When a girl hired photographer Carlynne Welch to shoot her in a forest, the artist didn’t imagine the images would produce such an uproar on the internet. “I’d love to hear how this isn’t cultural appropriation,” one commenter said. To his surprise, Welch kept her cool. She delivered such a badass response, he will definitely think twice before accusing someone without knowing the context in the future.
“I approached this shoot with the intention of doing something respectful, beautiful, and with honor, so I took every step I could to make sure I had my bases covered” the Cincinnati-based artist wrote. “Everyone is constantly offended by EVERYTHING and the last thing I want to do is risk my company that I’ve spent 18 years building on a shoot that will get me publicly roasted.” Scroll down to check out how everything unfolded and learn why the cultural side of the shoot is more of an appreciation than an appropriation.
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It all started when a photographer posted a photoshoot she did 3 years ago of a girl in an Indian outfit
But soon the images went public, they caused an uproar on the internet
When people asked Carlynne for more details, she responded with this message
After the story broke, people were quick to share their personal opinions as well