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Youth Self-Esteem Exercise Through Light Painting

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Jordan Langford, 13, Atlantic City, is an AC Youth Exposure mentee, light paints during the “Light Workshop” conducted by photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

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Robert Dade, 12, Atlantic City, a mentee of AC Youth Exposure from Atlantic City light paints during the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013..

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Raquel White, 15, Atlantic City, a Jr. mentee of Youth Exposure from Atlantic City light paints during the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

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Mia Concepcion, 14, Atlantic City, a mentee of AC Youth Exposure light paints during the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Lamar Bruckler, 15, a Jr. mentee of Youth Exposure from Atlantic City, participates in the "Light Workshop" conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Lamar Bruckler, 15, a Jr. mentee of Youth Exposure from Atlantic City, participates in the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Shay Steele, 12, a mentee of Youth Exposure from Atlantic City, participates in the "Light Workshop" conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Shay Steele, 12, a mentee of Youth Exposure from Atlantic City, participates in the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Kay'leece Barnes of Atlantic City, 12, a mentee of AC Youth Exposure light paints during the "Light Workshop" conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Kay’leece Barnes of Atlantic City, 12, a mentee of AC Youth Exposure light paints during the “Light Workshop” conducted by AC Photographer, Nastassia Davis, at The Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, March 3, 2013.

One of the most powerful ways to build high self-esteem in others is by recognizing  exactly what makes them so unique. The importance of believing in oneself from an early age, is mentally healthy, strengthens confidence and opens up an array of possibilities for that person to help them be great citizens of the world.

In the words of Oprah Winphrey, one of our world’s most influential, powerful leaders, “Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine.”

For my youth photo workshop, I conducted an educational and fun light painting exercise with “AC Youth Exposure” to send out a message of self-love to help inspire the community. The mentees came up with a word that they felt best described themselves or something they want to do – drew their words in the air while I photographed them.

Youth Exposure of AC at The Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Adults of AC Youth Exposure (Natalie Devonish, Erika Moore, Jameka Moore, Joseph Carter) and AC Mentees (Raquel White, Saniya Thomas, Kay’Leece Barnes, Ronique Phillips, Princess Turner, Jasir Turner, Lamar Bruckler, Shay Steele, Rashad Kirkland, Zion Bond, Robert Dade, Jordan Langford, Rodjohnnay Thomas, Nafi Hinson, Ta’Najah Smith, Jasmine Cruzado, Mia Concepcion, Elijah Brown, Tynayjah Dillard) at The Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, March 3, 2013.

Thank you ACYE team and mentees for making this such a successful event!

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My Photography Exhibit: Black Identity: Black Hair (NY)

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Hello World!

A selection of my conceptual self-portrait images are currently showcased at Iona College Council of the Arts in New Rochelle, NY. Curated by the fabulous, Peridot Smith, the opening reception was last Sunday (Jan 27, 2013). Turn out was fantastic! It feels awesome sharing an exhibit with talented artists (such as Toyin Odutola, Jamel Shabazz and Chanel Kennebrew, just to name a few).

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If you or anyone else you know would like to purchase my work, please call 914.637.7796 or visit http://iona.edu/artscouncil. The exhibit is up until February 21, 2013.

Check out official video footage and pictures documented for The Journal News in NY by photographer, Melissa Elian!

(Note – These links are also mobile viewable.)

Video
http://www.lohud.com/videonetwork/2124774248001/-BlackHair-BlackIdentity-at-Iona-Colllege?nclick_check=1

Photo Gallery
http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=BH&Dato=20130128&Kategori=NEWS&Lopenr=301280083&Ref=PH

Thank you for your support!

Much love,

Nastassia

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Shoot No Evil

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Art by Nastassia Davis

Inspired by “Sanbiki No Saru”.

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October 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Purchase My Artwork

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Some of my favorite photos are available for sale right now in my etsy shop!

Right now everything is in small sizes. 8x10s are ready to ship out. Medium and Large are available upon request.

Questions? Email me – nastassiadavis@gmail.com.

Nastassia Davis Artwork For Sale

Head over to my Etsy Shop http://etsy.com/shop/NastassiaDavis

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October 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Vintage-Fantasy Family Portraits – The Burgis Family – Galloway, NJ

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Fantasy Family Portraits by Nastassia Davis Cheria w/ 2 daughters, Cherys (age 7) and Chai (age 5).

Fantasy Child Fairy PortraitFantasy Fairy Child PortraitFantasy Family PortraitsCommissioned fine art family shoot this past weekend. Photography, Post-Production, Props & Art Direction by ME. Graphic Design + Photography on last family portrait.

To book me – visit nastassiadavis.com and click contact me. Rates & Services are located on right side column.

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October 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Light Paint Collab w/ Kingdom Academy Youth – Pleasantville, NJ

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I had the awesome opportunity to guest speak about my photography work at the Pleasantville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s program includes dozens of fun activities to fit a variety of interest and I was delighted to share my work to the youth, who ranged from ages 9 to 12 years old, as an art photographer.

Here are the materials for the presentation.

– My Mac
– Led flashlights for space writing exercise.
– 35mm Canon film camera & Yashica Copal

Before the project, we looked through some old-fashioned camera lenses. As I showed a selection of my digital self portraits, they had some interesting thoughts to share on the work, such as this photo. “Freedom!” “Woman of Justice!” “Someone who stands up for what they believe in!” were some of their responses. I told them no matter the age, young or old, they should always stand up for what is right. Be it in their respective communities or the world, being a leader and positive example for friends, peers and family members is something they should always strive to do.

Now it was time to begin my favorite part of the presentation – creating live art! I showed them this photo and explained the process. Space writing started around 1889 in an attempt to study the movements of human beings to horses. Fast forward to 1949, I showed them the interesting images of Picasso’s light paintings. Each of them were assigned a single letter that they created in the dark. Together the letters form the phrase “Stop The Violence!” which is a message we feel needs to be heard in our hometown of Atlantic City and within the communities across the nation suffering from senseless homicides.

Rest in peace to the victims of the Colorado Movie Theater for Batman. We must do something about gun control in America. I don’t understand how it’s legally possible to obtain a Glock pistol and the AR-15 assault rifle and shoot up a theater of innocent movie-goers. The homicides by the youth in my hometown and crimes like this across America really upset me.

We got to do better. I pray we can find the solutions and work to put them to action soon.

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July 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

“College Debt” Selfie (Behind The Scenes)

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Hey guys!

Here’s how I created my college debt self-portrait:

1) Took 4 pieces of tissue and taped all sides together.

2) Balled a heap of some more tissue to stuff inside the sack.

3) Gathered the tissue on all four sides.

4) Wrapped a piece of yarn around the top.

Once I got this down, half of my problem was solved. Then, I had to imagine this gigantic money sack squashing me. It was a lot of fun and I owe a huge thanks to my human tripod (who asked not be credited) for taking my direction well and capturing some pretty funny shots of myself that I was able to choose from.

Contact sheet above are some images I got from putting on a timer and setting on the ground. For the sake of using the perfect angle, I didn’t take any of these, but I love them and wanted to share. 🙂

Creating these kinds of images are really fun and I look forward to creating more.

What do you think of the student debt loan crisis? Any one struggling to pay back loans? How are you budging your money?

Student Loan Forgiveness, College Debt

Modeled, directed and edited by Nastassia Davis is a sataric image depicting the national epidemic surrounding the student loan crisis.