African Gods & Goddesses Re-Envisioned in “Yorùbá African Orishas” Photography Series
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 (Orishas) to life.
The series depicts 20 Gods and Goddesses from Yorùbá peoples, indigenous to what is now Nigeria.
With the Atlantic slave trade, Yorùbá religious practices were brought 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 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.