Spirituality is something that holds a different meaning depending on who you talk to. For some people, spirituality equals religion. For others, it is a sense of purpose or reconciliation with one’s own mind. For Arnold Butler, spirituality is art. He believes all things in life can be found in art, and art can be found in all things.
Ming Smith prefers to keep things organic, natural, candid. Her decades-long photography career includes scores of street photos, not many studios or models or lighting rigs. She photographs people living their lives, and, as a black photographer who got her start in the 70s, she focuses on the community around her.
“My country gives me a great deal of inspiration; I don’t think I would have the same perspective (nor type of work) if I were living in the monotony of the Western world,” said Aida Muluneh in an interview with contemporary photography magazine LensCulture. Aida is from Ethiopia, where she was born in 1974. The pride she has of her country is displayed heavily in her arts, painting,, and photography. Through Aida’s art, we are able to take a journey to Ethiopia and get a glance at its beauty beyond the stereotypes that we’ve been force-fed to believe in Western culture.