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Photos Using Enlight

Author: Tafari, Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 2:46 PM Mindspill

A few weeks ago, I downloaded the new photo editing app iPhone app, Enlight. I can’t stop playing with this app. Once you get the hang of the crazy amount of options, the sky is the limit when it comes to your creativity. Admittedly, I am not one who does or even knows how to do crazy photo manipulations but I am having some good fun with this little app. Images can go from mild to wild with a few taps and swipes. Mindspill

Photos from the weekend… 1.) Geisha seen at the Belt downtown Detroit by Hush. Did some photo mixing adding a little nature to the mix in Enlight. 2.) Urinal art seen while at the MOCAD for an Art X Detroit opening. The tones and details all pulled out with Enlight. Basic & very textured. 3.) A scene from my front porch while relaxing and enjoying a spring breeze. It. Vignette & DOF applied in Enlight. Totally worth the $3.99. Mindspill

Working With A Sheroe: Alice Walker

Author: Tafari, Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 7:20 PM Mindspill

Last week, I was contacted to photograph one of my favorite artists… ALICE WALKER. Needless to say, I was very excited & totally looking forward to the opportunity. Fast forward to the day of the event… I woke up feeling very bad, horrible, like death was upon me. It was strange because it just hit me out of nowhere. How could this be happening on such a big day…. It took a while to pull myself together and I rushed to get out of the door with all kinds of bags in tow only feeling slightly better…. Now..., I’m on the job setting up my camera and guess what… I left all of my memory cards at home. BUMMER… What was I going to do at the last minute other than panic. Then I noticed that I had another camera in my bag, which hadn’t been used in at least 2 years and it had a memory card ready to go for… A much needed surprise!!!! After all of this Ms. Walker entered the room and I was awestruck but composed… I introduced myself & sucked in as much as I could from her. Mindspill I’ll cherish this exchange forever: Me: Ms. Walker, give me a little more leg. Ms. Walker: Just one moment. (Positions leg and lifts skirt a little) In response to her creative process... "I don't allow anything into my mental and spiritual space that I don't want." In response to what she thinks the Black community needs... “The Black community needs more imagination.” “Turn off your TV and the images that tell you who you are and what you should be.” “Hang on to your books. All of your books.” Interesting Alice Walker Fact: The first thing Alice Walker saw on television was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being arrested. Yesterday was everything I needed as a person & as an artist! And I got my book signed. Ha! The little things in life. Mindspill


Author: Tafari, Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 12:05 AM Mindspill

Visions from a dreamer.

The Guggenheim: Two Ways

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 8:06 PM Mindspill Mindspill

Image With A Little Imagination

Author: Tafari, Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 9:56 PM Mindspill Bad ass woman of earth & wind.

Beads On Beads On Beads

Author: Tafari, Sunday, August 19th, 2012 at 5:47 PM Mindspill

Raw amber from Mali strung on leather. Cannot believe that I was able to make the beads into a bracelet. Next time, I want to try something more intricate with competing textures. Am I really sitting here talking about beading? Is this real life...

Winning With Watercolor

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 6:10 PM Mindspill

I’m pretty excited that I got 100% on this watercolor piece for my class. I CANNOT draw to save my life but I think I’m getting better as this class progresses. And watercolor painting is not the cake walk that I though it would be! Just 3 more week! 3 more weeks!!!

My Muse

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 11:20 PM Mindspill

This morning, I was working from home and just thinking about STUFF. I’m not sure where my mood was but I think I was feeling OK. Just OK. Then out of the clear blue, my aunt sends me a random text message that said “Three Times a Lady” and attached was a photo of my grandmother whom everyone called Mommie. After seeing Mommie’s photo, I felt energized. Happy. Inspired. Reminiscent. Mommie always made me laugh, always told me that I was the best & always beat my ass when I got out of line. Mommie was and still is everything in my life. She is the center of my creative world. She is my MUSE!

Magnolia Perfume Bliss

Author: Tafari, Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 10:00 PM Mindspill

After class this evening, I was walking back to my car when I spotted a cheery tree in full bloom. The pink was vibrant and inviting so I decided to walk over to admire its springtime charm. As I stood there in wonderment, I got a whiff of something sweet and perfume heavy. It was a magnolia tree standing nearby like a woman in all of her glory and bounty. I LOVE the scent of magnolias and today, this perfume swept away all of my troubles.

Things That Get Me Hype

Author: Tafari, Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 10:30 AM Mindspill

When I saw this new typeface mockup by Senongo Akpem, I got so hype. The colors, the textures and the colors again....
"Over the course of a few weeks in January and February, I created a hand-made typeface using Mixel, a new collage app. The app lets you re-use and even re-crop any piece from any other users collage, which gave me literally hundreds of images to work from that I could alter in any way I chose. I tried to use as many images as possible to make the letters free-flowing. Some are a bit more complex than others but I tried to get them all to look like cohesive letterforms. ~  Senongo Akpem The letters have been featured on BehanceQuipsologies, and the Mixel Blog."

Stars. Skies. Auroras.

Author: Tafari, Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 12:03 AM
If you believe in stars & once upon a time, then you will love this.
"What you see is real, but you can't see it this way with the naked eye. It is the result of thousands of 20-30 second exposures, edited together to produce the timelapse. This allows you to see the Milky Way, Aurora and other Phenonmena, in a way you wouldn't normally see them."Randy Halverson
There is a magic moment at :53 & 2:17 so watch closely.

One Man One Photo Everyday

Author: Tafari, Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Many of my photographer friends have done or attempted to do a 365 project. Oh, a 365 project is where you do a photo a day. Sometimes, the project may entail a self-portrait once a day. I could never take this on because; I’m just too lazy & can't commit to anything long term. I just can’t! When I learned about Jeff Harris’ photo a day project that has been up & running since 1999 I said WOW… When I saw the photos, I was intrigued. Actually fascinated. Have a look yourself to see what I’m talking about. Be warned, there are a few shocking images in the slideshow from his bout with cancer (neurofibrosarcoma). On a related note, some of the backstory on Jeff;'s cancer battle can be read about here...