The class of 2020 gliding thru Joshua Kissi's lens
Photographer Joshua Kissi uses his portraits to tell stories, particularly the stories of talented Black creatives ― whether they're as established as Tyga or as unknown as a marching band drumline at a historically Black college.
This time, the attention of his artist eye was captured by a few supremely talented members of the graduating class of 2020. His latest portrait series 'From Harlem to Howard' captures the energy of three graduated high school seniors, the summer before their first semester of college. Ariel, Shamyah and Cheyenne have been skating with Figure Skating in Harlem since they were in elementary school, and started as freshman at the historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C. this fall semester.
Figure Skating in Harem is an organization that's been dedicated to helping Black and brown girls develop confidence and leadership skills since 1997. Although this year's round of new university students is faced with unprecedented uncertainties in their freshman year, the experience with FSH has given the three featured graduates the mindset they need to get through it all:
"IN LIFE, LIKE ON ICE, WHEN I FALL I GET BACK UP!"
We're looking forward to more of Joshua's poignant portraiture that tells the stories of those who don't always get a platform, especially if they come with more hype mottos like that ^.
While you're at it, check out more of Kissi's work like this striking front page shot of Jaden Smith for Highsnobiety.