Portraits of Claire Fountain

I first began working with Claire Fountain of Trill Yoga in February of 2016, and recently shot her this past August, in Manhattan.

She is an amazing person, a fantastic subject to photograph, and the first yogi that I have ever shot.

Since our first photo shoot, and through a number of conversations, I have learned a great deal about her, myself, yoga, psychology, philosophy, writing, entrepreneurship, and many other subjects that overlap in interesting ways.

Otherwise known as CB Quality, Claire is a writer, and personal trainer that fell in love with yoga in her Mississippi hometown, before ever stepping foot on a mat. As a way to overcome her life's obstacles, she began a journey of learning and studying anatomy in order to heal her mind, body, and spirit.

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

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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a j a n i photography: A Tribute To David LaChapelle's "Jesus Is My Homeboy" Series

David LaChapelle will forever be one of my favorite visual artists and his unique vision, creativity and versatility have hugely influenced my work and how I interpret visual arts, especially within the realm of photography.

When LaChapelle saw someone wearing a “Jesus Is My Homeboy” t-shirt in 2003, the simplicity of the message immediately grabbed his attention and caused him to ask a number of questions.

He began to wonder about Jesus' homeboys, otherwise known as the 12 apostles and how they would be manifested within 21st century American culture.

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Short Film: "Monolith: A Tribute To Stanley Kubrick" By Shaun Pitz

Stanley Kubrick is regarded by myself and many others as one of the greatest and most influential visionaries of all time.

Like myself, Kubrick began his career as a photographer (in New York City) and I have an immense amount of respect for his contributions to the art and film worlds.

Kubrick taught himself all aspects of directing films and production after graduating from high school, his earliest projects were created with shoestring budgets and he eventually experienced his first Hollywood breakthrough via the blockbuster, "Spartacus".

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a j a n i photography: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple is quite easily one of the coolest, most beautiful and most intricately built structures that I have been to in North America.

The temple doesn't look or feel like anything else in Toronto, it's truly a hidden gem and stepping onto the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir property made me feel as if I was in India for a couple of hours (albeit a cold part of India).

What struck me the most was the high level of craftsmanship within each part of the temple and the fact that the structure's exterior was no more or less detailed than its interior.

Furthermore, I found the temple's prayer area to be incredibly calming and sacred (due to its design and lighting).

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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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Video: "Jim Carrey Delivers Funny And Inspirational Commencement Speech" By News Republic

Jim Carrey wasn't completely in a joking mood when he stepped up to the podium to deliver a commencement address this past Saturday.

The 52 year old comedic genius took a serious tone when it came time to regale the graduates of Iowa's Maharishi University of Management with his own personal life lessons.

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Presentation: "From Aaliyah To Jay-Z: Captured Moments In Hip-Hop History" By Jonathan Mannion For TED

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Jonathan Mannion is one of Richard Avedon's former students and he once convinced  DMX to climb into a pool of blood -- all in pursuit of the perfect photo.

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Interview: Chris Hadfield By Peter Mansbridge For The National


Peter Mansbridge recently sat down with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to talk about life, the universe and the search for extraterrestrial life.

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Trailer: "The Hip-Hop Fellow" By Price Films

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"The Hip-Hop Fellow" is a 78 minute documentary following Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder's tenure at Harvard University as he teaches "The Standards of Hip-Hop" course, conducts research for his thesis and explores Hip-Hop's history, culture and role in academia.

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