feature: photographer lynette luna uses ‘men with flowers’ series to depict softer side of masculinity

May 4, 2016

‘Men with Flowers’ is a new photo series by photographer Lynette Luna. The series plays with the pressures placed on black men to be hyper-masculine, and the aggression-based stereotypes projected onto them, as well. Luna does this by juxtaposing black bodies against pastels and flowers— symbolic representations of femininity. “I photographed a black male with flowers to show a side that is often ignored by society. That these men can be soft, sensitive, and delicate,” Luna writes.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Model: Nana Montana

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