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Random Vintage Finds

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 12:42 AM

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Vintage Barcelona Chair? Sure, why not, It's still a Barcelona Chair and still sexy as hell! ————————— Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Chair and Stool (1929), originally created to furnish his German Pavilion at the International Exhibition in Barcelona, have come to epitomize modern design. Mies van der Rohe designed the chair to serve as seating for the king and queen of Spain, while the stool was intended to accommodate their attendants.

Feather in the Wind

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 9:37 PM

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A little soft. A lot of beautiful. Straight from Africa…..

Irresistible Bitch

Author: Tafari, Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 10:13 PM

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My last piece from my watercolors class... While I learned a lot in this class, it was not the cake walk that I thought it was going to be but at least I have some new skills and new activity that is quite relaxing. Inspired by Prince: Irresistible Bitch.... POW!

Winning With Watercolor

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

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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!!!

Perfect Accessory: Scarf Game

Author: Tafari, Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 12:28 PM

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My homie Fave sent this to me yesterday & I just about died! Everybody knows that I love scarves. And I love BIG scarves. Art has imitated my life and this is so damn awesome!
"Whether it’s to protect their voice or make a fashion statement, it hard to find a soul singer these days that’s NOT wearing a decorative scarf around their neck. APNF and crew are faithful soul music lovers and follow the trends faithfully…this time to a fault. heh. Step yo’ scarf game up, people."
Art Credit: Trel "Fave" Robinson ~ 2012 Check out Fave's A Pug Named Fender here.

Things That Get Me Hype

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

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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."

Happy Space

Author: Tafari, Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 6:07 PM

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The one corner that makes me smile. Vintage. Contemporary. Traditional. Focused.

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.

Milk Studios: Libertine

Author: Tafari, Sunday, February 19th, 2012 at 3:06 PM

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After my first Fashion Week experience a few years ago, I had a desire to attend/photograph shows & presentations that were not at Lincoln Center. Although I wanted to, logistically, it was difficult for me to make that happen with how my schedule was set. This past season, I made it my business to attend some off site shows. The first off site show I photographed was Libertine at Milk Studios, which I was very excited about. I had heard that Milk Studios was the place to be because many up & coming as well as established designers show there. And honestly, I have to say that I had a better experience at Milk Studios than all of Lincoln Center in terms of the media riser. So I arrive at Milk Studios for backstage coverage only to find that my access was not in place. I felt shot down like a mofo. Minutes later the contact told me there was a mix up then she invited me backstage & the party was on from there. I mixed & mingled a bit. Met models from as far a Australia to Central Africa. After I was done with backstage coverage, I made my way to the media riser, which was already packed but I managed to weasel my way into a great position. As I was setting up my equipment, I accidentally dropped my monopod mount & it flew into the back of a woman’s head. And it flew hard. I actually heard it smack her. Then it hit the ground with a loud thud. Many of the photographers in the media riser were like DAYYYYUUUUUMMMM. It was really that bad. I rushed down to apologize and she said no problem but she moaned and moaned. I felt so bad. Really bad! If you were following me on on Facebook & Twitter, you know that it was a hot mess. Then I had to cuss her out but that’s another story….. The show eventually started. I photographed it. It was all that I had hoped. So happy that I made this work! You can view photographs from the show here.

On Seeing Korto Momolu

Author: Tafari, Sunday, February 5th, 2012 at 10:43 PM

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Most invitations to New York Fashion Week shows are quite mundane to say the least. For the most part, they do not get me excited, make me want to RSVP or know more about what’s going to be shown. Yesterday, I got this HOT image as part of a fashion presentation invite from designer Korto Momolu. You may recall Korto as being one of the designers on Project Runway who was robbed by the judges when it came to the big prize. Yeah, I know that it’s been years since season 5 of the show that I love to hate but I am still mad about it. Anyway…… I will be at Korto’s 2012 fall/winter show next Monday to photograph the goodness that I know she will bring… As an added bonus, it is quite possible that I will run into Heidi Klum whom will be at Korto’s show filming “Germany's Next Top Model.” Stay tuned…. On a side note.... This photo stirs my soul! The tones, the lines, the everything. I wish I knew who the photographer was. Image credit: Korto Momolu / Photographer unknown

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...

Jamaican Ink Watcher

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 10:19 PM

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 was the day that I decided to get my last tattoo, an Enso (Zen) circle. I swear, It’s my last.  I had been researching design concepts off and on for a year or two but every time I went to NYC, I would chicken out of getting it done. Yeah, I will only get a tattoo done in NYC at Fineline Tattoos by Mehai. He is the only person that I trust to permanently alter my skin with art… The last two tattoos that Mehai did for me, he started off by saying, “that’s ambitious.” I always wind up getting something much bigger than originally planned. Bigger is not always better but if you’re going to go there, then go there. So, I make my way to the shop, it was raining off and on but it felt good. Once in the shop, Mehai and I discussed the design > He shows me some other options > I decided on the final look > he shows me what it will look like > I say go bigger > he does > he sets up his table. Minutes into the design outline, a young woman walked in and started looking around. Then she started talking to Mehai about getting a tattoo, pain, cost etc. She then engaged me. Next thing I know, she takes a seat and starts asking about my tattoo. What it meant? How the pain made me feel etc... It was all kind of random. She had a Caribbean accent. Turns out she was from Jamaica. Kingston in fact; visiting NYC for the first time. She was in town performing at a few shows to promote her music. Before you know it, Mehai said that he was done. This woman said nice tattoo and then disappeared almost as quick as a thief in the night. After she left, Mehai asked me if I knew her. I told him no and we both laughed. It was actually cool talking to this beautiful stranger who took my mind off of the torture that I subjected myself to. Not too long after leaving the shop, I bumped back into the beautiful stranger who was actually next door from the tattoo shop at East Village Radio doing an interview. Oh, her name? Makeida “Keida” Beckford. I asked her for a photo, she said yes. Before I left, she gave me a CD. A fair trade! After I got on the train headed to SoHo for my Sip and See in torrential rain, my new tattoo started hurting like hell. I guess my little endorphin rush wore off. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.