Something Cool: Photographer, Janette Beckman

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Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

‘Something Cool’ is a weekly column that focuses on creative content and cool people around the web within the art and entertainment field.¬†

IN THE BEGINNING….

Capturing hip-hop from its beginning phases was probably an experience like no other. Whether it was witnessed through a purchased album, a¬†radio interview or analog photography, it’s a one time account that is¬†unique to each person who encountered it. Janette Beckman was a witness to those beginning times and her story is told through her photography lens, having¬†captured the movement from 1982 until 1990. Janette’s subject matter include artists such as Run DMC, LL Cool J, N.W.A. and A Tribe Called Quest.¬†Revisit the beginning of a legacy through Janette Beckman’s¬†lens and enjoy more from her portfolio.

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Dig in your stash and share some of your #OldSchoolHipHop photos!

 

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New Photographer On The Block, Lucas Creighton

Photo Credit: Lucas Creighton

Photo Credit: Lucas Creighton

Something Cool is a weekly column that focuses on creative content and cool people around the web within the art and entertainment field. 

THE X FACTOR

In this day and age,¬†everyone who has some type of social media presence is a photographer. If you’ve ever missed a popular¬†concert, you’re bound to see countless photographs of music artists on¬†Instagram, layered in pre-made filters.¬†Occasionally, you’ll find the type of eye catching photography that has something special. 18 year old Lucas Creighton is that photographer that has an x factor quality.¬† Continue reading

{Something Cool}: A Polaroid Story

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Photo Credit: Elisabeth Ouni

Something Cool is a weekly column that focuses on creative content and cool people around the web within the art and entertainment field. 

For Something Cool¬†this week, I chose Elisabeth Ouni’s¬†A Polaroid Story.¬†I’ve actually been following Elisabeth for a while and the coolest story to me was ¬†one in which she featured Kendrick Lamar¬†. I can’t exactly remember how I stumbled upon it, but I did and I sifted through all the cool polaroids she’s taken of other musicians. She’s photographed some of music’s iconic musicians¬†such as The Roots and Pharrell along with new comers such as Tinashe and Joey BadA$$.

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{Something Cool}: A$AP Rocky’s Instagram Account

Photo Courtesy of RadicallyLyrics.com

Photo Courtesy of RadicallyLyrics.com

Something Cool is a weekly column that focuses on creative content and cool people around the web within the art and entertainment field. 

Back in May when A$AP Rocky released AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, his Instagram account was changed into a ¬†virtual art exhibit that was forward thinking and visually appetizing. The collection of photographs gave his followers intimate captures¬†of Pretty Flacko’s life. Not only known for his Texas inspired music and infamous A$AP Mob clique, A$AP is recognized for his unique and authentic personal style. Upon releasing the photos, he and his internal creative team, AWGE, made headlines, but not for the creativity. Instead, the focus was on the amount of followers he’d lost.

This week for Something Cool, I’d like to refocus on the artistic measure of the piece and my appreciation for the art form.

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{Something Cool}: Artist Sue Tsai

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If you aren’t already familiar with Sue Tsai’s work, this post is for you. I first became aware of her artistry when Wale released his “Bad” single featuring Tiara Thomas. The single was to promote his 2013 album,¬†The Gifted. The song was intriguing, the¬†cover art made it memorable. It was different, but different in a cool way. Continue reading

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{Something Cool}: Hip-Hop Double Exposures Ft. Big Sean

Something Cool this week goes to the double exposure photos¬†by¬†photographer Gavin Thomas. Taken in 2012, he’s creatively snapped photos of ¬†hip-hop and r&b artists such as Big Sean, J. Cole and Bruno Mars. Photographing since 2008,¬†Gavin has accumulated a nice portfolio full of captures that include cool people, celebrities and athletes. He also has an extensive list of commercial and editorials clients that he has produced work for. If you like analog photography, Gavin does that as well.

Visit his portfolio here and take a look at some of the double’s below.

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{Something Cool}: Drake Donates Studio To High School Students

 

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Something cool this week goes to Drake who donated a $75,000 towards building a recording studio and providing equipment to Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia. He learned of the struggling school by watching a news program that aired on ABC News. Drake gathered the students during a stop in the area to present them with the gift;

“I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed.”

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