'UNDER THE LIGHT' AN EXPLORATION OF SELF-LOVE AND SELF-CONFIDENCE

  PORTRAIT FROM 'UNDER THE LIGHT' A PHOTO SERIES BY CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS / PHOTO CREDIT:  CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS

PORTRAIT FROM 'UNDER THE LIGHT' A PHOTO SERIES BY CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS / PHOTO CREDIT: CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS

Would you believe us if we told you the keys to success include equal parts self-love and self-confidence? This mixture is vital to stepping into the future you desire for yourself. Still don’t believe us? Then read about how Ciarra ‘CBOZ’ Walters went from working with Solange’s website Saint Heron to debuting not one, but two art exhibitions this year.  

Written By: Wiam Oussir
December 18, 2017

  CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS ATTENDS HER EXHIBITION 'UNDER THE LIGHT' PHOTO CREDIT: ANDREW BOGART

CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS ATTENDS HER EXHIBITION 'UNDER THE LIGHT' PHOTO CREDIT: ANDREW BOGART

Ciarra ‘CBOZ’ Walters is a Maryland native, photographer, artist, poet and clothing designer. But most importantly, she is a woman.  

Draped in an all-pink ensemble custom designed by Ruff Cut, 'CBOZ' debuted her photo series ‘Under the Light’. This series highlighted women of color with portrait photos and a documentary that explored the balance (or maybe lack thereof) between success and love.

CBOZ’ main goals were to embody power and bring forth unity amongst women, especially women of color. “Society has taught us to compete with one another and I think it is so important [that] we come together...” CBOZ explained.

The need for female self-love is the driving force behind ‘Under the Light.’ CBOZ shared that it is okay “to be so about your career...and still be in love.”

  PORTRAIT FROM 'UNDER THE LIGHT' EXHIBITION BY CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS / PHOTO CREDIT:  CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS

PORTRAIT FROM 'UNDER THE LIGHT' EXHIBITION BY CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS / PHOTO CREDIT: CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS

The beautiful women in her documentary candidly spoke about this topic and how they felt about relationships. With wider eyes and bigger excitement however, they discussed their careers and how in love they are with their inner selves. Sharing those same sentiments, CBOZ told me about her thriving career and how happy she is to finally be able to bare the fruits of her labor.

In the same breath she boldly shared, “I’m not in love.” She went on to mention that her relationship with her ex-boyfriend was the creative spark behind ‘Under the Light.’ After calling it quits with her ex she realized how, “he loved everything that [she] was and [her] shine when it was with him. But when it wasn’t with him [she] felt like he was trying to shelf [her].”

CBOZ continued to explain, “He was trying to make me a trophy wife.”

The end of her relationship led to ‘Under the Light.’ It was then that she began to wonder if women had to choose between two loves: their significant other or their work.

  PORTRAIT FROM 'UNDER THE LIGHT' EXHIBITION BY CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS / PHOTO CREDIT:  CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS

PORTRAIT FROM 'UNDER THE LIGHT' EXHIBITION BY CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS / PHOTO CREDIT: CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS

With a second body of work under her belt, CBOZ’ next career move is to go on tour with her first documentary ‘Boys in the Front Seat.’ The film, a more personal one for her, shed light on masculinity, patriarchy, relationships and the emotions of Black men. Seeing such a vibrant, ambitious and culturally-aware young woman follow her dreams that night was awe-inspiring.

Being in Los Angeles for two short years and reaching success was no fluke for CBOZ. She credits her achievements to networking.

“You literally have to go to events, talk about who you are and you have to be confident with [doing] that,” she said.

From whom did she attain so much confidence, you ask? Kanye West!

  CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS ATTENDS HER EXHIBITION 'UNDER THE LIGHT' PHOTO CREDIT: ANDREW BOGART

CIARRA 'CBOZ' WALTERS ATTENDS HER EXHIBITION 'UNDER THE LIGHT' PHOTO CREDIT: ANDREW BOGART

“I have to be okay with what I’m doing and be okay with telling people what I’m doing,” she stated. “The person who made me confident... is Kanye.” [It made me realize] people aren’t just buying the art, they’re buying the art and the artist!”

If there’s one thing to remember about CBOZ, outside of her shinning personality and stunning work, it is: To Love Yourself! Self-love is the most important kind of love for it breeds confidence, creativity and success. Ciarra ‘CBOZ’ Walters is a walking testament to that.

To find out when CBOZ’ next exhibit is, then follow her on Instagram: @cbozthepoetess. You can also check out more event photos by Andrew Bogart here.