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grey My heart dropped and I almost took the photo down.

Sooooooooo. I posted a pic on IG today and someone brought to my attention that the image resembled the work of someone else. Hank Willis Thomas from his series Branded.

My heart dropped and I almost took the photo down.

The moment when you think you are creating something good. Maybe it was too good? #CreativeProblems.

But I have sketches.
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Thomas’s images depict the Jumpman logo hanging from a tree. He also has the literal basketball and chain with an actual photo. I’m just glad he didn’t have the Jumpman and the ball and chain cause that would have sucked for me.

First line of thought when creating.

The love of material things can hold you back.

I often battle with my love for Jordan shoes. One of those things that I love and I dont really know why. Just something about those space Jam Jordans. SMH

Second line of thought.

This image is also about Hubris. They tell you that you can do “anything” when you are young. The sky is the limit they say but when you become an adult and dream  too big they say its hubris. High expectations for yourself, arrogance. They dont want you to jump too high. They try to ball and chain you.

I decided to keep the photo up because I like it. All of my work comes from within. This may explain why my posts can seem haphazard and scattered but that is how things function in my head. Thank goodness for my little red sketch book. An external hardrive for my many thoughts. But I digress…


“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” – Steve Jobs

Oh yeah, I sent Hank Willis Thomas an email.

“Being a leader gives you charisma” – Seth Godin

I can be shy at times. Hearing this quote makes a lot of sense to me. The more people I meet the easier it becomes to be charismatic.

How do you become a leader? I think you achieve this by being different, by being yourself.

“Inspiration Is for Amateurs—The Rest of Us Just Show Up and Get to Work”

“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea.’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you did today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.”


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It is easy to become complacent with your lifestyle especially as artists. Challenge yourself. Do something new. Try a new technique.

What is the business model of our generation?
We know that old bushiness models like industrialization do not work in contemporary times.grey What is the Business Model of Our Generation? I often think about what is the model for our time. Hard to do while we are living in the present but if you can think ahead you will be very successful. What do you think?

“Kill the clock inside your head
And you can get your sleep when you are dead” – Flyleaf


We often put time restraints on ourselves. Time restraints will drive you crazy. Im too young to do this or too old to do that. Just do it.

Social networks can be a double edged sword. Reaching out to people can be a good thing but spending to much time doing so can be bad. Balance I guess. I found that I get better results when I spend more time creating. If you do great work then people will make the effort to reach out to you.
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grey Four Successive Circles Read an interesting book called The Conditions of Success: How the Modern Artists Rises to Fame by Alan Bowness. The book is actually a lecture manuscript but it had some good themes.

The book describes the Four Successive Circles. Steps or hoops or chambers an artist must overcome to achieve success.

  • Peer Recognition
  • Critical Recognition
  • Patronage by Art Dealers
  • Public Acclaim

The book is really hard to find for some reason so if come across it for a good price you should pick it up.

grey I am a control freak. I was told that I was a control freak. Naturally I took offense and rejected the term. A control freak is a negative or can be seen as a negative trait.  I soon realized that I am indeed a control freak after reading Mastery by Robert Greene

I want to control my own life. In order to gain control of you own life you have to become a master in your calling.

Hello my name is Glen and I am a control freak. I want control over my own life.

“Everyone who has creativity has a touch of madness.” – Robert Greene

So I decided not to cut my hair ever again. Reminds me of Samson one of my favorite bible stories.  I know this goes against social norms but who cares. Am I turning into a hippie?grey Samson

“You need a great product and the hustle to move it.” – Jay-Z Decoded.

grey The key to success was believing in the quality of your own product.“He knew that the key to success was believing in the quality of your own product enough to make people do business with you on your terms he knew that great product was the ultimate advantage in competition.” – Decoded Jay-Z on Russel Simmons

Lachlan Bailey Started out as a portrait photographer. This is apparent when you look at his work. Check out their stuff when you get a chance.

I photographed the Johns Hopkins community in East Baltimore for a neighborhood exhibition center at 855 N. Wolfe St.

Close to 100 photos have been selected for the exhibition and promotional materials. I met a lot of great people while working on this. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project.  Very proud of this one.

Photos are depicting the installation process. Will update when the exhibition is completed.

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