“The Outsiders” is a series of photos focusing on personal-style driven individuals throughout the boroughs of Brooklyn and NY. Being a Brooklyn citizen himself Chris is often surrounded by fashionable peers and colleagues,many of which he’s created amazing images with. Our collaboration with Chris Callaway for this project came to fruition from the fateful moment our very own creative director, Michael Ja’Ameer (literally) bumped into Chris in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY with the ever stylish freelance artist at his side Tevin Shaton. Call it fate or mere luck, but Chris happened to be shooting for Brooklyn Magazine’s September street style issue, the encounter eventually landed Michael on the cover of the September issue.
Fast forward to now, we got the opportunity to work with Chris and many amazing NY artists on this photo-series exploring the personal style, and confidence that “The Outsiders” exude. This series captures that raw organic vibe that you wont see in your everyday fashion tabloids or blogs, so that’s the focus that Chris aimed for as we shot in various boroughs throughout NY. This series is channeling many aesthetics but keeping it raw, pure and directly from us!
The story of the chosen, Rose Golden – Kudi
Personal style doesn’t have to meet the conditions of whats a “look” or whats “trendy“, all of the artists featured have pushed through those boundaries and created a space that lets us be ourselves.
Fashionable demand gives a huge thanks to photographer Chris and the amazing artist we got to work with on this series, for more follow the link below!
I have been on an unplanned,but perhaps needed creative hiatus. Unbelievably, its been a year since any type of creative inspiration has coursed through my body. A slow, yet continuous death of creative sensibilities in both visual and written forms. I cannot truly say that I am 100%, nor as eager as I once was to create beautiful imagery. Yet, I am pushing myself to try again to regain and rebirth that which was lost.
So I am going to kick things off where I left them, MKE Spirit. I have to apologize to the creatives who gave up their time, talent and beauty to this project. The deadlines I had promised and missed, it is unlike me to not deliver.
This installment of the MKE Spirit project is waaaaaaaay over due, truly the woman who is spotlighted for the publication of this MKE Spirit portrait shoot, Jasmine, has since moved on to accomplish bigger and better goals. However, during the shoot I did take some time to interview Jasmine. What resonated the most to me was her goal to,
“change the lives of people who are nearest to me.”
That is the essence of this project, to be an inspiration to others in our city. To remind the creatives of the city that your art, your voice, your influence deserves to be heard outside of Milwaukee city limits and out into our nation…the world.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also recognize Darianne for her photography and editing work on this shoot. She is a talented photographer, graphic designer and advertiser.
This concept was originally intended to be released day of Halloween, but it’s never too late for a blood shower is it? Take a look via the link below of this short visual, vision by visual artist & choreographer Joshua Ellis, shot & directed by our very own Michael Ja’Ameer. Full concept coming soon!
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