July 31, 2012

GOODGOODmusic: That GOOD GOOD Blog's Official Music Tumblr

I’m very excited to unveil my latest mini project: GOODGOODmusic.tumblr.com
This tumblr blog will serve as my musical stream of consciousness. I will simply be posting songs that I am currently listening to and, of course, songs from my past that I am still enamored by (I love me some old school music). I've really enjoyed sharing my musical library with you all through That GOOD GOOD Blog already, and I believe that GOODGOODmusic will allow me to share songs more frequently, which is my desire. Not a fan of tumblr? No worries, I will still be doing my usual music posts on this blog too. I’m really excited about this and I hope you all enjoy the songs that I will be posting! I plan on updating it very often (everyday if time allows me to). Here are a few of the songs you can currently find on GOODGOODmusic:

Do you have a tumblr? If so, please feel free to leave your link in a comment! I’d love to follow you!

July 25, 2012

A Look Through My Lens, Part 7

A Look Through My Lens is an ongoing series on That GOOD GOOD Blog which features awe-inspiring photographers from all over the world. I have had the absolute privilege of interviewing 13 photographers thus far through this series and today I have yet another amazing addition to the ‘A Look Through My Lens’ family, Nneka Salmon from Brooklyn, NY. Nneka is no stranger to That GOOD GOOD Blog; I featured her back in April in my He/She's Got That Good Good style series. The same classic style that can be found in the way Nneka dresses is certainly apparent in her photography as well. I feel that Nneka's photographic pseudonym, TheNewYorkan, is extremely appropriate for her because her work truly captures the essence of New York and the beautiful people who inhabit it. Please enjoy her story as she shares about her passion for her art form and where her love of photography all began.

To be honest before I even knew what "photography" was or how big the art was, all I had was a passion for pictures. As a pre-teen, I would take a million and one pictures on a camera phone of people and scenes. I kept at it until I reached a point where I kept asking my mom to buy me a camera, and she finally did when I was about 16. At that age, I became fonder of the art itself and realized that I can actually place my thoughts onto paper. My interest for photography took off really in my 1st year of college; it was a breakthrough for me when I finally started shooting without being ashamed, simply because it was my own personal creative outlet. I always felt as if I had so much energy and ideas caged inside and I simply didn't know what to do with it. With photography, you are the leader. You are the creative director. The very thought of visualizing your ideas and dreams is extremely powerful, especially if you are looking and creating from the perfect/correct perspective.
As of late, I have been taking mostly events, style, portraits and product photos simply due to their demand and also my contributing work for internships.

My photography is a reflection of my personality and style (at least that is what I aim to achieve in my work). I strive off of my faith, emotions, visions and love, so to speak, so to classify my photographic style is not so easy.
 I like to capture candid moments of my models/clients or when they are completely in the zone. That single moment when they switch characters unknowingly, there's something in their eyes that tell you "I'm ready".

I shoot with a Nikon D3000 with a 50mm 1.8 G lens. Although I am ready for an upgrade, this camera is my baby "Goon", always ready to go with me on a trip no matter what. This is one camera that I will always have as a backup. It is often highly underestimated, but it always shows out at the end. We work as a team.
One photographer who has made an impact in my life is a Professor of mine, Rachel Barrett. She taught me about mood, colors, tones, and how to really read into a photo. If the color was different would you feel different? What does the subject tell you through their eyes, hair, expression, color or scene? These were the questions that were asked during our class sessions. It changed my view and judgment of a single photograph. We were no longer taking it for face value, but we were now diving deeper into the making of the photo itself, and for me that's where the "change" took place.

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July 11, 2012

She's Got That Good Good: Florie M.

It has been quite some time since I last did a He/She’s Got That Good Good feature! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this set of features, He/She’s Got That Good Good showcases the personal styles of individuals from around the world. Each feature includes photos of an individual which display his or her personal style as well as responses to a few questions I asked. Today’s feature is a lovely Londoner whose casually cool, laid back sense of style caught my attention. Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to..

Florie M. from London, England

How old are you?

What do you do for a living?
I'm an editorial assistant

What words would you use to describe your style?
Easy & eclectic

Where are your favorite places to shop?
Do fabric shops count? Ha! I only really buy basics, denim and shoes from Topshop, Asos and H&M but I try to make most of my clothes.

What is the one article of clothing that you simply could not live without?
At the moment, it’s my black and white camo t-shirt that I got for a steal on eBay.

July 9, 2012

That GOOD GOOD Around the Web: Africa Edition

One of my all-time favorite brands, LAURENCEAIRLINE, recently released some stunning images from their S/S 2013 collection. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this brand, LAURENCEAIRLINE is a men’s clothing line based out of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. What makes this brand so special is its dedication to creating job opportunities in Abidjan amidst the aftermath of the humanitarian and political crisis in the Ivory Coast. Below are a couple of my favorite images - you can view the rest of them on the brand’s facebook page.

Alec Lomami is a Congolese musician whose effortless fusion of indie pop & French hip-hop has secured his position in the burgeoning realm of African hip-pop music. His unique sound has also given him recognition on sites such as MTV Iggy, Okayafrica, and Fader. He recently released the video for his song “Kinshasa”, remixed by Danish music producer CHLLNGR. The original song was written by Alec during his 9 month detainment in an American immigration jail while he awaited a decision on his application for asylum. It’s quite riveting to see how such beauty can be born out of such a trying time, but is that not the mark of a true artist?

I recently came across the absolutely breathtaking work of Nigerian artist, Njideka Akunyili. Through the use of charcoal, ink, acrylic, xerox transfers, lace and paper collage on paper, Njideka creates poignant images which touch on matters of great importance to her, such as the interracial love she shares with her husband. In her own words, “My art addresses my internal tension between my deep love for Nigeria, my country of birth, and my strong appreciation for Western culture, which has profoundly influenced both my life and my art. I use my art as a way to negotiate my seemingly contradictory loyalties to both my cherished Nigerian culture that is currently eroding and to my white American husband.” 

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