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T.B.N Interviews: Kadeem Johnson

Posted in T.B.N Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by James Field

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind (American Photographer 1903-1991) 

The many genres of creative expression are boundless, but one field has great interest to me and that is Photography. Capturing the essence of life, freezing time for that one moment is a feeling that is truly everlasting. Inspiration comes from many things and one of them for me is the work photographers produce. Today T.B.N Interviews the young photographer Kadeem Johnson of “K.John_LaSoul“, and discuss’ the talent, goals, and views on photography and art of the Bronx, New York native.  


T.B.N: So Kadeem or if I may “K.John_LaSoul”, (is that a nickname?)  You are the sole editor and contributor of “K.John_LaSoul“, a blog created by which showcase’s your photography. How has the blog been coming along since it’s conception? Are you getting positive feedback on your work? 

Kadeem: Well K.John_LaSoul is a self-given nickname. I have other childhood nicknames that I try to forget now. Haha. But it started off as my twitter name and branched off to my blog title simply because I liked the way it flowed. The blog has been going really well man. I was really reluctant in starting one but I was speaking with my boy Josh from Street Etiquette and he talked me into doing it. That was about four months ago. Ever since then it’s been all good. I’ve been receiving great feedback. Nothing negative…YET. 

T.B.N: When did you first realize your passion for photography? Did something or someone trigger an inspirational spark? 

Kadeem: Photography has always been a great interest of mine. I realized my true passion for it when I began taking self portraits of myself and shots of my cousin Yaasmiin, who’s a painter. We began selling our work on the streets of SoHo, which was a pretty good hustle. I realized that it was something I love when onlookers would stop and just stare at my photos. So yea, my cousin and those individuals’ kind words triggered an inspirational spark.

T.B.N: Prior to your blog, I came across your work on, and majority of your work was photographs of your personal style. How do you describe your style? Does your photography take direction from it?, and how do you relate the two? What are your favorite things to shoot?

Kadeem: I don’t really know how to describe my style honestly. I guess I can call it afro-grunge haha. I don’t really put much thought into what I wear.  My photography does not really take much from my style, but from photographs that I have seen from other photographers. I look at a lot of street style blogs and get inspiration from those images that I see. My favorite things to shoot are people. I love the beauty that people give and that I capture through my lens.

T.B.N: Creativity and artistry is something that I hold in high regard, what do you hope your photographs convey to people? What do you
want people to feel when they look at your work?

Kadeem: Well I do not really talk much. I’m a really quiet individual so I try to express myself through the pictures that I take. Photography has become a great outlet for me to express myself without words. I want people to feel what I feel when I take my pictures along with feeling whatever they want to feel as well. Positive or negative it doesn’t matter. I just want people to feel something. 

T.B.N: In 5 years time, where do you hope to be? How do you think your work will progress? What is your ultimate career goal?

Kadeem: In 5 years hmmm. I hope to be living comfortably. I don’t want to be rich, but just satisfied. With any individual’s talent or hobby it progresses. So I see my work possibly being sold and displayed in different places. My ultimate career goal is to scout, develop, manage and market high fashion /editorial models. When I tell people that they are always surprised because it’s something that they will never think of me doing as a career. I have always been captivated by the beauties that walk the runway and bring life to editorials. Hopefully I can incorporate my photography into that career as well. 

The Black Nouveau would like to thank Kadeem Johnson for his time.

Visit K.John_LaSoul for more info.

By: James Field

New School Dandy Profile: James Field

Posted in T.B.N Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2009 by James Field

This is a profile done about me by Matt Fox over at I was so honored to have this done…I’m normally on the other end doing the interviews on other people. So here it is…enjoy! Thanks so much Matt for doing a post on me!


 Thursday, October 1, 2009

New School Dandy Profile: James Field

Over the past several months we have been introduced to many amazing people in the virtual word of blogs and social networking. With this post we continue a regular series of profiles of New School Dandies. This week we feature James Field of The Black Nouveau.

Where did you grow up? Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, the area known to many as the Poconos, but it’s truly my favorite place to be. I miss it a lot.

Where do you live now? Jersey City, New Jersey, only here for school, it’s closer to New York without actually living in New York.

Where do you go to school? Berkeley College on 43rd & 5th Avenue, Marketing major with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. In my junior year. (Almost done!!)

What’s your occupation? I am a full-time student, but I work part-time at Henri Bendel 5th Avenue. I also created and run my own fashion blog…(which seems to take up more time that work and school) called The Black Nouveau.

When did you establish your personal style? Was there a pivotal moment? How has it changed? I established my style the moment I realized I would be going to college in New York City. Living in P.A it was mostly jeans, button shirts and sneakers, but when I began to watch fashion shows and read GQ religiously before school ended…I became a new person in a way. But the pivotal moment that sealed my new personal style was when I worked as the Assistant to Derrick & Kirk Miller, the creative design team of Barker Black shoes. They introduced me to suits, wearing wingtips, pocket squares and bow ties. Kirk actually helped launch the Thom Browne line so he wore a lot of Thom Browne suits to work and they were always well tailored and fitted, and after working there for almost a year their style rubbed off on me. I began buying cheap thrift store suits and tailoring them and wearing wingtips with no sock in the summer and getting all my dress pants hemmed above the ankle. Working with those guys really showed me a new style of dressing that I was always interested in, but was to afraid to try.

How would you describe your style? Classic meets youthful and fresh, since I have dark skin bold color shirts pop off well on me, and I’m tall so slender pants and blazers are like my best friends.

What are your sources of inspiration? Thom Browne, Michael Bastian, Robert Geller and this may sounds funny but …Steve Urkel. I just sooo wanted one of those Collegiate cardigans he would wear with the stripe on the arm!

Who is your style icon? Derrick Miller of Barker Black.

What are your preferred dandy reading materials? GQ Magazine.

What is your favorite personal item (non-clothing/accessories)? My Burts Bee’s lip balm.

What is your favorite clothing article or accessory? A double breasted, camel trench coat that I found at a vintage shop for $30. It fits like a charm and I didn’t have to tailor it or anything!

Where is your favorite or dream vacation spot? I’ve been to Alexandria, Egypt. That was my favorite vacation spot. I would love to move there one day.

Tell us the best kept secret in your city. “Yoga To The People” on Saint Marks Place is free yoga, it may not be a best kept secret but I sure think so! I love it.

At which establishments would you consider yourself a regular? Housing Works Thrift Shop in Gramercy Park.

What is your current obsession? Argyle socks!

Currently inspired by? All things British-Made.

What would you be doing ten years from now? I will have evolved my blog into an online magazine with a vintage clothing section featuring pieces that I ship in from all around the world. I will also have an art gallery / café style, type space somewhere in the West Village.

Thanks again Matt!!