From the mind of Atlanta-based photographer and Noire 3000 Studios CEO, James C. Lewis comes a stunning new photography series that brings African deities to life.
The series depicts 20 Gods and Goddesses from the indigenous Yorùbá religion, which finds its origins in Nigeria.
Due to the slave trade, the religion has since spread to Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, the Caribbean and various other regions around the globe. Yorùbá has also influenced ways of life such as Lucumí, Umbanda and Candomblé.
Lewis‘ use of live models conceptualizes the Yorùbá African Orishas unlike we’ve ever seen them before, as they are usually represented in paint or illustration form.
While there are over 400 Orishas, Lewis chose the most well known: Agayu, Babalu Aye, Erinle, Eshu, Ibeji, Obatala, Obba, Ochumare, Ogun, Oko, Olokun, Olurun, Ori, Orunmila, Oshu, Oxosi, Oya, Ozain, Shango and Yemaja. Enjoy the vibrant full series below.
[spotted via Drea Avellán]