Looking through the lens with SCOTT MITCHELL

How are you today?

I’m good every day that I’m alive, thanks.

What are your names?

Scott Mitchell

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Where do you come from?

I was born in Detroit and quickly moved to a northern farm town of Michigan at a very young age.

Where are you based?

I’m based on the planet earth, but often feel my soul fills the expanse of the universe. My current activity related to art and photography is anywhere that inspiration takes me. My professional job in IT is based in the Metro Detroit area, but even that is in a global company.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography for me means a lot. Everyone now is a photographer, but my goals with it go deeper than capturing selfies and memories. I feel it is the best way to capture a moment of human expression; a moment that can tell a story that is either accurate or one that the viewer chooses to create in their own eyes.

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What first drew you to  photography and how did you discover it?

I had a photography class in high school that highly intrigued me. We used 35mm cameras and developed our own film and photos. I loved it, but fell away from it when the class finished. It wasn’t until later in life that I became interested again. Approximately 6 years ago I started playing with the manual settings on my Sony Cybershot as I tried to capture people / culture moments as well as some sunset scenes in Colombia. That was the point of no return for me and I started emptying my pockets for camera and lens purchases.

 

What do you think makes a memorable  photograph?

The most memorable photograph reveals expression I believe. While on holiday you take a photo with your friend in front of the Costa Rica zip line adventures office and then one of you screaming during the adrenaline packed moment of zipping through a jungle canopy, both photos are memorable, but one is more memorable and has more powerful expression in it. The same power of expression can be caught in quiet and humble moments as well when people are in the photo.

How does black and white vs color play into your work? Do you find them to be totally separate beasts or complementary?

B&W and color photos are separate beasts and complimentary I think. As you see now, artists are even combining the two and using bits of color to entertain our eye. I debate on every photo whether or not I’ll make it black and white or color. I believe that going B&W removes color distraction in some expressive moments. Next time you look at a B&W photo notice how quickly your mind can process it as opposed to a color photo.

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What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?

As in my poetry, I always hope that viewers can see the same thing I saw and feel the same thing I felt in the moment of the photograph. If you remember our photoshoot, I wanted to sit and talk between sets. That’s me attempting to make a deeper connection during the moment so I can then attempt to capture something more in the photo.

Who are some of your favorite classic photographers, and how did they influence you?

I’ll go with two that you may not expect ones for this question. Sally Mann and Vivian Maier.

Sally has been very unorthodox in her photo adventures. She’s done some work I’d never even be interested in doing, but the results are incredible. In one of her sets “Deep South” for example, the photos are sometimes an ordinary scene, but she somehow captured it in a way that gives a strong eerie feeling that won’t allow the eyes to look away.

Vivian Maier was a nanny in NYC and took thousands of photographs during her life, of which many reveal a uniquely creative eye for doing so. The sad part is that nobody ever saw any until after she passed away and someone bought a box of her belongings which included hundreds of undeveloped film rolls. I recommend that everyone look her up online to see her work.

When you are out shooting, how much of it is instinctual versus planned?

It’s almost always instinctual for me. As you know, I’m not a studio photographer so I always need to make use of whatever surroundings and lighting is available in the given moment. This is how I like things to be.

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What are some projects/ideas you have for photography

I’m in the down season right now since it’s winter here and I don’t have a definite plan for any projects at the moment. For me it’s like writing poetry. A muse just suddenly appears and I go with it. I do plan on traveling to Africa though and I’m sure I’ll take more photos there than I ever have elsewhere.

Why do you take photos?

For the satisfaction of artistic desire being quenched.

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How has social media played a role in your photography?

Social media has allowed me to share my work and receive feedback from people around the glob. Also, I take advantage of following many inspirational photographers and I learn from their work.

What are some tips/advice you would give to yourself if you started  photography all over again?

While perhaps my progress could have been faster, I’m completely happy with how it all played out. In the realm of art I’ve learned that no creativity worth doing can ever be forced. It has to be inspired. Therefore, I wouldn’t tell myself to do anything differently. I might say to buy the more expensive camera sooner than later to save the time and money on the cameras I wouldn’t be satisfied with.

where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I used to plan a lot for the future, but started living in the present moment much more. I love adventure and I love life, so I see myself being the same as I am now. I know there will be failures and successes and it’s all good. Wherever I end up is exactly where I should be.

What are your hobbies?

Besides photography, I like writing poetry and short stories. I love travelling!

We will like to see some of your favorite photography.

You always have permission to share any of my work my dear friend Maureen.

Thanks for making time for this interview!

A big thanks to you for honoring me with an interview. Hope to see you soon!

Maureen and Scott

You want to know more about this brilliant photographer and Poet, go to his links below.

http://worldiction.com/ Photography Blog

http://evokingthedeep.com/ Poetry Blog

Email address: scottmitch@live.com

By the way, Scott and i did some great shoots down town Chicago, it was amazing working with him!

One Love. Peace

African Creative Cuisine with Maureen Lermer

Known as African Tropical Dreams.

With 13 able students, willing to dive into the deep secrets of African cuisine.  To discover the amazing blend of spices.  As each dish stands out. From Mild to hot. A blend of pure magic.
We cooked, Mais-coconut soup, Marinated spicy turkey, peanutbutter sauce/stew, fried cabbage with a kiss of coconut milk and cardamon, casava boild in coconut milk, plantains fried and boiled,salad with honey, musterd dressing and of course ginger cake. Yes it was a full Menu!
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.For your. GINGER CAKE Recipe.

250 gm floor /of your choice (glutenfree)

200gm margarine

4 eggs

180gm suger

2 full Table spoons of blended ginger

Pre warm oven to 180 degrees. Into a bowl mix in first Dry ingredients and then wet once. Finally add the ginger mix well. Put into the oven, bake for 40-45 minutes
Enjoy

Breaking the Mold with Tony Tambi – Actor

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.Hi Tony… how are you?
I’m doing great Maureen and thanks so much for the interest and interview.

. What are your full names?
Anthony Tambi Kelechi Mbuagbaw

. What else are you called? (nickname?)
Banderas

. What is your sex?
Male

. What is your age?
I’ll be 37 in September 2015

. What is your height and weight?
6’1 and 195 lbs (not sure what that is in Kilos)

. What about your ancestors and heredity?
My mother is from Nigeria and my father is from Cameroon. I was born in Nigeria, moved to Cameroon when I was 7 and 14 years later moved to the U.S.

. Where do you live? (city, state, country)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A

. What is your title?
I don’t have a title but I like to say I am in the entertainment business, principally as an actor but I write, direct and produce as well.

. What show/shows are you currently working on?
I’m starring in a short film called “55 AND 7” written and directed by Ari Dassa. A feature I worked on last year called “Filmmakers Anonymous” is in post production.
I’m currently writing several feature film scripts as well as a TV pilot. They are all in various stages of completion with one – Letter From The President, ready to go if financing becomes available.

Collaborating with fellow Cameroonians is something I love doing and I’ve had the opportunity to really get engaged in the collaborative process on two projects recently: Ben Tubuo, Gerard Ngwang, Doh Daiga and I are working on an Animated Show about a judgmental guy from Cameroon who comes to the U.S. and does what he does best – judge everything and everybody.

The second project is adapting the short story Ananda into a screenplay. Ananda was written by Bernice Angoh Lakota and we hope to shoot the feature this summer in Cameroon.

. In one sentence, describe your job.
It’s so hard to describe what I do in what sentence. Actually I’ll do it in four words: Abundantly satisfying; Exceptionally frustrating.

. What skills are necessary for a person in your position?
I would say some amount of talent, lots of patience, a decent amount of good luck and a willingness to work hard.

.What special abilities do you possess (languages)?
English is my first language and I also speak Pidgin English. Then there’s what I call Conversational French or the ability to sound like I know how to speak French. I can also do a few accents if the role calls upon someone with an accent.

. What kind of training did you go through to get to your position?
A little bit of everything. I’ve worked with various acting and dialect coaches over the years to keep honing my skills.

. What was your first job in theater?
Professionally it was a play called “The God Botherers” with the Furious Theater Company in Pasadena, CA.
Non-professionally, will have to be in Kindergarten. I played Joseph in the Nativity Scene.

. Why do you think theater is important?
That’s where it all began and there’s something very exhilarating about performing in front of a live audience.

. What is your profession’s greatest challenge today?
I would say diversity.

. If you could change just one thing about the industry with the wave of a magic wand, what would it be?
One wish? Hmmmm. Make Tony Tambi a household name like yesterday, hahaha.

. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to do what you do?
Think twice, then think again. After thinking, if you still want to do this, start early and commit to being the best that you can be. It’s going to be tough but you should embrace it and enjoy the process.

. If you could work with any of the great, who would it be?
There’s too many to name – Let’s see, this is crazy but I’ll like to collaborate on a screenplay with Woody Allen and Quentin Tarantino, be directed by David Fincher, Lee Daniels and Ava Duvernay, and work on this same movie with Forest Whitaker, Denzel, Meryl Streep, De Niro and Sidney Poitier.

.What are your hobbies?
I watch and play soccer, basketball, movies, tv. Just being home with the family.

. I saw you had a role in the series Scrub, how was it working with them?
Scrubs was tons of fun. The crew was nice and the cast had as much fun as you see on screen, off screen.

.As far as i know you were also nominated for NAACP award a few years back, tell us more about it.
It was a great, great, great experience and moment. My nomination was for Lead Male in the stage play “The God Botherers”, which also happened to be my Los Angeles stage debut. It was my second year here, and it felt like validation for my decision to follow this path. There’s nothing more encouraging than your peers telling you ‘good job’ and saying you excelled at something you did at a particular moment in time.
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.Most of your scripts are written by you, where do you get your inspirations from?
My brain is constantly throwing different scenarios and possibilities at me based on my personal experience and what I see and read about. Some of those stories just need to be told. In addition, my goal is to bring more stories of the African born immigrant to the limelight. We are so much more than the poor confused refugee, kind simpleton or child soldier that is usually portrayed in the media of today.

.Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Ideally, I’ll be at the point in my career where I’m working everyday and creating work for other like-minded artists. The best case scenario would be me asking myself where did the last 10 years go, because I’ve been so busy working.

.I know you are a very busy man, thanks for making time for this interview. One love. Peace
NO, it’s been a pleasure. Thank you for your time and have an excellent day.

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Have a glimpse of some of his movies:

Check him out at http://www.tonytambi.com

Podium Discussion – what is poverty?

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Are we living at the cost of the Poor?
That was the discussion we had last year November, on the 10th  anniversary of Christus Treff.

For years, i have been Pondering on that topic, wanting answers, just to clear my doubts, to my surprise people had different approach to what poverty is. Some i found unbelievable, What they think is comfortable is a sign of poverty to others. Well these things do play a role too, Education, Politics, Religion, etc

How will you explain to someone who does not know what poverty is, who posses not so much, and is happy and satisfied with their situation. Just because you posses those extra things you hang on does not make you RICH!

On the Podium we had Dr. Simone Strohmayer(Mdl) of SPD, Diakon Michael Popfinger, Maureen N. Lermer and Banjamin Mampionona.
I have to tell you about Mr Banjamin Mampionona. He is helping those in Madagasca to learn to help themselves with their resources, knowledge, while pimping it with the western Techniques. His organization is called AMBOHITSARA. They have helped in various sectors like Schools, farming, hospitals/medication
“This will be my next project, in Cameroon. I want to follow his footsteps, but i can’t do it all alone, i ll need your help. If you are ready, lets do it” Together we can!.

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Love frees us from hate.

This is so true, I had to reblog it and share. Let free, or try as much as we can to refrain from hatred, it only builds a mountain of Ego. One Love. Peace

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A watchman’s words and ways will always be lit by truth.

Thank you Martin Luther King Jr. for walking to follow the Light.

Today people are still running from love and carrying the weight of hate.

My prayer is that tomorrow they will release all weight that burdens and berates, and let God’s love illuminate the path we’re all called to take.

“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” John 4:18

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Tea with Micon Kreft

+Hallo.. Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you too

+What is your name
Micon
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+Tell us about your trend, life style and fashion, Which celebrity style do you covet most?
Angelina Jolie

+What are some tips you have for girls who want to update their wardrobes without buying all new clothes?
Mixing the sets, pimp with some extravagant buttons or apply with some bling bling iron- on stickers :-))

+What’s your motto/advice you live by?

“Shoot for the moon and if you miss it , you will still be among the stars.” – Les Brown

+How would you describe your signature look?
Smart chic
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+What are your favorite trends this season?
Leggings, lurex pullover, leather like pants

+What trend would you most like to see disappear?

Baggy pants and shoulder pads….hahahaha

+Where are you favorite places to shop for budget buys
Mango, Pieces, H&M, NewYorker, Limango, Best Secret and Buyvip

+Do you have any style tips specifically
Nothing in particular, just style depending on own mood ..

+What is your favorite item in your closet?
Leggings

+Do you have kids
Yes

+Are you married?

Yes

+How do you manage to stay smart and sexy, with 3 kids, run a house hold and a husband?
Fitness, social engagements and taking a break once in while from household stuffs by meeting friends

+Tell us about your voluntary work if you have any?
As an active member of IKM( international Cultural club), i usually take part organizing events in our town. I help also every now and then with asylums. I help in some school activities and parents teachers initiatives.

+Five things you can’t live without

( Entrecôte) Steaks :-), eyeliner, straightening iron, hair removal wax, deodorant

+What are some tips for timeless chic?

Be smart and self-confident

+What do you do to keep up?

Zumba, Hot Iron, Polefitness, Bellydancing, Family Bicycletours :-))

+Do you watch out on your Diet?

Never!
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Please can you share with our readers your beauty recipes and hints?

Yes sure
I am tired of spending money in Chemical beauty product. I am giving home made product a try, which are always available in my kitchen. I have some beauty tips that is cheapest, natural,and easier home made product.

Natural beauty isn’t just what you’re born with. It’s also about making the most of your assets, toning down any flaws and presenting well. It’s also about having a beautiful personality, one that isn’t self-absorbed but encompasses others in your circle of care. Looking naturally beautiful is something within every person’s grasp.

Avoid Exfoliate skin without scrubbing
Take bath with milk water or add ½ cup vinegar in one tub water.

Get Relax from Yellow nails
If your nails get yellow by using excess nail polish, Clean it by using lemon juice. Soak your nails in lemon juice for 5 minutes,then you would get whiten color in your nails.

Get youth skin and energy as well
Mix equal part of cocoa and yogurt , and apply it over face. Risen off with cold water.It will give you energetic and younger look. Moisturizing your skin
Make a face pack of ½ banana and 1 tsp of banana. Apply it over face and neck portion, leave it for 15 minutes then wash it with cold water. After some days you will get moisturizing skin.

Recipe for Whiten Teeth
Mix one pinch of baking soda in your toothpaste at the time of brush your teeth. Do it once a week, Or you can rub orange peel in your teeth on everyday basis. It is a cheapest way to get whiten teeth.

Last but not least how to use coconut oil for the hair.

Tips

Purchase pure, unrefined coconut oil for best results. Pure, unrefined coconut oil is processed without chemicals. You can purchase pure, unrefined coconut oil that is sold for cosmetic use or for food use.
Mix one drop of your favorite essential oil into the coconut oil before putting it into your hair to give the oil a pleasant scent. Jasmine oil works well to mix with coconutoil.

Things You’ll Need

Glass cup
Small bowl
Shower cap
Comb
Put a shower cap on your head, and tuck all of your hair inside of it. Leave the coconut oil on your hair for one hour or overnight. The longer you leave the coconut oil on, the more it will condition your hair.
Shampoo your hair twice to remove the coconut oil completely.
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Thanks for sharing with us your world Micon.
The pleasure is all mine