Queer in Detroit

Meet Raven - Photo Series

Reel Artsy Outdoors

Woodsman Style.

Reel Artsy Men

Model Spotlight: Justin Sansom

Reel Artsy Photography

Fashion and lifestyle photography.

Reel Artsy Detroit

Interviews and more.


Book Spotlight: Diehr Breedlove

Catch a glimpse of this mysterious Detroit soul. Christopher L. Breedlove is a model, author and adoption advocate. His debut book, Diehr Breedlove is...

Gripping, compelling true story about a 25 year old adoptee who located his birth family in 4 world changing days after 21 years.

You can head over to Amazon and check out Chris' book or follow him on Instagram @mavengershom

Here's a short video intro that I shot of him:


Mariah Elizabeth in Dark Elf Territory

A photo series that captures the beauty of a curvy dark elf, alone in the woods, as we get a glimpse of her in natural element. Who is this mythical creature, what does she dream of? What happens to her when she stumbles upon a hidden gateway that leads her down a path that connects her to the human world?

Story and Creative Direction by Karen Gilmore - featuring model & Detroit artist Mariah Elizabeth Lenox.

She is a fire in the night, warming you with her presence, her vibes radiant, pulling you in... Your eyes fixated on her skin, the glittering allure of her caramel touch. You find yourself inching closer intoxicated by her glow. You want to reach out-- trace your fingers along the length of her the of arm, to the small of her back as you savor the beauty of her curves. She has enchanted you. Captivated you, seduced you like a dark elf from another realm, her eyes ablaze-- she is fully aware of her power over you, and she drinks it in. She grins, knowing that she has you under her spell. That you are dizzy under her charm, eager to please, willing to do whatever she requests

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Fall in Love with Nikyatu and Suicide by Sunlight

I am officially fangirling over the awesomeness of indie filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu. If you're not following her on Twitter then you're missing out on a constant stream of artistic gems, quotes, insight and pointers that paint a realistic picture of what it's like to be a black woman indie filmmaker in today's creative climate. 

Suicide By Sunlight is a tale about "black vampires protected by melanin day-walkers among us." That short tagline alone is enough to excite me about the future of black cinema. The sci-fi & fantasy geek in me can't wait to see this film (that played at Sundance and other film festivals).

I've been an admirer of Nikyatu's talent since her break-out short film Black Swan Theory (that Shadow & Act introduced many of us to). She stepped onto the film scene boldly, each new work daring and visually engaging. A reminder of how her artistic voice is very much needed in the realm of Hollywood. 

Below is a "Meet The Filmmaker" type video via the Sundance Institute. 

Do yourself a favor-- board the Nikyatu train... Her filmmaking career is destined for greatness.

For all things Nikyatu Jusu visit her website Nikyatu.com & Twitter: @Nikyatu

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The Burial Of Kojo

If you see one artsy film this year... let it be this one. The imagery of The Burial Of Kojo will stick with you. It's lyrical, poetic, in the vein of Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, but an entire magical entity all by itself. Samuel "Blitz" Bazawule takes his time and paints-- we watch him craft a visual masterpiece (with the cinematography of Michael Ferndandez), scene by scene, Bazawule gives the audience the freedom to get lost, to dwell in a realm where time has no standard rhythm. It's all about what this film makes you feel, and it makes you feel deeply, in a puzzling way... reminiscent of a lullaby, sweet and strange. 

A burning teal car on a beach has firmly cemented its place in black film history. The Burial Of Kojo will be forever discussed and referenced amongst cinema fans.

You can watch in on Netflix or visit ArrayNow.com to catch its limited theater release schedule. 

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Black, Queer and Artsy in the Motor City - Raven in Detroit (Part 1)

A photo exploration of black queer life in Detroit though the lens of Reel Artsy Photography.

"I'm a poet with a camera, intent on capturing the beauty of black queer womanhood."

Detroit | Black | Lesbian | Aesthetic 

Model: Raven

You can follow Raven on IG: @ravenlynntheemodel

Photos by Reel Artsy Photography - IG: @ReelArtsy

"It is my goal to spotlight the stories and imagery of black people, especially black women, and more specifically black women who identify as queer on the LGBTQ spectrum."


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The Wonderful World of Black Lesbians

I'm interested in creating content that features black lesbians in the forefront. Through my writings, my photography, and any other medium that lends itself to the process and art of storytelling. 

Black lesbians matter. 

Our stories, our love, our journey of discovery... It offers beauty and a layered richness that needs to be displayed, seen and felt in this world. 

It is my goal to spotlight the stories of black people, especially black women, and most specifically black women who identify as queer on the LGBTQ spectrum. 

This is my Dear Black Lesbians (of sorts) - my beacon, me officially coming out, and inviting other black lesbians across the globe to sit down around my digital campfire as I share my story, and curate stories of black women simply existing wonderfully and bravely in the their various paths of life.

Hey. Hi. Hello!


Karen (Twitter: @ReelArtsy | IG: ReelArtsy