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

  1. I am amazed at the quality of some tagging. It’s not all pretty, but that’s no different than what I might see in an art gallery. >grin< The other artist in the photo is obviously talented in another way. Great response to the challenge!

  2. the graffiti are the perfect urban backdrop for a street dance shoot, looks so contemporary and dynamic, terrific captures, Tina!!

    • Thanks Kat – you’re right, it was quite a way outside of my comfort zone which is probably why I really enjoyed the experience. Appreciate your comment on the triptych, that one took some serious effort!

  3. Great series, Tina, and the experience sounds like quite an eye-opener for you and an exciting departure from island life. 🙂 The images in the triptych are standouts and each deserves a singular presentation to be fully appreciated. Terrific work.

    • LOL—well we didn’t go far 😎 it was only in West Ashley across from Gerald’s Tire. I was amazed at the wall art, knowing i’ve been a block away from it a hundred times and never seen it! It was great to take on a new challenge and Lamar was wonderful to work with. I did love the action in the triptych shots so special thanks for mentioning them. >

  4. I always enjoy street art on its own, but I never could’ve imagined how much better it would be with someone like Lamar in it! He is amazing, and the whole effect is fantastic. I love it.

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  6. Tina, I’m so sorry that I missed this workshop. You captured Lamar’s talent and insight beautifully! The photos and the commentary are both terrific!

  7. What a fabulous post Tina. The young man is very talented and you captured him interacting with the graffiti art so well. I especially like the triptych of the vulture – very, very clever – you, Lamar and the artist(s).

  8. How utterly clever to photograph an artist at work and how you lined up these perfect shots, Tina! I tried to join a local photographer club but didn’t really have the time. Thank you for sharing both of your artistic visions 🙂

  9. First, let me just say that I wish I could be that flexible. He’s like a rubber badn streching all over.
    The wall-art is incredible. These grafitti artist do fantastic artwork on the most difficult surfaces.
    Your photographs captured his movements beautifully. It must have been a fun afternoon of creativity.
    FABULOUS ….
    Isadora 😎

  10. A great post. I especially love what you’ve done with the ‘Shining Star’ image. Man and art seem as one and there is so much joy in it, as others have commented.

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  12. What a wonderful job you did both visually and verbally interpreting the heart warming relationship between student and mentor.

  13. I always love your posts, and this one is no exception. But I especially like the celebratory tone of this one–for art, friendship, reaching out, community service, life. Thanks. Great start to the weekend.

  14. This is art on so many levels, murals, dance, photography, photo editing, writing and probably the most art worthy: the intricate interaction of human relationships.
    Sometimes I wish I still looked forward to something like when I was a kid. The last time I looked forward to something you laughed at me 🙂 (when the Wolfberg Cracks were closed)! Maybe I should not be scared to look inward…

    And lastly I was not going to take part this week but maybe the Chameleon in your photo gave me an idea. Thank you I do believe it did.

    • > What a lovely comment Abrie. I hadn’t thought of it that way but you’re right, there really are all kinds of art involved in this one. And so happy to have given you a new idea! Will look forward to it. > >

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