Today we're celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, yet many of us are preoccupied with the Trump Slump due to the upcoming inauguration. "Allowing ourselves to subsumed with hate and anger is utterly contradictory to King's spirit." Keep in mind, "he built ties with rabbis, white union leaders and black gang members, even traveling to India and Africa to forge relationships."He was more than a black civil rights leader. He was a human rights leader. "He had a genuine spiritual core in which all souls were the same," says historian John Baick.
"Love is the only creative, redemptive, transforming power in the universe."
If his tender heart wasn't enough to inspire you then let's reflect on his tough mind. Many associate inspirational, kind, and a dreamer with the name MLK Jr.. But the word tough tends to get loss in the mix. Let us be reminded how relentless he was. He was jailed 14 times, stabbed once in the chest, beaten at least twice in public. His home was bombed, he received constant death threats, and there's evidence that suggests the FBI even tried to get him to commit suicide by threatening to send his wife audiotapes of his extramarital trysts. Yet he never abandoned his activism. He often worked 20-hour days and gave up to 450 speeches a year - CNN.
"Unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality."
So while many of us feel like giving up on politics now that Donald Trump is preparing to take the highest office think about toughening up instead. Remind yourself of the stamina and resilience of Dr. King and other foot soldiers who joined forces to make a difference. "We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to co-operate with that system, and hereby to become a participant in its evil." Now is the time to unite among one another, for one another.
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools."
The papers are in! As of January 10th we are officially, official. We took a leap on faith and legal ownership of the name of Jakiera's Eye Photography, LLC. Now, some may think this just means we sold ourselves to the devil, the IRS. Nope! What this means is, we have opened up the doors of opportunities for our business and positioned ourselves to service a larger market; all while filing our taxes legally. Next, we'll apply for any proper licenses and consider getting bonded for business security.
Personally, taking this step is affirmation to myself that I've outgrown the "hobby" of photography. It means that I'm blocking out family members who have questioned my efforts as a late-teen, "why waste money on registering a business, more equipment, and college education when something like photography is just a hobby?" It means that I believe in myself and my passion more than my need to be supported by friends and loved ones. It means that I'm ready to overcome fear and live my true authentic life. Lastly, it means that I'm ready to feed my purpose. by serving The Greater Globe and contributing to the greater good.
So, let the festivities begin. I hope that my supporters and devotees are excited about this journey that we're entering because I am ecstatic! When I look into the future I envision many things. but I'm most excited about the day that majority of media sources recognize The Devalued as people of The Greater Globe (women, children, homeless, queer, minorities) and society treats them as such.
Dinzel is a veteran turned artist that creates drawings to sell on his website www.dinzel.com, which he uses to pay for food. His companion is his cat named Reo whom he trained himself and together they work the corner of Dounton and Gemantown Street in downtown Philadelphia to raise additional income for shelter.
The recording above is a clip from a full video that can be found in The Greater Globe gallery. In the video you'll find a brief conversation where I attempted to capture parts of our dialogue that was exchanged before the recording started. Please forgive me for interrupting him. Lessons come in the rarest form and that one was learn on this day - listen more, talk less.. Hopefully the lesson received by others come as a reminder that homeless people are still people. Regardless of our status we all deserve more respect and less judgement. My hopes behind sharing this is that it'll provide people with a little more insight into the lives of some of those we frequent on street corners and sometimes turn our noses up at.
Next, I can't wait to set my fears aside and capture a more intimate, upclose and personal conversation with local panhandlers, disabled or veterans. I can just imagine the many stories, lessons and value that lives inside someone like Dinzel. Visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/artist.dinzel for more. Share your thoughts.
We all have to start somehwere so here's my room-turned-studio. I'm so happy to finally be taking my first steps at shooting indoor photography.. Outdoors will always be my first choice; I love nature and natural light. However, having the abiltiy to shoot indoors cancels out some of the limitations that I had before.
I've decided to name it the "The Love Studio!" The photography that I shoot comes from a place of love, my subjects are filled with love, I love photography and so it's only right that it's called The Love Studio.
Even more, I'm excited about the journey of the studio and watching my vision come to life.! I have great plans for how I want it to grow and transform. Photos of different studios motivate me to continue to push forward and be courageous enough to believe that one day I will have a complete studio of my own similar to those below (if not, better)! *wink*
In 2 days, this site will be published and the difference now is that it's not just a portfolio anymore. I've personally designed, created and intimately pieced together collections of my work to share with anyone who may be interested. More importantly, those who can relate and recognize the importance behind what I am revealing.
A little background or history: Photography has been a hobby for over 15 years, it's been a part time profession for over 10 years and I've embraced it as my true passion over 5 years ago. Thanks to a small group of people that I've surrounded myself with over the last year I have learned that photography is my purpose.
So, while I may have 100's of thousands of photographs that I could share with the world that is not what I chose to do. This time I've decided to focus on what means the most to me and that's The Greater Globe. A group of people including women, children, homeless, queer and minorities whom are viewed by the world as devalued. Ultimately my purpose as a photographer is to expose this group until they are seen as The Greater Globe.
If I had one gift, one purpose, then I'd like to believe that one was to contribute to society providing unity and love through the art of photography.