Here he is – Mr Olympus himself. So glad he decided to descend from his godly vantage to mingle with us mere mortals ‘n’ create some dope content. I’m truly honoured. Jokes aside, this is part deux of the ‘Scenes from an Unexpected Trilogy’. An avid shooter himself, in a conversation post shootin’, he confided that he is on the cusp of a photography ‘n’ design degree at uni, ‘n’ he also dabbles in architectural photography. He sees a career in this. ‘N’ why not hey? Follow your heart I say. Many of us have failed in our attempt to make the subconscious a reality due to reasons rangin’ from fear, lack of motivation, or dedication. Follow your heart young man. Today I introduce to you: DemzVisuals: Shedy.
One of the things I truly love about content creation is the spontaneity. You pack your gear ‘n’ leave your house with a pre-destined motive in mind, but along the way, you may deviate from the path. But there’s beauty in deviation. I’m a man who likes a plan. I’m a man of routine. I’m the guy that makes a plan, to make a plan. Monica Gellar/Bing anyone? That bein’ said, I have allowed myself to recognise opportunity in deviation. Yes it’s good to have a set structure, but when life throws somethin’ out the ordinary, have an open mind ‘n’ go with the flow. It could lead to some brilliant connections – ‘n’ dope content! It’s this open mind which has allowed me to curate the next three posts which I have dubbed: ‘Scenes from an Unexpected Trilogy’. But let’s take it step at a time. Today I introduce to you: DemzVisuals: Dom Braund.
I‘ll be the first to say it. Historically, I’ve kinda been the self-titled ‘lone-wolf’ of the family. I won’t bore you or incriminate myself with the details, but it is what it is. Keepin’ it one hunna, for me, the notion of ‘family’ is somethin’ I’ve kinda always taken for granted. Which is strange considerin’ the affinity I have with some of history’s and pop culture’s greatest heroes/anti heroes. Despite their hamartia, they had one thing in common: family. To take for granted an institution which some are not privileged to have is kinda bad. Maybe it’s due to my ‘advancin’ age (I’m still relatively young), my sense of some day perhaps wantin’ my own, or seein’ my youngers growin’ into their own, the ‘lone-wolf’ has realised his own hamartia. To quote the legend George R. R. Martin: “when the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” Today I introduce to you: Demz Visuals: Rem ‘n’ Fem.
Bein’ the second shoot of the day, this one was also relaxed for a few reasons. One, havin’ met him last year thru Liam, Remi’s become a familiar face. Hittin’ networkin’ events together in Manchester, Liverpool ‘n’ London, he’s no stranger. So the slight trepidation experienced on Kiran’s shoot was non-existent. Two, this familiarity meant I knew how to shoot him. On cue, he’d hit his own poses / alter as instructed. Three, the light was still on our side. Shootin’ on a mid level Nikon, I’m startin’ to understand the strengths ‘n’ weaknesses of its capabilities. The better the natural night, the more wiggle-room I have in post. Today I introduce to you Demz Visuals: Remi.
Here he is – the big man himself. Or as the birth cerfiticate states (that’s an intentional mis-spell – word to Uncle Marley), Hayden. I remember when we first brought him home he was no bigger than a Bowtruckle. Fast forward 16 years ‘n’ he’s swallowed 10 galleons worth of skelegrow, grown some whiskers ‘n’ possesses bass in his voice that’s not dissimilar to mine. Not bad for the ‘baby’ of mum’s trio. When he hit me up ‘n’ told me he wanted to shoot, I simply said: “yeah, let’s do it” – it was mutually beneficial. I needed practice, ‘n’ I’m sure he’s lookin’ fresh pics to secure the bag. The youngers think they got the game patterned when us man invented the game, the rules, ‘n’ the cheat code. Today I introduce to you Demz Visuals: Hayden.
I‘ll come right out ‘n’ say it from the jump, this is my favourite collection so far. ‘N’ it was the most nerve-racking as well. Up until this point, my shoots consisted of those close who were willin’ to be my guinea-pigs. ‘N’ to them, I’m truly grateful. After a few ‘personal’ shoots, I decided to test myself – I had to put myself ‘out-there’. So I did. I put up a story on my personal Insta askin’ who would be interested in a shoot, ‘n’ I got a hit back. What’s interestin’ is through workin’ with Liam ‘n’ a few collabs with JD Sports, myself ‘n’ Kiran have been followin’ each other for a while but never met in person. A fellow creative herself producin’ dope content, the energies were aligned. We arranged a date ‘n’ time, met up ‘n’ captured what I consider some of my best work to date. Today I introduce to you Demz Visuals: Kiranalix.
This was my second shoot since I copped the 50mm. Why do I state this? As mentioned in Castlefield Rowan, in the short time that I’ve been shootin’, my shots and edits have improved – so this is one of my earlier creations. I’m really enjoyin’ this foray into photography. There’s somethin’ fulfillin’ about shootin’ subjects – animate or otherwise. The subject in question here, Joe, is a dope creative in his own right shootin’ both images ‘n’ video. But we’ll get in to that in to that. Today I present to you: Demz Visuals: JS Visuals.