The Exquisite Lumbee Project
Tonto

Tonto

Text by Dean Tonto Cox Sr., Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Tonya

Tonya

Text by Tonya Oxendine, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Keith

Keith

Text by E. Keith Colston, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Teala

Teala

Text by Teala Jones, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Margaret

Margaret

Text by Margaret Shipley, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Jeremy

Jeremy

Text by Jeremy Locklear, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Ashley

Ashley

Text by Ashley Minner, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Aaron

Aaron

Text by Aaron Jones, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Amber

Amber

Text by Amber Adams, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Amy

Amy

Text by Amy Adams, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

April

April

Text by April Chavis, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Christine

Christine

Text by Christine Godwin, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

CJ

CJ

Text by Clayton Sarvis Jr., Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

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Crystal

Crystal

Text by Crystal Jones, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Des

Des

Text by Desiree Williams, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Dino

Dino

Text by Aldine Alger, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Keri

Keri

Text by Keri Locklear, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Louis

Louis

Text by Louis Campbell, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Nicki

Nicki

Text by Nicki Locklear, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Paula

Paula

Text by Paula Cox, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Sandy

Sandy

Text by Saundra Waddell, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Sherry

Sherry

Text by Sherry Oxendine, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Shirley

Shirley

Text by Shirley Chavis, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Tammy

Tammy

Text by Tammy Oxendine, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Tanelle

Tanelle

Text by Tanelle Schrock, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Alicia

Alicia

Text by Alicia Jacobs, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Tasha

Tasha

Text by Tasha Oppel, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Terica

Terica

Text by Terica Eisenhuth, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Heather

Heather

Text by Heather Schrock, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Tiffany

Tiffany

Text by Tiffany Chavis, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

Text by Dean Tonto Cox Sr., Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Tonya Oxendine, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by E. Keith Colston, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Teala Jones, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Margaret Shipley, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Jeremy Locklear, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Ashley Minner, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Aaron Jones, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Amber Adams, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Amy Adams, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by April Chavis, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Christine Godwin, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Clayton Sarvis Jr., Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Crystal Jones, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Desiree Williams, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Aldine Alger, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Keri Locklear, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Louis Campbell, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Nicki Locklear, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Paula Cox, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Saundra Waddell, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Sherry Oxendine, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Shirley Chavis, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Tammy Oxendine, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Tanelle Schrock, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Alicia Jacobs, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Tasha Oppel, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Terica Eisenhuth, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Heather Schrock, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010Text by Tiffany Chavis, Digital Photograph by Sean Scheidt, 28 ¾ x 20 ½“ 2010

The men and women who were asked to participate in this project are all part of what I consider to be “my generation.” We are close in age. Many of us grew up together and despite the different paths we have chosen for ourselves in life, we are still close and see each other regularly to this day. Those who agreed to visit the photography studio were encouraged to wear what they liked best. We did several sessions with different groups of people. Each time, the entire group would stand behind the camera along with the photographer to encourage and coach the person whose portrait was being taken. Each person was given the opportunity to choose the photograph they felt best represented them. Text incorporated into the portraits, written by us, gives viewers a glimpse into our hopes for one other and the depths of ourselves. “The Exquisite Lumbee” book exists to demonstrate that, although  we as a people run the gamut of skin colors, hair colors and hair textures, we do have a distinctive quality, character and style. We recognize each other. We are exquisite.

Photos by Sean Scheidt