Wed 11/16 & Thurs 11/17 – The Underground Experience Presents “The Divine Ms. Devin Ford!” Photographer, Activist & Filmmaker
The Divine Devin Ford From â€œLAâ€â€¦to LA. At age 5, Devin Ford tagged along with her mother to a photography class in her native Grand Bay, Alabama. Even at that early age, the experience ignited a passion for photography that still burns today. Photography is very much a part of who she is and her daily life. Not suited for small town life, Devin hid her artistic and intellectual pursuits while growing up, thinking it would alienate her from her friends. She kept her light under a bushel, as they say in the South.
Oddly enough, it was after seeing a performance of a drag queen named Venus that the 21 year old was ready to shine. Inspired by Venusâ€™ confidence, comfort and complete self-awareness, Devin enrolled in photography classes, some 15 years after that fateful day as a little girl in class with her mom. Venus, in fact, became one of Devinâ€™s favorite camera subjects. She was a muse to the budding photographer. Devin is currently completing a book and documentary featuring Venus and the â€œladiesâ€ of B-Bobâ€™s Club in Mobile.
Â Ambitious, creative and free-thinking, Devin said goodbye to LA (Lower Alabama) and set her sights on LA (Los Angeles), where she is thriving as a professional photographer and community leader. As an artist, she is a firm believer in collaborating with the client to tell the â€œstoryâ€ of the image sheâ€™s capturing. As a business woman, she applies her southern hospitality while anticipating and fulfilling client expectations, taking their viewpoint into account, to create images that are compelling and well-composed, be it a person, a product, or a place.
Â Devin is very much a visual communicator who credits Fine Art photographer Jane Gottlieb for pushing her to pursue her dreams, and celebrity shutterbug John Russo for teaching her the business of professional photography. Devin is a graduate of The Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. She is also a West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce- Board Director, National Womenâ€™s Political Caucus LA/Westside – Board Director and co-Liaison to Womenâ€™s Groups, West Hollywood Womenâ€™s Leadership Conference – Steering Committee, and Ebell Wilshire Womenâ€™s Club Member.Â
She lives in Hollywood with her bulldog, Dot.
Musical Artists Include: ErykahÂ Badu, Fern Kinney, Big Momma Thornton, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Malachi Cohen & Pele BoyÂ Â !
Show# 95 Broadcast
4pm – 5pm (PST)Â Wed., 11/9/11 (KCLA-FM) Listen Line 323 461 6675
9am – 10am (PST) & 9pm – 10pm (PST) Thurs., 11/10/11 (KLEDLive FM)
Direct Link at: www.UltimateUnderground.com
Podcast will be posted after 6pm at:
www.UltimateUnderground.com and http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id466386433
Ms. Devin Ford
Devin & Ms. Venus
Big Momma Thornton