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Photographer Torrell Glinton continues to celebrate natural (unrelaxed) hair with his fourth Kinky Project, a photo series highlighting the beauty of Black hair in all of its various textures.

Through the Kinky Project, Glinton’s aim is to help further cultivate a love for natural hair, and to show that it is a viable and acceptable option for anyone and all occasions.

Glinton’s latest additions to the series can be viewed at Incudesk on Chesapeake Road on Saturday at 7 p.m. He will be showcasing his highest number of models to date – 20, four of whom are men, selected from a 90-strong application submission.

Men have been a part of the project for the second year, highlighting their locs and facial hair.

He showcased just 10 models in the first Kinky Hair Project.

He was inspired to do the project through wanting to create his own beauty series.

“One of my friends was transitioning. I followed her when she cut her hair and filmed it and that would have been the seed that would eventually become the Kinky Project,” said Glinton. “The aim is really to help further cultivate a love for natural hair and to show that it is a viable and acceptable option for anyone and for all occasions.”

Nevandria Lyric, a model in the first Kinky Project, will perform, along with spoken word artist Tanicia Pratt who is also a former project participant. Entry into the Kinky Project is free.

“It’s just for viewing,” said Glinton of the not-for-profit event. “The goal is really just to spread a love for natural hair,” he said.

In his fourth year, the photographer of at least a decade said he had an easier time getting everyone together and shooting the models.

“We all kind of knew what we wanted, and knew what I felt would be a good pose for participants,” he said.

Glinton was pleased he’s four years in. Through the project, the naturally shy Glinton said he’s been able to boost his own self-confidence.

“I didn’t really have the confidence in myself when I first started to make [Kinky Project] happen, but I was able to with the strength of my village – the people in the natural hair community, photography friends, people who style, the creative people, and made it happen.”

He credits his experience in photojournalism for allowing him to quickly assess situations and provide imagery that is candid and captivating, which helps in his Kinky Project depictions.

 

Shavaughn Moss

Lifestyles Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Shavaughn Mossjoined The Nassau Guardianas a sports reporter in 1989. She was later promoted to sports editor.Shavaughn covered every major athletic championship from the CARIFTA to Central American and Caribbean Championships through to World Championships and Olympics.
Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.

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