The benefit of Culture. LEAF

Hello world,

So a couple of weeks ago I donated a bit of time to the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF). They had planned a benefit fashion tribute for their LEAF Outreach Program and asked me to photograph the hand made designs by Brooke Priddy of Ship to Shore. Together with local uber-talents including but not limited to Wink heads & threads, Makeup at the Grove Arcade and Amber Hatchett Designs they pulled off an amazing representation of the countries of Rwanda, Tanzania, Panama and Mexico which were benefited. I just dropped the shutter. I thought it was a good idea to catch a summertime flu that was going around town a couple days before and ended up shooting these with a 101 fever. Yea that was fun. I really don’t remember much of the shoot. Scary. After going through the images I was super bummed when I noticed one of my lights didn’t even fire. Crap. It was an honor to be around all of those talented folks. I wish I would have felt better so I could have soaked them all in. Maybe we will rub elbows again soon! You all rocked it!! Thank you!

Here are a few of the images of the models and the talents behind them, and a little bit bout our LEAF.

So I guess the moral of this story…..surround yourself with talented, passionate people.

“LEAF is helping to heal the world and we as people and as a business only want to work with organizations making a difference. We love LEAF and its mission and having an opportunity to create a tribute using hair sculptures and fashion is very exciting for us as an artistic team. It’s going to be a fantastic night!” Christine DiBenedetto.

“LEAF is NOT just a festival anymore, but an organization filling the gap as a top arts in education provider for over five thousand youth every year…and not just here in Buncombe County, but beyond into seven countries across the world. We were all so amazed that so many great businesses and individuals came out of the woodworks and said ‘This cause means a lot to me, how can I help?’…it is so affirming when people recognize the need for arts and music programs and its empowering, teamwork building, and even healing powers.” Erica Bell
“I am creating four looks and a performance piece for each that pays homage to four of the regions that LEAF International reaches out to. Along with Wink, Lisa Zahiya, Dj Panthergod, 420 Screenprinters and Vintage Vanities Jewelry, we will be creating a tribute in celebration of international arts and cultures.”
Brooke Priddy.

 

keep on clickin’

Parker J

 

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Nikon D3X 70-200 f2.8 VR2
Nikon D3X 70-200 f2.8 VR2
Nikon D3X 70-200 f2.8 VR2
Nikon D3X 70-200 f2.8 VR2
Nikon D3X 70-200 f2.8 VR2
Nikon D3X 70-200 f2.8 VR2
Nikon D3X 70-200 f2.8 VR2
Nikon D3X 70-200 f2.8 VR2
Nikon D3X 70-200 f2.8 VR2