Zoom In.

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What happens when there’s a vastness around you, and you have to zoom in to find the beauty. Photography is more than merely taking a snap of a moment, it is a conscious action of choosing what should be seen. It is a quest to zoom in on the beautiful, the sad, the gross, the sublime and picturesque in life and hold it as is. In the process of creating and taking photographs one must consider the meaning behind choosing to present the particular moment, and what then should be made of it. Whether it is a picture of a human in the nude or a photograph staged in a studio, or a man walking in the streets or a composed photograph staged and presented in a particular way.

Photography is our attempt to immortalise, and savour each moment of everyday life.

When in the practice of photography, the most important feat is to open your eyes, to allow yourself to see through the lens. Open your eyes to zoom in on what society at large may not see. As a photographer, photograph what you love, what interests you, the world is your canvas.

The technicalities of photography must be acknowledged, the camera is far more sensitive than the human eye. Lighting is the most important thing in photography. Light is your friend, the camera is the tool which you use to shine light on. Learn your lighting rules and tips, but mostly learn how to set the lighting on your camera. Be acquainted with the terms, ISO, Aperture and Exposure.

If you’re passionate about photography, start practicing the craft now.  Whether you’re using a smartphone or a DSLR camera,  just do it. Allow yourself to be lead by what interests you most, teach yourself to zoom in on what you like and find the beauty and art in it.

 

 

 

 

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If you let go a little.

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“If you let go a little, you will have peace. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace.”- Ajahn Cha

Letting go of anything that you have probably been attached to in so many ways, can be one of the hardest things in life. Let’s take for an instance, a good relationship, some relationships are particularly pernicious. We often develop relationships out of convenience, without considering the traits necessary to build a successful bond with another person—important traits like unwavering support, shared trust, and loving encouragement.

When a relationship is birthed out of proximity or chemistry alone, it is bound to fail. We need more than a person’s physical presence to maintain a meaningful connection, but we routinely keep people around simply because they’re already around. It’s easy to develop a connection with a co-worker, schoolmate, or someone who’s always been there—even when they’re not adding any real value to our lives. It’s even easier to stay in those relationships: old relationships are comfortable, and starting new relationships is difficult. New relationships require work—but anything worth holding on to does.

I believe we create and maintain problems because they give us a sense of identity, perhaps this explains why we often hold onto our pain far beyond its ability to serve us. We replay past mistakes over and over again. We cling to frustration and worry about the future, as if the act of fixation somehow gives us power. There will never be a time life is simple, there will always be time to practice accepting that.

Every moment is a chance to let go and be peaceful. Make your own happiness, here are some way to get started:

Change your perceptions: See the root cause as a blessing in disguise

Cry it all out: it is okay to cry, crying away your negative feelings releases

Focus: your energy on something you can

Engage: in a physical activity: exercise decreases stress

Written by Jolene Tshakane

 

The Imagination of Tiisetso Maoke.

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“I wrote this book because I wanted to find meaning. I wanted to unpack the stigma around women who are super feminine, and the idea that they cannot be intelligent because they are girly. I wanted people to realize that we exist internally and externally, and that it is okay to live both. Inner beauty and inner strength are important to me, I wanted to write to encourage people to know who they are and live freely, to live out our inner selves. ” – Tiisetso Maoke.

Fellow Artizen, Tiisetso Maoke has set out to explore ideas and notions of Inner beauty,and tapping into the stream of consciousness from which we create. We often ask ourselves these questions everyday, and she invites us to explore her imagination which reflects the creativity in ourselves that we need to embrace. This is a great read that will jolt you into re-imagining  your journey in life. So go out and get your copy of The Imagination of Tiisetso Maoke.

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For Purchase Contact: Tiisetso Maoke –  081 4986 420

tmaoke@gmail.com

 

 

 

Pusha Phanda.

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Every morning Jabulani wakes up and does his rounds collecting recyclable material through the city, he says “You have to wake up early, or else you won’t find anything, there’s too many of us, so i wake up at 5am and get going.” This reminds me of an old proverb that goes, “the early bird catches the worm”.

The true nature of a winner is knowing how to persevere, and to be willing to do what nobody else has done, or is willing to do it is to respect the grind.

This is a wake up call! The hustle you’ve been sleeping on starts now, you have to put in the hard work to be successful. A lot of the times we come across people who have an idea, and want to start something but they never really do, and it’s time we asked ourselves why?

Why are we afraid of ourselves, why are we afraid of our potential. Why do we sike ourselves out before we even start. This is  a call to the artizen, remember that all those ideas and plans you had? The vision will never come to life unless you take the first step,  it’s never to late to start. Manifest your power.

Don’t hold back, it’s time to do it. Pusha Phanda!

Pop and Lock your Hip Hop.

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Dance is a language on it’s own, filled with many expressions. Hip hop dance on the other hand is the epitome of freedom.We sought to find out more about what it really takes to make it as a hip hop dancer, from Chris “Icetruth” Banza, he is a two time champion of Dance Empire, he won second place at the Morocco hip hop dance competition 2016, and he is currently working for dance studio.

 
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What should you know when starting to learn how to dance hip hop? “Well it is important thing is your passion, you have to have to be ready for hard work and commitment. When you start don’t be conscious just do your thing”.

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What does it take to be a dance and physically do it well, are there any exercises that one can can do to prepare themselves.”Physically one needs to be fit because dance requires physical strength, you can start doing exercises like running, running helps your feet get stronger, so they’re strong enough to support your body as you move, it also helps you balance. Skipping also helps your feet become faster and lighter on the dance floor”

For starters, learn the basics of Hip Hop which are the main styles.

Breaking; breaking includes four foundation dances: toprock, footwork-oriented steps performed while standing up; footwork performed with both hands and feet on the floor; freezes, stylish poses done on your hands; and  complex and impressive acrobatic moves.

Locking; locking looks similar to popping, and the two are frequently confused by the casual observer. In locking, dancers hold their positions longer. The lock is the primary move used in locking. It is “similar to a freeze or a sudden pause.”

Popping; this  is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in a dancer’s body.

To be a hip hop dancer you have to be versatile, try and learn all the sub genres of the dance as much as you can. Visualize yourself as a great dancer.  With that being said, the key to being good at anything is to apply yourself, commit to it, and love it.

So go forth and dance.

Watch this cool dance video of Chris  -> Hip Hop Dance by Icetruth

Neo-Soul with Angela Nimah.

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Amidst all the buzz and rush of the city, we found a gem of a different kind. Her captivating aura must have lured us in, she has a unique set of talents that come together to form her mesmerising aesthetic. We got a chance to meet and know the amazing and talented  Angela Nimah. She is a musician, writer, fine artist and the craftswoman behind the brand RVL.

Her music is one aspect of her artistry that captivated us, she makes the kind of music that serenades you, and pulls you in to hypnotic trance a trance, so we asked her how she came to find her sound. “A lot of my beats are Hip-Hop Beats, where I come in with a soulful and neo-soulful element, which can also delve into experimental and alternative genres. All that magic makes up my style of music which I call Voodoo Soul, It’s an evolving sound that remains consistent, I have no reason why I make this style of music, everything is organic when it comes to my creative process, I only discover later what it all means”.

She carries herself with such grace and poise that we had to wonder where it all came from and who her biggest influences are. “Well, my earliest memory of music influences for me are Lauren Hill, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Simphiwe Dana to name a few. Soulful music is the foundation of what I create, but a lot of where it comes from is the heart. Art is innate so everything and everyone else is a mere reflection of that”. It is so refreshing to find an artist that is deeply grounded in their craft”.

Angela Nimah has certainly found her niche in the music industry, so we wanted to know, what her views are on art and entertainment in South Africa currently. “Haha, I don’t think much about that but if I had to put my mind to it, I think it’s growing quite rapidly but from an independent point of view there’s still a lot of work to be done for doors to open to new talent that is flourishing underground, but I just do what I do and pray it’ll be well received.”

So what does Nimah consider her biggest achievements this far in her career, “It would have to be not giving up on my purpose to create and become. I’m not just an artist I am a person as well. If I’m not making art, I’m consuming it.”, and we are absolutely ready to consume more of her art too.

What’s next for Nimah? “I don’t know what’s next, I just follow the flow to become the flow, There’s so much that I can do and I’ve learnt to attend each one of those gifts one step at a time through faith and consciousness. Everything is already happening and unfolding”, with that being said, we asked Nimah  what she lives by, her message to the world is “My mantra? I have a lot but one in particular is, Do what it takes!” and to all up coming artists she’d like to say “If you know you’re undeniably dope, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Move swift and let your art speak for you, keep growing”.

So stay woke, and look out for this creative on the move!

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Watch this awesome video of our time with Angela Nimah -> Neo-Soul with Angela Nimah.

Written by  Kea Mooka