Jessica Antola Captures Authentic African Style in Her Debut Book, Circadian Landscape

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Context is everything. Many fashion magazines feature editorials shot in a standard white box studio—all the better to keep the focus on the clothes. But when you take a photograph of someone interacting with their everyday environment, the image becomes a reflection, a time capsule, of both the person and the place they live.

Jessica Antola is not your average street style photographer. Her debut book Circadian Landscape takes the art form to new heights, documenting her travels by car throughout Africa from 2011 to 2014. “I have always been captivated by how people around the world express themselves in relationship to their environments,” Antola writes in the intro. “No matter where we are from or where we go, we all carry our circadian clock inside us. Tethered to the sun, we live out the rhythms and routines of our daily lives.”

Following the release of her monograph, Antola will celebrate Circadian Landscape with a one-night-only gallery event tonight in the Lower East Side. On view are breathtaking portraits of everyday Moments captured in seven countries including Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Benin, and the Cote d’Ivoire. Of course, there’s no shortage of fashion inspiration―vibrant wax prints, intricate braids, and face paint―but that’s beside the point.

Circadian Landscape is now available online.

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