Nikki Johnson

Photographer / Social Explorer
   
Black Jelly
Location: New York, New York
Nationality: USA
Biography: Mississippi-born, New York based photographer follows her subjects throughout their environments. She captures their lives and learns their stories, even when her portraits are of strangers whom she may never meet again. Although she does not... MORE
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Black Jelly
Copyright Nikki Johnson 2022
Updated Feb 2022
Location Array
Topics Culture, Feminism, Fine Art, Happiness, Hope, Loss, Nude, Personal Projects, Perspectives, Photography, Race, Relationships, Sexuality, Spirituality, Still life
When writer Melanie Maria Goodreaux invited me to contribute photos to her book of poetry, she asked for three photos. Fatefully three photos became five, 10, 20 , and so on, etc. The fruits of our labor is Black Jelly.
 
Black Jelly is the first solo book of poetry by Melanie Maria Goodreaux merged with personal photos and select photography of Nikki Johnson. Both artists bask in African-American eccentricities while mixing emblems of southern roots, religiosity, sex, death, and transformation. The two bring their southern roots to the work.

"Here is Black Jelly. With verve, with power, with provocative flair, Goodreaux honors the body electric, the fullness of her mind, and strength of her humanity. Forged by the heat of history and cultural geographies, we go places where fig leaves fail to hide, folk wisdoms that celebrate divine visions and black womanhood."

— Major Jackson, author and one of New York Times' Black Male Writers of Our Times, Poetry Editor at the Harvard Review.
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