Captivating: The UK’s Homeless in Black & White


Lee Jeffries is a 41 year old accountant from Manchester. Throughout most of his life, he never did anything remotely arts related, but a camera and a conversation changed all of that one day. While he was walking around London he noticed a young girl that seemed homeless. As she lay in her sleeping bag curled up, he inconspicuously took a shot of her and began to walk away. It was then that something inside him was moved and he decided to go back to the sleeping girl and talk to her. After their conversation, Jeffries’ perception of the homeless had shifted significantly and he was inspired to engage in their lives.

Freestyle Creations Peek Into the Universe

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While most artists have a concept in mind as they approach the canvas, John Speaker is more of a freestyler. As he sits down to start a piece, he touches his marker or paintbrush to the canvas and lets his consciousness take care of the rest. He says,

“The creation becomes an evolving chaos of the purest emotions; they do not represent happiness or sadness, confusion or enlightenment, hope or doubt; they are simply the culmination of everything and nothing. The concept of a mistake becomes completely irrelevant in the process, as the confines of our societal definitions have been shed, and the energy of the universe is allowed to present itself unrestrained. My creation becomes something more than an expression of life. It has become life itself.”

When I first discovered John Speaker’s art, I got lost in each piece, trying to interpret and put my own spin on the images before me. Stay tuned after the jump for our interview with him, then check out to see more.

Lion Heart: A Symbiotic Multimedia Experience

Exploring inner spaces and the far cosmos, this is a journey of the wanderer awake. The short 4 minute film is a digital art journey named “Lionheart” by Lucid Juice, a video-art, motion graphics, animation and VFX artist. Taking the artwork of visionary digital artist Android Jones, Lucid Juice created an amazing video experience. Take these next four minutes to travel into the mind, think about life in all its fullness and complexity… and release yourself into the moving video.