Coquine: Photographs of Naturals for a Good Cause

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Brainstorming with Kelvin Bulluck. Photo: Olivia Obineme

Brainstorming with Kelvin Bulluck. Photo: Olivia Obineme

As photographer Kelvin Bulluck has been producing great captures for us, here, at Strangers With Style, he’s been working on a project of his own. Under his brand, Kel B Pics Photography, for which he has taken amazing pictures of black women, Bulluck put together a series to capture black women rocking natural hairstyles. It’s for a project he’s titled, “Coquine: The Beauty of Kinky Hair Realized,” in hopes to raise awareness and raise funds for Feeding America.

Growing up with three sisters, Bulluck is no stranger to natural hair. “My sisters would rock braids one day, then, on another day, I’d see them with pony tails. And yet on another day, I would see them with Afro puffs,” he said. “It was all very interesting to me.” Now, working as a photographer, Bulluck wanted to work on a project to capture these naturalistas.

The Coquine Campaign. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck

But if you’ve noticed in a number of headlines, black hair hasn’t always been shared and discussed in a positive light. “There are certain elements in our society that would have black women believe that wearing their hair in its natural state is not attractive or professional,” Bulluck said. “This project is my contribution to the cause of proving that the opposite is true.”

The Coquine Campaign. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck

The Coquine Campaign. Photo: Kelvin Bulluck

With that, Bulluck posted “Coquine” on his blog and social media networks, sharing a video and some photographs of his series.  So far, a number of  women have been reaching out to the baltimore-based photographer, looking to participate.

Bulluck is certain his work, with the help of so many women, will not only spread the word of the beauty of natural hair, but also, raise awareness of hunger throughout the nation.

“Feeding the hungry has been something that I’ve been passionate about for some time,” Bulluck said, “and when I saw the amazing work that Feeding America has been doing in local communities across the nation, I knew that I wanted to use this project to assist them in their mission of eliminating hunger.”

After all, a healthy diet does help grow healthy hair.

For more on Coquine: The Beauty of Kinky Hair Realized, visit kelbpics.wordpress.com

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