If you've yet to shoot with a manual lens then it's something I highly recommend! I know to some of you that might seem like odd advice considering today's technology. Everything is automatic, auto-focus is a shit ton faster and you probably dropped 2K on your most recent DSLR to make sure your street kit was the latest and greatest. Trust me, I get it, I too am a believer in taking advantage of toady's technology, however, every know and then it's just therapeutic to take a step back.Read More
A lot of people are getting into photography, it's something that makes most photographers annoyed, but it gets me excited. It's an opportunity to meet new people, share ideas and visions and see how someone else views the world. The beauty of it is that those who are jumping into this form of art are doing so to express themselves, not to become professionals.
I had a friend who recently reached out to me about shooting with a film camera. I stated on Twitter that I had B&W film I no longer wanted, that I wanted my project to be shot with Ilford HP5, not Kodak Tri-X. He wanted that film and he wanted to use it on his father's old film camera.
We link up and he took me to an area that I've never been before, which is ironic, considering it was less than a few miles down the road. Indian Village, this was my first time visiting that area. He explained to me that it was the hood, I explained to him that I grew up in the hood, yet after exploring the area I realized how different it was from my upbringing.Read More
Lately, I've been feeling uninspired. Not to go shoot, but to blog. When I started this site I had the intention of documenting my story throughout photography. I told myself that I was going to teach tomorrow what I learned today and that I didn't have to be a master to give advice on techniques that worked for me. Honestly, I didn't expect much of a turnout, but I stayed true to my mission and you all supported it.
I'm not PetaPixel or FStoppers, I don't report the news or throw new tech in your face. I talk about photography, I talk about my struggles and they just so happen to be your struggles as well. I like to say that I'm just like you... Because I am.Read More
I had the opportunity to document the #BlackFriday protest here in Detroit. It was a positive experience, hundreds, if not thousands of people gathered together to respond to the recent shootings across the country. The video I made was a quick overview of the protest, I hope you all enjoy!Read More
One of my favorite TED Talks is from Amanda Palmer. It's entitled The Art of Asking. Her theory is; don't make people pay for anything, but let them. The whole meaning is that people don't want to be forced into buying a product or idea, but if they enjoy it then they'll likely want too.Read More
I've been blogging for almost 3 years now. As sad as it is to say, this community is one of my longest friendships to date. We've legit been through everything. I've ranted on here, I've talked about success here and more importantly it was my outlet to share my failures. When creating this I literally thought no one would visit. Who was going to read these long-winded post? Who cared about my struggles in life? You all showed me that people do care. That my voice matters... It may not be the most powerful voice, but it's one that matters. It takes courage to blog, it takes courage to share my work and this small community has really given me the confidence to continue doing so.
Because of you guys, I feel like I'm ready to take things to the next level, I feel like my story will be better told if things were more visual. I no longer want you to read about my struggles, I want you guys to be right there with me. Less long-windedness and more visual content.I've teamed up with some friends of mine to bring this idea to fruition. The 3 of us want to share our very different experiences with the world.Read More