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Adventure Photographer Kyle Vollaers will Inspire you to Travel the World

South African adventure and lifestyle photographer Kyle Vollaers is talented at finding remarkable sights around the world. He shot some dazzling Mars-like landscapes a few months ago, and his recent trip to the Canaries and Dolomites were equally fascinating. 

Kyle Vollaers started his artistic profession as a street artist on the buzzing streets of Cape Town, South Africa. He began taking professional photographs in 2016 and has captured a beautiful collection of travel, landscape, and lifestyle photographs. 

One unique thing that sets Kyle aside is his insatiable passion for travel. “I am inspired by sharing new perspectives with people who are not as fortunate to travel,” Kyle tells Creatives Around Us. ‘This is what drives me as a photographer.’ 

Interested in using his photography to inspire positive change, 27 years old Kyle has travelled to 27 countries. During his last journey, he spent three years away from home, exploring and capturing sights from Greenland, Iceland, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Norway, France, and Spain, and he is just getting started. Kyle is always looking to collaborate with brands and partners that align with his interest in travel, adventure, social ethics, and environmental sustainability.

A particular collection of Kyle’s photographs from Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, features a unique shot just as the sun rose over the volcanos; the fireball sunrise surrounded by Obsidian rock and dormant volcanoes was surreal. His recent collection from the Canaries has a volcano whose width is 2km.

When asked how he manages to find time to work, travel, and update his fans on his socials, ‘Consistency.’ Kyle says. ‘I picked up a camera three years ago and have since taken my passion for creating and turned it into a career by staying consistent and putting in the work. I now work full-time as a travel photographer/filmmaker and couldn’t ask for a better career.’ Kyle advises anyone who wants to pursue a career in Travel photography to stay consistent, work hard, and avoid getting caught up in the numbers on social media. In his words, ‘Art speaks louder than any number.’

Kyle details the methods and equipment he uses on Instagram. He has a dozen photographs on his website, and a collection of lightroom presets of his travels available in his store.

Kyle Vollaers shares breathtaking photographs from his travels around the world.

Creatives Around Us granted permission to feature photos by Kyle Vollaers

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Dare Adenuga Makes Art With Threads, Ropes, Fabrics, Newsprints and Acrylic

Visual artist Dare Adenuga bares his soul through his art. His work varies from painting to sculpture and mixed media with no limitations to experimenting with elements. 

Dare began creating art since he was a child. His artistically inclined father helped nurture his craft until he moved to Yaba College of Technology, where he studied Fine Art. While in school, he took part in several student exhibitions like Beautiful Nigeria at the National Museum Onikan and Olokun Art festival in Badagry before graduating as a painter in 2011.

Since then, Dare has participated in several exhibitions like ‘The Root,’ ‘Prince Charles Royal Visit,’ ‘It’s not furniture,’ and was also a finalist at the 2017 ARTXLagos/ARTXPrize.

Now, he makes art with just threads, ropes, fabrics, newsprints, and acrylic in his studio.

As a storyteller, it’s no surprise that Dare bases the theme of his art on real-life situations, and as he creates, he does not hesitate to share the story behind each piece.

To see more of Dare Adenuga’s brilliant creations, follow the artist on Instagram and Facebook to commission a piece of your own.

Visual Artist Dare Adenuga makes art with threads, ropes, fabrics, newsprints, and acrylic.

Creatives Around Us granted permission to feature photos by Dare Adenuga.

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Designer Hanan creates notebook covers from a place of dreams and prayers

Hanan of Hanan Artistry started from writing dreams, ideas, suggestions, and prayers to designing notebook covers, sketchpads, bookmarks, and keyholders. Each design is crafted with love by Bamidele Ayomide or, as her audience likes to call her: Hanan of Hanan Artistry, mostly in her department studio or dorm room in the University of Lagos, where she studies Architecture.

Hanan began creating notebook covers in September 2020. “I appreciate paintings, but I could not help but wonder if I could take those paintings off the wall and transfer the design to an item I can acknowledge every day,” Hanan tells Creatives Around Us.

“I want to create functional artworks that have a purpose,” continues Hanan. “I started with notebooks to make my audience understand the value of writing things down, it really goes a long way. I want to let people know it starts with a book filled with dreams.”

The talented bookmarks designer says she gets her craziest ideas after she’s prayed. “My inspiration comes from God.” She says while explaining the reason behind her name. “Hanan means ‘Gracious gift’ in Hebrew.”

Check out Hanan’s designs below and cop your pieces from her collection on Instagram. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Hanan of Hanan Artistry designs notebook covers, bookmarks, keyholders, and sketchpads to show people that it starts from a place of dreams.

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Segun Akano Makes Art from Screws

Nigerian artist Segun Akano is among artists who makes art from unusual materials. He focuses his art on relief sculptures and models with light and optical illusion. Using a small cog capable of maintaining monumental and durable structures, the artist shapes people in bas-relief using screws, constructing visual nuances to reveal light and shadow.

Segun’s works revolve around the female form, womanhood, African culture and legendary stories. He started creating art after graduating with his first degree in Analytical Chemistry from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in 2008.

Segun Akano’s strength is displayed not only in the skill of his gesture in screwing in the materials he uses but also in the care given to the nuances that he constructs by the different heights of these same tools. These shades allow for the shaping of the folds of the fabrics, which he somehow manages to sculpt just like the intricacies of human anatomy.

Segun Akano held his recent solo exhibition at CAL Bank Head Office, 23 Independence Avenue, Ridge, Accra, Ghana, organized by Kalizma Art.

For more information on how you can commission a piece of this artist’s beautiful works for yourself, follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

Nigerian Artist Segun Akano makes art with screws

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Tunde Onakoya’s Slum Chess Dream

– “It is possible to do great things from a small place”

Tunde Onakoya is changing the communities around him one chess piece at a time. He runs Chess in slums, an organization that teaches vulnerable kids how to play chess, and he’s sharing the individual stories of the children he’s coaching. Chess in slums came alive in the slums of Majidun, Ikorodu, Lagos when he met Basirat, a five-year-old child who wouldn’t let him go until he gave her a piece to hold.

Two years down the line, with a hundred kids successfully trained and thirteen children on lifelong scholarships, Tunde Onakoya keeps defying all odds by reaching into different slums to give a chess piece to underprivileged children.

This recent tournament happened at the heart of Lagos. A low-income community, tagged ‘the floating village of Makoko’ or ‘the slums of Makoko’ stilts in a lagoon off the Third Mainland, where Tunde Onakoya discovered Ferdinand, a child battling spastic cerebral palsy. According to Tunde, Ferdinand outperformed everyone at the training centre a few minutes into learning board arrangements.

Using the classic chess movie “The Queen’s Gambit” as inspiration, Tunde worked with his team to make suits for the children who participated in the competition. “We had a revolutionary idea to make suits for the boys and dresses for the girls,” Tunde wrote, “to tell a new narrative of children in the slums that is not just one of poverty, but an image of what is possible if they’re given equal opportunities to excel.”

After two weeks of chess lessons, chess in slums organized a tournament to celebrate their excellence, and Ferdinand won with a phenomenal performance. “In those two weeks where we taught him chess, I never heard him speak an English word,” Tunde says. “but on the final day of the tournament when he held up his trophy, he muttered the word ‘champion’.”

During the period they stayed at Makoko, Tunde and his team profiled about a hundred children who do not go to school, and they are launching a campaign to get them back to school to establish a chess centre in their community.

According to Tunde, ‘a slum is just a place. It doesn’t define the people who live there. This is why we must be relentless in our fight to create an equitable future for these children who have been marginalized for so long.

To let them know that their dreams are valid too.”

Tunde is using the game of chess as a framework to promote learning and enhance intellectual development amongst vulnerable children.

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