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“Getting exposed to art” N Davis Light Workshop in AC PRESS

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N Davis light workshop at Boys & Girls Club published in AC PRESS.

N Davis light workshop with AC Youth Exposure at the Boys & Girls Club published in AC PRESS.

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March 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm

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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Self Portrait Art / Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

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Modeled, photographed and edited by Nastassia Davis (Inspired by Deep Cotton’s song)

Atlantic City, along with other parts of the East Coast, such as New York, were hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy on Oct 30, 2012. The disaster took many cars, personal treasures and homes away leaving many physically and emotionally distraught.

Many across the nation have been donating clothes, money and food to the victims of this storm. I know Fema still provides help up until December 15, 2012. I’ve already donated clothes myself. Operation Hat Trick in Atlantic City raises $500,000 for Sandy charities and other great things are going on to help those in need.

I created this self portrait, partially inspired by Deep Cotton‘s Song, “We’re Far Enough From Heaven Now We Can Freak Out” as a fun photo exercise which actually embodies the support we all have been giving. The lyrics “Who will cook? Who will clean? Who you paint the fence?” go hand in hand to what everyone here is doing and has done to help provide.

For more info on how you can make a difference, please click on these links below:

RED CROSS

FEMA

Awesome Photos Around The Nation of Hurricane Sandy- Boston Globe

Self-Portrait

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“Who will cook? Who will clean? Who will paint the fence?” Lyrics taken from “We’re Far Enough From Heaven Now We Can Freak Out” song by Deep Cotton. Modeled, photographed and edited by Nastassia Davis

Finally did something about these thoughts in my head pertaining to a song I’ve been playing on my headset for weeks. Check out Deep Cotton’s new tune “We’re Far Enough From Heaven Now We Can Freak Out”.

Creating this was fun, and a bit uncomfortable due to the cold and occasional folks passing by as I snapped away with my remote control. I’ve been wanting to do this photo for some weeks now but always had some silly excuse as to why I should put it off for another day. Well it’s here, and I love this!

It’s a photo composite where more than one image are combined into one. Background comes from Hurricane Sandy wreckage photos I shot about a month ago, and second part was shot three days ago at the same spot.

Self-Portaiture by Nastassia Davis

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Black Woman brushing off or applying white makeup

When you see this image, what comes to mind? Who is she? Where does she exist and why?

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October 29, 2012 at 3:13 am

Red Shoes w/ Lace Dress

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Red shoes w/ Lace Dress

Woman Wearing Red Pumps Sitting In Chair

Women Wearing Crossing Her Legs Wearing Red Shoes in A Chair

I attempt to create a time in the early past of last century – albeit ambiguous, through the color, dress, and props. I try to evoke a particular history and politics. With this image, I believe I create an intersection between myself as individual and myself as a historical and political subject.

This was created alone in my apartment with a lamp light, digital camera and self-timer.

Have any thoughts about this photo? Does this make you think of anything in particular? References? Please leave your comments in box below.

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October 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm