Did a short interview with Freshmen Friday about current life and times. A departure from my usual dialogue directly surrounding my work, you can read it in full here.

SP Badu FW 18

 

I shot the campaign video for SP Badu’s FW18 collection, the lookbook was shot by my favourite photographer Neva Wireko. Paper Magazine has a great write up with Spencer, a good friend and the designer. You can read that here and watch the video embedded or directly here.

2;Ep1 for LA Timpa

I directed and edited “2;Ep1” for L.A. Timpa, it premiered on The Fader, you can watch it here.

I wanted to pursue the mundane and remove the familiarity between myself and everything around me. Instead allowing my interactions to exist outside of how my mind instinctively catalogues and labels things based on what I ‘know’- essentially ignoring basic analytical skills for direct sensory experience.

“In order to see we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at”.

Producer / Creative Director : Neva Wireko
Stylist : Taylor Thorski assisted by Jessica Canje

Hypebeast Issue 20

Shot and styled an editorial for Hypebeast Issue 20 titled ‘FOSTER CHILD’.

I wanted to shoot a story based on the stigmas surrounding foster children – (delinquents, misbehaved, troubled, myriad of past complications etc) and present ‘beautiful fashion images’ in an attempt to help alter the usual negative imagery/narratives we’re constantly presented. If not that, at least open a dialogue among peers so we can question our own viewpoints, source where they came from and begin a process of growth.
Assisted by Alyssa Alikpala, modelled by Richard Goodman. Special thanks to my guys GHOSTCURRENCY and
Andrew Power. If you can’t pick up a copy you can see it in the editorial section.

 

 

When Birds Migrate

Shot a new editorial for HBX/HYPEBEAST titled ‘ When birds migrate’. Creative directed by Alyssa Alikpala, styled by Alyssa and Taylor Chung, modelled by Jonah Yano and assisted by GHOSTCURRENCY.  You can see it here or in the editorial section.

 

“Toronto, with its burgeoning cultural mosaic, is home to a diverse population that has diffused into the unique landscape that it is today. Shot through the lens of Othello Grey, our 2018 “When Birds Migrate” editorial focuses on the local businesses —bodegas, greasy spoon diners, Chinese take-out restaurants — that all posses charm in their unusual and dissonant appearances. These establishments have been independently operated since the first wave of immigrants who traveled bravely across waters.”

PAPER MAGAZINE

I recently sat down with Paper Magazine for an in depth interview. I touch on a transitioning from just ‘taking photos’ to translating ideas into a tangible product, disconnecting from my social identity/instant gratification, early stages of my career and a few other topics. You can read it here.

LIQUID MOON

Had the pleasure of shooting a new editorial for HAVEN titled ‘LIQUID MOON’, styled by Alyssa Alikpala and modelled by Joe Yates. You can view the full editorial here or in the ‘Editorial’ section.

The title ‘LIQUID MOON’ is an ideology I created around the idea of light / energy flow. The ‘moon’ represents us as beings, reflecting the energy we’re given back onto the world around us (as the moon reflects the light from the sun). Negativity breeding negativity, positivity breeding positivity, excitement breeding excitement etc. The ‘liquid’ aspect represents our fluidity, the ability to take the shape of that energy we’re given. Constantly changing / growing / evolving based on what we encounter. I strongly believe in the idea of universal energy and the ability to bring what we desire closer to us through will (but not through will alone) and that having the self awareness of this reactionary existence can allow you to navigate the world freely. Not being controlled by the energies you encounter but rather having the ability to absorb and dismiss based on what you require or want for your life.

A PULSE FOR BEAUTY

I recently took a trip to the Dominican Republic, I wanted to document how diverse their lives are in comparison to the western world. Far from a digital identity as a counterpart/confidant they exist solely in the moment. Flip phones, spotty wifi, constant attempts to sell whatever possible to an obvious foreigner. An overall underlying tension of disdain beneath the beautiful scape. Conversations were spotty because of language barriers, interactions were usually based off of a hope for some sort of monetary exchange- never enough to annoy but always enough to feel a sense of need. An oasis that’s missing it’s core. View the full editorial on Coeval Magazine or in the editorial section.

 

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