Zeba Blay uses her photo series to highlight the beauty of Afro Brazilian women. She uses a variety of shots such a close-ups, and creative angles to emphasize the many different shades of beauty amongst the Brazilian community. She,also, uses a few medium shots to help illustrate the beauty of these women. The photo series provides a great window to the Afro-Latino community who has recently began to have pride in their community.
The pace of the story flows in a sense that all her photos are at the bottom,while her story is at the top. I, personally, believe her story could’ve flowed a lot better if she incorporated her photos in between her story. I, also, believe her pictures could’ve shown more of the women in the community. The photos are mostly posed, and doesn’t show a variety of women. I think her pictures would’ve been stronger if she used other women, and compared the “traditional” Latina woman to the Afro-Latina woman. I, also, think this photo series would’ve been a lot better if her pictures showed average women, and women on their day to day journey. I, personally, think she uses the first photo because this woman shows a rare idea of a Brazilian. Most individuals believe Latina women aren’t Black; therefore, the first picture she uses is of a dark skinned Black woman. She ends the series with a woman of fair skin. She, also, shows the different textures of hair amongst these women. Most people believe Brazilian women have long wavy hair, and she uses the photo of the woman with the afro to show that is not always the case.She doesn’t use any captions in her photo series, which I believe would be necessary. The captions could’ve been quotes about these women, or quotes on how it feels to be an Afro-Brazilian woman.
To sum up, Baley does an excellent job at showing the “other side” of the Brazilian woman.