TIFA 2023 People / Portrait

I Have A Dream

  • Prize
    Silver in People/Portrait
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Geoff Reed This is such a timeless, gentle, softly lit and beautifully posed subject. It conveys a very peaceful and calming feeling.

  • Photographer
    Forough Yavari
  • Agency / Studio
    Forever Yours Photography
  • Technical Info
    Nikon Z7, Nikkor Z 50mm F/1.8 S, Broncolor Siros L 800 With Oxtobox 150
  • Photo Date

I took this shot of this beautiful woman who is originally from Ghana in early 2020. During the shoot we were talking about her experiences in the fashion industry led to discussing racism and some of the experiences she has had. This portrait which coincided with the protests in USA and other parts of the world is a tribute to a public speech "I Have a Dream" that was delivered by the American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the march on Washington for Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he called for end to racism. I personally love this image because of her expression,

Forough Yavari is an award-winning fine art portrait and fashion photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by her life experiences as a woman, Forough’s work focuses on portraying the narrative behind the lives of women from around the world. Born in Iran during the Iranian Revolution, Forough was passionate about art from a young age, drawing and painting imaginary subjects as a child. She went on to formally pursue painting in university, where she discovered her passion for photography while modelling for a photography student.