Artist Ashley Armitage Took Personal Polaroids Of Our Favorite Creatives

Photos by Ashley Armitage

Let’s get analog

We already know that Polaroid Originals cameras are universally loved for their ability to make your photos feel intensely personal, capturing life's many moments in a way that guarantees you’ll remember the exact way you felt at that time, forever. And the brand’s new OneStep+ makes it so much easier to do just that, by connecting to your phone and unlocking a ton of new features in the process.

Seeing is believing, though, and so we tapped photographer du jour Ashley Armitage to bring together her dream team of artists and creatives to shoot. When you give a photographer a Polaroid camera, they’re going to do The Most—in the best possible way. All of Armitage’s work feels personal and spontaneous—after looking at her work, you feel like you know her and her subjects. So, naturally, we felt she’d be the perfect person to try out the new OneStep+.

Armitage shot people whose individuality is part of their trademark. There’s Chella Man, who, through his work, gives insight into the unique challenges and opportunities that he has as a trans deaf man. His partner, performance artist Mary V, also grapples with issues of identity and vulnerability in her work. 

Gabrielle Richardson, whom you might remember from our February cover, is the brains behind the Art Hoe Collective, a community for artists of color. The mainstream art world is still disproportionately receptive to cis white male artists, and the Art Hoe Collective allows artists to flex their identities without fear of judgment or exclusion. She was photographed with her partner, fellow artist Michael Wolever. You can also see NYLON's associate social media editor, Erin Parker, in there.

Armitage worked her photographer magic on the OneStep+, which turns anyone into a pro—it has its own app and connects to your phone to allow digital capabilities to mesh with the camera’s analog functionality. Basically, it makes it that much easier to capture shots of yourself and your loved ones, and to bring out your creativity, too.

Below, see how Armitage used the camera's portrait lens to its fullest capacity, getting up close and personal with the artists she worked with to capture intimate moments. She took some selfies, too, thanks to remote trigger, self-timer, and noise trigger features. Yes, that means you can take a photo with the clap of your hands. And there's even a double exposure feature, which lets you take two photos in one still. The resulting images are perfect, if we do say so ourselves.

Click through to see Armitage's photos and get a feel for the functionalities of the OneStep+, below.

Photo by Ashley Armitage

Show us a more beautiful shot, we'll wait.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images.

As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.