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Making Statements Without Words

Rashad Mackall is an up and coming photographer from Southern Maryland. Every project that he works on is passionate, creative, and innovative. Since the first time he has picked up his first camera in middle school , he knew it was for him! Rashad has big plans for himself in the future to make his small city proud. His name will be known and when you see his work it will do numbers. I had the opportunity to view his vision.

We discussed the following:

ZI:What do you enjoy most about taking photos?

R:I enjoy capturing the beauty in a image. Whether it’s beauty in my muse or beauty God has blessed us with, Mother Nature.  I love creating ‘Looks’, wether it’s creating with a clothing designer or a talented MUA.

ZI:Using 3 words how would you describe your style?

R:Evolving,  creative,  beauty

ZI:What message do you want people to get from your work?

R:I don’t really have a message I tell with my work.. My work varies,  I shoot my ideas based on what good look comes to mind. 80% of my shoots are not planned shoots.  It’s literally me finding a model,  and we both pitch ideas to shoot either that day or the next.  But I do want people to understand the greatness of my work.

ZI:What type of photos/pieces do you enjoy taking most?

R:I’m torn between saying portraits and editorial. I feel my strong suit is portrait photography but I also have that creative side that enjoy taking editorial photos. If I have to choose one style, I will have to say Portrait.

IMG_1488759683254.jpgZI:How would you say you differentiate yourself from any other photographer, what makes you special?

R:I’m not going to say I’m going to go out of my way to make my style of work different just because someone else work may have some similarity to my style..if anything I would make it my goal to create a better image.

 

ZI:What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to your work, what makes you tick?

R:When that IT photo isn’t coming sooner then I would like it to.  I’m learning on to just be patient and concentrate more.  But another pet peeve I have is thinking of more ideas to shoot when the shoot is already over.

ZI:If you could do a shoot with anyone who would it be, why?

R:Sheesh, this is a hard one. I would have to say Teyana Taylor.  Not just because that’s bae lol but she has an extravagant face and body.  She can deliver any look in my opinion. Editorial,  beauty,  urban,  etc. She got it.  We would make magic together. It’ll happen soon.

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If you would like to check out more of Rashad`s work feel free to add him on Instagram.

@shadyeezy 

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Written By: Alexus Clanton

Being a photographer for the young Tierra Brown is not conforming to what everybody sees as beauty but, finding things that other people don’t see in the beauty in. I enjoyed getting to see her work and getting to know her more mostly because, she envisions the abnormal. Aggressively she works to shine a positive light on going against conformity. She is really on the verge to something great! I got the opportunity to interview her and I am so glad that I did.

We discussed the following:
Q: What do you enjoy most about taking pictures?

A: I love capturing the beauty in things and people that aren’t normally seen. I love making people feel good about themselves
Q: What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
A: carefree
bright
happy
Q:What message do you want people to get from your pictures?
A: You don’t have to have a certain look or be a “model” for me to work with you.

Q: What type of photos do you enjoy taking most?
A: I love taking natural light photos outside on sunny days. I love natural beauty and nature

Q: How would you say you differentiate yourself from any other photographer, what makes you special?
A: I just do me & focus on being the best me I can be. Constantly trying to do better than my last shoot.
Q:What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to your work, what makes you tick?

A: I hate when a shoot gets cancelled. I hate when I’m working outside & my face gets OC sweaty.
Q: If you could do a shoot with anyone who would it be?

A: Kanye West.

If you want to see more of her work check her out on social media and also at her #PineappleExpress Showcases!
http://www.tbrownmedia.co
IG @t.brownmedia
Twitter @Tbrownmedia

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by Asya Proctor

Nineteen-year-old College student, Breunna Henderson defines her work as unique, flavorful and versatile.

The freelance photographer states “I started to really get into my art about two years ago, shortly after that I got my very first Canon Camera. I can honestly say I’ve been in love ever since.” As she speaks about her work with me she reveals true passion for photography, as she adds “It’s something so amazing to me about preserving the perfect moment without it fading.”

 

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Breunna continues to express her love for photography in a quick interview.

 Why do you create your work?

I create my art as a symbol of freedom of expression. My photography style changes often because I like to keep it versatile. I really wouldn’t say I have a style but I like to create whatever comes to mind.

What or who is your biggest influence?

 My biggest inspiration would be my Uncle Stacy Mitchell, a professional wedding photographer, who has influenced me in so many ways. Without his guidance I don’t think I would be as experience as I am now. Any questions or concerns that I may have he’s the very first person I call for help.

 

Do you have any pet peeves when it come to your photography or the process?

One of my biggest pet peeves is when my vision doesn’t turn out to be exactly what I wanted in the end. I am very big on details as well, so I slightest mistake can cause me to start fresh.

 Who would you collaborate with in the feature? Or who was your favorite person to collaborate with?

I’ve never done a collab before but if I would do one it would be with Claudia Newsome.

What’s a day chilling with you consist of?

A day chilling with me consist of endless laughs lol. I love adventures and exploring new things. But, I also love just sitting back with my feet up listening to good music and vibing.

If you could go anywhere right now where would it be?

 If I could go anywhere right now it would be Europe. I would take some amazing photos there!

Any words of advice for upcoming artist like yourself

Words of advice to any upcoming artist or photographers would be to EMBRACE YOUR TALENT, don’t let anyone tell you that your work isn’t good enough and keep working hard.

Visit Breunna Henderson’s work: http://prettyingreene.wix.com/intothearts.com

 

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By Asya Proctor

Vibrant, Cultured and Original all words used when describing the art style of Baltimore’s, 18-year-old, Claudia Newsome also know as @Dope_Viee via Twitter. Claudia is an upcoming Sophomore at Frostburg State University, pursing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Minor in Illustration.

Claudia discusses herself and her art with us.

When did you start creating or getting into your art?

I started pretty young just like any other kid. Around age two I was finger painting by the time I was four I was drawing pretty well using “Dragon Ball Z” tracing books but I always created my own characters and designs. I kept going so I always loved art it wasn’t something I necessarily chose to do.

Why do you create your work?

Everything I make is now a figment imagination because I’m always thinking of new things to draw or paint. Without art I don’t know what I would do with myself because when I’m at the lowest points of my life art seems to save me. I happen to create some of my best pieces of art when I’m down but soon as I do I keep that flow going.

What is your biggest influence or what inspired you?

 I always have been into cartoons and since I always had a big imagination I just would make up a lot different things. At a young age Dragon Ball Z was definitely a show that caught my attention and even had the tracing book but reality always played a large part. Super heroes didn’t look like the typical to me I made them more up to date with clothing. As I started to get older I thought I would start drawing actual people which look terrible to me now but at the time everyone thought it look great. In 11th grade I started my signature look it was me and I knew. Asian Art definitely inspired me the most though from tattoos to paintings like The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Royal colors like gold and red. Mostly blue representing water or air.

Do you have any pet peeves when it come to your work or the process?

 Yes, definitely when creating I’ll envision what I want it to look like, when it come to the process I think aw this shit is ugly as hell! But it turns out just the way I want in the end. When drawing portraits, I hate not making the eyes the same because proportions are very important to me. I wouldn’t exactly say I’m a perfectionist though.

 Who would you collaborate with in the feature? Or who was your favorite person to collaborate with?

Umm I never actually did a piece with another artist honestly but I’ve done projects with DAFT (@DaftClothing) & CAN$ creative group I also let a friend of mine Ronisha style me for a female show. I would love to do a mural with my cousin Diarra he did half of the tattoo on my leg. Then there is Joccy Baker I’ve known him for while and his growth has been amazing.

What’s a day chilling with you consist of?

 (Laughter) Well if you chill with me expected randomness if I’m really comfortable with you. I say whatever is on my mind most of the time. I listen to music a lot because I love to dance around and sing. I smoke too so that’s always like an open option. You might just take a nap with me too because my ass be tired. Some days I also like to eat so I’m probably eating snacks ordering food or cooking but the college life a struggle.

 If you could go anywhere right now where would it be?

 I would love to go Tokyo, Shanghai, or Hong Kong. The atmosphere there seems like I don’t know, like a place I would love to be especially the night life because I rather be out all night

 Any words of advice for upcoming artist like yourself

 Well, any artist my age or younger just be yourself got damn nobody want to see a copying ass motherfucker because I sure as hell hate it. Just be open to criticism because it’s always going to happen. Don’t let other not liking what you make affect what you do.

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