Ceres Henry, known simply as Diaja, creates moving portraits featuring black men and black women adorned with face-painted flowers, which she applies herself. Often, they are posed with real flowers.This motif of chronicling the black experience using flora’s vivid colors juxtaposed with the subjects’ skin tones is a common thread, but her photographic techniques vary from series to series. “I found out I like conceptual photography, building a body of work around one subject,” she says. “This is what I want to do, this is what I want to be known for.”RELATED: Learn about Diaja's journey to fine art photography success
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