Happy Birthday Grandma Bar

My beautiful Grandma Bar is the definition of class. She is tall, elegant and quiet. Her own life hasn’t always been easy, but those hard times don’t show on her face or on her spirit. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. 

She is 90 years old today and some of the family is getting together to honour and celebrate with her. For those of us who can't make it across the border, we want to take a moment to honour her. She is a strong, determined woman with style, grace, class and poise. She is enthusiastic and quite funny. She loves the color blue. Anything blue. 

Truth be told, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that everyone in my family feels the same about my grandmother. Her presence in our lives is the ultimate proof that there is a higher power. We are blessed exponentially by just knowing her; we are aware of the beauty that she brings to our worlds. Not only did she raise my dad and his brothers and sisters (all 7 of them), she helped to raise several of my cousins. She simply smiles and expands her heart to include a little more space for the next one and the next one and the…Her love is limitless.

My family who live in the States and are able to see her more often have the benefit of this loving woman who feeds their dreams with sweets and kind words, who encourages their growth with her laughter and smiles. 

I LOVE MY GRANDMA and I want everyone to know that she has poured the best of herself into her children and her family. I am indebted to her for showing me that you can be a strong woman without being hard. I appreciate that she is charitable and continues to do for others. I thank the Universe for blessing us with her and I am eternally grateful for her love.

Your life has impacted not only our lives, but also the lives of those that know & love you! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA BARB!!!! 

 

 

REMIX 12.0 Featured Photographers

Talented, ambitious and wise are just a few words to describe all the amazing young photographers I've had the honour of teaching over the last few years at the Remix Project. This term is no exception, I have the pleasure and honour of leading five extremely talented and passionate individuals! Each with their own unique relationship to photography.

I feel so very grateful and blessed to embark on this journey alongside them.

It is my pleasure to introduce the next group of successful young rising stars! Definitely photographers to keep your eye on.


Yasin Osman - http://yescene.com/

Photo by Yasin Osman

Photo by Yasin Osman

If you do what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
— Unknown

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

A better understanding of lighting - flash/studio

Why do you love photography?

Knowing that I could capture a moment that can possibly live on forever gives me goosebumps.


Setti Kidane

Photo By Setti Kidane

Photo By Setti Kidane

If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.
— Audre Lorde

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

I want to learn how to shoot black folks and people of colour in a way that reflects our beauty accurately. Learning how to light the full range of our skin tones is very important to me. I would love to spend more time in the studio, working on developing a stronger understanding of how to work with lighting.

Why do you love photography?

I choose to tell stories using photographs. I capture moments of joy, heartbreak, guilt, and grief. Documenting these moments acts to empower both myself and my community as we must curate our own narratives to reflect the range of our experiences and to represent ourselves on our own terms.

Photo By Setti Kidane

Photo By Setti Kidane


Chad Dickenson - www.chaddickenson.com 

Photo by Chad Dickenson

Photo by Chad Dickenson

Don’t ask permission, ask forgiveness.
— Drake

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

What I hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX, is to define my style and my unique aesthetic in how I choose to frame and capture an image. I also hope to make a lot of career long friends and hopefully build something great with the other participants. Above all, I would like to continue to learn and to expand my knowledge in the art of photography and moving images. 

Why do you love photography and videography?

What I love about photography and videography is the idea that an event, idea or person can be immortalized forever once I press the shutter or hit record. A well captured frame has the ability to challenge status quo's and provoke conversation. I hope to someday accomplish this idea with my work, and hopefully inspire the change that I aspire to see in the world. 


William Mars - www.willmars.vsco.co

Photo by William Mars

Photo by William Mars

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

I want to be able to find my style with photography. I want to be comfortable with myself and not be afraid to try new things. I want to network with other participants and hopefully collaborate with one another on projects. Ultimately in the next few months I want to be very consistent with my work so that when working with people I will be able to creatively direct the shoots with confidence. 

Why do you love photography?

When I was in elementary school I was always fascinated with National Geographic magazines and seeing those breath taking pictures of landscapes in Africa, Asia and other foreign places. I travelled with my family to the Philippines and I remember seeing my first active Volcano. That image in my head has stuck with me ever since and even though I was young I always wished I had a camera to capture that scene. As I grew older it was only natural for me to get into photography. I always had an eye for things and finally I purchased my first camera this year. Photography takes me away from the stresses of my life and helps me appreciate the beauty in the things we see every day but take for granted. When we take a photo, we are documenting history. That to me is something truly special. 


Diondra Ascenuik

Photo by Diondra Ascenuik

Photo by Diondra Ascenuik


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Didi, Chad, Yasin, Setti (Top) Will, Anna (bottom)

Didi, Chad, Yasin, Setti (Top) Will, Anna (bottom)



My Dad


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The best way to describe my dad is to say he reminds me a lot of Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) in the National Lampoons Vacation movies. It is Clark's truly endearing qualities that are reminiscent of my dad. When my dad was in his late twenties/ early thirties he bought 10 acres of land in Sharbot Lake and built our family a log cabin. The cabin soon became a treasured yearly family retreat. A place we went every summer to reconnect and bond, to laugh, fight and get in trouble. Every year, our dogs, as if they had an affinity for pain, would attack the local porcupine (the porcupine would always win) and we would end up bringing our dogs to the vet to get the painful needles removed. How often do we do things that we know we shouldn't and that cause us pain? We laugh at the persistence and stupidity of the dogs, but don't we do the same in our lives?

I could tell story after story, our adventures in town at the local inn, the days at the beach, the campfires, the dinners, the games, the hikes. And, I can't leave out the ghost stories my cousins would make up, usually based on their adventures playing dungeons and dragons. I was young, naive and had a wild imagination so they (and my sister, whom are all older than me) thought it was hilarious to scare me with their tales, like the story of the walking tree that resided in our swamp. I have many fond memories from my childhood of our family trips and of our adventures there.

My parents taught me strong moral values. They taught me about personal responsibility, about honesty, trust, to be compassionate and to respect all life. They taught me the value and importance of education. A little disclaimer here, both my parents are way too smart for their own good! My dad taught me how to ride my bike, he got me my first Swiss army knife (hahaha - I won't disclose how old I was), how to look for long-lost treasures by the waters edge, nestled between the rocks and washed up on the shore and how to make good decisions in life. He taught me the meaning of hard work, and the meaning of unconditional love. He did and does this by being a supportive dad and husband, we always feel secure and know he has our back, by being an amazing and talented artist, an ethical business owner, a Buddhist priest, a hard and dedicated worker, and a loving parent.

My dad is very giving, he gives us his true self so that we may grow up to face this challenging world with courage, hope, and faith. My dad is not perfect and he does have his faults, his struggles, and his weaknesses. He taught me, however, how to face problems and challenges with a positive attitude, perseverance and a strong will. The great memories I have shared with my dad are everlasting and have positively influenced my life.

One of many significant influences my dad has had on our lives is that my sister is now a successful yoga teacher and acupuncturist, a path that came about as a direct result of our dads generosity and hard work. He bartered his talent and time in exchange for my sister and I to get yoga classes and that choice set her on her current path. Now she is a wonderful and amazing yoga practitioner.  And, through his love of the arts, I am a successful photographer and artist. But, most importantly we have become loving, compassionate, loyal and driven women.

The older I get, the better I understand my dad because I find more and more of him in me.  He teaches me to care about people, to keep learning, to have beliefs and to live by them.

It took me awhile to acknowledge all that he gives me and I am grateful that I can let him know now.

My mom, dad and sister

My mom, dad and sister

REMIX 11.0 Featured Photographers

It is an absolute honor to be teaching photography at The Remix Project again!

It’s time to meet the next set of rising stars!

Martika Gregory

shotbymartika.4ormat.com

Photo By Martika Gregory * Remix First Assignment

"Until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed" - Iyanla Vanzant

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

In the next few months, at Remix, I hope to complete the first edition of my Sights From Sounds series and host my first solo exhibit.  I also hope to learn more about studio photography and post-processing/manipulation.

Why do you love photography?

I'm big on holding onto memories and creating things.  If I can do both, at the same time, I'm happy.  I love photography because it gives me a chance to create something tangible that I can look back on, have others view and possibly make the audience wonder about the inspiration or story behind it.  I like expressing myself in unconventional ways and photography is one outlet for me.

Photo By Martika Gregory * Remix First Assignment

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Julien Bowry

julienbowry.com

Photo By Julien Bowry

"We do not see things as we are, we see things as we are" - Anais Nin
"I could have let the dream killers kill my self-esteem, or use my arrogance as a steam to power my dreams" - Kanye West

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

At Remix, I hope to achieve a better fashion/studio portfolio.

Why do you love photography?

I love photography because it allows me to show the world exactly what I see with my own eyes and to go beyond that and create things with my own unique perspective.

Photo By Julien Bowry * Remix First Assignment

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Angelika S

500px.com/smartyies

Photo By Angelika S

"all men must die"

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

I'm hoping to get a foot into the industry, and get exposure for my photography.

Why do you love photography?

I love seeing what other people can't, seeing the beauty in everything through my eyes and then producing it feels amazing to me.

Photo By Angelika S * Remix First Assignment

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Eric Slyfield

heysly.com

Photo By Eric Slyfield

"never follow any known rules."

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

In the next few months at Remix I hope to acquire a better understanding of studio lighting in addition to exploring new concepts in preparation for agency work. I am learning how photography works as a vehicle for visual communication in relation to other mediums and I am enjoying the collaborative environment. Learning to work with others will only help me on set when directing or in life when building new connections with like-minded creatives.

Why do you love photography?

I love photography because it is an honest way to communicate - unless the photographer happens to be a good liar. It's a deeply relatable way to think, feel, and communicate.

Photo by Eric Slyfield * Remix First Assignment

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Ellias Osman

www.czr-e.com

Photo By Elias Osmon

 'iron sharpens iron'

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

I hope to improve on my overall portfolio and increase the quality of my work.

Why do you love photography?

It allows me to express my thoughts and opinions or an idea in a visual manner.

Photo By Elias Osmon * Remix First Assignment

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Nate Anthony

blog.nateanthony.ca

Photo By Nate Anthony

"Don't wait until you know who you are to get started"

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

I hope to grow my knowledge in my field and I hope to become a better version of myself

Why do you love photography?

I wish I knew, it just feels right

Photo By Nate Anthony * Remix First Assignment

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Remix 10.0 + Photographers

GRAD NIGHT // Nov 5th, 2013

It is moments like this that make teaching truly rewarding.

To say I’m proud would be an understatement.

These amazing young photographers graduate tonight! It is truly awesome to see them begin to spread their wings.

I am grateful to each of you. Not only do you inspire me, you teach me too. I am honoured to have been on this journey with you.

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KADEEM ELLIS

www.kadeemellis.com

Having fun is an important part of life and something that should never die in art/photography.

Choose 3 of your best photos to date

Photo by: Kadeem Ellis

Photo by: Kadeem Ellis

Photo by Kadeem Ellis

What was the most useful thing you learned?

The most useful thing I learned was the technical aspect of photography. I learned about my camera and how to achieve things on purpose instead of by coincidence.

Any words of wisdom for upcoming photographers?

I encourage all upcoming photographers to trust their eye and vision. Be courageous enough to go and execute whatever vision you have, no matter how big or small. It will all be worth it in the end.

What is your most memorable moment at Remix?

I do not have a most memorable moment but what I can say is the friendships I built here will be something I'll always remember. To find a group of people who share similar struggles and have similar dreams is rare. Sometimes you feel alone on this road and to be able to share a part of your journey with people like you is amazing.

What is a mistake you made that taught you a valuable lesson about photography? 

A mistake I made that taught me a lesson was not to get too comfortable in what your doing, to the point where you forget to pay attention to details. Many times I would share some of my new work with my dean Bryan Brock and he would easily spot things that I should have spotted and fixed.

Favourite quote:

"You only live once"

Name two photographers that inspire you and why:

Two photographers that inspire me are Terry Richardson and Mark Hunter aka Cobrasnake. Both of these photographers capture people and lifestyle in a way that I relate to. Nothing seems too premeditated or staged, which is what I love. I find that connecting with the environment and people that your in while shooting is very important. It should feel like a honest moment in time that just happened to be captured on camera. This is what I try to achieve with my work and this is what I believe both these photographers have mastered.
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MEGAN MCLEOD

Temp. website: www.flickr.com/clumsyharmonica // iG/Twitter @clumsyharmonica

Choose 3 of your best photos to date

Photo by: Megan McLeod

Photo by: Megan McLeod

Photo by: Megan McLeod

What was the most useful thing you learned?

The most useful thing I have learned during our time together at Remix was the fact that I am not a commercial photographer. I thought that in order for me to be good or be cool, I had to want the same success that the others in the program wanted, when this is not true at all. I have learned the style of photography I do not like & that has pushed me in the right direction to continue to do the type of photography that I love. In a nutshell, I learned that I can want different things and that doesn't mean that I am any less of a photographer than any of the others.

Lucy Snyder once told me, "You are not a commercial photographer. You are an artist."

Any words of wisdom for upcoming photographers?

Stay true to yourself & "fail harder" (take more chances). Take any chance you get to experience something new & meet new people. You NEVER know who you'll meet or what you'll discover! Inspiration can come from the most unusual of places. Listen to music outside of the mainstream. Music inspires every other type of art.

What is your most memorable moment at Remix?

My best memory of Remix? Wow, so many great ones. I wish I had one specific one, but I would just have to say our adventures home on the TTC. This is where we all just became ourselves. Where most of our funny jokes occurred and our memorable conversations. After a long day of creating and working, it was a time of reflection and fun. I think it was these long trips home that made us realize how much we actually 'clicked' with the other Photographers. There was always something crazy happening on the subway -- like when Jessica and I basically put on an entire Broadway show for the entire car. Or when Anil had a conversation with a very silly asian baby. Or when Lewally started talking to strangers about Kahlil (a Remix Alumni)'s photograph. Or even when Kadeem got scared of a hyper dog running back and forth up the subway car. This is where most of our laughs, our tears and our heartfelt stories happened. Where we realized that these moments won't last forever. And the moments where we realized no matter where we go in life, Toronto will always be home.

What is a mistake you made that taught you a valuable lesson about photography? 

Always be prepared when going to a shoot. One time, I had an all-day shoot and not nearly enough gigs of data on my memory card for the type of event it was. Always have a backup. This includes memory cards to batteries to even cameras and bags.

Favourite quote:

"Never forget the sense of play. Life is meant for living."

Name two photographers that inspire you and why:

Nabil : www.nabil.com // He's just the dopest! He shot some of my favourite photos seen in Complex mag and some of the greatest music videos of our generation. I love his use of long exposures and his simple, yet, very powerful imagery.

Man Ray : www.manraytrust.com // My first favourite photographer. I love his love for the figure of a woman, his use of juxtaposition and his mind is absolutely insane.

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ANIL H

anilhphotos.com

Choose 3 of your best photos to date

Photo by: Anil H

Photo by: Anil H

Photo by: Anil H

 

What was the most useful thing you learned?

The most useful thing that I've learned from my time in class is that you should never be afraid to show your work and you should be very confident. Being confident in anything that you do will strive you to be the best.

Any words of wisdom for upcoming photographers?

My words of wisdom would be to believe in your photography 100 percent and be willing to put in that work. It will show in time.

What is your most memorable moment at Remix?

The best memory during my time at Remix was the whole journey we have had together. From day one Megan, Kadeem, Amanda and Jessica; we all started at a place with our great work and taken the time to consult, guide, and have fun. We all had our ups and downs but we stuck through it. Our love for this can't be explained. Remix is a second home and a second family. Proud to be with all of us.

What is a mistake you made that taught you a valuable lesson about photography? 
A mistake that I was doing over the past few years was that I was shooting in a .JPG format. It is a general format, so I thought that was perfectly fine. But, once I learnt how RAW format works and the importance of shooting RAW when working with clients I switched.
What is one of your favorite quotes: 
"You don't take a photograph, you make it" - Ansel Adams
Name two photographers that inspire you and why:
The two photographers that I will name as my main inspiration are Paolo Azarraga (http://www.paoloazarraga.com )  & Jonathan Mannion (http://www.jonathanmannion.com). The reason why they inspire me is because (with Paolo especially) they define a style and willingness try something new, whether it is with the model, lighting, and editing.
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Amanda Lewally-Johnson

"Walle"Personal: lewejohn.tumblr.comSome work: voidthedecimals.tumblr.com

 Choose 3 of your best photos to date

Photo by: Amanda Lewally-Johnson

Photo by: Amanda Lewally-Johnson

Photo by: Amanda Lewally-Johnson

What was the most useful thing you learned?

I have learned to embrace mistakes because it leads to a perfection that is perfect to you. Over the course of our time as a team, we learned a lot of cool technical and creative techniques. The most valuable asset was simply the experience with other amazing creative people. Many people produce different perspectives and everyone is unique to their own perception. I have to value my work and value others, and allow others to value my work; ultimately making me a better person, a better artist, a better creator.

Any words of wisdom for upcoming photographers?
Yes, Practice, Practice! Read your manual for your gear, take the time to listen to the innate manual within yourself. Dont be discouraged because you are amongst others competing for work. The best work is your work which is a reflection of who you are and what you see. Make your mistakes in your craft because how else will you master it?

What is your most memorable moment at Remix?

I have many favorite memories of remix. My most memorable I would have to say is doing the shoot at LxH (Light and Hevvy Studios) in our session with Tiku, Ms. Charles and Mrs. Mensah. We bonded as a team and it was an extremely valuable experience because I learned so much about Studio shoots. There was pressure to execute the right message, but I loved that we all can bond to the level where we can say we are family and not have the pressure break us. It was fun.

What is a mistake you made that taught you a valuable lesson about photography?

LOL. Make sure you check your white balance & your quality modes.... it sucks when you shoot a big event and the colours are extremely saturated and you happen to have shot them in jpegs... yeah, not fun. Always make sure you practice so you can predict your settings promptly.

What is one of your favorite quotes:
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." - Langston Hughes.
Name two photographers that inspire you and why:
Rog Walker // rogwalker.tumblr.com
I love his old vintage editing style, He captures things simply but boldly and his subjects are starkly contrasted.
An amazing photographer who has been pioneering in the area of photojournalism. His work is colourful, raw and powerful. I admire his humanitarian contributions in visual artform. He is just somebody I would like to be.
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Jessica Rowe

http://jrowephotography.tumblr.com/

Choose 3 of your best photos to date
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Photo3

Photo 1

What was the most useful thing you learned?

The most valuable thing I learned was when we reviewed our portfolios and I was getting feedback from Anna and 2 other guest speakers. Everyone asked me in some way to tell them who I was as a photographer and I couldn’t answer. I knew who I wanted to be like in terms of style and artists I looked up to but I didn’t know who I was. I knew I liked shooting fashion and portraiture but I thought my work was so inconsistent I didn’t know how to organize it. Then someone made mention of how if I look through my photos they all have the same elements of me in them and although I am shooting in different locations and am shooting different concepts there was always one common denominator in my photos and that was my ability to bring out the 'calm' in my models. Maybe this isn’t something that would be substantial to anyone else but I was looking and searching for the “me” in the photos and I finally found it and through that I have now branched off into developing my style of photography. Through this experience at Remix I learned about photography as a craft but I also learned about myself. I was so lost for so long and felt like I was just shooting other people but I never found myself and Remix helped me start on a path of self discovery through my artwork.

What is your most memorable moment at Remix?

I have a lot of amazing memories and it's so hard to choose one but I really enjoyed the day we all went to the CBC studios with Anna. It was the full group, everyone was there and I came late but I just loved that everyone (the original 6) were all together and we all get along so well. Its incredible how well all our personalities jive it was just a good evening … our group is amazing.

Any words of wisdom for upcoming photographers?

Find inspiration of photographers you like and study them. Study everything they do and get to know their style and what makes them “them”. Then in turn look at your own work and implement things you like to create a style that is unique and your own. Keep a log like tumblr, weheartthis, flickr, pintrest and collect images that spark your interest and through that you will understand your eye and what you are attracted to. This will help in the development of your own shooting style and techniques

What is a mistake you made that taught you a valuable lesson about photography? 

I always use to compare my work. Not analyze and draw inspiration but compare and dislike my own work because someone else that’s my age was doing “this” or another photographer’s equipment was so much better etc… I would make excuses and compare and start to hate my work when I should have been studying what they are doing, learning their techniques,  bettering myself as a photographer. I learned that every one has their own journey and I shouldn’t look at someone else’s road to success as the only way to get to where I want in photography.

Favourite quote:

“The best way to predict your future is to create it” - Abraham Lincoln

Name two photographers that inspire you and why:

I love Lina Tesch. Her photography is incredible. She is a German photographer and I just love the way that her photography looks so cohesive and her style is distinct but not to the extent where she would not be considered for jobs. She has mastered the art of branding her style but also being very versatile in what she can deliver and that is exactly the position I’d want to be in if I go forth in this industry. Lina is my biggest inspiration by far.

http://www.lina-tesch.com/

Patricia Recourt is only 20 years old and has already been featured in Vogue Italia numerous amounts of times. We grew up in the same town and we are the same age. It’s so inspiring to see a young photographer, someone I know personally, make it happen for themselves. It gives me confidence that with hard work I can accomplish my dreams.

http://patriciarecourt.com/

'If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.'-- Nora Roberts

Thank you to all the guests who came and shared their experiences with the class.

Ignacio Peon (http://cargocollective.com/ignaciopeon), Tiku Fisher (www.trfmedia.com), Amenta (http://www.youtube.com/user/AmentaMusic?feature=watch ), Esie Mensah (http://esiemensah.tumblr.com/), Tanika Charles (http://tanikacharles.bandcamp.com/), Lucy Snyder and Light x Hevvy Studios (http://lxhstudio.com/). Thank you for supporting us. You truly helped make this an amazing and memorable experience for everyone.

Anil, Jessica, Tiku, Tanika, Me, Esie, Megan, Kadeem and Amanda

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My Photography

 

 
As a photographer, my aim is to translate the ‘feel’ of a scene, rather than simply recording it. I have a quiet confidence. Consequently, I tend to go for the strong bold photos that capture a person’s individual power however that manifests itself.
 
Portraits are very close to me. 
 
They provide me with the ability to interact with people and learn about their lives.
 
My strength lies in the ability to connect; to bring out someone’s personality and make him or her feel comfortable and at ease in front of my lens, or better yet, to make them feel like there is no lens at all.  The closer you get to people, the more they open up to their true emotions.I am always looking for honesty in photography; the truth behind the image.
 
 
When I view a portrait, I want it to communicate something intimate about the subject, not just their ‘likeness’.  I see vulnerability in someone who is strong, and strength in someone who is vulnerable. I’m drawn to people’s inner strength and that tends to come out in my photographs. In particular, I love people’s faces; I love every detail, every nuance.
 
 My work is quiet, confident, colour saturated, expressive and bold. All of my experiences, training  and passion go into every click of the shutter.
 
I was born and raised in one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto, Canada.
 
I went to Ryerson Polytechnic University, received my BFA in Media Arts, majored in film and received an award for the best short fiction at the Montreal Film Festival. This rounded out background and personal aesthetic in film & media studies has taught me how to be versatile in my style and helped me develop a natural eye for color, tone and composition.I started taking photos in the mid 90s. At first, it was a way to preserve memories and be a part (and hold a part) of the hip-hop scene in the city,  it gave me a sense of belonging.
 
My career began when I decide to do a photo documentary of Toronto’s underground hip-hop music scene. I met many talented artists and musicians, and developed a deep respect and admiration for their hard work, dedication and perseverance to their craft.As a professional photographer, I’ve worked with some amazing people, grammy-award winning and nominated musicians, internationally celebrated artists, athletes,  and celebrities, including such persons as; Steve Nash, Ric Flair, Stuart Matthewman, Osunlade, Pharell Williams, R. Kelly, Sean Paul, Jill Scott, Faith Evans, Eric Roberson, Dwele, Maestro Fresh Wes, Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall, Dan Hill and John Legend.
 
One of my projects, tentatively titled ‘In Prayer’ documents individual women and men from different faith communities. It is an exploration and celebration of the different forms of prayer, from silence to  ritual, to  chanting, to dance and song. It was a beautiful experience to have people allow me to photograph them in such intimate moments.I want my talent and abilities to have a positive impact, to either inspire or motivate or bring to light issues that I care about.  Issues like poverty and discrimination.
 
 
Experiencing other cultures, meeting people from other communities and countries and seeing their beauty, and differences, helps one to understand that all of our lives are at once interconnected and individual. It makes me better appreciate my home and culture as well as those of others.I seek to document my own personal experiences, to capture scenes and events as I see them and to share with others the beauty and diversity of the world. Just as the images of other photographers have inspired me to explore the world, I hope my own contributions will inspire others to do the same.
 
 

A Proud Moment

It is moments like this that make teaching truly rewarding. To say I’m proud would be an understatement.

A couple weeks ago we set up a studio shoot with a client and 2 beautiful models, the students were given a creative brief on the fly and had 15-20 minutes each with the model to capture the clients vision and explore their own creative interpretation of the concept. It was awesome to see these amazing young photographers truly begin to spread their wings.

Design and Photography by Megan

Design and Photography by Amanda

Design and Photography by Jessica

Design and Photography by Kadeem

Design and Photography by Anil

I am grateful for each and every one of them, not only do they inspire me, they teach me too. I am honoured to be on this journey with them.

Thank you Tiku (www.trfmedia.com), Esie and Tanika for coming out and supporting us. You truly helped make this an amazing and memorable experience for everyone.

Anil, Jessica, Tiku, Tanika, Me, Esie, Megan, Kadeem and Amanda

 

 

Remix Photography // Featured Artists

It is an absolute honor to be teaching photography at The Remix Project again! Introducing Remix 11.0 http://theremixproject.ca/site/about/ When I began teaching photography I wanted to not only share my love of the art but take the mystery out of the technical aspect which can be very intimidating. Teaching your profession requires a lot of thought about how you do what you do.  I can tell you from my experience that it has made me a better communicator, and a better photographer.

It’s time to the rising stars.

Photography is an art, and art needs passion. With passion, there’s learning.

Jessica Rowe

Jessica's unusual mix of surreal scenes and ethereal beauty make her one to watch!

"The best way to predict your future is to create it" - Abraham Lincoln

Jessica Rowe

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

I want to produce emotional and professional fashion photography in studio. I want to be completely comfortable with all aspects of the studio environment. I want to know my camera, it’s functions and the best combinations of settings for any predicament I may encounter as a photographer.

Why do you love photography?

I see photography as being the preservation of beauty, emotion, and priceless moments that no one can re-create. Life changes so quickly, but with photography I can capture someone or something in their prime or peak of beauty and that photo will never change it will forever be a clear memory because you have something concrete to look at. Photography keeps memories alive; preserves beauty, captures true emotions and can stand the test of time. That’s why I love photography.

Jessica Rowe

Jessica Rowe

Website:

http://jayrowe.wix.com/jr

Kadeem Ellis Images

By capturing your intrigue with unique and enthralling concepts, Kadeem creates images that linger in your mind long after initial viewing.

"Pain is weakness leaving the body" - Daniel Jackson Evan

Kadeem Ellis Images

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

In these few months with Remix I hope to achieve a better understanding of the technical side to photography. There are so many ideas I want to explore and I don't want to be limited because I'm not knowledgeable about all the things I'm able to do with my camera. Hopefully with this knowledge I will feel more confident to walk into any situation as a photographer and be able to deliver.

Why do you love photography?

I love photography because there's a moment in every picture that I capture that I believe gives off an emotion that I can relate to. For me, it's the one place I feel free to express myself in ways that I probably cannot with words. I love the fact that with photography we are able to play around with our own perception of something and bring it to life. How I may view a situation, another photographer may translate it completely different and its interesting to see that.

Kadeem Ellis Images

Kadeem Ellis Images

Website:

www.kadeemellis.tumblr.com

Anthony - 94th Intellect

Documenting, reflecting, and listening to the lives of those around him allows Anthony a personal glimpse into the day-to-day existence of his local community.

“For a man who walks in the light, to stay humble is not to walk in the dark; you don't need to project yourself to be thought an honest man.” ― Mike Norton

©94thIntellect
©94thIntellect

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

What I hope to achieve in the next few Months at Remix is a strong portfolio and a website for post-secondary. I also want to build a strong network of people and be known for my brand in the city through my work.

Why do you love photography?

I love photography because it's a way I can express my self and show others my Lifestyle and What I'm all about. I was one of those kids that enjoyed every splendid moment, from walking in the city's downtown core to going on long road trips up north. I started recording all those scenes in my life since a year and a half ago when I discovered Photography in high school. Photography expresses my lifestyle and free's me from what I have been through and whats around me. Photography Is like my alter-ego, it allows me to express and show my viewers visually what I see and go through day by day. I never left this City before so Photography allows me to push myself to see other scenarios, people and their lifestyle and I hope one day I can travel the world knowing my Photography is loved by others because it expresses who I am and what I represent.

©94thIntellect
©94thIntellect
©94thIntellect
©94thIntellect

Website:

flickr.com/94thintellect

Anil H Photos

Taking inspiration from the life around him, Anil strives to bring these qualities to life within his own images.

“You don't take a photograph, you make it.” - Ansel Adams

Anil H Photos

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

What I hope to achieve during my time at the Remix project, is really get a grasp on how to run my business and get the right tools in my photography to take my work to the next level. I believe with this class and the amazing people in the program, I have and will continue to learn and build.

Why do you love photography?

Photography is who I am and what represents me. At first I knew it what I wanted to do, but once I got into it, and people started telling me it was great and different, that's when I knew it was my calling. I still feel I haven't done the best at all, but that's what keeps me going with the motivation. I want to always capture the moment

Anil H Photos

Anil H Photos

Website:

http://anilhphotos.com/ , http://www.flickr.com/photos/anilhphotos/

AMANDA LEWALLY-JOHNSON

Turning to photography as a means of exploring and understanding the present inequality, Amanda hopes to inspire audiences to become more active in the conversation.

“Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.” – Marva Collins

Amanda Lewally-Johnson

What do you hope to achieve in the next few months with REMIX?

The next few months of REMIX, I hope to refine my abilities of capturing the world how I see it --uncensored. I want to take this experience to understand who I am as an artist and how I can contribute to the world around me, visually. My goal is to strengthen my creative approach to telling stories that are original and profoundly inspiring. I want people to think, to appreciate, react-- I want to invoke reactions.

I also hope to come out with a professional portfolio, in hopes to continue formal education in photojournalism or an internship

Why do you love photography?

I LOVE photography because a picture is known to be worth a thousand words, but i see it as being a thousand words of expressing oneself, an extension of my person (John Locke). Photography is an outlet that allows me to express myself creatively with no inhibitions. Documenting various things that mean something to me like my environment; the people and things within it that I, or someone else may take for granted. A therapeutic release of feelings/emotions that may cause me to react positively and negatively, causing me to think and discover and understand myself. It's like as I release the shutter, I am preserving these memories in a visual time capsule. I always see that a moment is never the same and if one occurs, it may invoke a different reaction, but when I capture any of these moments, although they will never physically return, I can always be reminded with the photo that I felt important to capture as the photo will still remain.

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SpeakEasy + CONTACT 2012

 

To the whole Speak Easy team, thanks so much for all the effort you must have put in to this.  I am very honoured and grateful to have been selected to take part in it. The opening night was a huge success and very well attended, everyone seemed to linger and enjoy the art, the event, and personal interaction.

When walking into the gallery I was struck by the variety of the work presented, not only in style but also in presentation. Some are very large, some are tiny, some framed, some not. It is an intelligent photography exhibition which encourages you to appreciate the images and think at the same time.  It contains central threads of ideas which have influenced how the photographs have been taken, style following content. The work on display is thoughtful, sensitive, well crafted, subtle.

Works by: Brian Barrer, Mark Belvedere, Genevieve Blais, Maxime Bocken, Zoe Bridgman, Julie Castonguay, Daniel Chiu, Shirin Divanbeigui, Gillian Foster, Matthew Fung, James Helmer, Adam Johnston, Catherine Jones, Namrita Kohli, Kyungmin Lee, Bernadette Leno, Ralph Martin, Marta McKenzie, Melissa Mercier, Robert Quance, PM Rendon, Tom Ridout, Rachelle Sabourin, Annette Seip, Mafalda Silva, The Dopamine Collective, Akas Tarmaji, Natalie Viecili, Esther Vincent, Wanted Media, Wioletta Wesolowski, Nicola Woods, Aleksandra Woszczyna, Alice Zilberberg.

I owe an enormous amount of gratitude to Speak Easy for organizing and curating such a wonderful exhibit.