Photos by Patrick Melon
Patrick Melon is a native of New Orleans that uses his camera to explore his own connections to the city he calls home. An avid maker of portraits and seeker of stories, Melon follows his camera as it fuels interactions between the people that create the culture of the crescent. A graduate of LSU with a BFA in photography and a minor in African and African-American Studies, Melon relies heavily on his understanding of the Black American experience to create meaningful images in and around the streets of New Orleans and wherever else his travels take him.
LOCATION: The RiverWalk, Downtown New Orleans
SUBJECT: Charisma Ardelia, Event Planner and Employee at Urban Outfitters
What is your personal relationship to AfroCentric style/clothing?: It’s just my style honestly. It’s growing up in so many different areas, mainly in New Jersey. I grew up with Jamaican culture and it’s just what I’m used to seeing. It accentuates Black women in a positive light. You don’t have to show too much skin.
How do AfroCentric style relate to the New Orleans aesthetic?: New Orleans shows freedom. I feel free to show who I am, to show my type of style, my piercings, etc … no one judges you out here. That’s why most people tend to move out here is because of that freedom.
View some of Charisma’s art on her website
& follow her on Instagram – @cris_ardelia878zs
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