A Peek at A Different World
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
This week several members of our local photography club were invited to shoot a performance artist/hip hop dancer in an area filled with graffiti (aka wall art). I’ve included some of my favorite captures from the day in response to this week’s “Peek” challenge.
“You should look inside of yourself and see the person who is there”
The triptych above was my attempt to show our artist being dropped from the giant vulture in the huge painting behind him. His remarkable ability to leap tall building in a single bound 😀 was a big help to my efforts. (Do click on this one if you have a moment, it’s a bit too large to show effectively within the confines of the post.)
“You can save a hundred words with just one look.”
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Our artist was Lamar Hunter, a 20-year-old hip hop dancer with some amazing moves. Interestingly Lamar was mentored by a local photographer as a young boy. His interest in performance and dancing was a natural outgrowth of their friendship, which continues today. They are a great example of how important a mentor can be to a young child. In the capture above I used Topaz Impressions to help portray the fluidity of Lamar’s motion.
“Stop looking forward to things, look inward instead.”
It’s funny how things turn out sometimes. In his presentation to our club, the photographer told us that his friendship with Lamar came at an important time in his life. His focus on helping someone else made him a better person and gave him the gift of knowing his life had purpose. Today, he is in his 70s while his student is in his 20s. He is white, his student is black. His look is rather disheveled, while Lamar is quite stylish. Theirs is a totally incongruous friendship and yet it works for both of them. There is definitely a lesson there for all of us.
“Look through the eyes of your highest self. What do you see?”
Over time the team visited many area landmarks which were used to teach Lamar about history and local culture. Somehow their work was brought to the attention of the local news media and has been featured on TV and in the newspaper. It is currently on exhibit in a nearby center for the arts. It’s a positive story generating an excellent response. Without really seeking it, our photographer has become quite well-know around the Charleston area. Good things DO happen to good people sometimes.
“Miracles are always there. Look around and you will find them.”
One of my favorite things about the day was the way Lamar studied each of the pieces of art before beginning his movement. Clearly he felt it was important to interpret each piece differently depending on what the scene portrayed in his mind.
“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”
One might think my message with the closing capture above is that Lamar is the winner in all this. And indeed his is. But so is the photographer, and so were those of us fortunate enough to experience his creative energy and talent, as well as that of his mentor – who proved that sometimes the best teachers learn as much or more than their students.
May your week be filled with valuable lessons of sharing and caring.
NOTE: For more information about the project, the photographer (Ron Rocz) and the performer, please visit their video here.