Outdoor Afro Inc. and REI Co-Op celebrate and inspire Black connections and leadership in nature with the launch of their co-created technical hike apparel collection. A new chapter for national not-for-profit Outdoor Afro Founder and CEO Rue Mapp, Outdoor Afro Inc. is the corporate partner of her 13-year organization and the co-op’s inspiration for this innovative line of clothing.
The sun-soaked 'We Are Nature' social media film inspires Black connections and leadership and celebrates the launch of the co-created technical hike apparel collection.
The campaign's photography was captured by Joshua Kissi and Fela Raymond from TONL, a creative company seeking to transform the idea of stock photography with diverse representation, and film content was created both by Nate the Director from Invisible Collective and Maya Table from Curator. The seamless collaboration between the film and photography crews comes through in feel-good radiance of the piece: this is the real idyll, the right people, the right gear, and the right atmosphere.
On capturing the glorious exuberance of connecting with nature on video, Nate the Director commented: “The rhythm of the piece was big for me, making sure we could have those valleys and peaks within the flow and pacing was important, and we had the tools to showcase that. Nature has its own sense of peacefulness and high energy, so we put our talent in situations within nature that could provide us with those opportunities."
“I always love the collaboration that working alongside photography crews on a project offers. Especially when I have the opportunity to work with the amazing Joshua Kissi and team!” said Nate. “There’s a beautiful synergy that comes, you get to see an artist capture the same talent in the same environment in an entirely different way and it inspires creativity on the spot. Both sides are able to push each other in that way.”
Creative Director: Scott Mosher
Art Director: Todd Durkee
Copywriter: Corina Carrizales
Creative/Executive Producer: Sam Kelly Jr.
Director: Nate Edwards
Director of Photography: Joshua Pausanos
Music: Mark Iacone
Co-founder/Managing Director: Karen Okonkwo
Photographer: Joshua Kissi
Photographer: Fela Raymond
Director: Maya Table