MakeDo! I attended a book talk for @luvvie book last night and left feeling motivated as I work on my first book: About Making Do: How to Inspire Creativity and Empower Community. I'm even more passionate about my creative philosophy Making Do which essentially is using what you have around you to innovate and live a purposeful life. This has been ingrained in my own cultural DNA. We all make do everyday in some way. It's evolutionary and revolutionary. My mission as a social designer/maker/doer is to design spaces and opportunities that spark creativity, make unlikely connections and raise the voice of the little guy, gal and folk. Photo via @nmaahc which opens officially to the public tomorrow. #MakeDo#creativephilosophy#thegeneralstoreinc#aboutmakingdo#usewhatyougot#fridayfeeling#intentions#luuvie#imjudgingyou
iMarvel. Yes, I do.
I appreciate the geniuses, the change makers and the dreamweavers out there in the world. I acknowledge the community of people who create and reform what is.
Did you know the word "genius" used to mean "attendant spirit present from one's birth, innate ability or inclination" arising from the belief that god (whatever you believe that to be) works through us. This concept inspires the idea that we are a vehicle. We are a vessel. We are a beautiful means for creativity to evolve. And this is humbling.
I like to believe that any one of us, can open up to this flow. I urge you all to find your flow. Find the ideas that drive you and act through those.
#iMarvel because I also acknowledge that one's creativity is a culmination of internal forces - experiences, knowledge, skills and mastery - and external forces - sensory stimuli, communication and inspiration - coming together in new and wonderful ways. No man is an island, and no idea is completely original in the grand scheme of things.
D-day is tomorrow y'all!!! #MTMBADAGRY2015 .
All roads lead to #badagry for the "Meet The Mentors" Program, November 7, at the Nigerian French Village, Ajara Badagry. The mentorship programme starts from 10:00am on Saturday 7th November 2015, at the Nigeria French Language Village Auditorium, Ajara, Badagry, Lagos- Nigeria. There is also going to be free medical check up pavilion from 8:00am till 3:00pm for all ages on the same day! It's not too late to register! I'll be teaching on my #creativephilosophy & sharing a number of #lifelessons so you know you don't wanna be MIA!!! Pls don't forget to help rbc.
Photo credit: Caelainne Hogan RSVP: +2348033202788
NOTES ON PHOTOGRAPHY.
So...little trick I usually charge a billion dollars for: know those little lines that pop up when you're first cropping your photo in Instagram? There are two horizontal and two vertical lines. This is IG's nifty little nod to THE RULE OF THIRDS, which is the foundational building block for good composition in Photography. The Rule of Thirds is an incredibly handy way of drawing attention to the most important parts of the image in a subtle way and laying it out in the most pleasing way possible. So: find the most important part of your image, and arrange it as close to the INTERSECTION of a horizontal and vertical line as possible. In this case: look at this little lad's eyes.
Imagine that this image is divided into thirds. His eyes would be at the intersection of the TOP HORIZONTAL and the RIGHT VERTICAL LINES, thus subconsciously drawing people's attention there. Or something like that. Send me five dollars if you feel like it, because you certainly couldn't find this kind of tidbit on Google. Class over. Go watch some Cosby Show.
You can have a billion dollars of photography equipment, you can understand lighting inside and out and be able to strip down and re-assemble your 10-million megapixel camera in the dark, but unless you can find an interesting subject and capture it from a unique and compelling perspective...then who cares?
One reason I like Instagram. It's not a replacement for traditional photography shot on DSLRs that let you precisely control the quality of your images...but it certainly is complementary in the sense of simply forcing you to place the priority on what is A) interesting around you, and then B) finding a unique point-of-view to capture it from. There. Mini rant over. Until next time. Now go play in the sun!