Dallas-based photographer, designer and educator Temi Coker is a force of creativity. Through his work, he portrays layers of his Nigerian culture via color, pattern, dimension and texture. But Temi doesn’t just create art, he creates powerful experiences that move and challenge beauty standards. Her work is a movement that champions the unexpected in bold new styles, building community along the way. Since the start of her career, Temi has had the good fortune to work with renowned clients in the fashion, music and sports industries such as Apple, Adobe, Oscars, HBO, Google, etc. When he is not creating, he also participates in the animation of workshops and gives conferences which transmit his knowledge and his experience to others.
Today Temi joins us for friday five!
1. Art Books
I love art books. As an artist, it is important for me to learn from the artists who came before me. Books are sacred and allow me to really dive into some of my favorite artists and their work. I like discovering new artists and the techniques and mediums they use to create. It is also important for me to know more about their life and the impact of their art. Social media has given people access to artists, but I still feel like art books contain some of the most authentic stories about those who created joy, pain, and healing. . It is very important for me.
2. Listen to music
I can’t create without music. In fact, I started playing the keyboard when I was 10 years old. Music has always been a part of my life and I love how every song and every groove can affect your mood in some way. I listen to a lot of jazz and R&B because I really feel that these musicians and artists are targeting your emotions in an authentic and real way. Some songs make me feel like I’m in the room with the artist because I can feel what they’re playing/singing.
I love my wife. She is my rock, my best friend and my artistic director. It’s fun to have a companion to share my successes and failures with. It has also been very important to me to help her grow as she wishes. I want to be a supportive husband because she has been such a supportive wife. My success is her success and every day I am grateful to live with her.
4. Film camera
Although I am passionate about graphic design, photography remains one of my passions. I bought this film camera from a friend to have something I can take with me everywhere. I love cinema because you almost have to slow down to capture things with it. Digital cameras, while good, have made people dislike the importance of slowing down and capturing authentic moments. I love that sometimes I can go through an entire movie in a month and forget about the footage I took until I get my scans back. It’s fun and I can save these images for our future children and pass them on while training my eye to find those peaceful moments in my life to capture.
5. Air Jordan 1s
Coming to America as an immigrant, we never had the money to afford Air Jordan 1s. As I got older, I started saving my money to buy this shoe because, in a weird way, it allows me to heal this part of my childhood. I know it’s weird to say that, but it’s honestly the truth. As we grow older, when we can afford what we wanted when we were kids, we appreciate it much more. I’m slowly becoming a sneakerhead now and loving it.
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