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WHY I BLOG? WHY I WRITE? WHY I BREATHE.

Blog’s have become a huge opportunity for writers globally, to communicate within one post. A tool, that can give you freedom to express, describe or translate. The ability to be your own creator. In other words, your own boss. Some writers do it for money, or studies, or for even their work. For me? I do it for passion. Something I’ve never been able to not do. Even if it is writing just a quote a day, or a bunch of lyrics, or a heartfelt essay of collection of thoughts and feelings. It’s almost like breathing to me. IT BECOMES NATURAL. Obviously you need some sort of ability to write a blog, however you do not need to be the best. Just write what you feel, what I usually say. You can always read examples for help, you can find four common styles of writing. Expository, Descriptive, Persuasive, and…

THE LIFE OF A QUEER, BLACK, FEMALE ARTIST

AN ARTIST BORN & RAISED IN LONDON This is Naya Aka-Kwarm, 20 year old artist, born and raised in North London. She is currently working as a bartender part-time,  also a poet and a film maker with her brother. Where are you based in London, describe your environment?  Well where I grew up was pretty rough. It didn’t feel rough but reminiscing on it, and seeing it as it is now, it was, still kind of definitely rough. Although I still reside in North London, I spend most of my time East where things feel a lot different. Definitely a lot more diverse that is for sure. Explain the life of a young adult in London, how do you feel life is for you?  I mean as expensive as London is, it is never going to be that easy for someone that is young and working class. In this moment,…

DANCE WITH MIKEY BOATS

Mikey Boats is an incredibly talented and creative dancer, choreographer, actor and director. A personal friend of mine who has achieved so much and in such a short space of time. His passion and start in the industry came from dance, working with some of the biggest stars such as MØ, Fergie, Black Eyed Peas and many more. He’s also been part of amazing campaigns with brands such as Christian Dior, River Island just to name a few. However, his ambition and hunger to constantly grow and develop has accelerated his career and shone the spotlight on many of his other talents. Most recently he choreographed and co-created the incredible breakthrough single of LOLÉ, with the help of director Richard Hall. He is part of  PDK Entertainment, and with his crew, that share the same passion for dance, they create some pretty amazing stuff. ** When did you start dancing? I start…

DAVID NOBRE PHOTOGRAPHY

I would like to introduce to you one of the most passionate young photographers that I have recently met in London, David Nobre. He is “new” in the photography world and has already developed his own technique and style. Born and raised in Portugal, he moved to London a few years ago with his family. Ever since, he has been exploring the city with his camera, meeting new people and  climbing buildings! David’s work mainly focuses on portraits and urban photography. Below you can find some of his work and thoughts. Enjoy! Who Are You? What Do You Do? Hi, my name is David Nobre and I am from Portugal. I’m a 20 year old photographer. What Brought you to London?  It was something my parents had decided a few years ago and I followed. What Do you Love About Photography? To be honest, my favourite thing about being a…

THE RATBITCH EMPOWERMENT

Firstly to point out, this is not about speaking badly about men. This is about the empowerment of women, a topic upon a discussion of the importance of “defying society’s mould of femininity”. Searching into the past in order to reflect upon the future, can teach us peace and understanding. We must empower this generation of women and teach the past what is wrong. This magnificence and connective community Rat Bitch is a perfect example into the confidence, that women and young girls need in today’s society. I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. – Madonna Ratbitch’s idea is to inflame and set out opportunities to connect to women worldwide, send a message as a safe place to find others. Be a part of a group. . . a community. That will centre around removing “stigmas, taboos, and judgement” , a…

DJ INKO

INTRODUCE YOURSELF I’ve first met DJ Inko 6 years ago in Thessaloniki, Greece, in one of my favourite bars where he was resident at the time. I was immediately taken by his melodies, I just surrendered myself to the upbeat rhythms of his music and had the urge to hit the dancefloor and keep going until my legs could go no more. Inko’s musical journey started when he was young studying violin, piano and composition which awoke his passion. As a teenager, he started his vinyl collection with funk, disco and house sounds which later defined his style. But what really stands out is the educational journey he took to pursue his passion and master his craft. From a studying sound engineering and music production at the University of Wales to being a graduate of the department of audio engineering at I.I.E.K AKMI as well as completing ”Electronic Music & Technology” course at…

ILAKATI WORKSHOP

INTRODUCE YOURSELF Sofia and Marina met a few years ago in their hometown Veria, Greece. Sofia moved back from Mykonos (where she had been living the past year) and got a job at her mothers tailoring shop which happened to be close to Marinas workplace. That is how they met and became friends almost immediately. What they had in common was their love of fashion, design and bags especially. Every day during their morning coffee they would brain storm and share their ideas with each other. And one day Ilakati workshop was born. Just like that! Ilakati workshop is a fresh talented duet that creates bags mainly and their designs stand out because of their unique style. They are going to introduce themselves to us today, enjoy… Who Are You? What Do You Do? Hi!! We are Marina Zaharioudaki and Sofia Ekmektsi and we are both from Greece. We are two…

MATILDE CORNO PHOTOGRAPHY

INTRODUCE YOURSELF   Matilde Corno was one of the first people I met when came to London. Her ethos and her weird artistic point of view in life generally was one of the things that inspired me about her. Being young and finding your own voice in your work can be a struggle but Matilde has a distinctive style when it comes to her photography work. Have a look below and I hope you enjoy! Who Are You? What Do You Do? Hi everyone, I am Matilde Corno, I am from Italy and been in London the past couple of years studying photography in UAL (University of the Arts London). My story is a story of a post graduate Photojournalist, currently working in a cafe trying to figure out what to do with her life.  What Kind Of Gear Do You Use? For my analogue photography I use a point…

AKIS PASALIDIS PHOTOGRAPHY

INTRODUCE YOURSELF I am proud to introduce to you one of my friends Akis Pasalidis who happens to be a great photographer and a true inspiration to all photography lovers.  I will not say more as this article is called “Introduce Yourself” so Akis below has answered a few questions for us and also shared some of his brilliant work. Read below and enjoy! Who Are You? What Do You Do? Hi Everyone!  My name is Akis Pasalidis and I currently work as an engineer in London. Born and raised in Thessaloniki ( Greece ) where I also studied contemporary photography in Stereosis School of Photography. I moved in London in 2013 and have lived here ever since. What Kind Of Gear Do You Use? I am a Fujifilm fan and currently shooting with a Fujifilm x100t. I have recently acquired and started shooting film with a 1970’s Pentaflex SL which…

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