Documentary, "Solo"

"Solo" is a documentary on the incredible journey and challenge taken on by Australian adventurer, Andrew McCauley.

In "Solo", McCauley attempts to be the first person in history to travel approximately 1,600 Kilometers from the Eastern Australian coast, through the Tasman Sea to New Zealand using a slightly modified kayak.

The slightly modified kayak that McCauley travels and lives in for over a month is outfitted with video recording equipment (in addition to other modifications), which allows the adventurer to chronicle his journey through daily video diaries.

These video logs of his journey make up the majority of the documentary and they give the viewer a very real glimpse into the treacherous and unpredictable terrain that is the Tasman Sea.

Not only are the waters in the Tasman sea almost glacial in temperature, but tropical storms and collosal waves are a norm within the region, as well. What's more, there are points during McCauley's journery wherein he is traveling through shark infested waters--floating only a short distance away from Great White Sharks that dwarf his vulnerable kayak.

Some of the storms that McCauley experiences during his journey are so violent and relentless that he is unable to paddle or even leave the confines of his small kayak (--a space only slightly larger than the size of the adventurer's body) for days at a time.

In addition to the countless environmental challenges McCauley must face in "Solo", it seems that the psychological challenges of living in a kayak with no human contact for over a month is just as, if not more challenging than the physical challenges defined by the Tasman Sea (as depicted in the documentary).

"Solo" is not only a story of the human spirit (especially in the face of great adversity), but it's also a story of one of the few people in recent times who possesses a spirit similar to that of  Megellan, Cousteau, Columbus, Darwin, Khan and so on. McCauley's spirit is the polar opposite of a chartered accountant's and he's truly one of the greatest adventurers of our time and one of the bravest human beings to walk or rather, float on the face of the earth.

"Solo" is a powerful documentary and more information on [it] is available at the following URLs:

www.andrewmcauley.com

www.smh.com.au/multimedia/kayak/start.html

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Self Portraits of Andrew McCauley From "Solo"
Self Portraits of Andrew McCauley From "Solo"

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.

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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.

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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/

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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

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Cream World Magazine Banner
Cream World Magazine Banner

Art Work, "The Blueprint 3" By Recording Artist, Jay-Z

I have yet to take in Jay-Z’s "the Blueprint 3" album in its entirety, but the few singles that I’ve already heard (even though the album has yet to be officially released) are of a quality one would associate with a name like Jay-Z. They sound great.

With that being said, I don’t think he’s ever crafted an album as prolific or as classic as "Reasonable Doubt" and most likely "the Blueprint 3" won’t be a "Reasonable Doubt" or even a Blueprint (1), as far as replay value is concerned.

However, as far as artwork is concerned—a necessary constituent of any successful album (regardless of musical genre), the album cover of "the Blueprint 3" is an instant classic and works for so many reasons.

The contrast between the white musical instruments symbolizing music in general and Jay-Z’s versatility as a recording artist/musician and the three red lines symbolizing the third installment of the Blueprint albums instantly captures ones attention.

What’s more, one can presume that the three red lines that appear in the foreground of this album cover also symbolize a trilogy—whether it be a trilogy between Jay-Z , the hardened streets of Brooklyn, New York (or New York in general) and the glamorous world of commercial Hip-Hop (or any number of trilogies one could presume Jay-Z could be a part of).

Also, the fact that Jay-Z himself does not appear as part of the album cover art work causes one to presume that Jay-Z, as a musician and as an artist has ascended above the realm of a man who raps and he’s now the conceptual embodiment of an MC and of the musical aspect of Hip-Hop culture.

This album cover is profound and intriguing, both visually and conceptually—especially to Hip-Hop recording artists, enthusiasts and fans.

This is an ideal album cover for the most recent album of arguably the greatest MC of all time and certainly the most celebrated and influential Hip-Hop recording artist since the deaths of the Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur (and to a lesser extent, Big L, Big Pun, The Ol' Dirty Bastard and so on and so forth).

I’m looking forward to hearing what "the Blueprint 3" has to offer.

“The takeova, the break’s ova, homie. God MC, me—Jay Hova.”


Ajani Charles

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The Art Work of The Blueprint 3 By Recording Artist, Jay-Z
The Art Work of "The Blueprint 3" (Album Cover)

Web And Graphic Design Company, St. Urbain Designs

St. Urbain Designs are a Toronto-based, full service web and graphic design company that I have been working with since the registration and launch of my photography company, about two years ago.

Their technical capacities and customer service are unparalleled, especially in comparison to other web and graphic design companies that I have worked with in the past (in Toronto and elsewhere). What's more, as my business has evolved and as I've evolved as a photographer, St. Urbain Designs have evolved as a team of incredibly talented individuals (within the realm of web and graphic design).

Their abilities to clearly understand and visually manifest my ideas as a visual artist/photographer, as far as the presentation of my work online is concerned, has been astonishing and at this point and given the business relationship we've developed, I couldn't imagine working with another web/graphic design team.

They have been instrumental to the online presence of a    j    a    n    i        photography: digital image solutions .

I strongly recommend that any (individual or) teams that are seeking the strongest internet presence possible for a sole proprietorship, a joint venture and/or a corporation, should contact St. Urbain Designs as soon as possible for a quote (and to potentially work with a great team of designers).

For more information on contacting St. Urbain Designs as well as to view their previous work, feel free to visit the following URL: www.sturbaindesigns.com .


Ajani Charles

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Screen Shot of the St. Urbain Designs Website
Screen Shot of the St. Urbain Designs Corporate Services Website

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

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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

Ajani Charles of a j a n i photography: digital image solutions for N4E1

Since July 2009, I've been officially sponsored by and have also been officially endorsing the L.A and Hong Kong-based young men's contemporary fashion brand, N4E1.

I'm also scheduled to produce the fashion brand’s 2009 Fall/Winter advertising campaign (in addition to my other fashion photography-related involvements this coming fall).

If you've recently seen me out at a nightclub or lounge in Toronto, I was more than likely wearing at least one piece from this great brand.

You can learn more about N4E1 at www.n4e1.com.


Ajani Charles

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Recording Artist, Nas With The N4E1 Limited Edition Mulliner Bag
Recording Artist, Nas With The N4E1 Limited Edition Mulliner Bag
Recording Artist, Melanie Fiona With The N4E1 Limited Edition Mulliner Bag
Recording Artist, Melanie Fiona With The N4E1 Limited Edition Mulliner Bag
Recording Artist, Drake With The N4E1 Limited Edition Mulliner Bag
Recording Artist, Drake With The N4E1 Limited Edition Mulliner Bag
Recording Artist, T-Pain With The Limited Edition N4E1 Mulliner Bag
Recording Artist, T-Pain With The Limited Edition N4E1 Mulliner Bag