Theres no such thing as a bad photo, it’s either interesting or not
This is a quote I often repeat to myself whenever I feel like I am thinking too much about a photo. Every now and again, I get into this super finicky mindset that gets in the way of progress. Whenever I feel this way I have to take a break from whatever I’m creating and come back to it later. A lot of the photos I’ve taken & collected over the years are the outcome of that ‘taking a step back’ mentality. Why is this interesting? What am I saying? Who am I talking to? These questions are vital to my approach, but sometimes they get in the way when I want to freely create & experiment. Leading me back to my original point---is it interesting or nah?
For me, seeing photos in a collection creates a better end experience. The selection of pictures a photographer curates is extremely important. Individually, each picture can have a voice, but together they tell a story.
I decided to start my project with 12 photos from my archive. These 12 photos are
a small window into my story interesting to me.
I took this picture the day I decided to start this project. It was a simple thought, “what if I could archive, rank, and trade my photos like trading cards”? After finally telling myself I can do it (listening to Kanye will make you believe in yourself) I needed to take a photo as proof. Proof that this is a concept that I am willing to explore and execute. Proof that I am willing to bet on myself.
This photo is the reason why I even take photos. The photoception if you will (i might’ve just coined that phrase just now). One day I was rummaging through old photos and found this. I love seeing old pics from back in the day. Finding old pics is like playing a RPG and finding a rare memory stone lol. This stone is priceless.
Hitting the scene in Atlanta during the Department Store Era was a site to see. You never know who you could run into. It was always a fun time going to Edgewood and seeing what’s up with Department Store. The Department Store is an iconic venue in Atlanta where everyone went to perform & party. You could easily walk in one night and see the most random people.
Eating collard greens & black eyed peas on NYE is a southern tradition. Maybe even a life tradition. Let me stop I’m just rambling---but I do know it’s a tradition amongst black people. How did this tradition start? No clue. But when grandma says to eat ‘em on NYE to manifest wealth & prosperity. You do it.
I went to the women’s march in D.C. and it was pretty sick. I think this might’ve been one of my first marches? Regardless, it was awesome seeing everyone flooding the streets. I went with my sister and we were just walking around with a variety of people. As we were shuffling out of the crowd, I saw this very poised older black woman standing tall & proud holding her fist in the air. We caught eyes. I took a pic. Then kept it moving. She looked so cool.
Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear ________. Happy Birthday to you!
Walking around my college campus early in the morning was something I used to always do to challenge myself. It was a challenge because I wanted to try to find interesting things in regular degular ass shit. At least that’s how I felt at times. With all this regular degular ass shit, how can I see beyond what’s in front of me?
Regular degular everywhere, and not a drop to drink
-Cardi B (don’t quote me)
For the longest time I thought eating carrots did something for your eyes. The other day I watched a video on the internet that might’ve debunked that entire theory. With that said, I’m still gonna eat my carrots. That’s all folks.
I forget where this was taken, but yea.
You Are What You Eat
Come one! Come all! Look no further! Behold future
aliens historians, this is the 21st century concert experience.
Hang on. Let me Google that one David Bowie quote about rap music. Brb.
Well, that’s it. Those are the 12 photos I decided to start off with. I probably won’t go in depth like this with all of my photos I post (i like leaving things open to interpretation) but I figured this one was kinda needed.
If you scrolled this far I super appreciate you.
See ya later. Until next time.