a j a n i photography: A Portrait of Milo

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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a j a n i photography: Riff Raff Live In Concert For HipHopCanada

Last weekend, Riff Raff aka Jody HighRoller graced the stage at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall in all of his Monster Energy drink-sponsored glory.

I was excited to see his performance (on behalf of HipHopCanada), because I’m a big Riff Raff fan, I think that he’s hilarious, I was thoroughly entertained by my interview with him a couple of years ago, but never had the opportunity to see him onstage.

When I first walked into the venue, I realized that Jody’s fan base was the second most eclectic, diverse and seemingly random collective of individuals that I had ever seen at a concert, after Die Antwoord’s fan base.

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Restarting My Photography Career

My photography portfolio was recently redesigned and re-launched, so check it out if you’re interested in photography and in my career as a photographer.

A happy coincidence: as I was working on redesigning my portfolio, two well known publications spotlighted my work. Design You Trust recently published a story on my photographic essay on Beijing’s newly destroyed Wonderland amusement park and on the same day, Jay Z’s Life + Times published a 15-page article on my career.

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Advertisement: “1992 (Toronto)” By Che Kothari, Wan Luv And Vashtie

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This Friday, February 21st,  Che Kothari, Manifesto Community Projects and Wan Luv are bringing none other than Vashtie Kola to Toronto!

The event will be an installation of the "1992? party, which was originally created to revitalize the New York nightlife, while bringing back a moment in time that breathed nothing but good vibes, great music and innovation.

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a j a n i photography: Beijing's Wonderland Amusement Park

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Beijing's Wonderland Amusement Park resembled the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse and it was by far one of the most fascinating and beautiful places that I have ever  photographed.

When my new friends described it to me and proposed that we check it out together, I was all in and it was one of the best decisions that I made during my last trip to China.

Unfortunately, this past summer, the incomplete amusement park was razed, so it seems that I was one of the last people to ever photograph it.

If you are unfamiliar with the relatively well-known project, Wonderland was an abandoned real estate plan located in Chenzhuang Village, Nankou Town and we had to take a couple of buses there (from downtown Beijing).

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Illustration Series: "A Day At The Park" By Kosta Kiriakakis

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I've read a lot of comic books and comic strips during my relatively short lifetime, but I have never read one that's as profound or as insightful as Kosta Kiriakakis' "A Day At The Park".

It perfectly reflects my worldview (or lack thereof)  and from my perspective, it's directed towards the countless number of experts and intellectual authorities that make up our world.

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a j a n i photography: An Interview With Todd Anthony Tyler For Fashionotes

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During my trip to China throughout the entire month of November (2012), I had the honor of hanging out with and learning about Todd Anthony Tyler -- the most well known Western fashion photographer in Asia.

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Event: "The 7th Annual Manifesto Festival of Community And Culture" By Manifesto Community Projects

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The Manifesto Community Project's annual festival of community and culture is a celebrated event in Toronto which attracts over 40,000 attendees over a span of four days. The mission of the festival is to showcase creativity and culture from diverse communities of young people and to support top notch talent.

I have been involved with The Manifesto since the first festival was produced (almost six years ago) and even though I'm no longer an internal part of their team, I'm beyond proud of everything that the organization has created since then and I definitely wouldn't be the artist and entrepreneur that I am today without their help.

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a j a n i photography: Casting Call -- Two Male Models Needed For A Fashion Collection

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I will be shooting a contemporary and edgy custom men's suit collection at the end of September. The collection is unique and has been designed for men who are looking for a boutique shopping experience online.

With that being said, my clients are looking for two confident and very masculine male models  (along these lines) that will be available to shoot in the Greater Toronto Area within the previously mentioned time period. Each model will be paid $175 for a full day of shooting.

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a j a n i photography: A Portrait of Cabbie Richards

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One of the  aspects of my career that I appreciate the most is the fact that I get to work with and learn from some of the most talented artists and entrepreneurs that the world has ever seen.

With that being said, earlier this year I had the honor of photographing Cabral "Cabbie" Richards and his amazing family.

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