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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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Head over to http://www.ajani.ca to view my updated photography portfolio.
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Musicians like Prince, Queen, Guns N' Roses and Michael Jackson dominated the 80s and set the bar unbelievably high for live musical performances. As such, very few artists  that represent my generation have been able to measure up to the superhuman standards that were established during the 1980s and before. With that said, one of…
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Inside the Notre-Dame Basilica of ‪#‎Montreal‬. Mind-blowing craftsmanship and a great example of the power of human creativity.
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Grime is a powerful musical movement that was birthed in the UK during the late 90s and early 2000s. Grime is primarily influenced by UK garage, drum and bass, dancehall and hip-hop. And in addition to  Dizzee Rascal and Lethal Bizzle, one of my favorite pioneers of the genre is Skepta. Active since 2003 as…
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For the past decade, Bestival has been one of the most sought-after festivals in the U.K. - so this year, DJ Rob Da Bank decided it was time to jump ship and go
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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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When the art and science of photography was first invented during the early 1820s, the earliest photographers diverged in two directions -- one group set out to document the world around them in a straightforward manner and the other group aimed to create beautiful surrealistic images that challenged the notion of human perception. Through their…
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The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, more commonly known as Caribana was definitely one of the events that contributed to my definition and experience of Toronto as a youth. Recently, I attended the Caribana parade for the first time in four years and even though quite a bit had changed within the structure and administration behind the…
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My recent portrait session with Toronto's own Sima Sepehri was quite easy going, because she's comfortable in front of a camera, because the locations that we chose were quite dynamic and because she's familiar with me. Between all of those factors and the great lighting that we experienced, I couldn't take a bad shot of…
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I can't wait to share my new photography work. My best work yet.
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Even though I grew up in Toronto, even though I'm very much a part of Toronto's arts and entertainment community, I'm still baffled by the current volume and quality of art that is being produced within Canada's largest city. Recently, I've been listening to quite a bit of Ramriddlz' limited discography and I really appreciate the…
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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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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
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  • The Ark Media Group Inc.
    Founder, Chief Executive Officer And Creative Director, 2013 - present
    The Ark Media Group is a marketing agency that specializes in media production for technology companies.
  • a j a n i photography: digital image solutions
    Founder And Creative 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 marketing agency that specialized in media production for 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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