feature: “photographer explores the beautiful diversity of redheads of color”

August 26, 2015

Check out these images from London-based photographer Michelle Marshall, her on-going documentation of Redheads Of Color – or as the The Huffington Post states, “documenting the stunningly diverse manifestations of the MC1R gene” (in most cases, red hair is the result of a mutation in the melanocortin 1 receptor, aka MC1R gene). In regards to her latest work, the French-born photographer tells The Huffington Post: “I am currently interested in documenting the incidents of the MC1R gene variant responsible for red hair and freckles, particularly amongst black and mixed raced individuals of all ages […] I want to stir the perception that most of us have of a ‘ginger’ as a white caucasian individual, potentially of Celtic descent … As we struggle with issues of immigration, discrimination and racial prejudice, Mother Nature, meanwhile, follows its own course, embracing society’s plurality and, in the process, shaking up our perceptions about origins, ethnicity and identity.” Explore below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor