my own take on urbandico’s most read definitions.
A creative course aimed at building an interdisciplinary appreciation and model of Creativity, through content and experience of different disciplinary approaches to the field; examining the idea of 'unlearning', questioning assumptions and preconceived notions around what creativity is.
below are displayed my weekly journals (10 artworks/10 weeks).
A noble cause supported by my friend from university Arif Uddin, speaking out/giving a voice to those who have shut theirs a while ago. did a poster for the mental health/illness prevention event ‘the Real Fight’ organized in Warwick.
Soon after coming up with the poster, Arif curated a pop-up exhibition in Warwick Business School’s premises. Held in 3.003 WBS Create Space (see video below), Arif closed the rooms curtains to shroud the room in darkness (just like mental-health affected people’s minds) and pinned all students’ artworks (including mine - laminated A3 poster) on these curtains (with safety pins).
I came in a bit early (before official opening) so as to help him and get an insider, private premium insight into the weekend exhibit. enjoy!
self directed video of the gallery space in my own school!!
In this day, Thursday 18th January 2018, I just logged on the Smithsonian.com portal. As you may know, with my permanent overly-multitasking mindset, I had forgotten the password to check the result of the contest. I was conscious that the selection process involved more than 48000 entries sent in from 146 countries.
It's with immense honor that my photo ”ASAKUSA: CLOUD TRAILS OVER SENSŌ-JI TEMPLE” has been chosen by Smithsonian 's jury in their 2017 15th annual Smithsonian photo contest, and won the "Travel" section of it (incidentally 500$$$ too ahah).
It is thus counted as "award-winning" and I could not be happier in this very blessed Day. I actually have no words and my hands are shaking with emotion while I write this message, still trying to contemplate the extent of this news.
I don't do it for money and this is a lesson that whatever you love in life is for the taking. You never know how something is gonna turn out in the beginning so you can't be afraid to take risks, be willing to put it all on the line and keep walking the life path you picked, straight on with no turning back.
Loads of new photos on the way. Thank you all for following Raf Reyes™ . 💯
link to photo can be found there: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/detail/travel/asakusa-cloud-trails-over-senso-ji-temple/
Having the opportunity to take trips to both of these cities represented a big milestone for me: one, Tokyo, is considered to be a cultural beacon in the world for its renowned cinema scene, animes and various forms of art, architecture, and way of life in general (acquired in millennials); the other, Shanghai was built up from scratch in 26 years following a great revolution and, despite benefitting from a rich Chinese heritage. All I did during these last two weeks was wandering around day and nite to capture the most unique scenes I could with a unique eye. Most of the photographs thus extoll a feeling or an "aura" as I like to call.
Therefore, this truthfully contrasting 15-days-trip has been eye-opening for me. But no more talking for me, and more showing from RAF REYES™: check out the photos in the 'Projects' section!