Ray Manzana is a photographer and filmmaker who describes his work as being beyond the visual hype, storytelling is at the core of his creative expression. His portfolio boasts amazing photographic work with numerous artists including Frank Casino, Chiano Sky and Reason to name a few. Here’s a little bit on his journey as a creative.
“My environment inspires me, I feed off the energy, people, textures, taste. I like to use all my senses to draw inspiration from my surroundings and create a theme that indulges all the senses.
I try to capture the good and bad of life. I contrast a lot through my photography, for instance I could have a beautiful model captured in a somewhat toxic uninhabitable environment, that speaks to the realities that occur in life. My photography is centered around the ying-yang of life.
I’m not working on a particular big project at the moment, I’m working on various tv projects freelancing but in terms of my own creative projects I’m looking forward to creating a short film.
The next step for the creative industry is for creatives and artists to own their platforms and attain more resources. People need to pay creatives more as well, it can be really hard to survive as a creative off of your craft alone.
I’d encourge upcoming artist to remember that there is no right way or formula to creating art, stick to what feels most genuine to you.” – Ray Manzana
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Music is my happy place. I discovered my talent for it at a New Years beach party on at one off my favoirite live music spots Jambay. I jumped on stage and sang for a good 2 hours, people where dancing and singing along and that kind of grew my confidence in my voice. I also sing to some of my producer friends beats, I’m still discovering my sound. Its really difficult to define myself as a creative because I do what I love to be honest. I take my time in my creative process. I always share when I feel like I am ready.
My work is super pre-meditated and won’t always make sense to everyone. I share from a broken place and sometimes I just share to inspire the next kid who might be going through a lot.
I’m currently working on a making more video projects, some music and I’m working on running a volunteering program with Hero Holidays.
The arts and culture industry needs to assign proper management teams for upcoming artists and more investments need to be made in order to pay artists well.
I’d encourage upcoming creatives to do what they love and stay debt free. Its ok to be yourself. Take your time perfecting your craft. Fuck Drugs, just kill em with the sauce.
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Lehlohonolo Ramathe better known as the model next door is a 22 year old model currently working under Boss Models Johannesburg. This well sculpted Creative On The Move always lets his work speak for him through the excellent work on his editorials which are always aesthetically pleasing.
“I see modeling as a creative art and a way for me to express myself through images in a creative way. There were various people who inspired me to become a model, Yannick Konan, Paul Zirhumana, Toyin and many more these are just a few people that I look up and draw inspiration from their work or the energy that they bring into my life.
I believe that every single human being is unique from the next until a form of comparison starts thats when you loose your uniqueness. For me I would say my look, my dying passion and always striving for more within the modeling industry gives me my edge.
I am currently busy with some new work with Fucking young Magazine its a European magazine, I’m also working with a local magazine called Ilaph’lam magazine. The next step for me as a model would be to sign with a Cape town agency and a London based agency.
I’d encourage aspiring models to never ever compare themselves to other models you are unique and to always do it with passion or dont do it at all.” Lehlogonolo Ramathe
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Photography by Ray Manzana.
On the 1st of October 2017 at Railways Cafe in Irene Pretoria, art lovers and enthusiasts gathered for another highly anticpated Woke Arts event #WokeExperience. The art community challenged its new and resident artists to come together to create performance pieces through collaboration of different art forms.
The Woke Arts community snatched us from our seats elevated us to the next level and delivered us back in a higher vibration with a well curated showcase and elaborate performances. A more than memorable moment for alternative culture lead by talented Musicians, Dancers, Poets and Visual Artists.
The line up consisted of Woke resident performers and those familiar with the Woke stage Kat Upendi, STY7EZ, Ruse, Maira Wolfe whose melodic poetry had us howling along, uThandolwethu, Daniel Nthambeleni, Antenim, Lungelo Manzi, Hosi K, Iindirhe, Dipalesa, ToeSessions who’s lyricism can only be described as godly, Kantona music of which I am convinced invented harmonizing, Shaka Shoelu, Sixghost and Skitz. Some new faces to the mix included our very own Slabsta and Hannah Van Tonder. With closing performances by Gyre and a special performance from The Social Markets’ Maitele Wawe. The experience featured visual art displays by NotDarren, Sisanda Art and Pharo T.
We’re always thrilled to see artists thrive doing what they love. The Woke Arts community has showed once again that there is power in unity in the arts and that love is indeed the highest vibration. We are definitely looking forward to what the Woke Arts movement has in store for us next.
Photography by KeGoBellah.
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