i’ve been inspired to push ahead with a lot of old ideas that have never fully come to fruition. in the words of the old Japanese sage/shoe maker, “JUST DO IT”.
running off a limited edition of 10 12 x 18 prints. available at chdwck.com

AphroWoman: Bizarrely Vogue



ride or die chicks - jessica

jessica is awesome. and i love this image, but i'll let her tell the story.
fortunately, it's not about domestic abuse or anything nearly as sad.
you've got to love that she'd let me capture her like this.


The Procrastinat[E K]ing

SOMETHING I'M LEARNING: a sense of urgency is important and should be dictated by nothing other than the fact that time will always move forward.
urgency should not be dictated by deadlines or the actions of others. once it's decided that something needs to get done, then now is the best time to do it.

SOMETHING I HAVE ALREADY LEARNED: if you plan on doing it "later", you don't plan on doing it.


aphrowoman: ember

among other cool things, ember is an excellent dancer. she and i briefly linked up this morning and walked around the four blocks that comprise Uptown charlotte. i shot some pictures and we discussed some ideas to possibly collaborate on.

"hopin' that my seeds know a little more than i know..."

" the people who love you the most probably won't be "beautiful",
and the ones who most positively impact your life will probably be corny as hell."
-c. eliot cartwright


CHD:WCK! Photography: The early years

(click on image to enlarge)

before i moved to charlotte, nc, i was very on-again-off-again with my camera. i came across some images from my early shooting days (circa '04ish?) when i was still in new jersey.
i'm still really diggin' a lot of these. i would love to shoot with all these people again soon.

SIDENOTE: all of these people are incredibly creative and gifted. only one owned a business at the time we shot. now all but one (maybe all) are entrepenuers.



i overdosed on easy.
"But I'm alive on arrival.

Though i don't know why i chose [that route],
I guess that's the time when I'm not depressed...
...but i'm still depressed, and i ask what's it worth?
ready to give up so i seek the Old Earth
who explained WORKING HARD may help you maintain -
to learn to overcome the heartaches and pains..."
-inspecktah deck (at 22?)


still in progress

few experiences have been more beautiful and engaging than being allowed to photograph women who are comfortable being photographed in their own skin - no make up, no costumes, no disguises, no pretenses. it's an honor to know that people are trusting me enough to let me show them to you as i am seeing them.
i've been growing with my portraiture for a few years now, but i have been very surprised to find that the most comfortable, liberating, and engaging photo sessions have been nudes - for the subjects, as well as for me as the photographer.
for the "in her own skin" series, i've captured eight (8) subjects so far, and i'm very interested to see what else i learn and what continues to unfold as the series progresses.



model: mercedes
styling/make-up: yanneek brinson

absolutely LOVED working with mercedes and yanneek!
mercedes came out early and prepared to do whatever necessary
to get some great shots.
yanneek was incredible as a stylist, mua, and even quite a bit helpful
as a creative director.
looking forward to working with this team on a few more concepts.


the weekend KURE (the end)

we stop and get a few souvenirs...

capture a picture of an abandoned kidnapping van.
hope everything turned out alright...

on the road again...

the end.

the weekend KURE pt. 4

last day on the beach...

the weekend KURE pt. 3

finding food, fishing, waves crashing, eating, drinking, people watching, floating, exploring, finding, and tanning... fun in the sun.


the weekend KURE pt. 1

khalilah and i finally got a chance to getaway for the weekend.
we had an awesome time at kure beach - awesome sea, sand, and weather.
i brought my camera and tried to take more images to capture my surroundings.



confrontation (an over-analyzation?)...

today i realized i don't actually fear very many things.
but i do fear confrontation.
i don't fear change.
i fear INITIATING it.
i don't fear what's unfamiliar.
i fear APPROACHING it.

fear of confrontation is one BIG fear,
but it's only ONE fear to overcome.
baby steps...


lesson learned #65

"people expect to get paid for some banal job that anyone can do, but then expect that the products of talent come cheap." C. Eliot Cartwright


lesson learned #64

"people in costumes tend to arrive in character" - C. Eliot Cartwright

jasiatic. ...again.

this one is kinda old now (most of you have probably seen it), but i wanted to post it because it's the only jasiatic shoot i've done that i haven't blogged, and i wanted to have a link of the progression: