a j a n i photography: A Day At The Office

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I photographed this series about five years ago and it’s one of the most entertaining projects that I have been involved in.

I was inspired by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Gordon Parks, Stan Lee and Yoshiaki Kawajiri to create a series based on the day-to-day life of a beautiful and deadly female assassin.

Featuring and styled by Jenny JC, the series also involved my good friend Ryan “DJ Docta” Horne of King of The Dot Entertainment and Maple Leaf Sports And Entertainment.

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Short Film: “Jetman Dubai: Young Feathers 4K” By XDubai

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A professional pilot, Yves Rossy sought to move out of the cockpit in the continuous pursuit of flight through innovation and ingenuity to achieve mankind’s dream of engine-powered flight for humans.

Drawn initially to the world of free fall, he experimented with ways to increase his flight time and enhance his ability to select his trajectory, which introduced him to sky surfing and wing suit base jumping.

Still not satisfied, he developed his first real wing comprised of a rigid harness integrated into inflatable wing panels that he strapped to his back. The next step was towards maintaining and gaining altitude by improving efficiency with a rigid wing and adding propulsion. And thus, Jetman was born.

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Short Film: “Superfly” By Anthony Blasko

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Directed by Anthony Blasko, “Superfly” is about Jimmy Snuka — a Fijian prince who was one of wrestling’s most admired stars during the 1980s.

The crowds may be much smaller today, but Jimmy is still flying, exhibiting the grace, humility and majesty of his royal lineage.

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a j a n i photography: Portraits of Alicia Bell

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As a former competitive athlete and as someone that currently stays quite active through a number of practices (including weight training, yoga, calisthenics, sprinting and others), I enjoy working with and photographing athletes for a number of reasons.

Firstly, working with athletes reminds me of the  parallels between being a creative professional and being an athlete.

Like creative professionals, athletes must work hard and intelligently, athletes must study and practice consistently to attain their definitions of greatness and they undergo profound psychological and physical transformations.

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Event: Pluto Live In Concert For Canadian Music Week

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At this point in history, it’s quite obvious that Toronto is one of the most talented cities in the world when it comes to the arts, entertainment and everything else pertaining to culture and human creativity.

Toronto’s r&b and soul musicians are a great representation of Canada’s creative melting pot  and vocalists like Drake, The Weeknd and Melanie Fiona have set the bar incredibly high for what Toronto-based singers can accomplish.

Recently, in addition to Majid Jordan, I have been incredibly excited about the body of musical work being produced by Scarborough’s own Pluto.

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a j a n i photography: A Portrait of Milo

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I was recently reminiscing about my career, how it has evolved, the multitude of paradigm shifts that I have experienced over the course of the last eight years and the many events and projects that I have been involved in.

Thinking about the past led me to browse through some of my hard drives, which allowed me to stumble upon the portrait of my friend Milo featured here.

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Short Film: “Please Stay Positive: Jeremy Flores” By Sebastien Zanella

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As an artist and entrepreneur that has experienced countless burnouts and devastating drops in morale over the course of the last eight years, the premise behind Sebastien Zenella’s “Please Stay Positive: Jeremy Flores” short film truly resonated with me.

When I first began my career as a photographer, due to my overwhelming enthusiasm and lack of professional experience, I never anticipated that the business and entrepreneurial nuances of it combined with my (unhealthy) workaholism and perfectionism would cause me to begin to resent photography and my career at times.

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a j a n i photography: Flow

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“Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” is psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigation of “optimal experience” wherein he reveals that the most genuinely satisfying moments involve a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity and a total involvement with life and what they are presently engaged in.

With that said, I believe that very few human endeavours embody the state of flow as clearly or as beautifully as the art of dance.

Even though I think of myself as a visual artist, I have definitely experienced other art forms firsthand and I have a great deal of admiration and respect for all artistic mediums, especially those that I have not invested thousands of hours into.

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Video: “The Convergence Campaign” By Manifesto Community Projects And The Remix Project

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Over the course of the last eight years, I have had the honor of learning from, collaborating with and building with some of  Toronto’s most talented artists and community leaders through the Remix Project and also through  Manifesto (which is otherwise known as Manifesto Community Projects).

Collaborating with both organizations has definitely helped me to curtail the fears and daunting existential dilemmas that most creative individuals experience. Furthermore, since 2007, being amongst like-minded members of Manifesto and the Remix Project always reminded me that I was not alone and that I should always dream big and follow through on those dreams. Watching both organizations evolve from their humble beginnings has been impressive and I am grateful for their creative energies and hugely positive impact on Canada’s arts community and marginalized youth populations.

With that said, this article is a congratulatory post to my friends Gavin Sheppard and Che Kothari (along with their business partners Ryan Paterson and Drex Jancar along with the rest of their respective organizations).

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Short Film: “Tie Fighter” By Paul Johnson

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I have been a huge fan of “Star Wars” mythology since I was a kid and I’m very excited about the release of “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” this coming December, even though George Lucas is not directing it.

In the meantime, a super-talented British filmmaker by the name of Paul Johnson has released an animated short film entitled “Tie Fighter”, which depicts the forces of good and evil with a primary focus on the dark, Galactic Empire.

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