Emboldening the Self: A look at the new photographic series by Kelly Makropoulos

Kelly Makropoulos expresses her love for colour and texture through her latest photographic series Emboldening the Self. She believes that when photography has a universal quality, viewers naturally see aspects of themselves reflected through the work – even inanimate objects have the ability to evoke associative feelings.  

“My portraits are a mutually-beneficial endeavour between myself and the subjects. In terms of emboldening, I needed to make sure I was uplifting the subjects in the manner that I shot them.  As much as I was expressing myself, I feel it’s imperative to have a visible part of the subjects’ character come through in my images. So to find that balance between my own self-expression and my subjects’ self-expression was challenging,” she explains.

View the photo series below and see more Kelly’s work on Instagram.
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Credits:

Models: Buck Whaley, Qiniso Klinka Van Damme, Duduza Mchunu, Thor Rixon  
Make-up: Natallie Kawondera  
Styling: Yonela Makoba
Hair: We Love Our Crowns

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