Myles Loftin on the importance of representing black masculinity differently

The #antenna2017 speaker takes us through the inspiration behind his multimedia project: Hooded.

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Myles Loftin, 19, may have been the youngest participant at the inaugural antenna event held as part of Dutch Design Week, but he was dealing with one of the most heaviest subjects.

The photographer presented his project called Hooded, which was inspired by the killing of 17 year old, Trayvon Martin in 2012. He explains: "I was inspired by Trayvon Martin and his case and how his killing was directly related to him being racially profiled by George Zimmerman because he was wearing a hoodie and he is a black man."

Through his multimedia project called Hooded, he photographed his friends in hoodies against neon coloured backgrounds to help counter negative perceptions against young men by introducing more positive images. The video in the project also features an untitled poem by Leo Avedon, which speaks to the mistaken belief that if black men dressed differently they would be seen as less dangerous.