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I’m so inspired!

I’m so inspired!

An exploration of black love in all of its breadth.
Ishmil Waterman
Ishmil Waterman

I’m so inspired!

This self imposed challenge has given me a new outlook on what it is I do for a living, and a realization that purpose will move me to create effortlessly. Nothing needs to be forced. Music by Selah Beats 
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I’m so inspired!

This self imposed challenge has given me a new outlook on what it is I do for a living, and a realization that purpose will move me to create effortlessly. Nothing needs to be forced.

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BOOM! My first Vlog

The very creation of this video is the second step of many in my journey to conquer all internal resistance. For a long time I was pretty sure I was either too cool, or too lazy to do something like this, turned out I was just being to punk. So here I am.

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Getting Out Of My Own Way

There is a challenge that most if not all creatives face. Conquering of the only true adversary who lives within. This beast goes by many names and wears many disguises but its sole purpose is to stand between the self and creation. This is how I’m conquering it.

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Growing Pains

BOOM! My first Vlog

BOOM! My first Vlog

Ishmil Waterman
Ishmil Waterman

BOOM! My first Vlog

The very creation of this video is the second step of many in my journey to conquer all internal resistance. For a long time I was pretty sure I was either too cool, or too lazy to do something like this, turned out I was just being to punk. So here I am.
Follow Me: https://www.instagram.com/ishmilwater…
Music by Selah Beats:
https://soundcloud.com/selahbeats
Shirt by Anna Fora:
https://annafora.com/

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ishmil waterman feeling beautiful

I’m so inspired!

This self imposed challenge has given me a new outlook on what it is I do for a living, and a realization that purpose will move me to create effortlessly. Nothing needs to be forced.

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ishmil waterman vlog

BOOM! My first Vlog

The very creation of this video is the second step of many in my journey to conquer all internal resistance. For a long time I was pretty sure I was either too cool, or too lazy to do something like this, turned out I was just being to punk. So here I am.

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Ishmil Waterman Fine Art Flowers

Getting Out Of My Own Way

There is a challenge that most if not all creatives face. Conquering of the only true adversary who lives within. This beast goes by many names and wears many disguises but its sole purpose is to stand between the self and creation. This is how I’m conquering it.

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I switched from Canon to Fuji, should you?

I switched from Canon to Fuji, should you?

Ishmil Waterman
Ishmil Waterman

I switched from Canon to Fuji, should you?

I’ll start this article by stating that I’m not being paid to post this, though I hope in the near future I will be 🤑. So the question I’ve been getting from my friends is “Why would you switch from a full frame system you’ve been using for over a decade, to apsc sensor on a system you’ve never worked with before?” And really the answer is simple. I like shooting with it more 🤷🏿‍♂️.  After years of working with Canon in the commercial and creative realms the process became kind of joyless, as a tool Canon wasn’t giving me a thrill anymore. Most modern camera systems perform phenomenally and produce image quality that is great for any professional application. Which means the brand of camera no longer matters, especially when you consider major campaigns are being shot with phones now. Whats important is user experience. My new Fuji XT3 is fun to shoot with and it feels like a analog camera, I get tingles whenever I reach for it, and I reach for it alot because it has such a compact form factor. The images I’ve been able to get out of it have been arguably better image quality than my older canon bodies, and the color rendering is beautiful! I might become a full blown fuji fanboy as the year progresses.

When on canon i would rarely if ever walk with a camera unless it was for a gig. It was too big and heavy, damn near burdensome. With the fuji I find myself walking with my camera almost daily, just capturing life, and rediscovering my craft. In a future post i’ll share some of my street photography (which I’ve never really done before). But now I enjoy it, I’ve been shooting long enough to be in an environment and have the ability to gauge my camera settings mentally before even looking at my camera, this may seem like a small thing, but having mechanical knobs to control my settings (even when the camera is off), makes the process of capturing things in the moment so much easier

I say all of this to drive the point that I am excited to create again. Its been a long time since I took to fashion or beauty photography for creative outlet rather than commercial gain. I guess some times you just need a new toy to make you want to play.

Fuji XT3
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ishmil waterman feeling beautiful

I’m so inspired!

This self imposed challenge has given me a new outlook on what it is I do for a living, and a realization that purpose will move me to create effortlessly. Nothing needs to be forced.

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ishmil waterman vlog

BOOM! My first Vlog

The very creation of this video is the second step of many in my journey to conquer all internal resistance. For a long time I was pretty sure I was either too cool, or too lazy to do something like this, turned out I was just being to punk. So here I am.

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Ishmil Waterman Fine Art Flowers

Getting Out Of My Own Way

There is a challenge that most if not all creatives face. Conquering of the only true adversary who lives within. This beast goes by many names and wears many disguises but its sole purpose is to stand between the self and creation. This is how I’m conquering it.

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Love Portraiture Showcase

143 (I Love You)

143 (I Love You)

An exploration of black love in all of its breadth.
Ishmil Waterman
Ishmil Waterman

143 (I Love You)

This February I was given the opportunity to be a part of a showcase at Union Station curated by Wan Lucas, an individual who i can only describe as a warrior in the movement for greater visibility of POC in all spaces. The 143 exhibit takes hold of February’s unique positioning. This month we have family day, Valentine’s day, black history month, and a solar transition into Pisces. In other words, it is a month to celebrate love, and in the case of this showcase, it was an opportunity to celebrate black love.

When asked to participate, I was given a very open guideline. (Capture what love looks like / feels like to you) Instantly there was only one thing that came to mind. My family. Not just the family i share blood relationships with, but the family I’ve inherited through friendship, romance, and community. Interestingly in all my years of shooting, this was the first time I coordinated for my loved ones to gather for a proper portrait session. I had no idea at the time that it would lead to an interview with City TV’s Breakfast Television! The experience had a wondrous effect on me. As a photographer, it is a part of my job to connect with my subject, to use the gates of empathy to gauge what they are feeling and maneuver those feelings to get the perfect picture. This shoot, however, was different, my connection with each subject was already deep, so the gate of empathy was broader, the understanding was far more profound. Frankly, it changed the way I shoot, this experience has made me seek a deeper connection with all of my subjects.

Going into this project I had every intention of creating images that would serve as the hero shots of the series. All of my experience in commercial photography assisted in the success of this intent. Creating images that are warm and speak to something genuine, while at the same time could do justice by the relative neutrality of a space like Union Station and the sponsor TD Bank. This is my first time being commissioned for a project that required such an approach, and I am very happy with the results and even happier that the subjects are people that I love. Moving forward I have every intention of leveraging this project to create more works in a similar lane. The opportunity to work with multiple major institutions is absolute goals. And if I get to put on for my peoples in the process, BONUS!  

You can find more images from the 143 (I Love You) showcase below. Other participating photographers in the showcase included. Yannick AntonNathalia Amillionminds AllenSoteeohWade HudsonBrianna RoyeGillian Mapp, and illustrations by Alexis Eke

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ishmil waterman feeling beautiful

I’m so inspired!

This self imposed challenge has given me a new outlook on what it is I do for a living, and a realization that purpose will move me to create effortlessly. Nothing needs to be forced.

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ishmil waterman vlog

BOOM! My first Vlog

The very creation of this video is the second step of many in my journey to conquer all internal resistance. For a long time I was pretty sure I was either too cool, or too lazy to do something like this, turned out I was just being to punk. So here I am.

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Ishmil Waterman Fine Art Flowers

Getting Out Of My Own Way

There is a challenge that most if not all creatives face. Conquering of the only true adversary who lives within. This beast goes by many names and wears many disguises but its sole purpose is to stand between the self and creation. This is how I’m conquering it.

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