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Daily Inspiration: Meet Miracle Kendall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Miracle Kendall. 

Miracle, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My love for photography first started around the age of 7 when I found an old camera in a drawer of the house I grew up in, I remember being immediately entranced by it. While the camera did pique my interest, for a while after that I was still more focused on painting and drawing. It wasn’t until my sophomore more year of high school that I fell back in and permanently in love with photography! I was able to take a film photography class at school and just knew that this is where I wanted to focus my craft, I did film photography for the rest of high school, and then when I graduated, I started to focus more on digital. Film will always have my heart but I love to be able to develop my own film which without an in-home studio/darkroom can be a little challenging. Since being back in school at MICA I’ve been able to go back to my roots (film) and start developing again as well as still shooting digital! Now that I have access to more facilities. 

I still do paint and draw as well, but my main focus is photography. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I’m not sure the term “smooth road” or even the word “struggle” exists in my world, just in the sense that I believe everything has a couple bumps or cracks in it, and is it truly a struggle if this is where I’m supposed to be at this moment? It feels almost inevitable to me, which is perfectly fine because I feel like if things were actively “smooth” for me it would not feel as rewarding! The bumps and cracks in the road are just a part of me or us as humans evolving. If I had to say…I would say the biggest “struggle” for me would be my own self-doubt as well as being a photographer that usually presents as a femme individual. I do think I’m my biggest hater as well as my biggest supporter and as of lately I’ve been trying to do better for myself in that category. I am trying to learn how to maintain my humbleness and kindness while still giving myself my flowers so to speak. 

The dynamic between clients and masculine-presenting photographer’s vs femme presenting photographers is definitely very different. Femme photographers are taken less seriously and I know from personal experience that I’ve had my fair share of clients trying to get one over on me or people trying to pose as actual clients to then show up and try and get sexual favors. It can be really disheartening especially when you still want to have hope and give the benefit of the doubt to individuals. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
In terms of my photography, I am a huge portrait fan. I love being able to push the boundaries with angles and storytelling that don’t use an actual voice. Within my work, I also enjoy playing around with the vibrancy of colors, as well as contrast and definition. My goal with photography has always been to highlight Black people but even more importantly Black DMV creatives, there are so many amazing individuals in the DMV, and being able to highlight/preserve that image is one that is extremely important to me. Having the pleasure of growing up and seeing all these amazing/beautiful artists emerge from the underground arts scene has been a wonderful experience. Also being a Black, queer individual, I feel as though representation is something that really matters to me. While I can’t truly speak for anyone but myself, I know that at least some other Black artists share my thoughts about wanting to see more Black art/artists and within that there becomes a mindset of “well if I don’t see it, I’m going to create it” and yeah that’s really where my drive for my art comes from. 

As of recently, I’ve also been becoming more entranced and comfortable with taking self-portraits, it has almost been therapeutic for me in a way. Within each shoot, I’ve felt like I’ve been able to become more connected to myself and learned more about myself. It has been a really beautiful experience for me thus far!! 

I’ve also noticed that within my other crafts like painting and drawing, I’ve been creating more self-portraits or at least extensions of myself in some way. 

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Since moving to Baltimore I’ve also had the pleasure of having my work shown at OCA Mocha, a coffee place/gallery as well as having my work shown on a billboard through LED Baltimore! I also have two upcoming things that I can’t say anything else about at the moment but I am so excited to be able to share my art with others! I hope to do a lot more in that department! 

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Image Credits
Freak Rashad
Will Samira Seven
Chris Sokka

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