Monthly Archives: November 2019

Vancouver – VIFW (Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week)

Kinnie Starr performing at the VIFW

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week (VIFW) is a fashion show that promotes fashion and community. it connects the past, present and future of Canada. Indigenous designers such as Chief Janice George, Sho Sho Esquiro, Erin Brillion, Rob Geary to name a few showcased their designs at VIFW.  As an organisation VIFW, started by  Joleen Mitton, a former model herself works closely with the Pacific Association of First Nations Women’s Mentor Me program, which empowers Indigenous youth coming out of the foster care system. The runway models and production crew are recruited from the Mentor me program. 

Chief Janice George presented woven shawls and wraps on the last night of the VIFW. She cofounded the L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to share the teachings and pracitice of traditional Coast Salish wool weaving.

Street fashion by Rob Geary (SRO)

 

Vancouver – Research for WPP Eric Napoleon Campbell & Nuttin But Luv Club

Portrait of Eric Napoleon Campbell – Chapter President of Nuttin But Luv Club,  Vancouver 

When I come across someone who intrigues me and I want to feature them in the WPP the research and getting to know them can take some time, as they may have a life and culture that I know nothing about. I met Eric a few months ago at Trout Lake, he was with his family and their custom bikes, which are very eye catching and are inspired  by Chicano lowrider culture.  The above photo was taken at a lowrider event at Trev Deeley Motorcycles. I have been following and enjoying his photos on Instagram. Today I met him for a more formal interview and below are a few photos I took while we chatted. His life story is one of overcoming adversity and great personal change. Going forward his aim is to inspire his community (East Van) and to get kids off the streets by presenting a realistic alternative to joining gangs. He is chapter president of the Vancouver (only one in Canada) and sergeant-at-arms of the Nuttin But Luv Club, which was started in Pennsylvania, USA. In total there are 23 chapters, mostly in the USA, but  some are as far away as Germany, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Australia.  From what I understand the Nuttin But Luv Club has a similar structure to a traditional motorcycle club but with zero tolerance for crime  or any destructive  behaviour and a very strong focus on positive attitudes.

Portrait of Eric Napoleon Campbell – Chapter President of Nuttin But Luv Club,  Vancouver

Portrait of Eric Napoleon Campbell – Chapter President of Nuttin But Luv Club,  Vancouver

Vancouver – Behind the Scenes of Kushe’s latest music video.

 
Some behind the scenes photographs of the filming of the music video for Kushe’s @yvonnekushe song Ngambira which means “Tell Me”. The song’s lyrics are sung in three languages Kushe’s mother tongue of Runyankole, Luganda and English. On location were the two amazing dancers and fashion designers:  Jason and Marisa @sleeplessmindz. All these photographs were taken in the vibrant V6A, my hood. 
I am looking forward to seeing the video directed by Qwisss which is due to be released the last week of November 2019. 
 
 
 

Vancouver – “You Always Hurt The Ones You Love”

This project is called “You Always Hurt The Ones You Love” –  a series of portraits of dolls taken on an analogue 4×5 view camera and a high-quality digital camera. The dolls will be old or used and collected from various sources such as thrift stores. The portrait session for the dolls will be similar to photographing a human with attention paid to lighting and backgrounds.  Once loved treasured and precious yet over the years often modified, such as cutting to their hair, drawing on them, reversing arms and other experiments. This leads us to the question what do dolls represent? Is it the pressure in society to be beautiful to fit in, do we control our own image? Presented as an exhibition this project aims to provoke the viewer to question their relationships to the past, to their own bodies the interplay of innocence and sexuality that is often represented in dolls made since the sixties. Are they a metaphor for a culture that’s still infinitely more preoccupied with a female’s appearance than her thinking?