— Assata Shakur
All artists should see this.
— Assata Shakur
RIP Amy Davis. You got your wings now love.
Amy was one of the most kind spirits I ever encountered along my journey in New York’s Underground Hip Hop scene. And she had a beautiful voice. I really have no words… She was so young.
Although this saddens me so much, I am trying not to be sad, but to celebrate her life and music. Please send out a prayer and loads of positive energy to her best friend and someone who has always been very kind and generous to me, Darq.
If you enjoy this song, please share in memory of Amy. ♥
What’s a love without tragedy??
With Grammy award winners like Melanie Fiona and Miguel singing her praises, it’s not hard to tell why ‘Dirty’ has become one of the most loved and well respected photographers on the Hip Hop & R&B scene in New York City (quite a feat for a girl from a small town like Savannah, GA). From shooting names at the top of the charts such as Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj, to those on the verge of stardom like Wynter Gordon and Luke James, or legends such as Kurtis Blow and Wu-Tang (and everyone in between) she has amassed an extensive archive of photos in her 7 years as a professional photographer that would make most seasoned vets jaws drop. With unparalleled access, she has captured some of the biggest and most historic concerts and video shoots in New York City from all angles, as well as documenting the behind the scenes and day to day private lives of celebrities and underground artists alike. There is one fact for certain for Dirty Souf Yankee; this girl can shoot. Not only can she pull the trigger (obviously figuratively speaking), but she does it with a strong passion. It’s a rarety, to see someone come alive through a simple photograph. When it’s the actual photographer being captured, and she is giving off that awesome energy; it’s a tell tale sign that she loves what she is doing. ‘Dirty Souf Yankee’ gave us the privilege to pick her brain a bit, with respects to her craft and passion. #A&M
Miguel at Madison Square Garden (Shot By DSY)
The Arts & Music: There hasn’t really been a significant amount of emphasis or resources available, that discuss the bridge between the two forms of art, Music & Photography. Being that your a professional Photographer and your in the trenches of the music scene, how do the two compliment each other?
Dirty Souf Yankee: Well, music is the physical representation of how a feeling sounds while a photo is the physical representation of how a feeling looks. Good music makes you FEEL something. Good photography makes you FEEL something. When a single photo can translate the energy and feeling of an entire concert or even just a fleeting moment of the artist in a very specific feeling… that’s powerful. Both mediums are compelling in their own right, but together they create a sense of nostalgia and are magical.
Anita Shepard on set for video shoot (Shot By DSY)
The Arts & Music: As someone as multitalented as yourself, what best advice would you give someone who is looking to start out a career or learn the skill of Photography? Do you have any lessons learned that you’d like to pass on?
Dirty Souf Yankee: A few things…
#1. Integrity has taken me a very long way.
#2. Learn your equipment (be able to make the best of of ANY equipment)
#3. Work relentlessly (shoot any and everything that interests you. develop your eye) #4. Pay your dues (but remember to value yourself)
#5. Learn how to say NO (you don’t need to take EVERY job you’re offered)
Those are the basics for me!
You all can check out her official website: www.dirtysoufyankee.com , with links to all her social media and resume/portfolio.
Official Website: www.dirtysoufyankee.com
Also, Dirty Souf Yankee currently has an indieGoGo campaign she is running to raise funds to be able to shoot a concert and the culture in Paris, France next month: http://igg.me/at/30secondstoparis/x/2660185
We at The Arts & Music strongly recommend supporting and keeping in touch with Dirty Souf Yankee, as she continues to live out her passion in 2014.
— Dirty Souf Yankee
can we talk about his highs and those crisp, long notes tho?!