Sunday, September 29, 2013

Photographer Mia Collis - Faces of Madagascar

Mia Collis is a documentary photographer from Kenya. She was one of the first artists I interviewed for TYT, here you can have a look at her recent photography from Madagascar. 

In 2010 Mia worked for IMAX/Warner Brothers as their Kenyan production manager on the 3D cinematic release "Born to be Wild" about orphaned orangutans and elephants. In 2012 Mia traveled again with IMAX, this time to Madagascar, to work as production manager on a movie set for release in 2014.  Mia went on to see the launch of the book “Women are Heroes-Kibera” she worked with a team on the book in collaboration with French artist/photographer and 2011 TED prize winner JR.
Mia Collis

Mia Collis

Mia Collis


Mia Collis
Mia Collis
Mia's recent photographic work has appeared in CNN’s photo blog, NYT Lens Blog, Today’s Zaman, WLT Magazine, Global Post , PBS News Hour, USAID Front Lines-(cover photo), EGPAF, United Nations World Youth Report and most recently represented twice in National Geographic’s Traveler contest as ‘Editors Pick’.

See Mia's new blog 
See Mia's website
Interview with Mia on TYT

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ionut Radulescu "Unexpected outcomes"

Ionut Radulescu is an illustrator and graphic designer, currently working in New York City. With tradeyourtalent he speaks about trying to push his limits, inspiration from his inner voice and unexpected outcomes.

Why is it your dream to be an artist?

Since I was a child, I loved visual arts and design in general. Most of my time was spent drawing cartoon, and after, drawing fashion sketches. I loved fashion and all its creative universe, how ideas come to life, and that level of fantasy. So this came naturally, and now I am experimenting with different mediums, and trying to push my limits.

Can you describe some of your greatest inspirations?

I get inspired by everything that resonates with my inner voice—places, moments, people, color, music, movies, city life, sadness and happiness, life experiences of any kind.

What kind of projects are you currently working on? What is your favorite project? 

I have currently just finished a couple of editorial projects for different magazines, and currently I'm working on a digital branding experience and illustration for a Japanese restaurant. I am excited, because it is a local client, and I can take on a more creative visual and conceptual approach.

Recent editorial illustration done for Decat o Revista magazine back in Romania.
This is an urban, cultural magazine, and my work communicated a personal vision about what it means to be/feel like a hero.

If you could collaborate with another artist, who would you pick?

I'm inspired by the fasion world, moreover by the young designers, that have unique voices and personality. I would love to collaborate with Mary Katrantzou, she was born in Athens, and she currently resides in London, currently being one of the cutting-edge British designers. Her work is full of visual effects, collage and play with dimensions, applied onto garments.

It would be great to apply some of my illustrations, and lettering on some original pieces of garment, that will tell a unique story in lines and shapes.

Tabu magazine, Romania—series of editorial illustrations 
for an article related to sexual experiments.

Wear your city—academic illustration done while I was enrolled in the Master of Arts Program at The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA.

Did you ever consider another career besides art?

I also love to write, to discover places, and to document about them. Maybe a journalist on cultural issues, or an editor at a cultural magazine, even a fashion magazine, that has a strong message and influences people in a positive way by inspiring them. Its energizing to be in a field where I  have to discover all the time what happens with visual culture globally.

Can you describe your art in one sentence?

I let my work develop in an organic way, celebrating the spontaneity and unexpected outcomes.

Fashion Portaits— For this academic portrait illustration project, I have chosen two designers, Mary Katrantzou and Dsquared2, a brand created by the Canadian brothers Dean and Dan Caten. 


New York Times Summer Movies Cover 2012
This piece was included in the 10 finalists gallery featured on NY Times Website.
The challenge was to come up with a visual concept for the summer movies cover issue.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Josh Harrison "Passion and love for music"

The discovery: singer-songwriter Josh Harrison

I was recently looking for a song by the band "The Fray" and it led me to a cover song by the young singer-songwriter Josh Harrison. Not only did I like his cover a little better than the original (sorry, the Fray, I still love your music) but I was also surprised how searching for a song on the internet can lead to discovering a new and very talented musician from Nashville. Josh Harrison's cover songs on youtube reach more than 80,000 clicks and he just produced his first album with Freeway Creative Group Records his called "No time to bleed"

With tradeyourtalent Josh Harrison speaks about what it was like to produce an album and how the internet has changed the way you share your music with the world.

TYT: You just released your first album "No time to bleed" - what inspired you to this album?

Josh Harrison: To be honest this album just came out of a passion and love to do music! After co-writing and creating the music for a while, it all came together to form the album. Inspiration came from everything from God, to love, to just having fun in life and with music!                                      

Josh Harrison "It is freeing"

TYT: Your songs have titles like "Moving on" and "Free". How do you feel like after this big journey of creating your own album? Do you feel free?

Josh Harrison: After spending time creating, writing, and working hard with my team at Freeway Creative, it definitely does feel awesome to have an album out and finished! I guess you could say, it IS "Freeing" haha. But I'm just thankful to have this opportunity and to be able to write and record and play music, and more importantly with people who are so supportive around me!

Josh Harrison "The internet has changed everything!"

TYT: I discovered your music when I was looking for a song by "The Fray" and you covered it on youtube. How has the internet changed the way you interact with your audience or how you write music?

Josh Harrison: Oh man! The internet has changed everything! I'm not sure it has affected how you write the music itself, but it definitely plays a huge role in how you share your music with everyone!  Everything from marketing to distribution is completely different! Even like THIS interview! This is taking place because of YouTube videos and my music being available online. It's crazy where it has taken us!

Josh Harrison "Different parts of different songs"

TYT: Which one is your favorite song on the album? Is there a story behind writing it?

Josh Harrison: I know I'm not answering this one perfectly, but I'm not sure I can pick just one! I really love the different parts of different songs we came up with. I will say, I really look forward to playing the title track, "No Time to Bleed" live with my band. The guys I play with are unbelievable and it's a fun one! 

Find Josh Harrison on 
His Website 

Josh Harrison's producers
Freeway Creative Group Records


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