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The Creative Base

I keep exploring the many definitions of beauty, creativity and female empowerment. And now also through photography. I have been interested in this area for quite a while but just recently rediscovered my passion for portrait and nature photography. And I always used to love Street photography. 
It has been said as a photographer you need to be creative, and as a model, you need to be beautiful and as an entrepreneur, you need to be empowered. But what do these words actually mean to you?


Creative? YES. Conventional? Maybe

Empowerment. I choose this term instead of feminism, as I feel that this has been misused a lot. And I feel empowerment should adapt to anybody, no matter what gender. So maybe we should just call it Strength. Period. Because everybody has a different definition of success, admiration, and social belonging. What I imply by that is the unconditional opportunity - to change, transform and expand. 
A personal example: I write about how I am a polymath . That I work as a blogger, model, behaviour therapist and more. I can be awkwardly shy and strange and in the next moment a social butterfly. 
A fact is, that most people are polymaths but through decades of social conditioning have been internalizing the fate of being a certain way that appears to be permanent. 

 

Beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and can't be defined by me or anybody else. Biologically beauty is a universal language that conveys information about health and fertility. So whatever characterizes a person as a suitable mating partner and being good for bearing, upbringing and protecting children can be defined as ‚external beauty‘ or being attractive. And these standards are universal and do not fully depend on the culture or social norms. Example: Healthy, clear skin indicates a healthy person with a good immune system and energy.  On the other hand, even the biological approach can't be solely the answer when it comes to defining beauty. We have to admit we are the product of our social environment and not only biological reasoning explain what we define as beautiful. Social norms, classism, sexism, and racism always played a big part of defining beauty.  Over centuries certain features have been promoted as beautiful, while others have been promoted as ugly. Therefore it is clear that beauty, as we define it in out today's society is healthy influenced by social norms, classism, racism, and sexism.

 

Creativity

Same as beauty, creativity can't be defined per se. As creativity needs space to grow I realized that disconnecting for any forms of mind-altering sources (TV, Internet, other people and the constant stream of information) can be in favour. You rarely get creative when bombarded with information. There is a reason why so many people got their best ideas when taking a shower or even in their dreams.  Inspiring ideas some mostly when out mind is free and not altering by environmental distractions. And to be honest, everything can be creative 💫

If your London based and are interested in joining the project let me know @leavisual

 

SOME of my recent projects. You can find More HERE: Leavisual

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Beachify your life: 5 secret beaches you have to visit

If there is something I love most about travelling than that's the fact that I always have to visit at least one beach in a country. I am a beach person. I love the sand, the sound of the waves, the salty air and the stillness just right before the sun goes does and almost falls into the ocean. 

Natural beaches

Yes, as you might have guessed I am not a fan of overcrowded part beaches. I prefer the stillness and the unbeatable comfort and luxury of an almost empty beach.
P.S. The beaches are not listed in a particular order.

1. Cuba: Beaches close to  Rio Tao  

Cubas most famous white sandy beaches are in Varadero. But if you like the adventure and a bicycle ride to a completely empty wild beach you have to go east.  About 10 miles from Baracoa, close to the river Tao you will find incredible wild and mysterious beaches. The sand is dark brown, almost black and you will feel like you are in the jungle. 

Sunburnt but relaxed. This beach is too unreal 

Sunburnt but relaxed. This beach is too unreal 

Space and silence

Space and silence


2. Jamaica:  Treasure Beach and Starve Gut Bay

One of the best and most tranquil beaches with the comfort of plenty of private guesthouse and lodges. The perfect trip for ecotourism and sustainable tourism in Jamaica. 

Treasure Beach

Treasure Beach

Silent beaches are just a few miles away from Treasure Beach

Silent beaches are just a few miles away from Treasure Beach

3. South Africa: Llandudno and Cape Penisula

The ocean looks extremely beautiful but the temperatures suggest to stay outside of the cold Atlantic during the most times of the year. But still, if you are into surfing, the beaches of the Cape Penisula will provide you with everything you need: Wind, Space and great waves. 

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

4. Cape Verde: Sal

A beach that is not always empty, but its local charm and laid back atmosphere make up for that. You can watch fisherman coming home with their daily catch, schoolchildren jumping into the waves after a long day. 

 

5. Kenya: Mombasa 

White, sandy long beaches with not too many people can be found outside of the tourist areas of Mombasa Beach. Take a cab to the next beach and enjoy a dip in the warm, tropic ocean. Also perfect for snorkelling!

White sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water

White sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water


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