Design, The Digital Ananse Ntontan ™

The Digital Ananse Ntontan ™ is a trademarked logo, designed by myself to be representative of a    j    a    n    i        photography: digital image solutions.

The logo is essentially a modernized version of the Ananse Ntontan.

The Ananse Ntontan is an Adinkra symbol developed by the Akan-speaking people of West Africa. The Ananse Ntontan epitomizes creativity and wisdom to those who are part of or are familiar with those cultures of Ghana, The Ivory Coast, Nigeria and so on that speak the Akan language.

What's more, in Akan-speaking cultures, Ananse is the spider--the weaver of stories and the owner of all stories belonging to "supreme beings". 

The Digital Ananse Ntontan ™ is symbolic of myself as visual artist and of a    j    a    n    i        photography: digital image solutions as a company for a number of reasons.

Even though I am of Haitian-descent,  my ancestors were from the regions wherein the Akan-speaking people of West Africa inhabited before being enslaved and taken to modern day Haiti. Furthermore, as a visual artist, I am intrinsically creative and I'm also interested in Philosophy (-- the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom), in addition to living in the so-called "digital age".

For these reasons, The Digital Ananse Ntontan ™ is the ideal symbol for a    j    a    n    i        photography: digital image solutions.

Ajani Charles

a j a n i photography: digital image solutions

www.ajani.ca
www.ajaniphotography.com

The Digital Ananse Ntonan By Ajani Charles of a    j    a    n    i        photography: digital image solutions
The Digital Ananse Ntontan ™ By Ajani Charles of a j a n i photography: digital image solutions

Visual Artist, Junko Mizuno

This past June (2009), on my way home from covering one of the first days of the North By North East Festival in Toronto (for Abort Magazine), I had the pleasure of running into Japanese visual artist, Junko Mizuno at her "Red Tresses And Freckles" show at Narwhal Art Projects.

I recognized the artist's work right away, but at the time I wasn't familiar with her name and I definitely didn't know what she looked like.

In any case, I found and introduced myself to Junko Mizuno and told her how great I thought her work was.

The work she had displayed at "Red Tresses And Freckles" was so stricking that I completely forgot how tired I was from a long day of shooting.

Junko Mizuno's work is paradoxical in the sense that it combines Gothic themes, blood, gore and terror with a fairy tale and childish-like ambiance. Her use of color is excellent and her compositions are well-structured and immediately take the viewer into the artist's warped and hyper-animated world.

I would describe Junko Mizuno's work as being along the lines of "Alice In Wonderland" and Marilyn Manson meets Japanese Manga on acid.

You can learn more about Junko Mizuno and her art work via the following URLs:

www.mizuno-junko.com

manga.about.com/od/mangaartistinterviews/a/JunkoMizuno.htm

www.freewebs.com/junko-mizuno

I've also included one of my portraits of the artist (from her short time spent in Toronto, this year) as well as an image of [her] signing autographs at "Red Tresses And Freckles" below.

Ajani Charles

a j a n i photography: digital image solutions

www.ajani.ca
www.ajaniphotography.com

Junko Mizuno Portrait By Ajani Charles of a    j    a    n    i        photography: digital image solutions
Junko Mizuno Portrait By Ajani Charles of a j a n i photography: digital image solutions
Junko Mizuno At Red Tresses And Freckles In Toronto By Ajani Charles of a    j    a    n    i        photography: digital image solutions
Junko Mizuno At "Red Tresses And Freckles" In Toronto By Ajani Charles of a j a n i photography: digital image solutions
Junko Mizuno At Red Tresses And Freckles In Toronto Banner
Junko Mizuno At Red Tresses And Freckles In Toronto Banner
Hweenop By Junko Mizuno
Hweenop By Junko Mizuno
Purple Mistress By Junko Mizuno
Purple Mistress By Junko Mizuno

Documentary, "Home"

“Home” is an incredible documentary by Yaan Arthus-Bertrand that depicts the earth (and all of its complexities) since its infancy. What’s more, as the documentary progresses, it seems to place more and more emphasis on how human beings have impacted the earth (and consequently the earth's biosphere), since humanity first came into being.

The documentary begins with the emergence of the first uni-cellular organisms (—the ancestors of bacteria) and it ends circa 2009.

The narration of “Home” is powerful and visually, the documentary is intriguing and unique, as the majority of [it] was shot from a topographic/overhead perspective.

In terms of documentaries that illustrate the way in which we, as human beings have degraded our natural environment—the earth, I have yet to watch a better movie.

The message communicated by “Home” is clear throughout the documentary and especially towards the end of [it]: humanity has significantly disrupted the delicate equilibrium of the earth’s bisophere and we only have a small window of opportunity to undo the damage that has been done before we reach the point of no return.

Humanity possesses the ingenuity to tackle the aforementioned environmental problems, but the question remains, can we shift our focus and that ingenuity towards those problems?

If the political, social, economic, scientific and other powers that be do not act co-operatively now and at a global scale to solve the problems described in "Home", the previously mentioned problems, which are potential/hypothetical problems at this point in time, will manifest themselves into hash realities for ourselves and for our children much sooner than later.

Whether you are a geneticist, a dancer, a sculptor, a rapper, an equestrian, a politician, a secondary school math teacher, a social worker (etc.), your career-related plans and certainly your leisure-related plans will be compromised if the health of earth's bisophere is compromised (within the next decade or so) in the ways described in "Home".

Due to copyright restrictions within Canada, "Home" cannot be embedded within this Blog post, but it can be viewed in High-Definition here.

You can also learn more about "Home" at the following URLs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5a78lAezMM

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgz5BELaYW0

maps.google.co.uk/maps/mpl?moduleurl=http://www.home-mapplet.com/home/

www.goodplanet.info/goodplanet/index.php/eng/

Ajani Charles

a j a n i photography: digital image solutions

www.ajani.ca
www.ajaniphotography.com

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Publication, The Fall 2009 Issue of Cream World Magazine

The latest, Fall 2009 Issue of Cream World Magazine will be available across Ontario, Canada this Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at all Chapters-Indigo stores.

Cream World Magazine is a quarterly, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal-based entertainment and lifestyle publication that takes its readers into the worlds of fashion, music, technology and entertainment (in general).

The editors and the rest of the staff of Cream World Magazine are not only incredibly hard working, but they are also committed to creating a publication that is entertaining, unique and as if not more aesthetically pleasing than the majority of North American-based publications that target similar demographics and discuss similar topics.

Visually clean and intellectually stimulating to trendsetters in Canada, the U.S and abroad, Cream World Magazine is a must read.

Also, my photo-journalistic documentation of various well-known Hip-Hop and R&B recording artists will be available for viewing in the Fall 2009 Issue of Cream World Magazine and in upcoming issues of the publication, as well.

You can learn more about and subscribe to Cream World Magazine via the following URL: www.creamworld.ca .


Ajani Charles

a j a n i photography: digital image solutions

www.ajani.ca
www.ajaniphotography.com

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Cream World Magazine Banner

Photography Duo, Markus Klinko And Indrani

I have numerous influences (as far as photography is concerned) that include visual artists that utilize a wide-array of mediums, and those influences include the iconic photography duo, Markus Klinko and Indrani Pal.

For the last 15 years, Markus Klinko and Indrani have produced images that have been so widely published and celebrated, and they have been so influential in regards to visual arts and pop culture in general, that the duo can be considered no less illustrious than the seemingly countless celebrities, artists and models they capture through their vivid imagery.

What’s even more astounding about the two artists is that Markus Klinko was a critically acclaimed and award-winning harp soloist -- the only harp soloist in the world with a major record deal, through EMI Classic, prior to becoming a professional photographer.

Furthermore, Indrani Pal was an internationally published model that toured the world, in addition to studying Anthropology at Princeton University, prior to becoming a professional photographer and post-production artist.

This past April (2009), Markus Klinko and Indrani displayed some of their strongest images as part of their first exhibition, which was fittingly entitled “Icons”.

“Icons” was presented by the Lucie Foundation in association with Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.

You can learn more about the artwork of Markus Klinko and Indrani at the following URLs:

www.markusklinko-indrani.com

www.facebook.com/markusandindrani

twitter.com/mklinko

www.youtube.com/mklinko

www.myspace.com/markusklinko

www.seeschool.org

twitter.com/indranipc

www.facebook.com/indranipal


Ajani Charles

a j a n i photography: digital image solutions

www.ajani.ca
www.ajaniphotography.com

A Portrait of Photography Duo, Markus Klinko And Indrani
A Portrait of Photography Duo, Markus Klinko And Indrani
Behind The Scenes With Markus Klinko And Indrani (Photographing Mary J. Blige)
A Behind The Scenes Image of Photography Duo, Markus Klinko And Indrani (Photographing Recording Artist, Mary J. Blige)
Behind The Scenes With Markus Klinko And Indrani (Photographing Mary J. Blige)
A Behind The Scenes Image of Photography Duo, Markus Klinko And Indrani (Photographing Recording Artist, Mary J. Blige)
Image For Diamond.com By Markus Klinko And Indrani
An Image For Diamond.com By Photography Duo, Markus Klinko And Indrani
Untitled Image By Markus Klinko And Indrani
An Untitled Image By Photography Duo, Markus Klinko And Indrani
Untitled Image By Markus Klinko And Indrani
An Untitled Image By Photography Duo, Markus Klinko And Indrani