CONVERSE

Converse FW’21 seasonal styes, art directed by Jake Kelley, produced by BK Projects, styled by Zara Mirkin. Thank you again to my guy Jake for making sure I was there for this. I love NY.

CHARLOTTE

Spent a day with Charlotte taking some press photos before her ALPHA rollout, felt like we hadn’t seen each other in a lifetime and of course we picked up right where we left off.

HOW DOES IT LOOK?

An accidental flick of my girlfriend as she took her phone back led to this editorial, ‘How Does It Look?’ is a highlight of that moment before review, spread across numerous outfits, styled by Chiara and I, modelled by Baby Kojo for NOMAD.

SUPERETTE SOUNDS

I made this mix for Superette back in Sept of 2020, while I was taking a leave of absence from my stream, a compilation of songs to start your day with, put on in the background while you work, take with you on a walk or go for a drive. Enjoy.

NOCTA SP21 BTS

BTS from NOCTA for NOMAD. This was such a great day, it was one of my first time seeing friends as the pandemic roared on, I won’t forget how great it felt to be in the company of others again. Thank you to Vince, Chiara, Nam, Kojo, Julian, Michael, Gideon, Mikael, Dave, Kahma and everyone at Nike.

HOUSE OF VANS : GROUP SHOW

Really honoured to have been invited to participate in the House of Vans Group Show (March 2021) a virtual exhibition showcasing 12 Canadian artists in support of the Dillon Ojo Lifeline Foundation and Nations Skate Youth. This was a really great exhibit put on by Vans at the height of the pandemic that brought on artists from a variety of mediums to support two amazing initiatives. Thank you again to Dan Climan (curator of the show) for inviting me and of course Vans.

NOMAD : WEB REDESIGN

Back in March 2021 I redesigned NOMAD‘s website, the previous iteration was solid but after 7 years it had lost functionality and didn’t feel like who we were (I’m the Creative Director / Head of Photography at NOMAD).
With this website I wanted to strip down anything unnecessary and allow it to rest on imagery and also be easily shoppable. Large image columns, hovering menu that’s easily accessible and of course a playlist that we update weekly- coding done by the amazing Mays. Of course the first album we had on there was by one of my favorite artists (and friends) TWEAKS.

Q&A

I did a Q&A on Instagram about maybe a year ago now actually (Feb 2021), I figured having those questions on my website would be easier for people to reference/save. Hope these help you in some way, feel free to DM me or email me at info@othellogrey.com at anytime if you want to ask any questions directly and I’ll try to get back to you.

LOUIS VUITTON X NBA

I’m very blessed to have shot the LV X NBA Collection campaign imagery, I’ll just keep it short and say thank you Virgil for the opportunity, Shai for being A1, Carina for sticking by me through the entire process and to everyone else who helped make this happen. Maybe I should post some BTS pics and elaborate more but I’ll update the post another day, I’m still letting this sink in.

Oh, you can see more photos here.

NADINE MOS

I don’t remember exactly when I met Nadine (as my memory operates on it’s own accord and I can’t access the parts of my life I desire) but over the years we’ve formed a very special friendship. We would speak briefly when she was in Toronto but while she was in London she began releasing her garments, an array of wonderful dresses, tops, hats and more and I was just taken away. We decided we have to shoot when she comes back from London- last summer I took some portraits of her but we couldn’t get the timing right for me to shoot her garments. This past August we finally made it happen. The moon set the scene as the sky cast a whimsical ballad of blues and purples- Yolonda moved across the sand as though they were one. See the rest of her collection here and you can see the full set of photos is here.

i-D Up+Rising, 40th Anniversary Cover

Mere words can’t describe the emotions I felt seeing this for the first time .. I shot a cover of an issue of i-D Magazine. I don’t usually attach my emotions to outcomes but this was different, this is something that me at the beginning of my photography career would fantasize about but never knew if it would or could happen. To share such an accolade with someone as special as Ravyn was the proverbial icing on the cake. Endless thank you’s and gratitude to Alastair and Hazel for trusting me with this and to Ravyn for her time, energy and compassion.

The endless flaws of a society built on the ideals of white supremacy have shaped generations of people- we’re told we have enough, we’re told to go back from where we came, we’re told to obey orders, we’re told to shut up and entertain, we’re told our desire for equity has no place in the world. We’re mocked, mimicked, cosplayed, we’re judged, persecuted, mistreated, murdered. Everyday is suffering, everyday I can hold an object in my hand and witness people that look like me be murdered, everyday I walk into a setting and am believed to be an aggressor, everyday I cry for Black people murdered by those ‘sworn to protect us’, everyday I wish for a new world.

Read Ravyn’s much more articulate dissection of this same system that stifles us and what she envisions for our future here.

Exhibition : OCELOT

‘OCELOT’ : a digital exhibition dissecting my career throughout the years, is showing until May 25th at Mirror Mirror Gallery, an initiative by Banded Purple & Studio Brutus.
I’ve felt an overwhelming distance from photography/creative endeavours during this pandemic, (read ‘Creation in Isolation’ below for more on that) so I had inhibitions about doing any form of digital exhibition. After considering it more, I decided that an exhibit that allowed me to highlight what I’ve tried to achieve through my work could be a good reference point for other photographers who are in the current stage of navigating where they fit. I’ve managed to dabble in various stylistic approaches while still maintaining visual synchronicity and a clear intention/pursuit with my work (regardless of how I take the photo it always feels like me). So if this exhibit could help anyone get closer to that understanding of self, I am totally satisfied. The exhibit consists of three sections that I’ve broken down below, view the full exhibit here. Thank you again to everyone who made this possible.

LYCRA

My initial response to breaking free from the ideals I’d been conditioned to adhere to. ‘Lycra’ represents fluidity—breaking from the stillness of existing within predetermined thought process. My observations beginning to take new form through understanding of my sight and learning to translate ephemeral moments.

GUILE

Guile represents the use of new knowledge to my advantage, photography beginning to act as my total outlet, understanding what I wanted to convey, gaining control and that control leading to synchronicity between mind and creative pursuit

VALOUR

Valour indicates the courage to fully succumb to my inhibitions without them becoming a crutch. A state of trust, trusting my capabilities, my intent, my dialogue and entering each project with a pure heart that no longer creates from a place of fear.