Creativity is a turbulent array of inertia grounded between things existential and internal. All things creative in my life derive from my ancestors. Through creativity I’m the vehicle of an aesthetic residue harnessing the reverbs and echoes of those that came before me. Without my ancestors there is no echo, no life force, no creation, no creativity. I am an astronaut suspended in their universal mythos..
"Russell Lee, Negro boys on Easter morning in the southside, Chicago (1941)"
Fascinated with this photograph, no matter how often I’ve come across it in my lifetime, it always takes me back to this Deborah Willis interview where she discusses the beauty in African-American imagery and the importance of documenting. Inspired by Deb Willis, the Lost in Urbanism blog is my personal attempt to highlight the same beauty through imagery of the black and brown.
Also, as the creator of Sunday Kinfolk, a platform used for storytelling, I’ve recently referenced a call for submissions to create a collective story for anyone who would like to submit their documentary, portrait and street photography from this upcoming Easter weekend. I’ll use the photographs to create and curate a collective story about our style, personal stories and traditions as a way to show just how interconnected we are as a culture, no matter where we’re located. Even if, this is not a holiday that you celebrate.
Answers to a couple of the common questions I’ve received:
1. Do I have to be a professional or an aspiring photographer? Not at all. I’ve posted so many photographs from people who have just stumbled upon photography, it’s unbelievable. I just want you to document your stories, our stories, perhaps your commute .. maybe your way to the store, time with family, before/after service, hair salon, barbershop.. wherever, just document.
2. Film or Digital? Black and White or Color? All of the aforementioned.
I’ll accept up to 5 submissions per contributor through May 11th. Edit as necessary and email them to sundaykinfolk [at] gmail.com .. Please also include your name, location of the photograph, subjects (as needed) and link to your tumblr and/or website.
Looking forward to creating our collective story.
Steampunk Victorian filigree beetle Volkswagen by Metal Art shop Vrbanus, Sisak, Croatia. Three craftsmen spent 3000 hours, about four months on the painstaking job with details such as 24-carat gold leaf embelishments and a hand-stiched leather interior. (vrbanus)
Kilo Kish making her way down our runway at the H&M Loves Music tent last weekend at Coachella! Visit hm.com and shop our newest Divided looks modeled by up & coming talent straight from the DJ scene.
- I’m lucky enough to get along with my parents very well so there isn’t a lot of disrespecting
- But I remember growing up not really understanding backtalk especially because my parents were so different
- Like my dad would allow me to have conversation/debate with him like we could talk things out
- My mom on the other hand wasn’t having it. My mom in general is not very maternal at all, so growing up was hard with her.
- But now that I’m older we actually get along pretty well. But we did butt heads a lot when I was younger not so much now.
"The Northern half of Haiti was a kingdom that during its brief span of life ranked in the opinion of Europe with the most forceful of the New World Powers. There were two men of transcendent greatness then-Napoleon of France and the King of Haiti, Henry Christophe, the only man alive who defeated him in war"