Part 2 of our interview with Helen Collen, Kerika Fields, & Sancha McBurnie
Helen L. Collen is a Photographer, theatrical/film costume designer, seamstress and wardrobe supervisor of 24 years. She is also a painter, crochet artist and writer (including poetry and songwriting). Find out more about Helen on Tales From The Pit Episode 22 & 23.
Kerika Fields Nalty is a Brooklyn-based writer and photographer whose work has been published and exhibited widely. Her articles have appeared in various print and online publications including Essence, The Source and Bust.com, Curlynikki.com, Essence, MsXfacor.com and Soulhead.com. She is the author of the author of “He’s Gone…You’re Back! The Right Way to Get Over Mr. Wrong” (Kensington Publishing, 2009).
Her images appear in the Deborah Willis photography book, “BLACK: A Celebration of a Culture” (Hylas Publishing, 2008), “I GOT YOUR BACK: A Father and Son Keep It Real About Love, Fatherhood, Family, and Friendship” by Eddie Levert, Sr. and Gerald Levert with Lyah Beth LeFlore (Harlem Moon, 2007), “Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond” by Phil Collen and Chris Epting (Simon & Schuster, 2015) and in the compilation book “Mfon: 100 Women Photographers of the African Diaspora” (2018). Her photographs have been exhibited at The African American Museum of Philadelphia, The Brooklyn Historical Society, The Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Moon Café, Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, Five Myles Gallery in Brooklyn, 40 Acres Art Gallery in SanFrancisco, The McKenna Museum in New Orleans, and the RUSH Arts Gallery and Leica Gallery in Manhattan. She is currently working on a photo essay book called "Flash and Circumstance: How I Got That Shot" and can be found on Instagram @flashandcircumstance and online at withyourbadself.com
Sancha McBurnie is a photographer and fine artist based in Virginia. While attending Morgan State University in Baltimore, where she earned a B.A. in Fine Art/Graphic Design, she began frequenting open mic events and discovered her love for photography by capturing artists on stage. From there, she began photographing local events and festivals such as AFRAM and Artscape. Eventually, she moved on to even larger stages, with a wide community of poets and musicians.
Since then, her passion for music and art has expanded her work to include the global dance community where she worked with Step X Step Dance; covering events such as the (now televised) World of Dance competition, Hip Hop International, RedBull BC One, UDEF, and Juste Debout among many others. In addition to being published in several magazines, websites, blogs, and books, her work has also been featured in museums and public forums for its social commentary.
She has worked on similar projects for the Black Girls Rock! organization, as well as for the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Sancha continues to create work that celebrates human expression both inside and outside of the Black community.
Find Helen Collen: www.helencollenphotography.com
Find Kerika Fields: www.withyourbadself.com
Find Sancha Mcburnie: www.sanchamphoto.com
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