In June of this year I was hired by Fantastic Sam's in Longwood to photograph hair. Stylist were competing for the 2019 ASA Style Awards (FS's national competition) and Andria Mateos and Greg Crump were working together for the Best Team category. They'd come up with a concept that involved five generations of women dressed in tribal warrior style, each with cool up-do's. Sage was Tribal Matriarch for theme and I was awestruck by her flowing silver locks. Never had I encountered a woman of her age (54) with such naturally beautiful sparkling hair. After all, society says, "dye your hair."
a shoot of my own
The woman and the hair remained in my mind. I was so inspired by her unapologetic rejection of a norm that dictates gray hair be colored and any signs of aging be hidden, how could I forget her? I planned then to reach out to her when I had time for a photo shoot of my own.
Change triggered by tragedy
Joseph Coleman, Sage's father, was decades older than Darlene, her mother, when they married. He passed on at the age of 70 leaving his young daughter of 14 to grieve his loss. It was soon after that Sage's hair began to show silver strands.
I am so grateful Sage would indulge my inspired vision and plan to work with her again down the road. She's a courageous woman to step outside the routine of her life and be photographed so I may share her story with the world. Warrior, indeed, this unintentional peacock.