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Day of The Dead

Author: Tafari, Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at 11:01 PM Mindspill

Catrinas are pretty scary looking but they are also beautiful.

The Color Purple

Author: Tafari, Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 1:14 PM Mindspill

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it." ~ Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Vivian Maier on Film

Author: Tafari, Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I've been fascinated by the work of Vivian Maier since her work made it's way to the internet a few years ago. Talk about a true hidden treasure discovery. I cannot wait until this film is released. Seems like she had quite the secret life.

The Church Lady

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 7:33 PM Mindspill

I’m no Christian but even when I was, I never really liked gospel music but I do have a few songs that I like for sentimental reasons. While I I'm not into gospel, I do happen to love gospel-house music & have tons of it in my music library. I guess if you put anything to a good house beat it’s a win in my book.  One of my favorite gospel-house songs is “Be Thankful” by Jamie Lewis featuring Michelle Weeks. This is actually one of my favorite songs to work to on the elliptical machine. It get’s me pumping. Even though it opens up super churchy, I feel the power of Michelle’s voices and I love it for that. And these days, I honestly have so many things to be thankful for! Feels good being able to say that! ————————-
“Let us come before him with thanks giving and extol him with music & song. Well, I know some of you must be saying. What do I have to be thankful for? I can't pay my bills. My marriage is falling apart, my health is failing, and I just can't find a job. Well, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says 'give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.' So. Come on, life your hands and give him praise. Say thank you, thank you father…"

Dancing Feels Like

Author: Tafari, Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 8:54 PM Mindspill

Dancing is my favorite form of stress release and this weekend, I danced like no one was looking and got my life right. —————————
"Sometime I disappear, I'm not in the room anymore. Most of the time I look at the floor, I don't want to make eye contact with anybody. I only see me. They only see me. So, we're all looking at the same thing. I can tell when I'm doing just the right thing to get the room just the right way; when the room is doing just the right thing to me to get me the right way. But it's never really me. I feel like I'm in a million places at once. Like I'm dancing with everybody that's there. That's why I like to dance by myself."
Inspiration: Dancing Feels Like… (PirahnaHead)

Milk Studios: Libertine

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

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.

Falguni and Shane Peacock

Author: Tafari, Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 10:51 PM Mindspill

One of the more interesting shows I photographed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week last season was Falguni and Shane Peacock. They presented some interesting cuts, patterns & embroidery but most interesting was the make up. I was not sure what to make of the super exaggerated eyebrows. Kinda like some type of Joan Crawford-esque, kinda alien-esque situation. After the show wrapped, I left feeling a little pumped (thanks to the music) and excited to look at my photos to see if they were as good as I had hoped. Of course they were though. I’m just saying. You can view photographs from the show here.

On Seeing Korto Momolu

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

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

Groove Is In The Heart

Author: Tafari, Sunday, February 5th, 2012 at 2:46 PM
This is one reason why I love NYC... I mean, where else in the world can you assemble a mass amount of people for the purpose of song, dance & soul??? And to be fair, Everbody knows..... that I came up with the idea for a Flash Mob last Wednesday:
"I'm calling for all of my fellow Americans to join in a flash mob Soul Train Line to celebrate Black History Month & the life of Don Cornelius... Meet me on MLK Blvd." ~ Tafari Stevenson-Howard

About Last Night XVI: After The Show

Author: Tafari, Sunday, December 11th, 2011 at 6:12 PM Mindspill

Last night was the art show & reception that I have only been talking about for the last several weeks. In a nutshell, everything was perfect! Many of my friends came out to show love & support, I met some great new people & I was able to talk about my art and share my passion through the theme of Black Women and Food. When Olivia & I finished hanging the work last Thursday, I took a step back and felt very proud of the presentation. Prints on metallic paper, great custom framing and vivid color really gave me what I wanted. The event lasted for about three hours but it felt like only 15 minutes. I was in a time vacuum with my new church shoes on… I could easily say that the highlight of the night was selling 5 pieces of art off of the walls but it was not the highlight. The highlight for me was having my people there to support me, the art and the community of Detroit area photographers. Now of course, I am looking at my sales receipts and smiling like a mofo! I'm just saying. Another fine highlight from last night other than me looking like a million dollars in my Versace was that someone purchased one of my BEST photos ever, “The Giver” (pictured above). I’m looking forward to installing it next Saturday……. This photo has been looking for the right home for a while now. So happy that the right person decided to make that move. As soon as I have photos from the event courtesy of my official unofficial photographer, L O T I, I will post them…. Thanks for hanging in there with me my friends!!! Tafari

1st Ave Punk Facade

Author: Tafari, Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 11:30 AM Mindspill

I was walking down 1st Ave on my way to the subway station to meet friends for drinks when I noticed this guy walking past me. He was walking with a hurried pace, his back was hunched, his hair was blowing everywhere & he had a scowl on his face. Before he got too far ahead of me, I called out to him & requested a photo. Suddenly, he smiled & said sure. His seemingly dark & unfriendly exterior became a façade for a nice guy. As I got my camera set, he smiled.  Then he switched and asked if it was OK for him to give the finger in the photo. As you see, it was totally OK with me. As I walked away, I thought to myself, how does he manage the two identities that I observed in our brief interaction. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Speed Skater: June Ambrose

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 at 9:14 PM Mindspill

I caught up with celebrity stylist & soon to be reality star (VH1), June Ambrose Monday at Lincoln Center rocking some funky "shoegasmic" ice skate inspired heels. Filming is going on now & more details are forthcoming on her show. Stay tuned to my friends The NYLA Report who recently interviewed June... While June & I kicked it briefly about Nicki Minaj (hot ass mess!) who was spotted at the Carolina Herrara show with Anna Wintour of Vogue magazine, it was hard not to notice how passersby were digging on June's look (peep the chick in the background). As we parted ways, I said "see you in February" and she laughed! June is my Fashion Week boo!