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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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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

If you’ve been inspired by any of these awesome young talents then share this post with your Twitter followers or Facebook friends! And, follow our 100 strangers in 100 days photo challenge: http://100x100photochallenge.blogspot.ca/

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