A Peek at A Different World

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

Michael Michalko

A DIFFERENT LOOK

A DIFFERENT LOOK

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.

THE BIG DROP

THE BIG DROP

“You should look inside of yourself and see the person who is there”

Sunday Adelaja

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.)

ON THE MOVE

SHINING STAR

“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.

PEEKING AT A PEAK PERFORMANCE

PEEKING AT A PEAK PERFORMANCE

“Stop looking forward to things, look inward instead.”

Kamand Kojouri

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.

BACKFLIP

BACKFLIP

“Look through the eyes of your highest self. What do you see?”

A.D. Posey

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.

HANGING OUT

HANGING OUT

“Miracles are always there. Look around and you will find them.”

Debashis Mridha

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.

WINNER

WINNER

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”

John Lubbock

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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117 thoughts on “A Peek at A Different World

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  3. Wow, Tina, this is excellent work! You did an amazing job of picking perfect moments and capturing them. And wasn’t it lucky that the sun cast some shadows that echoed the moves?!! That last one is hysterical. So many people photograph graffiti, but these images show how much better it van look when it’s animated by someone with the good sense and ability to relate to it well. I admire your flexibility as a photographer, Tina!

  4. For me, I love the way the energy flies out of the photos. I loved the color of murals and how Lamar was able to dance with them. What is interesting is that the entire experience seems to be one of contrast. Even the relationship of Lamar with his mentor is one you wouldn’t expect. I do love the animation of the wall art with the reality of a person who is attempting animation and bringing life to the wall. Hope that makes sense. As always I love your work and the quotes to spend time putting with them, Tina. (Was out of town, playing catch up… just beautiful .)

  5. Fantastic Images!! What a great idea! I’ve never joined or even visited a camera club – maybe too anti-social.
    A really rich story about the power of mentoring relationships. I love the variety of your images – especially Topaz Impressions – is that software that you can purchase to use independently or is it necessary to have Lightroom or ??

  6. This is an amazing post on many levels Tina. The photography, the movement and colours and the joy you must’ve had on the day and what a beautiful back story, I watched the video it is a very inspirational story. The shining star image is quite unusual as it looks as though Lamar is actually part of the painting. A great peek at another life.

    • Thanks so much Pauline. What an interesting comment re the dancer seeming as part of the wall art. You’re absolutely right altho I hadn’t seen that. As always, spot on!

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