UPDATE: It’s Near The End Of Thaddeus Miles’s 365 Faces Photography Project — Will He Keep Going? Let’s Hope So! #Inspiration #ShiftYourPerspective

Thaddeus Miles Photographer of Faces, Contributor for The Black Lion Journal
Thaddeus Miles — Photographer of Faces.
NOTE: TBL Journal has asked permission for all past contributions, thereby humbly crediting Thaddeus Miles as a contributor.

Amid the negative images of the black experience found on the internet and portrayed by countless media outlets, photographer Thaddeus Miles has created a positive force with his Faces project — a photography project aimed at capturing positive and normal images of the black experience.

Miles is probably best known for his 365 photography projects. His blog showcases his previous 365 projects — one picture every day. Faces, however, is a much different 365 project, targeted at a much needed positive social change. With every image we see, the black experience overcomes past negative representations and works to uphold value in black lives.

A picture of a young woman and her child. Day 332 from Thaddeus Miles's 365 Faces Photography Project. Posted on The Black Lion Journal.
A picture of a young woman and her child. Day 332 of Thaddeus Miles’s 365 Faces Photography Project.

His images create a new narrative, one that surpasses stereotypical images to show a side of normal that is typically shunned from the spot light. The black experience is one that is real and it is full of life, love, creativity, spirit, and strength. TBL Journal’s last update focused on Miles’s mission for Faces. In his own words:

“I’ve listened as a mother called her daughter ugly. “Smile for the camera with your ugly ass,” she said, as I took a quick snapshot of her beautiful daughter at an event recently. I’ve listened to many negative stories about black men and their families or lack of family values; statements about how black women dress too sexy; comments about our youth of color and their lack of compassion and joy and the opinions of others for all black people and our “natural hair style.”

Additionally, I’ve been disheartened by the lack of positive, beautiful images of black beauty I could find online to counter the negative narratives being pushed out through social media.”

A photo of a young woman leaning against a door frame in contemplation. Day 312 of Thaddeus Miles's 365 Faces Photography Project. Posted on The Black Lion Journal.
A photo of a young woman leaning against a door frame in contemplation. Day 312 of Thaddeus Miles’s 365 Faces Photography Project.

Using the #ShiftYourPerspective hashtag, Miles asks us to change the way we see the narratives of black experience. He asks us to view our American story through his lens. By doing so, we could appreciate different perspectives and varying world-views within the American culture.

Two young girls smile for the camera. Day 338 of Thaddeus Miles's 365 Faces Photography Project. Posted on The Black Lion Journal.
Two young girls smile for the camera. Day 338 of Thaddeus Miles’s 365 Faces Photography Project.
A woman wearing a hat smiles for the camera. Day 341 of Thaddeus Miles's 365 Faces Photography Project. Posted on The Black Lion Journal.
A woman wearing a hat smiles for the camera. Day 341 of Thaddeus Miles’s 365 Faces Photography Project.
A woman smiles for the camera. Day 336 of Thaddeus Miles's 365 Faces Photography Project. Posted on The Black Lion Journal.
A woman smiles for the camera. Day 336 of Thaddeus Miles’s 365 Faces Photography Project.
A young man strongly poses for the camera. Day 331 of Thaddeus Miles's 365 Faces Photography Project. Posted on The Black Lion Journal.
A young man strongly poses for the camera. Day 331 of Thaddeus Miles’s 365 Faces Photography Project.
A young woman happily smiles for the camera. Day 325 of Thaddeus Miles's 365 Photography Project. Posted on The Black Lion Journal.
A young woman happily smiles for the camera. Day 325 of Thaddeus Miles’s 365 Photography Project.
A man sings candidly and passionately with strong expression. Day 324 of Thaddeus Miles's 365 Faces Photography Project. Posted on The Black Lion Journal.
A man sings candidly and passionately with strong expression. Day 324 of Thaddeus Miles’s 365 Faces Photography Project.

 
¡PSST! All Images Are Copyrighted 2016 to Thaddeus Miles and his Faces Project. All rights reserved to him. The Black Lion Journal has shared them with permission. Visit the submit page for information on how you too can be featured on TBL Journal.

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4 thoughts on “UPDATE: It’s Near The End Of Thaddeus Miles’s 365 Faces Photography Project — Will He Keep Going? Let’s Hope So! #Inspiration #ShiftYourPerspective

  1. It’s amazing, Thaddeus traverses the same lanes as most of us. However, through the lens of his camera he is able to capture unique moments that leave us with a greater appreciation for the richness and beauty that abounds all around us.

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