How slow is my personal project "Them" moving... I think the title of this post explains it quite well. That's life sometimes, eventually stretching yourself to max ends up with some things being dropped. However, some images have been completed so here is a little taste of two of them. Hopefully, with the completion of finals and a well needed Winter break siesta, I will be able to spend the time needed to complete this project.
As many of you know, I have had the fantastic opportunity of working with Jack Carlson, the author of Rowing Blazers, multiple times now. Here is one more! If you are digging the tie that I'm sporting, here is a chance for you to snag your own. Jack sent this to me a couple of days before the launch and it is easily one of my favorite ties. Very reminiscent of the playful yet formal style of Andy Warhol, Jack designed this from a great perspective by tying in the heritage of rowing. Made across the Atlantic in England, this tie (like his book) is an easy prep essential.
Here are my favorite looks from the Penn Fashion Collective "Square One" show. Being the head of men's styling for this show was a very exciting experience. Luckily, I had a wonderful assistant, Emily, who kept me grounded throughout the entire process. From pulling to the final walk, being involved in this show taught me so much, and the reward was much greater than I expected. Although not exactly within the usual styling that one sees on the blog, I hope you enjoy some of my work and get a taste of how far my creative work can spread.
*photos taken from the Penn Fashion Collective
So earlier in the week I put out this photo as my profile picture on Facebook without explanation. Yesterday, I gave this explanation that I will also be put here.
Over the controversy with Paper Magazine and the shoot done with Kim Kardashian, it made me start to wonder where I will draw the line of accepting a piece of art. The controversy, for me, doesn't have to do with the nudity (as abrasive as some people felt it was) but where the inspiration was drawn from/nearly carbon copied. It's referring to two things. First, an image that Jean-Paul Goude created in 1973. Second, the Hottentot Venus/Saartje Baartman, a 19th century Khosian woman who was brought to Europe and exhibited/reviled for her body. Both of which are unacceptable and dehumanizing of African women.
As a black man that works in the creative space, there has to be a point where I find the courage to be intolerant. Does art have many forms and many interpretations, of course. However, I believe that as a society we must objectively look at work and question its motives.
The last part of this post is explaining my image. It started as just helping a friend doing some pre-shoot lighting, but as the events with Paper Mag unfolded I started questioning my photo. A conversation as to where we draw that line... whether that matter is an expression of sexuality, poverty, or race. The goal of my profile picture was not to spark a protest of any sort, but to simply start that conversation of stopping and objectively viewing the motives behind some artists.