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Thanks to Reanna Evoy, senior art director at ALDO, who put together this beautifully visual issue. She is based in Montreal, Canada.
Photograph by Philip Kwame Apagya

November 30, 2014


"I never read. I just look at pictures"
– Andy Warhol

Being an art director, I communicate through images. I spend most of my day either looking at images or making them. My issue of foraged is a reflection of what is inspiring me right now – whether it's a lo-fi music video rooted in African aspirational portraits or a subversive photo essay challenging negative body image. I literally forage on the daily to find visual patterns and pinpoint cultural trends that inform my work. This is a collection of what I see. It's about finding beauty in unusual sources. It's about pushing boundaries. It's the artfulness I find balances my more commercial work. My point of view is rather simple, graphic and poetic, but it's this tension that makes what I do personal. The curatorial thread in this issue is the now. 



Petit Noir

Fresh this week, Cape Town's Petit Noir released his video for the single "Chess." I love it's raw aesthetic. Directed by Cieron Magat of ISYSthe video takes inspiration from Ghanese photographer Philip Kwame Apagya. This is when the video starts to get interesting. Apagya portraits are both hyperreal and unreal depicting his subjects in front of aspirational Western backdrops from a well stocked refrigerator to a fully equipped entertainment system. I absolutely love these photos. Inspiration truly can come from unexpected places.

I chose this piece because it highlights the increasing use of lo-fi creative and the influence of user generated content in advertising and commercial arts. With videos like Beyoncé's 7/11, it's hard not to see this more authentic approach to video as actually an unauthentic means to humanize the superstar and connect emotionally with fans. It's like seeing the wizard behind the curtain. But in cases like Petite Noir, it works. The authenticity of his video is palatable – an interesting contrast.

One Plus One

As of late I have been fascinated with twins, doubles and pairs in photography. When I started looking for twin projects they literally popped out from every corner. I love the oddity of these photo essays. I love the partnership, camaraderie and symmetry they represent. I find I always make images that are just a little off – creating a touch of tension. Same but different. This is why I am drawn to these three international photographers exploring the concept of twins and pairs. Move over Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger (of course it's one of my favorite 80's films).

From top to bottom:

Can Dagarslani (Istanbul)
Pati Gagarin (Spain)
Maja Daniels (London)


Fall in love - visually

Creatives rejoice ... Dreamcliq is a new visual dating site. Think tindress (pinterest plus tinder rolled into one). Being a single lady and an art director, I think I might have won the dating lottery. Behold the new online dating experience where your profile is based off the images you love, not just images of yourself. Seduce and destroy.

Find a mate and go on a date


Wait Watchers

In her photo series Wait Watchers, Haley Morris-Cafiero documents the reactions of people to her weight. And it's jaw-dropping shocking. Morris-Cafiero has turned her experience into art seeking to change our attitudes about weight.

I'm drawn to this project because I work in a superficial industry that hires beautiful models and spends countless hours in make-up, styling and retouching to create the perfect photo. I am hyper aware of what goes into creating these images and yet I am somehow grounded when it comes to my body image. I find projects like Wait Watchers strikes a cord in our collective insecurities and vulnerability about weight. I like that it begs each of us to reduce fat stigma while promoting the acceptance of healthy body image. Sometimes we just need to get real.   



My top 3 instagramers killing it this month:

2. @himedel
3. @thisismayan 

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