THE BOXING TOWN.

LITTLE BOXERS BY ALLEN COLEMANJames town, the birth place of seven world boxing champions, has bestowed on itself the duty to keep boxing alive in a country dominated by soccer. Situated in Ghana and the east of Accra, the town has become home to boxing, almost every renowned boxing export Ghana has had, came through this town. The town is dominated foremost by fishing and then boxing, unfortunately fishermen do not get to fly the world and appear on television, so the the youth have taken to boxing as a ticket out. During the just held arts festival, ring ropes formed by an excited crowd, gave way to a street bout for the town’s beloved  “little boxers”. Standing at an average height of 3″ feet, these

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#CHALEWOTE-FESTIVAL ‘ 14 , DAY 1

IMG_1135 l Poetry,dance,music,paintings beautifully littered everywhere and an ant like crowd definitely woke the city up to ART. I apologize for having too much fun and not concentrating on catching everything for you guys but I hope this chips away every brick of disappointment.

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”CHALE WOTE” ARTS FESTIVAL ’14, DAY 1.

IMG_0875Just as scheduled, Ghana’s two day art festival dubbed the ”CHALE WOTE” arts festival, took place as anticipated in the vibrant streets of Accra with a healthy dose of arts,music and a beautiful crowd .I honestly don’t know if there are any festivals that celebrates the arts and music in this manner.

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EYEs #5, I SEE YOU.

IMG_0330 It’s been a few weeks since I started the EYEs project and I humbled to say my work has never felt this meaningful. I love street photography and for years I have been trying to put my finger on something quite as moving as this. I love the interactions with my subjects, it stays with me all through to the end.

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EYES #4, FRESH CUTZ

IMG_87n16Eyes are the organs of vision. As basic as that sounds i find the eyes to be open of the intriguing and complex part of the human body. In portrait photography it’s encouraged to focus on the eyes, simply because it usually forms the focal point if the image, an eye in an eye.

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REAL LIFE SMILEY FEAT THIS P.Y.T

street photography in africaI realized very early in my project to spread smiley faces across the world that the task of letting my audience and especially my subjects to trust and understand my vision was inevitable .I Learnt firsthand how difficult that was in the case of doing that in minutes of meeting a stranger. I saw this lady right after listening session from one of my favorite street jazz band, as soon as saw her the visual printed of her smiling in my head was instant.

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THE REAL LIFE SMILEY feat. NINA MDWABA

IMG_6276When I shoot street portraits I always find myself asking my subjects to smile which I consider ‘’cheating’’, but on the day that I met Nina and her adorable sister it was so unscripted that I took home more than 14 shots of her fixing her hair. The funny thing is I was shooting her sister I when I spotted her beaming and ‘’braidstorming’’ right there on the pavement.

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