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Photo Art.

I have such a vision of the world.  Sometimes, the images I see straight from the camera don't match the art in my mind.  I had to make the moon a little larger to illustrate what I was seeing on this night.  Such an amazing place we live in, this universe.  Good job The Lord.

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Rain.

This morning, I have been in no less than 7 depressing conversations about the rain. 
In the defense of our plaintiffs, we can only live our lives.  We can't live in constant worry and angst about anyone else's life, BUT... isn't rain the most important thing?

At some point our living became so complicated that rain became an obstacle. Not everyone, but a lot of us.  Maybe it is time to simplify. 

Just my thoughts. :) 

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Off duty.

It is really amazing to explore the beauty of my friends that are "professionally" beautiful everyday.  What I find equally inspiring is to be able to explore the beauty of my friends that are casually beautiful.  It is not their job.  It is not what they are required to do everyday.  Most of all, they are not required to be 'beautiful' by the standards of any industry.  

This is where ALL of my friends qualify.
This is where everyone qualifies.

I think I want to start a series called casual covergirl.  Image these friend that are casually beautiful and let the world see them as I do.

Stay tuned in.  

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Headshots!

For the first time in over a year, the studio is offering special rates on headshotsfor actors and models.

email thnwblk@gmail.com 
for details. 

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Pop

You get to be the splash of color.  Don't be dull because thats what everyone else is.  

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Maya

Maya has such pronounced features.  Distinct and elegant.  I often look to see these amazing qualities in people and then celebrate them.  It begs the question, why have we come to  place in our social structure, that makes one want to edit people's character out of photos?

 

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#5MinutePhotoShoot

Photo series alert. 
For a few years I have been adjusting and tinkering with this project.  Well I am pretty much getting over myself.  This weekend I am formally introducing the Five Minute PhotoShoot.  
This photo was shot in under five minutes on the streets of Soho.  I am challenging myself to capture random beautiful imagery within a five minute period.  It's actually quite an endeavor considering, once you tell someone you're taking a picture of them, it can get weird.  

I will write more about it but for now, wish me luck.

a.

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Josh @70-200mm

Decided to shoot more NYC street photography because this Nikon 70-200 is forged by the Lord's hands. Josh just happened to be the perfect thing to shoot this day.

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12.16.16

Studying modern masters, I am drawn to those that are aligned with my own ideas of art. 
There cannot be beauty without truth. - Peter Lindbergh

Iam looking to edit imagery less and less and really observe and love the beauty that is.

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Love and Magic!

Last weekend, we spent the day with Lovie Simone.  She's definitely the most refreshing person we've had the pleasure to hang out with in quite a while.  Completely full of life and very positive.  Lovie is cast as Renee Pickford in the movie Monster and she's also Zora Greenleaf in Oprah's drama series Greenleaf.  She brought us to a place where we couldn't help but draw our own parallels to some of our favorite actors from in their early years.

More importantly she reminded me what magic is. 

I recently read an article that referred to "who could be thanked for Black Girl Magic".
It was mainly a list of photographers... and while I am quite supportive of people taking up the art, I am also very aware of the loose and liberal interpretation of the word "art" when it comes to our great medium.   
I was a bit moved by the article.  A lot of the imagery I saw, was not magical.  It was exploitation.  While a good portion of the photographers on the list were amazing, a few were questionable.  There is a fine line between what we consider "beauty" and what is clear abuse of one's desire for fame.  Anyway, I am not here to bash anyone, I'm looking to make sure my opinion is made clear.  We need to claim our stake in the narrative of what magic is.  The fact that Lovie is 17 and she acts like a 17 year old is refreshing.  She represents magic.  The Black Girl Magic that people are talking about.  

What Lovie is doing, is nothing short of phenomenal.  A successful series and feature movie.  Let's celebrate that.  Let's capture that for immortality.  It is art in itself.  The moment we start to allow some foreign entity to dictate what is "magic" you run the risk of sabotage.  You run the risk of someone deciding that the magic can exist solely within the confines of exploitation.  That in itself invalidates the magic.  

Resilience.  Determination.  Excellence.  Grace.  This is magic.  In the face of adversity, this is magic. 
As a curator of that, just know that the minute you degrade that, to be rated by "likes" or whatever, you kill the magic.  

Peace and Love.

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Prestige.

"Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige"."

You. Are. Magic!

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Olivia Dope does happy!!!

Olivia came to be a part of the Love series! 
We are truly honored to have her on board.  She is the real deal... AND!!! she has vowed to stop playing trap, which is amazing! More on her soon. 

 

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Reflect

To imagine
there is a parallel reality
on the other side of every reflection.
Then,
to imagine you are somewhere's
other side.

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