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Ajani Charles
Works at The Ark Media Group Inc.
Attended The University of Western Ontario
Lived in Toronto
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I photographed this series about five years ago and it's one of the most entertaining projects that I have been involved in. I was inspired by  the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Gordon Parks, Stan Lee and Yoshiaki Kawajiri to create a series based on the day-to-day life of a beautiful and…
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One of my photographs of Travis Scott. 
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Curated by Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, JAY Z's Life+Times is a digital experience covering art, sports, music, fashion and culture.
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At this point in history, it's quite obvious that Toronto is one of the most talented cities in the world when it comes to the arts, entertainment and everything else pertaining to culture and human creativity. Toronto's r&b and soul musicians are a great representation of Canada's creative melting pot  and vocalists like Drake, The…
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As an artist and entrepreneur that has experienced countless burnouts and devastating drops in morale over the course of the last eight years, the premise behind Sebastien Zenella's
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A professional pilot, Yves Rossy sought to move out of the cockpit in the continuous pursuit of flight through innovation and ingenuity to achieve mankind’s dream of engine-powered flight for humans. Drawn initially to the world of free fall, he experimented with ways to increase his flight time and enhance his ability to select his…
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As a former competitive athlete and as someone that currently stays quite active through a number of practices (including weight training, yoga, calisthenics, sprinting and others), I enjoy working with and photographing athletes for a number of reasons. Firstly, working with athletes reminds me of the  parallels between being a creative professional and being an…
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I was recently reminiscing about my career, how it has evolved, the multitude of paradigm shifts that I have experienced over the course of the last eight years and the many events and projects that I have been involved in. Thinking about the past led me to browse through some of my hard drives, which…
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"What it all boils down to for me is having the enthusiasm to do something for enjoyment and being stimulated by what's around you. That's what photography does for me." -Graeme Le Saux
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wayne nixon's profile photo
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Chief Executive Officer And Creative Director of The Ark Media Group Inc., Photographer, Marketing Consultant, Producer
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Social Networking, Consulting, Digital Strategy, Digital Marketing, Digital Media Production, Headhunting, Team Building, Project Management, RFP, Sales, Public Speaking, Copywriting, Photojournalism, Portrait Photography, Advertising Photography, Advertising Cinematography
Employment
  • The Ark Media Group Inc.
    Founder, Chief Executive Officer And Creative Director, 2013 - present
    The Ark Media Group is a selective Toronto-based agency that specializes in digital marketing and media production for confident technology companies that strive to communicate their values during defining moments such as the launch of a new product or a rebranding phase. The Ark Media Group hires creative professionals who share the high standards to which both our clients and our company subscribe. As such, we work hard and mobilize all necessary resources in order to exceed our clients' goals.
  • a j a n i photography: digital image solutions
    Executive Director, 2007 - present
    Ajani Charles is a professional photojournalist, advertising photographer and cinematographer based in Toronto — the Canadian city famed for its cultural diversity and the creative dynamism of its artistic community. A graduate of the nationally acclaimed Claude Watson Arts Program, Ajani also apprenticed at the Toronto School of Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario and at 235 Films. The mentoring and rigorous training he received at these institutions fertilized his natural talent, shaping him into a versatile and always evolving artist who is well versed in portrait, editorial, glamour, fashion, documentary, product/advertising, architectural, landscape and fine art photography. For Ajani the camera is a medium for self-expression and photography the ideal art form for capturing the ineffable beauty of people, objects, and landscapes. Though his images bear the distinctive stamp of his unique regard and sensibility, his work evidences an eclectic panoply of influences which includes Markus Klinko and Indrani, Jill Greenberg, Yousuf Karsh, Ansel Adams, Alexander Rodchenko, Richard Avedon, Nabil Elderkin, André Kertesz, David LaChapelle, Steven Spielberg, Hype Williams, Zack Snyder, Martin Scorsese, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Jamel Shabazz and Todd Anthony Tyler. Ajani is also the founder and executive director of The Young Visionaries — a Toronto-based photography and cinematography program, providing education to youth from the city’s priority neighbourhoods. What’s more, his work has been displayed at the Skills Canada Photographic Skills Competition where he was awarded a medal for the technical polish of his images as a teenager. His photographs have also been exhibited in such venues as the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, The New Era Flagship Store and the Koffler Gallery among others. In addition, Ajani has gained considerable notoriety in the Greater Toronto Area through his first photographic documentary, “Project T Dot” — a visual chronicle of the city’s Hip-Hop culture and community in its entirety through a wide-ranging collection of intimate and dramatic black and white photographs. In production since 2007, “Project T Dot” is currently scheduled for a late 2016 publication date. Ajani counts among his many and varied clients H&M, Universal Music Group, Christian Dior, The Torstar Corporation, BlackBerry and the UFC. His work has been featured in publications such as Jay Z’s Life + Times, Vogue and Design You Trust. Furthermore, he has photographed numerous icons and public figures including the likes of Drake, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Slash, Kanye West, Gene Simmons, Spike Lee and Dana White.
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Chief Executive Officer And Creative Director of The Ark Media Group Inc., Producer And Marketing Consultant
Introduction


I am a marketing consultant and producer with a background in fine arts, communication and philosophy.

I began my career as an advertising photographer and photojournalist. I am still very much involved in the profession and with as much enthusiasm today as in my early years.

After years in the trenches as a freelance artist, I founded a Toronto-based agency that specializes in digital marketing and media production for confident technology companies.

Besides having a great team, the success of my agency and photography company rests primarily on the fact that I am very selective in regards to the clients I work with and my ability to satisfy the needs of my clients in the most effective ways possible. 

I strive to creatively exceed my clients’ expectations and to elevate each brand that my companies represent.

My experiences and my outlook on life and on the world have considerably enriched my professional endeavours. I also love traveling and enjoy learning about and documenting various countries and their cultures.

I am therefore keenly aware of the wonderful diversity of humanity and complexity of the world in which we live. 

Such an awareness constantly informs my work as an artist, photographer, marketing professional and entrepreneur.
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I'm me.
Education
  • The University of Western Ontario
    Philosophy, 2003 - 2007
  • Earl Haig Secondary School
    The Claude Watson Arts Program (Visual Arts), 1998 - 2003
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John is a fantastic entrepreneur and one of the best corporate lawyers in Canada. He is very personable and clearly understands the massive paradigm shifts that have been created as a result of technological advances and the incredible entrepreneurial revolution that has helped to define the 21st century. With that being said, I had no choice but to hire him as my company's legal counsel and if you value the well-being of your enterprise, I recommend that you do the same.
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