Melvin is a full-time online retail professional, part-time freelance writer, and fledgling photographer who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. His passions include poetry, photography, vegan cooking, and talking to strangers. He uses art, both written and visual, to connect people and places that might usually not seek a connection. His literary work has previously appeared in aaduna (fall 2012 issue) and a couple of small anthologies. This exhibition in aaduna’s spring 2015 issue is the first publication of his photography.
Allen is a graphic artist and painter born in Canada and raised in the United States. Mr. Forrest’s diverse works encompass several mediums: oil painting, computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, and video. Allen studied acting at Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles, as well as digital media in art and design at Bellevue College located in the Pacific Northwest. At Bellevue, he received degrees in Web Multimedia Authoring and Digital Video Production. Allen has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications such as New Plains Review, Pilgrimage Press, The MacGuffin, Blotterature, and Gargoyle Magazine. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine, and his Bel Red painting series is part of Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Allen Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh creating emotion on canvas.
Peter awarded “Griot” status in New Orleans for presenting from a photographic perspective the legacy of people of African descent in the Diaspora, was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Married with two adult daughters, Giselle and Zynani, Peter graduated in 1995 from Loyola University with a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies. In association with Dr. Morris Jeff, Peter helped establish a school in Kibi, Ghana, and along with Father Al McKnight, set up an elementary school, a university, an orphanage, a guest house, and a bakery in Fondwa, Haiti. A long-time member of the Professional Photographers of America, Mr. Nakhid has worked as a professional photographer for 30 years. For the past 20 years, his company, Captured Moments, has operated in the New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) region, as well as the southern part of the U.S. He has travelled extensively throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific documenting special events. Before hurricane Katrina, he consistently maintained three jobs; after Katrina, Peter focused on teaching and photography. Currently, he coordinates a group called Fathers’ Time, which initially started as a support group to address the needs of young teenage fathers. This program has transformed into a multi-generational group of men and boys that deals with immediate needs, community development, and self improvement. Participating with the Fatherhood Initiative at Loyola University, Peter and others created a traveling exhibit displaying positive images of black males with their children. Their plan is to purchase a billboard in NOLA to display these positive images on a rotating basis. Mr. Nakhid’s work continues. Learn more about Peter in publisher, bill berry’s interview: http://aaduna.org/summerfall2015/conversations/conversations-with-peter-nakhid/