Let’s paint a picture in our heads. Think back to when you were in your flow state and try to recall how easy things were. It’s almost as if you gravitated somewhere else and were in a moment of complete bliss. I believe when someone is in their flow state, it’s a utopia for them. They’re in their “perfect” world, and it’s as if nothing could go wrong at that moment. For this project, we invite the audience into an intimate space to observe Nina, a violinist, before and during her flow state.
Photographer & Director: Esston Benjamin | @esstheory
Director of Photography: Sebastien Prudent | @sp1films
Talent: Nina Woods | @babyninzz
Assistant: Abdourahamane Barry | @_mister_barry
Make-Up: Zola Headley | @zoey.badasss
Wardrobe Stylist: Shenea Walker | @naespenderie
Hair Stylist: Ieasha Williams | @sha_gates
For Esston Benjamin, photography started as a hobby, a way to connect with his peers and express himself. After graduating in 2018, he began focusing on various photography forms. Having an extensive amount of work in portraiture, editorial, and lifestyle, Esston's work evokes tenderness and warmth. He captures his subjects in an organic and subtle way, making the audience feel present, as if they are in the room with him while he is taking the picture. He strives to continue making people feel seen by creating images that stop time and allow the viewer a moment to think, feel and react.
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