Alternative Nostalgia

3A651474-015C-48D6-BE3A-4A046A25A9CC.jpgLife. We can’t explain it. But we know we’re living in it.

Life. We meet people, we learn. We create memories in it.

Life goes on. We miss the good times, the times where we felt alive. The times where we had no regrets. Where all we were thinking about was how we were feeling in that very moment. The moment was ours, and it was precious.

We miss those moments. Nostalgia. I can say that I have experienced this feeling countless times. I miss people who have come into my life for a reason. But we can’t get those moments back, and can’t be with those we wish to see. But we can remeber, and that’s it. We only have the memory, and the feeling.

This is what photography does for me. I take photos to remember. I want to feel again. I take photos to regain the emotions I have felt from those moments. Every second of everyday there is a new moment to capture. Moments that I can never get back. I can shape the moment into what I want, just by looking into my 18-135mm lens and pressing the photo button with my right index finger, and hearing the camera shutter and click. There. Moment captured. No undoing it.

On Thursday August 3rd, I embarked on another journey to Mexico. I visited Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tequila (to the east of Guadalajara),and Mazatlan.

On the way back from visiting Tequila, I threw on some headphones and reviewed some photos on my camera that I had taken that day on the trip so far.

While listening to Ana Sun by Walk the Moon, I look at the reflection on my camera screen and notice an ambre of oranges, reds, and pinks. I look behind me to see something unexpected and miraculous. I look to find an epiphany of a sunset, and the rays are penetrating through the windows and caressing the faces of the other people in the car with me.

I begin to film and photograph this marvel, and as the beat in the song gets lounder and stronger, a rush of emotion came over me. It’s one of those unexplainable emotions that we as human beings cannot express, or that we cannot understand, a mystery of the universe. But it was good. I felt at ease, and nothing could ruin that moment for me.

Ultimately, what I felt at this moment was an eye opening. I felt grateful for all the blessings I have in my life, and grateful for all the memories I have made and cherished, and all the people that have come into my life, whether of not they were impactful or not. Life is all about learning and growing, and certain people can teach us this.

I am thankful for the bad times, when I have been let down; those experiences have shaped me into a better person and I have learned from them. This is how I express myself through photgraphy. If I can capture something and it sets off a rush of emotion and feeling within someone, that is all the satisfaction an artist needs.

Thank you, and I hope to share more soon ūüôā

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Clout Club Global: The Next Generation of Street wear

 

 

Recently millennials have experimented bringing forth new and old styles to be worn as a form of expression. Expression and individuality is what sets this generation so far apart, prompting those both awe-less, and bold, to leave their mark and set the newest trends.¬†For the next generation, fashion has become a reputable language, that is spoken by many but only executed by few. A bar set by celebrities, and designers of the most noted collections, has been reset by a young entrepreneur that goes by the name “SauceBoy Cam” with his solo brand¬†Clout Club Global.

 

Designer and Self inspired creator Cameron Garnigan has introduced CLOUT to the world of street wear. Only 18, He is single-handedly responsible for an interesting brand that has surpassed the quo of t-shirts. Not so new to the city of Cartersville, Cameron began his creations Fall of 2015, quickly becoming popular and publicly promoted by his friends and family.  (instagram.com/sauceboycam)

 

 

His brand includes a variety of T-shirts, and a growing list of other products such as Windbreakers and fanny packs. Garnigan calls experimenting with new products “refreshing”. He reveals that in the future for Clout Club Global, he will have a fall collection with “…hoodies, crewnecks and a few new pieces coming.”

 

“My favorite would have to be the fanny pack. It was a different experience, it wasn’t like making the t-shirts,¬†which is my specialty.” (instagram.com/cloutclubglobal)

 

 

In an exclusive interview Cameron opens up about his process, experiences, pros, and cons.

“Honestly the process is very strange. I have flash drives full of designs and there are times, though, that I make a design and¬†use it right away. I’ve done that twice but no¬†one has seen the NEW Clout Club designs.” “I release them out-of-order just¬†based off what mood I’m in.” (Garnigan)¬†Using Adobe Illustrator, Cameron hand crafts his designs and if you pay close enough attention, he tests them online and on social media to get feedback, but often the finished product is unexpected, original and one of a kind.

In entrepreneurship there are lots of pros and cons, unseen to consumers¬†of what the brand has to offer. “Your business is a reflection of you”, Garnigan enjoys the free schedule of his own business. “You get to choose when you want to work and no one can tell you what to do.” (Garnigan) And with ups, there are definitely downs such as marketing aspects, costs, and promotions. It isn’t all easy to get people to buy something that you create. Like owning a lemonade stand, some people just aren’t thirsty or they left their coin purse back at home. “Since this is a solo business of mine, everything comes out-of-pocket and the promo and marketing is the main factor¬†of any business. Basically the main struggle is getting people to shop with you.” (Garnigan) “I’ve¬†been dropping all my old work to get everyone on board.”

You wouldn’t believe the struggle of getting people to shop, from the amount of social media posts and reviews on his most popular product, The Clout Club Rose Tees.

Instagram.com/cloutclubglobal
Instagram.com/cloutclubglobal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Owning this original Tee from Sauce has become a social norm in the city of Cartersville. Everywhere you turn you see an array of colors and designs, but no matter what color you just can’t miss a Rose logo or the famous brand name printed on the front.

CLOUT CLUB ORIGINALS

(instagram.com/cloutclubglobal)
(instagram.com/cloutclubglobal)

Garnigan describes working with Clout Club as a learning experience, “I feel as if I am learning as the days go by.” As seen by the released products above, one can tell just how limitless the creativity can be. “There is no one way to do something, and that is¬†where I am; learning and studying endless possibilities.” (Garnigan)

The interview wrapped¬†with Cameron’s final thoughts, advice, and next steps.

“Next I personally plan on dropping all my best work, I also plan on doing more sewing projects too, and getting into denim (pants, jackets, and even alterations).” (Garnigan) These next steps definitely sound like success.

Advice from the man behind Clout Club Global is to “Be strong hearted. The whole game isn’t for the weak. Really chase your dreams, no exceptions, do not skip steps and to trust the process.” (Garnigan) With these steps for reaching your goals, and the drive, artistic advantage, and heart of a next generation youth, achieving anything is a piece of cake. Clout Club is more than just shirts, windbreakers, and fanny packs. It’s a brand, a brand that I am proud to see grow, and that I have even bought into a few times. I am very impressed by Cameron and I have been so glad to see CCG grow into something big. I am more than excited for the future.