I spend at least half my time on the internet. And I’m not ashamed to say it because I am pretty sure that I’m not the only one. To make myself feel better about it though, I don’t spend all my time on 9gag, and Facebook, I have actually come across some websites that benefit my life in some way.
So here is a compilation of websites that have inspired, informed and bettered my internet-life:
- Buzzfeed: want to know whats happening in the world, without having to watch the news and dampening your mood? Well Buzzfeed is the place to do it. It has a collection of articles pertaining to things that are happening in the world. Things that will make you laugh, cry, question society and feel inspired.
- Open Culture: I am a huge fan of learning new things and building my knowledge base whenever I can. Open Culture is a website that has hundreds and thousands of free online courses in anything from Conversational French to Economics to 20th Century Modernist poetry- it’s your choice really.
- Digital Synopsis: This is probably my favourite on the list, because it has a little bit of everything and it is often the most inspiring. Featuring many inspirational advertising and design campaigns, Digital Synopsis is always a great spark for creativity and design. It is also a great way to see how the creative world is functioning commercially.
- Creative Bloq: This one is mainly targeted at those interested and or involved in the design industry. It is the mother of all design websites. With fonts and graphic tools, tips on photo shop and logo design, it is a website that caters to everyone from the professional designer to the average Joe wanting to make his blog look amazing.
- Pinterest: Do I even need to say anything about Pinterest? And question: Am I the only one who has a Pinterest board dedicated to mason jars?
- Hit Record: This amazing gem of a collaborative space, is a place for anyone who is a creative and willing to share their work with the world. And the best part is, if you have a great eye for art but you cannot create your own, it gives you the opportunity to curate a collaborative project. It was created by everyone’s favourite hottie… by hottie I mean Joseph Gordon Levitt. He is proof that extremely talented people can also be extremely good looking… but I digress.
- Deviant Art: For the visual artists who want to share their work on the internet, This website allows you to create an account on which you can post your work, write about your work and see what other artists are doing.
So those are seven websites that I use to spark my creativity and influence my life for the better. I’m sure that there are many more places on the internet where artists can thrive, but these are the ones that have made it onto my radar.
I guess this is just proof that the internet is a fantastic way to stay inspired and to keep creating.
Written By Nomsa Fakude
Photography By Sameera Soorjee Photography
I took one look into those eyes, fell
into an instant trance
They’re earthly feel and sacred glance
Probing with every blink to my aura
I dove into their embrace and bathed
in their fountains of rich tears and life
I took one look into those eyes and
found my reflection in its darkness , a
perfect mess so deep that my cracks
glowed kaleidoscopic images of my
As they aligned with the glow sticks
of the night sky, I found myself in
awe of their diamond-like reflection
So tainted yet alive with eternal flames.
Poetry by Michelle Mooka
Photo by Sameera Soorjee Photography
Art began with life. When the roots held themselves to the ground. When the leaf clung to the tree, and the tree dared to sprout to unwuthered heights. This was the art of life. This tree grew and commanded all of nature. When this tree moved, It gave a melodiousness to the air, and this air made the waters dance. Slushing and sliding together to the rhythms of day and night. This tree, seduced the water so, it couldn’t help but seep through its roots and find a home within its branches. And the ground? The soil gathered its strength to guard its gates so fearlessly.
The tree, was so powerful that if it rubbed its arms together it would start a fire. This tree… was much like art. Within it, lives love, passion, power and pain. It lives and dies, but exists in eternity.
Art lives within all of you.
Written by Kea Mooka
Photos by Sameera Soorjee Photography
The lights are dim, there is dead silence. We come together into a neat hold, and adjust our shoulders to hold our line. He clasps my hand and pulls me in closer, then rests his other hand on the arch of my back and leans in to dip me to the side. The opening pose alone, sends chills down the spine.
El Tango De Roxanne starts to play. The sharp strings of the violin serenade the air and force us to action. Slow, slow, quick quick slow… the basic tango sequence. We lock eyes in between steps and hold a gaze with the pause of the music. We begin another quick succession of steps. The power play has begun. The tango is a dance of desire, seduction, love, jealousy , aggression which fuses into an explosion of passion. It is love and hate on the dance floor. When at its best it’s like walking in on a steamy session of passion between lovers .
The tango takes you through the extremities of all emotions, and forces you to practice control in all your movements on the dance floor. It means moving smoothly but sharply too, always being alert! The music stops, we break our hold. I have to seduce him- a sinister sway of the hip lures him in. He regains control through his tight grip and sharp movements, He hoists me into the air and puts me down into a side step. We move sensually across the dance floor and slow down into a lunge step. I slide down lower and up quicker into a gancho. The rest of the dance is filled with gasps, pauses, embraces and ends in a soft panting.
The beauty of dance lies, in its ability to tell a story solely through the language of the body. It is an art form where the stomping of a foot, or a sway of the hip demands power. It is in the intimacy of understand each other without having to say a word.
If you want to go on the ride of your life, try the tango!
Written by Kea Mooka
Photos by Sameera Soorjee Photography
“This is a neo-expression piece, based on the moment when two soul mates are so in tune with each other that they become oblivious to everything else” – Donald Mashigo
Art work by Donald Mashigo