Thursday, March 23, 2017

Leaving a Trace: As featured in BeautifulMag



Featuring Travis Trace
Styling Demerius Markee
Photography by Demetrius Markee



It's impossible to maneuver through life without leaving fragments of who you are. With everything and everyone you come into contact with, you leave behind a trace. Traces are things we leave behind for others to latch onto to vividly paint a picture in their mind.


Traces help to piece together the puzzle that is each and every one of us as human beings. Traces help to answer questions one may have as to who we are as a person? What drives us? What scares us? What excites us? What impact have we had on this world. These are questions that the traces you leave behind help to answer.


What affect will you have on other's when you cross their minds? Will you cross their minds? What will you leave behind? Have you left substance behind. If for some reason you didn't like the answers said to yourself, don't worry. Climb into bed, sleep well and leave a trace tomorrow. 


"Whatever we do in our life, every decision we make it leaves a mark behind. We are living, breathing beings and our presence leaves an imprint in life and in the lives of other people." -BeautifulMag






Monday, February 13, 2017

FEAR-LESS


Featuring Darius Amore
Photography By Demetrius Markee

Fear can be extremely stifling to one's growth. You can allow fear to consume your mind and leave you in a state of being that has you believing that you are not capable. You can be a person of such substance, such depth and someone who has the potential to achieve great things and fear has the ability to step in and stop you dead in your tracks.


People often times use fear as a crutch or as a means to an out in a situation that they feel they are not prepared for. Allowing fear to take charge in a situation can unfortunately cause one to lose out on greatness, that they were unaware, lay ahead for them. It's extremely easy to let the fear of failing, being let down or simply not being seen as enough cloud your vision. Fear can force you to make decisions that later on in life, you look back on and wish you had the opportunity to do the opposite.


There comes a time in a person's life where although the overwhelming feeling of fear is present, you must continue on with trying to achieve great things. Regardless of what it may be that you have in mind to do, put the effort in and don't let fear stand in the way of your attempt. If you want something then you have to be willing to go after it. Sometimes we know when something feels right and no matter how much our mind wants to tell us one thing, our guts and our hearts say another.


You have to know that with all things there will be moments that scare you and that's ok! Don't let your fear dictate the decisions you make in life. Take that risk on love, take that risk on a relocation, take that risk on a dream job, take the risk of truly accepting who you are. Fear can only do what we allow it to do and consume as much of our lives as we give it the ability to. Sometimes we have to be more than what we believe we are, sometimes we have to walk in what we know we are.


Shed the thoughts that hinder you, that make you questions yourself, question your relationships, question your friendships. Get rid of those who don't believe in you and mean you no good. Become comfortable in your own skin, trust in the process, trust in something bigger than yourself. For it's when you are able to take risks in life that you have moved beyond being fearful and have become fearless..  









Saturday, October 8, 2016

Alone Time


Featuring Demetrius Markee
Photography by Demetrius Markee

This year has truly been an interesting year for me. For those who follow me and my work, whether that being via this blog or my social media sites, I'm sure you have noticed that there has been little to no postings of my photography work and very few personal postings. One of the reasons for this hiatus is due to me setting out on a journey of becoming a better version of myself and it has required a lot out of me. Unfortunately as a result of this journey I'm on; my blog and social medias have somewhat suffered. I found myself not feeling as creative or inspired enough to produce art due to this thing called "Life" I have been trying to take full grasp of.

At one point I used to think that being alone was one of the worst things you could experience. I would often times think to myself that being alone was something that  no one should have to endure, that we all needed someone and people in our lives at all times to remain sane. I've constantly surrounded myself with people throughout my life, that being family, friends and those who I decided to be in romantic relationships with. I was surrounded by so many for so long that I wasn't able to grasp onto what being alone truly was. 


I believe the way I once viewed or thought of being alone is the same way in which most people view it, as something to be dreadful of. You see someone out having dinner alone or at a movie by themselves and you instantly assume that they are lonely. You instantly start to feel some sort of vague pity for that person as if they are alone by default. What I now know and understand is that being alone does not have to be something one must shun away from. Being alone can be a time in which we get the opportunity to reevaluate ourselves. Sometimes we as people need to take a moment to stand back and truly take in our lives, the people who we surround ourselves with and the things we have allowed to take place. Being alone is a time when you are able to take all aspects of life into consideration and reflect on the choices you've made. 


Whether it be family members, family situations, friendships or romantic relationships there comes a point where simply being alone to yourself away from all of that is needed. Being alone can be a time where you remind yourself of your greatness, of who the fuck you truly are at the core and what you will and will not stand for! Being alone can be the time needed to recenter yourself and introduce to the world the better version of you! This is my only post of 2016, because I spent this year getting back in touch with myself. My "Alone Time" was simply a reminder of where I have been, where I want to be and who I'd like to become...what does your alone time signify?



  



Thursday, December 31, 2015

This Skin


Featuring Jah Quinones
Photography by Demetrius Markee

This skin I'm in cannot be undone. This skin I'm in can do no wrong. This skin I'm in shields me from the outside world. This skin I'm in allows me to see things clearly and never blurred.


This skin I'm in has endured many obstacles and changes. This skin I'm in always heals from temporary damages. This skin I'm in has taught me many things. This skin I'm in has let me know that I am a king.


This skin I'm in has been the topic of many conversations. This skin I'm in has literally been my salvation. I may not know all there is to know, but this skin I'm in will always allow me a reason to want to grow. 




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