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Is it evil?

Somehow, the material things find a way to make us forget about what is TRULY important.  Many spiritual people reject materialists for just this reason.  My take on it is that renounced living is very healthy for one's "spiritual life".  But renounced doesn't mean that you have nothing, it means that you are not attached to the things you do have.  It puts things into perspective when you are not controlled by those desires.  

What are your thoughts?

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get in the game.

In reflecting on how critical I am of others... I figure out why... I started to put myself in their shoes.  
I thought of all the people that "could absolutely do a better job" than me... with whatever it is that I am doing and that are criticize my work.  It is pretty obnoxious.  
I thought about how I feel about Lebron. It is a love hate relationship... mostly I feel like he could be so much better.  

THIS IS WHERE THE COMEDY COMES IN!  

I (who watch Lebron on TV.... in the NBA) am going to tell Lebron James how to be a better basketball player.  SAVE IT BRO!  I am a ball player... and I DID NOT make it to the league... and I have not accomplished what Lebron has, so... what is the context in which I can tell him anything about basketball?  Our culture has become laden with critics and "pundits" who can THEORETICALLY tell everyone everything about what they are doing.  The truth is, there are people that make a living from telling others how to do things that they themselves have never done.  Doesn't that sound crazy?  Yeah... because it IS crazy! 

There is nothing more lame than someone that is sitting in a state of dormancy, telling those that are walking the walk/talk, how to do what they are doing.  

Lace up and get in the game.  It will give you a new appreciation, a new respect for those that are doing it everyday.  

Kobe can tell Lebron that he needs to have more of a killer instinct in the 4th quarter. 

I should only tell him "ok Mr. James, can you move your arm over a little, you're blocking the light in your face.  (as I take my pictures)" 

LACE UP OR SHUT UP. 

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Be your own brand of awesome.

You never have to let someone else dictate your beauty standards.  If you're not dope according to yourself, you'll never be comfortable wearing someone else's concept of awesome.  

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Forward Fashion.

Full on ART on NYC streets.  

Walking around with a camera ready at all times allows you to see that life is truly art.  The  ultimate artist is always at work with every single thing living or inanimate.  

So this image, just a moment in time was complete art to me.  Overtime I see it, I wonder what the artist's intentions were.  

Are we blindly walking around?  Is this a metaphor for life.  We really never know what is going on.  We may have an idea (or so we think) but we can never really be sure.  Walking on faith. 

Is this a new trend?  Is this an assault on vanity?  Are we coming to the place where we will not feed into our own egos and be slaves to other's perceptions of us?  How many people will blindly follow this trend? 

Or was it just the wind that blew her scarf in her face?  Did I just get lucky... and then make a big deal of nothing?   Isn't that how art is though?  

Once the artist is finished, he has no power over the way his art is perceived.   

That is what the BLACKSAINTS project is about.  
I have had the privilege of spending time with bonafide saints and the quality that they have in common is the ability to see the greatness in everyone/everything.  (relatively speaking).  This is me, Black, "sainting".  I am attempting to see the beauty and greatness in everything.  Thought the lens.  This is my fashion looking forward! 

 

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Live.

Do it now! 
Tomorrow is either an excuse or a lie. 
Get in shape.  Continue your education.  Get the job you want.  
Just do it.  
I have decided to make art everyday.  One way or another.  Music, literature, paintings, drawings, photographs... just art.  
What will you do?

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Recharge!

Got to recharge in the Bahamas this past week.  Spent some time with the family and was really excited to see how the little guy liked the beach.  (He's gonna have to get used to the ocean)  All in all it was a truly inspiring time.  I was able to rest a bit even though I was there to work (partially). 
The real surprise to me was that I was not sure what I preferred.  I love the beach, I love the ocean, the sand and trees.  It was really amazing! but I am rooted here in NYC.  I went to recharge and rest but I feel alive here.  I feel like here is where I make an impact.  The entire time spent in paradise, I kept thinking how much I wanted to inspire people to be great.  To be themselves... and not be carbon copies of what they are told to be.  Only as a service to them.  I remember how unreal it felt to finally realize that I should be celebrating my individuality.  In a world where you are "gently guided" to your preferences and tastes by marketing and advertising, I want to encourage people to "make it their own".  Whatever it is, make it your own.  
So while it was awesome to be in paradise for a while... the real work, my passion is here.  So, it's kind of beautiful by association.  

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For who???

Isn't it amazing?  In a climate of "likes" and "followers" sometimes we forget what we're doing. Social media is a very interesting world.  You never know what is going to catch on and go viral, you never know when awesomeness will get overlooked.  So, we get trendy.  That's fine... but the one thing I think is important, is to know your audience.  I think catering to others in your field is a huge risk.  You'll rarely get pure feedback.  This is the demographic where ulterior motives hang out.  :)    All this to say, do it for yourself.  Do it really really well, but you be happy first.  Then know your audience... and if they aren't helping you to move forward, don't cater to them.   Just a little afternoon advice.  blk. 

Isn't it amazing?  In a climate of "likes" and "followers" sometimes we forget what we're doing. Social media is a very interesting world.  You never know what is going to catch on and go viral, you never know when awesomeness will get overlooked.  So, we get trendy.  That's fine... but the one thing I think is important, is to know your audience.  I think catering to others in your field is a huge risk.  You'll rarely get pure feedback.  This is the demographic where ulterior motives hang out.  :)   

All this to say, do it for yourself.  Do it really really well, but you be happy first.  Then know your audience... and if they aren't helping you to move forward, don't cater to them.  

Just a little afternoon advice. 

blk. 

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Back to Romance

  Recently, I have been under the gun to produce imagery for clients.  AND!!! we all know that the customer is the boss, right? right! So I decided to work for me.  There is an aesthetic climate or ambient taste that is always buzzing in the atmosphere.  With all the blogs, FaceBooks, Instagrams, etc., there is a "look" about everything.  Reading one of my favorite sites (GaranceDore.fr/en) it was explained quite accurately.  It seems that we are herded into "liking" the same things over and over.  That is fine... but does it stifle our creativity?  Our individuality?   There are quite a few of my favorite artists that, when creating, do NOT observe or experience anyone else's work.  It is a really honest way to produce without being influenced.  I find that if you do experience what's out there, you will be influenced.  Whether you want to create like art or you want to create something completely different, you've become influenced.   So I began to think, "How do I get past that?" Eventually, I stopped fighting it.  I decided, I will just follow my passion and create the most beautiful, romantic imagery I could.  I began to act like my own boss and demanded specificity from myself.  I demanded more than I ever have.   Naturally, I have not had time to study my favorite photographers (Peter Lindbergh, Annie Leibovitz, etc.).  I didn't have time to listen to my critics (disgruntled photographers that live in the comment sections of social media).  My boss was too demanding!  Kind of a jerk even... but he is pushing me.  To be a better artist.  To be a better me. 

 

Recently, I have been under the gun to produce imagery for clients.  AND!!! we all know that the customer is the boss, right? right!

So I decided to work for me.  There is an aesthetic climate or ambient taste that is always buzzing in the atmosphere.  With all the blogs, FaceBooks, Instagrams, etc., there is a "look" about everything.  Reading one of my favorite sites (GaranceDore.fr/en) it was explained quite accurately.  It seems that we are herded into "liking" the same things over and over.  That is fine... but does it stifle our creativity?  Our individuality?  

There are quite a few of my favorite artists that, when creating, do NOT observe or experience anyone else's work.  It is a really honest way to produce without being influenced.  I find that if you do experience what's out there, you will be influenced.  Whether you want to create like art or you want to create something completely different, you've become influenced.  

So I began to think, "How do I get past that?"

Eventually, I stopped fighting it.  I decided, I will just follow my passion and create the most beautiful, romantic imagery I could.  I began to act like my own boss and demanded specificity from myself.  I demanded more than I ever have.  

Naturally, I have not had time to study my favorite photographers (Peter Lindbergh, Annie Leibovitz, etc.).  I didn't have time to listen to my critics (disgruntled photographers that live in the comment sections of social media).  My boss was too demanding!  Kind of a jerk even... but he is pushing me.  To be a better artist.  To be a better me. 

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The New Black NYC is really about creating beautiful imagery.  It started as art/photography but we have moved into branding, event planning and marketing aesthetics.  So we are always excited to see new imagery, design, fashion, etc.  email us... we might be able to create some amazing original content for you! 

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