Excited and proud to be on the judging panel of this years youth arts pitch contest being held in #Scarborough 2014 YOUTH ARTS PITCH CONTEST

Win $5000 to support your community youth arts project, start your arts-based business or take your career to the next level!

Call for Submissions
ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture invite you to participate in our 2014 Pitch Contest. If you are a young artist or a group of artists, between the ages of 18 and 29, we want to hear from you! For more info email pitch@artreach.org

"You could numbers the stars before you count my dreams" @yo_dahveed

From our introduction to each other five years ago to now @chindaddy has believed in me, so it’s super special that I can show this work. When he gave me the task of the creative direction of his album I was stoked, happy, and honoured and nervous, shit, I was responsible for a Grammy and Juno award winning artists album cover. On top of that he didn’t want a photo of himself blatantly on the cover so that was my artistic challenge. However I knew I didn’t want to do this on my own A because I’ve always loved collaborating and B because I knew I was going to ask @elicserelliott and @wolfjmcfarlane join in on the fun. Our first crack at it a wicked piece (but not released just yet )was a combo of me, @wolfjmcfarlane and @elicserelliott and the piece you see here was done by lics and myself. In this piece we were inspired by the name, #thereverb and by definition, I’ll use wiki since I’m not writing an academic paper. “A reverberation, or reverb, is created when a sound or signal is reflected causing a large number of reflections to build up and then decay as the sound is absorbed” and this piece of work represents our visual representation of what we thought a reverb would look like. It’s a great departure of what you know of my photography work however this still represents my photographic sensibilities in this visual reverb there is a portrait of @chindaddy within the photo, I “couldn’t not” put him in, i just needed to think of how to. Anyways Chin thanks for giving me the space to take a risk and thank you for believing in the vision. #thereverb Sept 9th, a new beginning for him and my first day of class, a new beginning for me too.

Xhosa Brothers in Woodstock 2012 #tbt Elicser x Me

: Woooo I just navigated through my first interaction with a French speaking lady in about 4 years. She’s in the aisle, She had to go to the bathroom. I got up

#tbt Saw the moment. Captured the moment.

jalanimorgan:

#tbt Safety Glasses Series

During my apprenticeship with Carty one of the things he mentioned was creating personal projects for myself, something to constantly work on, something someday I could be recognized by. That happened early on for me with this series, I had found these glasses in his toolbox and they looked fashionable to me so I took them and started shooting anyone that would let me in them. I was a “in training” portrait photographer at the time and these glasses served as a way to break the ice for the subjects I was shooting. I figured this was a solid way of creating rapport before I really honed in one ability to connect with my portrait sitter. Plus they looked really fun on people. I ended up shooting last I checked about 100 portraits. This one is of Lillian whom I met on a photo walk with Jamel Shabazz about 5 years ago and was the cover of my first portfolio book as well as PDN online chose it as it’s photo of the day. Pretty sweet day for me when I found that news out.
The lesson to the young emerging photogs, personal work. Make something that you’ll make regardless of the other work you do to get hired or seen Etc. Do it for your own sanity. Do it for therapy. It’s a lovely thing to have a body of work that you’ve dedicated to. Sometimes it pays off externally sometimes internally, but do yourself a favour and start a personal project!

peace.

#tbt Safety Glasses Series

During my apprenticeship with Carty one of the things he mentioned was creating personal projects for myself, something to constantly work on, something someday I could be recognized by. That happened early on for me with this series, I had found these glasses in his toolbox and they looked fashionable to me so I took them and started shooting anyone that would let me in them. I was a “in training” portrait photographer at the time and these glasses served as a way to break the ice for the subjects I was shooting. I figured this was a solid way of creating rapport before I really honed in one ability to connect with my portrait sitter. Plus they looked really fun on people. I ended up shooting last I checked about 100 portraits. This one is of Lillian whom I met on a photo walk with Jamel Shabazz about 5 years ago and was the cover of my first portfolio book as well as PDN online chose it as it’s photo of the day. Pretty sweet day for me when I found that news out.
The lesson to the young emerging photogs, personal work. Make something that you’ll make regardless of the other work you do to get hired or seen Etc. Do it for your own sanity. Do it for therapy. It’s a lovely thing to have a body of work that you’ve dedicated to. Sometimes it pays off externally sometimes internally, but do yourself a favour and start a personal project!

peace.

Hamptons on Hammocks.
Fila 96 Hamptons.
Shooting some spec work. Loved these shoes back in 96 but couldn’t afford them. Things done changed, a bit. 
Thanks Duane ‘Sweets’ Watson on showing me these on his instagram. Hamptons on Hammocks.
Fila 96 Hamptons.
Shooting some spec work. Loved these shoes back in 96 but couldn’t afford them. Things done changed, a bit. 
Thanks Duane ‘Sweets’ Watson on showing me these on his instagram. Hamptons on Hammocks.
Fila 96 Hamptons.
Shooting some spec work. Loved these shoes back in 96 but couldn’t afford them. Things done changed, a bit. 
Thanks Duane ‘Sweets’ Watson on showing me these on his instagram. Hamptons on Hammocks.
Fila 96 Hamptons.
Shooting some spec work. Loved these shoes back in 96 but couldn’t afford them. Things done changed, a bit. 
Thanks Duane ‘Sweets’ Watson on showing me these on his instagram. Hamptons on Hammocks.
Fila 96 Hamptons.
Shooting some spec work. Loved these shoes back in 96 but couldn’t afford them. Things done changed, a bit. 
Thanks Duane ‘Sweets’ Watson on showing me these on his instagram. Hamptons on Hammocks.
Fila 96 Hamptons.
Shooting some spec work. Loved these shoes back in 96 but couldn’t afford them. Things done changed, a bit. 
Thanks Duane ‘Sweets’ Watson on showing me these on his instagram. Hamptons on Hammocks.
Fila 96 Hamptons.
Shooting some spec work. Loved these shoes back in 96 but couldn’t afford them. Things done changed, a bit. 
Thanks Duane ‘Sweets’ Watson on showing me these on his instagram.

Hamptons on Hammocks.

Fila 96 Hamptons.

Shooting some spec work. Loved these shoes back in 96 but couldn’t afford them. Things done changed, a bit.

Thanks Duane ‘Sweets’ Watson on showing me these on his instagram.

And sadly this needs to be said again!

jalanimorgan:

Free Palestine (Woodstock, South Africa)  © Jalani Morgan
Beke Bags shoot.

Shot for @cyclistmag in the UK.
Michael Barry rode for many years as a top-level domestique alongside Lance Armstrong at US Postal and Bradley Wiggins at Sky – until 2012, when his career ended with a doping scandal and a ban from racing. Now working at his dad’s bike shop in Toronto, and with a new book on the shelves, Barry tells Cyclist why he cheated and how he lives with the consequences.
Thanks @lornebradley and @illdefinedartistry for the assistant work.

There were eight shiploads of Indians to St. Vincent over a period of 20 years between 1861 and 1880, the first and only one originating from Madras, while the other seven ships left from Calcutta bringing a total of 2,475 Indians. #myidentity #mixupmixupbusiness #culturalidentity

@elicserelliott

A decisive moment @elicserelliott