Understanding our place in our families, amongst our friends and even on this Earth is vital to success. The moral of the story is that we are all here to accomplish something - staying focused and moving through understanding is all part of the process.Read More
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While in LA, I got the time to walk through certain pockets of the city and truly explore LA for LA...somewhat. While exploring with Jaz, we came across this wall that I thought was dope. As we got closer the design on the will became more and more dynamic. The drawing, which felt like pre-present day civilization storytelling, had such a warm feeling to it. The story seemed to go on and never end. I came to find out shortly after admiring it with a ton of photos that this piece was an on-going installation at random places across the world.
The piece is called, "International Symbols of Travel", by artist Louis Carreon. Louis' manager & assistant came out and I got the opportunity to speak with him about art and our obligation as artists. It's hard to balance the desire to grow and gain financial stability while also staying as close to the people that have supported us from the beginning. The obligation comes into play as we rise, to remain to deliver the truth and above politics to the public but as Carreon's manager told us, gaining acclaim can sometimes hinder our connections. This piece is his conscious effort to deliver real, dope art to the masses without the politics of structured systems.
Moral of the story, stay true in your art no matter what politics try to hold back.
The one thing that has helped me most in life, is paying attention to the energy of those around me. Whether happy, sad, welcoming or destructive, being aware of what triggers people and how it in turn causes their frequencies to shift is essential in understanding balance. Lately, I’ve been paying closer attention once again. Noticing those that are around to help elevate and in opposition, those that are only along for the ride. But where it has helped most, is in my interactions with the subjects that I’m shooting. Knowing when to push & pull, verses falling back and riding the wave in the moment helps provide the best creative product at the end of the day. It all comes back to balance, one of the natural laws that we all seek. Notice how your actions influence others and how they choose to react, as a result. Understand how ‘positive’ needs a ‘negative’, and why ‘up’ needs a ‘down’.
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