© 2017 by The Sunflower Experience 

A Creative Journey

August 10, 2017

 Photo by: @steven_csloh 

 

This post will take you on a roller coaster of creativity, (partially because it's all over the place, bare with me please, but mostly) because along with the amazing content that I created with these four amazing people and the five photographers who took these photos, I have written poems to accompany certain pieces and poses. This concept arose from a multitude of inspirations and I really wanted to bring my ideas to life. I figured, why not put together something to create conversation and provoke my audiences in the most positive way possible. 

 

My first step was reaching out, so I simply put a word out on Instagram and got a pretty big response from there. I ended up with four amazing models and five outstanding photographers all with different looks, styles of editing and different lenses to capture all angles of this project. Next, was the location. What better place than a sunflower field? I mean, honestly, is that even a question.  

 

It always amazes me how creatives choose to express art and how unique to them it is. When working with photographers it's so beautiful to see how they take real life and creative a lasting image. It's not just clicking a button when you're doing it right. Other photogs and creatives understand what I mean by this. One image can be taken in so many ways. Want to see what I mean?

Check it out:

 

 Photo by: @steven_csloh

 Photo by: @hadi1224 

 

These photos were taken at the same time with the same pose, but look at the differences they express. The first photo screams power and unity the second beckons peace and grace. Both beautiful photos but completely different vibes. It's crazy how the same moment can be captured in so many different ways. 

 

What I've found interesting is how subjective art and creativity are. What one person may think to be beautiful and artistic, another may criticize as amateur or as this generation loves to use "basic." Creativity only goes as far as we allow it. If we only accept what is concrete than what we think is beautiful will be different from someone who sees the world in an abstract fashion. 

 

 Photo by @jamalmortimer

 Photo by: @jamalmortimer 

 

Peace my Queens. 

Love is light. 

WE are the future. 

Let us ban together, 

set our own standards.

WE are the past. 

We have raised leaders, 

fed soldiers, 

healed the wounded, 

prayed for the sick. 

We are powerful. 

We are Queens. 

 

 Photo by: @mvrcu.s

 Photo by: @jamalmortimer

 

 Photo by: @kingbozzvy

 

We bring Peace in times of war and Love when there is hate. 

Our light shines brighter each day. 

 

These next photos bring back the concept of "unity" to mind, from there conversation of gender comes into play. Especially as of late, with the recent outrageous news of the White House's foolery concerning transgenders and the military. Gender norms, gender roles, who is "supposed" to be who and who is "supposed" to do what. Why does society put so much pressure on women to present themselves in a certain way? Why does society put so much pressure on men to be the "protector" and "provider?" Equality is a word that springs about when discussing gender. Equality for people who don't claim a gender, equality for people who choose to be TRANSgender, equality for women to be treated as fairly as men in the work place, equality for men to be able feed their feminine needs. Equality for gay, lesbian, dark, light, people of all shapes and sizes. That is what I believe in. 

 

Photo by @steven_csloh 

 Photo by @steven_csloh

 Photo by @steven_csloh

 

 Photo by: @jamalmortimer 

 

 Photo by @mvrcu.s 

 

Photo by @mvrcu.s

 Photo by @hadi1224

 Photo by @hadi1224

 

 Photo by @hadi1224

 

Carefree, self-Love. 

Photo by @kingbozzvy 

Photo by @kingbozzvy

Photo by @mvrcu.s 

 Photo by @mvrcu.s

 

Release. 

I am free. 

Chains broken, shattered like glass. 

Love. 

I feel it.

No one gave it to me,

I took it. 

For myself.

 

 Happiness brings creativity to life. Happiness makes paintings dance, it makes feet create beats, and it gives the world a smile. 

 

 Photo by @jamalmortimer

 Photo by @mvrcu.s

 Photo by @hadi1224

Photo by @steven_csloh 

 Photo by @steven_csloh

 Photo by @jamalmortimer

 

Our generation is suffering. Our future is being brought to its knees. Black men this is for you. 

 

You cannot have them. 

They are not property. 

Not trophies to be won 

or numbers on a board.

They breathe the same air,

drink the same water, 

bare a name. Just like you. 

The list of names grows everyday. 

Trayvon

Eric

Tamir

Philando...

I am weeping just thinking... 

You cannot have them. 

We will fight. 

You cannot have them. 

We are soldiers. 

You cannot have them.

Their lives belong to them. 

You feel threatened. 

Hands up. 

But you still shot. 

1 life, 2 lives, 50 lives. 

gone. 

Why do you weep?

 

Photo by @steven_csloh 

Photo by @steven_csloh 

Photo by @steven_csloh 

Photo by @steven_csloh 

 

This concept had many duties but mostly, it was meant to invoke or provoke creativity. I am a young woman on a creative journey and I encountered these amazing people along the way to help me present my visions to you. I am eternally grateful and humbled to have had this experience with these creatives. Peace and blessings.

 

 Photo by @hadi1224

 

Models: 

Devin - @_takumi

Lindsey - @lindseygene_

Sarina - @rinanicole_

Nesha - @holyhoneybunches

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