Points of Light

“I truly believe that all religions were descended to man in different styles and languages so that natives in each land would be able to understand them. The underlying principles of all religions are the same even though their messengers came in different colors and voices. Today, I believe that amidst all the noise and distractions, an old seed of transcultural light messengers has re-appeared, and like chameleons these beings are transformed to convey the message of peace to different sub-cultures across various industries, using voices and images their targeted audiences will understand. The one thing many of these peace soldiers seem to forget, is that their lights shine brighter when they synergize (1 + 1 > 2) with each other and that an even greater illuminating effect is produced when they resonate in unity from each of their appointed territories. What’s the point of a spark of light if it stands alone? The key is, and will always be, synergy. Without it, each and every light being will forever feel broken, misplaced, and internally crippled.”

-Suzy Kassem aka Blue Panther

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I Miss Home

Cairo, Egypt. That’s old Cairo in the front where my mom and dad grew up and new Cairo is in the middle. What you see here though is only 20% of the city. Cairo is gigantic and it’s population density is 12 times that of New York City. If you think NYC is too big for you, you won’t handle Cairo.

Egyptians are the craziest drivers. You don’t want to drive there – period. Nobody sticks to the lanes, 5 cars driving parallel to each other on the freeway, and every time you get into a car you think you’re going to die because other cars are driving too close, drivers aren’t paying attention, are super high, or too busy singing. I’ve had 2 relatives get hit this year and both are dead. Both were city natives. My dad got hit hard too earlier this year in Alexandria and it sent him flying. The driver was busy on the cell phone. Also, I was coming back from a market with a little kid one day, and this guy drove tightly around me in circles 4-5 times. I couldn’t get out or move because I was afraid I’d get hit. He stopped then blocked my path walking home. I took a huge rock and threw it through his front window. It caused a scene but the storekeepers watching the whole thing stepped in. There are crazy people…everywhere.

Take the tram everywhere. If there isn’t one around, take a cab or microbus. Egypt is worth exploring, but go with a native or have someone available to you that can navigate you through all the different worlds and lifestyles. There is more to Egypt than ancient artifacts. Seriously, I feel so sorry for tourists when I see them pouring over maps and guidebooks. Those books don’t tell people how to really get around the right way or enough about the street culture, customs, and overall vibe. Details are very outdated regardless of your edition. You can’t expect one of the most bustling cities to be stagnant and constant. Have a plan before you go.


Giza

Photographer Theo Jemison

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Last year, Theo Jemison took off to Indonesia on impulse in search of inspiration. The trip worked wonders to expand his mind and helped him re-connect with his art and work flow. He returned with some of the most amazing photography of his career thus far.

On August 21st in Los Angeles, Theo will be exhibited in a group show at the Upstairs Gallery inside the X-Large LA Store on Vermont.

Theo Jemison is definitely someone to watch out for as his evolution continues. For his client list and portfolio, visit his web site.

A Cinematic Blessing

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You must own a copy of Baraka. It’s one of my most favorite films, yet it has no real story. Instead it shows you the beauty of this world and the cinematography in this one-of-a-kind gem is astonishingly breathless.

Baraka comes from the Islamic word found in the Quran which means blessing and this film highlights some of the world’s most forgotten blessings! If you’re into photography, anthropology, spirituality, natural sciences, or just love exploring the world from your chair, this is it! Press play above to watch it online. Still though, nothing beats DVD for this kind of picture.

Baraka was made in 1993, yet it’s timeless. Shot in 24 countries with a crew of just 3, the creators used 70mm film which is the highest and most expensive grade of film money can buy. Baraka has it’s intense moments and surely beats anything you’ll see on Discovery Channel so share it. It’s an absofuckinglutely beautiful reminder of how vast and diverse our earth really is.

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A Cinematic Blessing

Film Loading…

You must own a copy of Baraka. It’s one of my most favorite films, yet it has no real story. Instead it shows you the beauty of this world and the cinematography in this one-of-a-kind gem is astonishingly breathless.

Baraka comes from the Islamic word found in the Quran which means blessing and this film highlights some of the world’s most forgotten blessings! If you’re into photography, anthropology, spirituality, natural sciences, or just love exploring the world from your chair, this is it! Press play above to watch it online. Still though, nothing beats DVD for this kind of picture.

Baraka was made in 1993, yet it’s timeless. Shot in 24 countries with a crew of just 3, the creators used 70mm film which is the highest and most expensive grade of film money can buy. Baraka has it’s intense moments and surely beats anything you’ll see on Discovery Channel so share it. It’s an absofuckinglutely beautiful reminder of how vast and diverse our earth really is…and to be grateful for what you’ve got.