Category Archives: Photography

35MM Pastlife: Winter/Spring 2016

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Digging into archives of yesteryear. There’s something rewarding for me in using a 35mm point and shoot camera. It’s like my personal rebellion against the digital age. Sometimes megapixels don’t mean anything. Continue reading

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35mm Pastlife: Spring 2016

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I retired from photography. Well I tried to but every now and again, I may get a call or text message asking if I’m off of hiatus. As much as I loved the craft, it didn’t work out for me. Bullshit politics. I decided to only shoot for the love of the game and use film point and shoot cameras. The homie WEWANTDROGAS asked me to come down and shoot a bit around his video shoot (Bring It Back video) and this post contains photos from that day as well as whatever else was on that roll of film. Continue reading

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35mm Pastlife: November 2014 – March 2015

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH On Friday, after work I finally had the chance to pick up a roll of film. It’s been a long long LONG time since I snapped a photo let alone had anything developed. Black and white film always comes off as extremely raw and its what I prefer these days over color and wherever I go, I carry my point and shoot Olympus. The only pictures that I could remember taking on this roll came from a Strip club themed ThesePinkLips event back in November of 2014. The asses shaking, the mood of that night, etc.. everything just made that vibe seriously cool. That’s my kind of party. One of the asses looked a bit “special” but nonetheless enjoyable. The illest photo in the roll however came from a walk in my neighborhood. The above photo that I call “Comprehension”, was created after the Mike Brown case. It seemed that the idea of “Black Lives Matter” was too much for one person to bear as it was destroyed a week after I snapped this photo. Continue reading

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Dope Concept Cover Art by @TheArtofTriLL

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When the homie Trill Americana decides to create something dope and it hits me timeline, I feel like it’s my duty to share it with the world. This time he decided to create ill concept cover art with his photography for a collaboration with THE PRBLMS and the results are on the money as usual. I receive constant inspiration from his work each time out… Continue reading

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Polaroid Pastlife: Word to Dallas Penn!!!

Photo by Michael Béon aka King Red Rose

Photo by Michael Béon aka King Red Rose

Last night, I rolled to Brooklyn for a viewing of a short film that I wrote for Philly artist Hezekiah’s new album Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves. We arrived pretty earlier to the 2nd Annual Webseries Festival and I was pretty excited to see how the film would be received. We watched a few interesting pieces before it was our turn but my favorite segment of the night (besides our viewing) was seeing and hearing Dallas Penn drop jewels. I knew of Dallas via the “Internets” and from his appearances on the Combat Jack show. He’s one of the coolest people that I’ve met and what he spoke about in terms of taking control of social media for your personal benefit (He even says that Black Planet is safe now LOL) and creating interesting and original content via visuals for the net like web series for example, is one of the best ways for your brand to flourish and gain attention. A few dickheads in the back were speaking while he spoke but if they missed what he said, that’s on them. As for the viewing of the film, people seemed to like it. Felt like a winner especially after eating “special” brownies and rice krispies treats that I copped for the low low.

Shout out to Ohene Cornelius and Brooklyn Wildlife for having us at their fest.. Much Appreciated! Check out an episode of The Food Warriors featuring the Internet Celebrities (Dallas Penn and Rafi) Continue reading

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Instax Pastlife: Mad Decent Block Party 2011

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I’m not one for the cold weather … AT ALL especially when it keeps me from enjoying the outside world. I’m scheming on the Summer with a vengeance. By that time, I’ll have a better step in the right direction but enough of that, while we are all facing the frost, I’d like to share a moment when it muggy and sunny out but the vibe was super live. The 2011 Mad Decent Block Party had water guns, wild music, fly women, and most of all great weather. The last MDBP that I hit in 2012 was OK but the best one that I can remember had to be when the actual party on a block back in 2010. Almost 5 years ago… sheesh… Continue reading

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One Shot: DJ Jazzy Jeff and I (2006)

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Happy Belated to one of the pioneering DJs, DJ Jazzy Jeff! It took me a while to find this picture which was taken in the summer of 2006 after he spun at Fluid Night club which is now nothing but a memory. Whether you know him from his early days killing as a DJ in Philly, as 1/2 of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince and/or his solo albums and touring, then you know how important he is to the culture and what he means to the Hip-Hop and music as a whole. I could go on and on about how his “Touch of Jazz” track is one of the coldest DJ joints or how his version of the “transformer” scratch changed the style up and father generations of DJs. One of my favorite Jazzy Jeff moments had to be the JMJ tribute at the BET Awards and in my opinion, he had the best set out of him, DJ Premier, Grandmaster Flash and Kid Capri. Continue reading

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35mm Pastlife: April 2011 (Black And White Joints)

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Photo Cred: Michael Béon aka King Red Rose

These 35mm Pastlife entries that I bless y’all with every now and again serve as a personal reminder of where I’ve been since I can’t recall the mindset. In 2010/2011 I spend a lot of time rolling to Noizetrip Studios to see Asaad and the big homie Mel Shish Boom aka Chaos (check the liner notes of The Roots Tipping Point) and trying to become a photographer in the meanwhile. I think that I was seeing a shorty from Olney at that point in time and I couldn’t really do all that I wanted on that side of things so that didn’t last too long but that’s the game. I had a chance to meet Camp Lo who had the illest slang next to the Wu in Hip-Hop… I don’t care what you say, I stand by that shit and if you disagree you are an “undercover shadow boxer”. But yeah yo… I moved around a little… didn’t make too many waves but I was wavy in my own mind.  Continue reading

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Polaroid Pastlife: 9th Wonder (2011)

Photo by Michael Béon aka King Red Rose

Photo by Michael Béon aka King Red Rose

Ask the homie @ChrisConsin about how we used to get down back in Villanova on the music tip. It all started with me once I was introduced to Little Brother’s The Listening album and Phonte became one of my favorite emcees of that time period. 9th Wonder’s beats were fire and to think that he did that all on FL Studio aka Fruity Loops was wild and that’s word to Toucan Sam. Some of my favorite joints by 9th can be found on the Black Album Rejects beat tape that’s probably floating around the web. Long story short, this photo came from the 9th Wonder/Phonte reunion tour Philly stop. Word on everything, I was in the right place right time and this photo is a result of it.

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