I’m deeply hurt by what has transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Those were innocent children, parents, sisters, aunts, and grand mothers that were murdered. I know their families will have an extremely hard time coping their losses for the holidays. I’m also troubled by the fact that people are complaining that the news is showing something like this and people are being negative because they didn’t post something that happened in their area. I mean, yes its the news, but the news can’t cover EVERY killing Nationally, or Globally. If that were the case, the news would need to be on EVERY channel covering EVERYTHING, EVERY second of EVERY day. We complain about watching the news, and constantly seeing/hearing about negative things happening…but when are we going to realize that we can’t always wait for tragedies to cause change…we can’t wait for tragedies to make us wake up…
This past Saturday evening I shot at the launch event for “Gallery Life” clothing. Gallery life is a art inspired brand with most of their pieces being created from original artwork by Saladeen Art (one of the artists behind “Miskeen Originals”) . The brand was created to inspire artists from all walks of life and create a venue for them to highlight their talent…but enough about that event…lol
During the ride home with my homie Rick Dange we start talking about my goals as a photographer, equipment, connections, artists, etc. About half-way through the conversation we start talking about a Dom Kennedy show that happened in Philadelphia a month or so ago. Rick was shooting an interview with Dom Kennedy and I was supposed to be the photographer covering the show. I was a little sick at the time (mentally and physically) but something told me that I should have still tried to make it there. I ended up backing out…
Before Rick began shooting the interview with Dom Kennedy he asked Dom Kennedy if he ever heard of Hiphopsince1987.com (the blog that he was doing the interview for). Dom Kennedy surprisingly said yes, and with much enthusiasm. He explained to Rick how dope the event photography was and told Rick how much Elliott Wilson (hip-hop journalist: content creator, blogger of Rap Radar, former editor of XXL magazine, author, and television producer) loves the pics as well, and actually uses the pics from the site…a lot.
What’s wild about this is that I’M the dude that takes a majority of the photos for the site…which means that Dom Kennedy, Elliott Wilson, and a bunch of other people are always seeing my work…which means that I should have taken my ass to that show and told Dom…I should have gone with my gut.
*insert salty face here*
I honestly can say that I literally LOVE Thanksgiving. Not for the fact that pretty much everyone you know cooks a shitload of food…or for the fact that the food is really good…or the fact that….well just think of anything that deals with food lol. I love Thanksgiving because out of 365 (1/4) days there is one where your family gets together…and at least attempts to love each other. Despite everyone’s hectic schedule, they all come together and appreciate the fact that they’re all alive, and able to see each other again.
Yesterday (Thanksgiving) I saw my nephew, whom I haven’t seen in a really long time. It made me tear up a little. I haven’t seen this kid since he came to my hip…and had a squeaky ass voice. I saw him yesterday and he comes to my nose and his voice had some bass to it lol. Me and this little punk used to spend a lot of time together. I used to teach him how to play video games…last time I played him he actually beat me (insert pissed face here). He really looks up to me.
Not only did I see my nephew, but I also took a few family pics…which has NEVER happened. *one of the perks of being a photographer lol*. For once, we actually felt like a family. It was a great feeling.
Yesterday was awesome. I just wish that all of the love that was shown yesterday doesn’t just happen that day for my family…or any other family. We shouldn’t just do that one day…or two…or three days out of the year…it should happen every day.