Common, the rapper. Common, the actor. Common, the photographer?!
Common was host to the Canon PIXMA PRO City Senses event, and featured along with two local photographers (Kristyna Archer & Taylor Castle) to share their vision of the city through limited edition photography. There was a baseball theme amongst all of the artists' photos, and the photos were presented as a sensory experience in a gallery at Ignite Glass Studio. We walked in different rooms and were asked to use various senses like smell, touch, hearing, and taste (we got free hot dogs!) to create a new mood and perspective before the lights were turned on to view the photos. It was an interactive and innovative way to take in art, and surely an influence too, as we found out from Com himself.
Common talks about his photography — how he drew inspiration from his sensory experience of his hometown of Chicago and the concept behind his photograph "1st Base" (seen below). "1st Base, you gotta start somewhere."
"The sounds of the city.. I've throughout the years come home just to ride around Chicago, and feel how the smell of the city and what it sounds like, so I can write songs because I wanted it to be rooted where I come from. And I think all your citizens are important when it comes to making art."
As you can see, Common is very aware of his city, whether he's capturing it through photos or making music from its environment. Com even brought it back to growing up on Dorchester!
Plus, he shares some new info on the art he's most known for: his music. The central theme of his upcoming EP (to drop later this year) and album (2014) is now revealed, as Common also mentions he's been working with No I.D. & Swizz Beatz for the projects. Watch above to find out that theme and what to expect musically — a bonus, to finding out more about Common, the artist.
"1st Base" — a photograph by Common
(All images above and in the video were printed using the PIXMA PRO printer.)
Common and the GWHH Entourage
(Maks G, TasteTheKhase, Srirachana, Common, & Sgt. Tibs)
Produced by: Gowhere Hip Hop
Edited by: Maks G
Interview by: Sgt. Tibs
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