a j a n i photography: Cosmic Allure

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When the art and science of photography was first invented during the early 1820s, the earliest photographers diverged in two directions — one group set out to document the world around them in a straightforward manner and the other group aimed to create beautiful surrealistic images that challenged the notion of human perception.

Through their experimentation, the latter group of early photographers discovered double exposure photography by accident and the unique style has persisted ever since.

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a j a n i photography: Miguel Live In Concert For HipHopCanada

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Musicians like Prince, Queen, Guns N’ Roses and Michael Jackson dominated the 80s and set the bar unbelievably high for live musical performances.

As such, very few artists  that represent my generation have been able to measure up to the superhuman standards that were established during the 1980s and before.

With that said, one of the few songwriting and musical performance anomalies of my generation is undoubtedly Miguel and I didn’t truly have an appreciation for his level of artistry until I saw it firsthand.

Last week, the Los Angeles native performed to a packed crowd at Toronto’s Sound Academy as part of his “Wildheart” tour and between his open  jacket complete with white fringes and the rawness of his music, he did not disappoint.

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a j a n i photography: Caribana 2015

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The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, more commonly known as Caribana was definitely one of the events that contributed to my definition and experience of Toronto as a youth.

Recently, I attended the Caribana parade for the first time in four years and even though quite a bit had changed within the structure and administration behind the event, I had a great time and felt a sense of pride and gratitude for my caribbean, Haitian and African roots.

I felt a great deal of positive energy and happiness as I walked through the parade, photographing those that played mas as powerful soca music reverberated throughout the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.

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a j a n i photography: Portraits of Sima Sepehri

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My recent portrait session with Toronto’s own Sima Sepehri was quite easy going, because she’s comfortable in front of a camera, because the locations that we chose were quite dynamic and because she’s familiar with me. Between all of those factors and the great lighting that we experienced, I couldn’t take a bad shot of her.

Sima is an actress with a love of comedy and she describes her life as a creative in the following way:

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a j a n i photography: Skepta Live In Concert For HipHopCanada

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Grime is a powerful musical movement that was birthed in the UK during the late 90s and early 2000s.

Grime is primarily influenced by UK garage, drum and bass, dancehall and hip-hop. And in addition to  Dizzee Rascal and Lethal Bizzle, one of my favorite pioneers of the genre is Skepta.

Active since 2003 as an MC and beginning his career as a DJ for the Tottenham-based grime group Meridian Crew, Skepta has most recently experienced international success through his collaboration with Drake via the record “Shut Down”, wherein the Toronto-based superstar performs the intro.

This past Tuesday morning, I was fortunate enough to document Skepta’s first solo show at the Hoxton in Toronto, soon after his cameo appearance at OVO Fest.

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EP: “P2P” By Ramriddlz

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Even though I grew up in Toronto, even though I’m very much a part of Toronto’s arts and entertainment community, I’m still baffled by the current volume and quality of art that is being produced within Canada’s largest city.

Recently, I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Ramriddlz’ limited discography and I really appreciate the 21-year old musician’s raw talent.

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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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