“To the lost ones speaking their own broken language,
Crushed with the impeding reality that their mothers tongue will never be their own.
You are indeed whole.
You were stitched together in the most imperfectly perfect way.
You carry two lands.
Be proud of that weight.
It suits you well.”
- @akilah_khadija , outsider
I can only be me.
I don’t do this for anyone else.
I express myself in ways that feel natural.
I’ve never really fit the mold and I couldn’t if I tried.. And I have tried and I almost died.
This is what gives me life.
This is what keeps me from becoming a memory of flesh.
This is what life gave me.
This is how I express the divine within me.
I give myself to the world.. Because I don’t belong as ones possession of affection.
I belong to the universe, to the soul of the divine.
And the divine radiates freely through me.
In this flesh, the divine shall always run free.
Photo Cred: @backnblacque (Scott Price)
( Note: My website will feature a section called “RAW Art” that will contain my uncensored fine art nudes. I’m still in the process of creating that section, but keep an eye out!)
In lieu of some further studio work that I should hopefully do tomorrow in class and over the weekend, some fun, frivolity and loads of creativity. Mark Leeming has created a small portfolio of work that will hopefully be expanded into an exhibition. I really like the pop art colour that appears in all of this pictures…. to the extent that it hurts your eyes in a good way. This is not just restricted to the make up and clothing for the models, but even the backgrounds… only one white background in sight.
You can see some shadow work in what some of the portraits which provides some additional depth as well has the intricate and colourful make up which in my view is lit in a way so as to make the pictures ‘pop’ even more. The shadow work in the picture of Sebastian is my favourite as it is is not just reflected on the background but also the face. It seems in class, that my tutor’s favourite was Anthony aka the Crankinator!!! I think it was the nickname more than the nails that did it for him :)
In his own words
“In November last year I started creating a small selection of glittered beard themed photographs. Call it the festive spirit that was upon us but the popularity for this genre grew and grew and what was once a small series of images has turned into a much larger eclectic series named Bearded Brutes. This capsule collection has lead onto a voyage of self expression and creativity for both myself & the models themselves. I was able to dig deep into their influences and persona’s and create some truly visual surreal art.”