Colors of Diversity Photoshoot

DALLAS – After months of planning, acclaimed local photographer Tracy Nanthavongsa and Creative Director Melvin Varughese are ready to launch their latest photography project, “Colors of Diversity,” on Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm at JRs. Bar and Grill in Dallas.

In a collaborative effort to bridge the gap between ethnicity, culture, gender, and sexual orientation, Nanthavongsa and Varughese will be hosting the “Colors of Diversity,” an open photoshoot based on the concept of unity among the human race.

“It is without a doubt that even in this decade, regardless of it being hate towards gender, race, gays, straights, it still exists and something has to be done to acknowledge it on a greater scale. What better way to show that we are all one and equal than to be in the same place, at the same time, promoting a just cause. At this event we’re not labeled by any definition… we’re all united as one in color,” said Nanthavongsa.

Inspired by “Holi”, the religious spring festival acknowledged by Hindus, “Colors of Diversity” is a creative effort to capture the harmony and beauty of all human beings on one accord.

Demonstrating the essence of the event’s title, the artists plan to create what they refer to as a “community united in color”. During the photoshoot waiting area, participants’ faces and clothing will first be sprayed with water and then a volunteer will completely covered the participant in a random pallet of colored powder as they wait to experience the highlight of the event.

This event is free to the public and open to anyone who would like to participate. Participants are allowed to do group or couple shoots, but will not be allowed to be in multiple photos due to time constraints. Everyone is asked to wear a white top and old shorts or jeans (clothing will be damaged by the colored powder).

For more information about the Colors of Diversity Photoshoot please contact Gabriel Watson at [email protected] or visit the event’s facebook page: Colors of Diversity (

Tracy Nanthavongsa is a fashion photographer based in Dallas, Texas. His work has been published on various media outlets and websites with clients ranging from local modeling agencies to huge publishers such as Conde Nast. In 2010, Tracy’s photography of “The Bully Suicide Project” was featured throughout hundreds of news organizations during the bully-suicide crisis. In 2009 the Dallas Voice named Tracy among the top “Future Pioneers” of Dallas.

Melvin Varughese is a student at the University of Texas at Arlington with a developing background in the medical field. He has volunteered at a family practice for a few years and wants to make a difference in the world through medicine and awareness. He has been an active leader at the UT Arlington through student organization and community service involvement.

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