Blazing Editions was lucky enough to take part in the design, production, and installation of the artwork at the new think tank and innovation center in the Nestlé Skin Health SHIELD Center in New York City. SHIELD, which stands for Skin Health Investigation, Education, Longevity Development, aims to bring together creative thinkers from a wide range of disciplines to generate and advance fresh ideas to address some of the challenges associated with human longevity.
At SHIELD, ideators, thinkers, and dreamers come together to create, observe, test, and debate new ideas and promote radical thinking for life-long skin health, nutrition, and wellness. The large embossed fingerprint pictured below is an abstract representation of the Nestlé Skin Health SHIELD logo. Together with their motto, “Touch Tomorrow, Today,” one begins to more fully appreciate SHIELD’s objective to make its mark on the world of skin health, nutrition, and wellness.
During our visit to the SHIELD Center, our team was fascinated to discover that just as art can reflect what’s occurring inwardly on a cerebral level, the skin can also act as a mirror, reflecting what’s going on inside in the body, both physically and emotionally. The connection between the world of art and the work of the SHIELD Center extends much further.
Art brings joy, inspires and encourages us to think creatively, to push the boundaries of our thinking. Similarly, the ideation that takes place at SHIELD aims to enhance the quality of our lives, especially as we are living longer – and to explore the limitless creative potential of scientific and technological innovation. With this new understanding, it was easy for SHIELD to understand why artwork should have a prominent place at the Think Tank space. This actual living lab where, every day, creative thinkers dream up new solutions in skin health and wellness and clinicians are trained in the most cutting-edge treatments.
We were truly inspired by what we saw at SHIELD, and encourage you to check out their work. And when you stop by the Nestlé Skin Health SHIELD Center in New York City, you will truly feel the energy of being in the midst of a unique creative community…and enjoy some beautiful artwork too.
Phase One and Blazing Editions teamed up to create STAND OUT Tour in 2016 & 2017. STAND OUT Photographic Events are designed to help serious photographers, retouchers, enthusiasts and professionals in the image industry to expand their potential both as artists and in the business of photography. Designed to inform, motivate and inspire, STAND OUT focuses on the professional development of those in the photographic industry. Held in locations around the world, the seminars will introduce photographers to industry leaders, pro photographers, the latest equipment from top brands, and much more.
Art has always been part of my life. I grew up in an international art scene in Europe, I spent years in front of the camera as an actress and model. Then my life’s work changed when my late mother’s last gift, a camera, inspired me and became the drive behind the creation of new life.
Art has always been an vital part of Micky Hoogendijk's identity. Born in Amsterdam July 8, 1970, Micky Hoogendijk grew up in an global environment of art; surrounded by artists, art dealers, theater makers, actors and dancers. Micky's grandfather, Dirk Hoogendijk, was one the most successful art dealers in the Netherlands over the last century. As a little girl, Micky spent many hours in the painting workshop of her father, painter Roelof Frankot. He began as a photographer before changing his focus to abstract art.
I want my art to be more than photographs. I seek out innovative printing technologies to create images with depth and richness, so they appear almost three-dimensional. I happily live and work in Los Angeles, CA.
In 2009, Micky Hoogendijk received the last gift from her ailing mother: a professional still camera. This gift would change the course of her career forever. Two months later, her mother passed away. She moved to San Francisco, where she discovered the magnificent lines and architecture of the city behind the camera. By 2010, living and working again in Los Angeles, Micky Hoogendijk uncovered her talent for artistic portraits. She moved to Austin, Texas in 2012, where she created her first body of work. By 2015 she was back in Los Angeles, where she continues to work as an artist.
The starting point of my work is an encounter, dream or object that culminates in an explosion of ideas. On set, I allow my model’s instinct and personality to melt together with my camera and drive my creative inspiration. I coax trust, contact and vulnerability from my subjects in order to produce an image from which the viewer can then create his own world. Recurring themes are religion, society and mythology; each work is intensely personal and takes both me and my subject on a journey that provokes fundamental questions about life and our existence.
Mickyʼs work is characterized by keen legendary images that profoundly touch your soul. With her camera she captivates with lighting. Her images frequently contain religious and mythological themes as well as a taste of the daily. The heart of her work provides a journey for the nobility of vulnerability. She creates pieces without embellishment that expresses the influential nature of raw emotion. This theme is unmistakeable in her recent portrait series Regal of 2012.
Micky is incredibly unique in the sense that she feels just as comfortable behind the camera as she does in front it. Pulling you in by exposing her own experience, she grasps and feels the emotions of her subjects and leads them to reveal all to her lens. The camera links her to her beloved mother and her own past. As a photographer and artist, she has come full circle. Growing up in the art world, Micky has found that everything seems to fall into place on her path as a photographer.
Micky Hoogendijk | Blazing Editions
Women & Their Work Gallery
We can’t find all of the answers to life’s questions or challenges in the world of analytics, science, and logic. Therefore, the arts are emerging as a example for businesses to embrace. Through art, we can guard the ability to ask the heavy questions that lead to the truth about a situation, stimulating emotional intelligence.
Creating art assists us in slowing down, getting into a flow, and quieting the mind which gets us in touch with our inner wisdom. Marshall MacLuhan, a Canadian professor, philosopher, and public intellectual figure in the 20th century stated that artists are the radar of the future. How? You may ask. Well, the art making process takes the mind out of the scope of analytical thinking and into the flow of quietude, trance, and enhanced consciousness.
“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” - Victor Pinchuk
Art creates an association in the human experience that eases collaboration and expedites the ability get to the core of a problem. Drawing or painting pictures demonstrates how differently we interpret life. It also helps us realize that various perspectives contribute to the whole. Images externalize the internal unconscious and make implied knowledge observable.
Activities rooted from art can be used tactically to construct well-being, build trust, establish shared values, and alter perceptions. Integrating right-brain creativity with left-brain logic expands the volume for improving concepts and perceptions that lead to success. Making time and space is essential to nurturing the imagination.
Jay Maisel teamed up with Blazing Editions and Chromaluxe to produce his Retrospective Exhibition in 2016-2017. His work was exhibited in NYC and LA.
LOS ANGELES EXHIBITION
PROJECT 3.8 is a traveling exhibit featuring twenty portraits of children fighting cancer and their families shot by Robyn Ivy. The exhibit was showcased in multiple galleries throughout Rhode Island, in September 2016 during National Childhood Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.
PROJECT 3.8'S MISSION:
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