because I knew it was very different from most of the commercial projects I had been taking on plus it would be a collaborative effort meaning I would also get to model that day.

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There is honestly nothing better than a Sunday afternoon spent at the pool, especially when the weather is super-duper brilliant

 I know seasons do not exist in Africa but that day was summer defined… in an African pot!

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Although the shoot had a largely airy and feel-good tone to it, we really wanted to reflect on the words below as a guide for the shoot.

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Hair –Swimming ruins black hair and weaves

 Racism – Liz is South African and her experiences at the swimming pools growing up were less than favourable.

 Black Skin – Black people do not swim

 Swimming Pools – A beautiful space

Check out the photographs from the ‘Black Pool’ Series below.

Accompanying the images are words from my favourite poet Nayirrah Waheed with excerpts from her amazing book, SALT.

YOU ARE A SEA OF LIGHT. OPEN YOUR EYES. SEE YOURSELF

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… SOME MUSIC IN YOUR HAIR. YOU. – THE THINGS YOU BRING TO THE OCEAN AT NIGHT

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WE WRITE FROM THE BODY. IT REMEMBERS EVERYTHING – MELANIN | BONE AND SOIL

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I WAKE UP IN A POEM

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‘I LOVE MYSELF’ THE QUIETEST. SIMPLEST. MOST POWERFUL. REVOLUTION. EVER. –ISM

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IT’S NOT ABOUT MAKING YOU UNCOMFORTABLE. IT’S ABOUT MAKING ME COMFORTABLE. – REPARATIONS

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MY ANCESTORS MADE SURE I WAS BORN THE COLOUR OF THEIR EYES –SIGHT

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YOU ARE YOUR OWN STANDARD OF BEAUTY – MIRROR WORK

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IF WE WANTED TO. PEOPLE OF COLOUR COULD BURN THE WORLD DOWN FOR WHAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED. ARE EXPERIENCING. BUT WE DON’T. – HOW STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL THAT OUR SACRED RESPECT FOR THE EARTH. FOR LIFE. IS DEEPER THAN OUR RAGE.

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YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE. YOU ARE TOO MANY EXQUISITE DETAILS TO BE A MISTAKE.

I hope this post has inspired you to be unashamedly yourself.

Be free and do not let anyone define or judge your true being.


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Images of Liz Maelane by Lyra Aoko

Images of Lyra Aoko by Liz Maelane

XOXO

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11 thoughts on “Lyra Aoko Photography – Black Pool”

  1. The photos in this post are breathtaking. Some of my favourites were:
    The first photo of the shoes and the water. It had a 70’s feel to it which I think came from the white wedges and photo editing. Would love to see it in colour too!
    The colour photo of you against the brick wall literally made me stop and stare. The colours are wonderfully complimentary and I love all the lines created by the shadow of a palm tree and a building (?).
    You go girl! Shoot more often as you mentioned in your post! Your creative eye and passion for your work shines through. 🙂

    1. Aaawww I saw this comment on FB too! You’re the best Soni! Thank you so much. I might just release some more coloured images on my IG account. Keep a look out for that and cheers love!

    1. I feel you on that!! Hahaha but she has her personal reasons for cutting her hair which I hope to share on the blog soon (With her permission of course) 🙂 Thank you so much for reading!

  2. Love it all, pics, words, heart and soul.
    May I dare to say face and body too 🙂
    Yes, please, keep it up Lyra, we need you !

    1. Your comment has really made my day. Thank you so much for reading and understanding the essence of this post. All the love…

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