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Coverphoto by: Camilla Storgaard About (4) Rebecca Cairns (6-12) Lukasz Wierzbowski (13-19) Heiner Luepke (20-24) Highcastle (25-32) Anna Morosini (33-38) Jordane Yarden GAUDENZI: ”SMƟKe” (39-48) Kolorblind (49-58) Anita Dadá: ”Pussypower” (59-71)
About Chameleons are known for their ability to change colours, visual hunting and have the most distinctive eyes. This gives them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their body. Chameleon Magazine is a Berlin based online publication showing a queer and experimental vision on the body, gender, diversity and sexuality in form of fine-art photography, text and interviews.
Chameleon is curated by Camilla Storgaard.
Berlin, 2012. 4
Canadian photographer Rebecca Cairns is currently working and living in Berlin. Her stunning work expresses her inner darkness and lust for the old and fictionary in form of black and white, underexposed, blurry selfportraits with a hint of the 6th sense.
”Infinite, endless images and patterns, flowing out through my brain… a fixation of exploring the depths of reality (or lack thereof).”
“My images are reminiscent of dreams-unclear, distorted and fictional- meant to portray the fact that throughout our everyday lives we are only passing figures through an infinite amount of space and time- impermanent and always fleeing.” – Rebecca Cairns
Lukasz Wierzbovski Polish photographer Lukasz Wierzbovski is a storytelling artist using every colour pallet, style and fabric to create the best settings to express the in-between moments of his models movements. Doing his work in old-school Polish apartments and old ladies decorated homes gives you the calm silence combined with the unexpected moments when the model shows her real personality.
â€?At first it seems rather strange for a model that is used to the regular kind of posing, but after some time she stops playing this role and shows her real personality, and that's what I'm attracted to.â€?
Lukasz Wierzbowski has been studying peoples thoughts, feelings and behaviour when he did his degree in social psycology. The impact these studies has done on his later work is remarkable.
”My photography is very much based on the relationship between model and the surroundings, which creates a balance of equality between these two. The human face very often becomes the center of attention and steals the impact of the composition. Hiding faces is like setting my own rules of the interaction.”
Lukasz conduct all his work by the rule ”Less is more”.
â€?I used to sleep at night before the flashing lights settled deep in my brainâ€? 30
”SMƟKe” By Jordane Yarden GAUDENZI
Jordane Gaudenzi is born in Lyon (France) in 1980 where she worked with photography since 1998. During her literary studies was when she first discovered photographic art and the darkroom. But it was the following travel through New-Caledonia, staying with the tribe of Gadjis (Island of the Pines) that began her first artistic testimonies.
Coming back to France in 2002, she integrated the "Atelier de Photographie Magenta", located in Villeurbanne (France) and learned (thanks to Dominique SUDRE and Isabelle LEPRINCE) the art of argentic print, several photographic technical processes and the history of art and contemporary photography.
Her art-work is essentially based on matter and movement allowing an important value to the aesthetic and composition of the picture.
Analog & Digital Photography/ Pinhole/ Polaroid.
"SMƟKe” Portrait of an ordinary madness ”Since 2009, I work on my own body, probably by narcissism, but not only. The self-portraiture is a dear theme for the artists from all the times, as the infernal couple Eros and Thanatos. I obeyed like the rest of humanity to impulses, cradled between sex and death: "an ordinary madness", this headlong who drives us to live and irremediably to die. This serie "SMƟKe" grew out of a sad and difficult period, the desire to torment my body to feel it live, and see it breathe: inspire / expire and repeat it until the Death. Cigarette smoke (or drugs smoke ...) is a source of pleasure and eroticism for me, but also a symbol of irristible death pulsion (no no, my message isn't "Smoking kills", this message is pathetic, and I let you understand why ...) Maybe these instincts are stronger to me than in my congeners and perhaps Sex and Death aren't so foreign to me. . .certainly because I agree with the absurdity of my life!”
Kolorblind Isaac Torres and better known as Kolorblind is a ptotographer based in Chicago. His work is a colour bomb of life and the awareness of Isaac's colour-blindness leaves you with the impression of searching for the missing and perfection. His work represents itself with it's strong colours but it also represents Isaac. Kolorblind's work manages to show the perfect world. How people sometime forget to look at it, and how you wish you would see it if you could.
"I am based out of Chicago yet do travel everywhere work takes me. I worked as a freelance illustrator / designer for many years. Painting is my passion yet I decided to try a different tool to express myself and havenâ€™t looked back ever since. I started doing photography about 3 years ago and have been doing it full time for about a year and a half now. So far it's been great! I have had a chance to travel, meet great people and create at the same time. The world is my canvas and office. I am also colorblind so it's a bit challenging at times when editing. I can see my primary colors well yet when it breaks down into the hues I start to lose it. Some say it helps in my overall work. I wouldn't know though. You see it differently then I do and I hope its better!
I try to work solely with natural ambient light. No gimmicks or expensive tools. Just my camera, ambient light, my subject and me. Although I donâ€™t mind working in a studio or with artificial lighting and I do use it from time to time, natural light will always be my first choice. I want to keep learning and improving and seeing what else I can accomplish. I am very appreciative to everyone for following my work, and for supporting me and helping me to get where I am today."
”Pussypower” By Anita Dadá
Anita DadĂĄ has what a real artist need: a sense of provocation, literary references and the guts for experiment in her media. She is one of those special girls you from time to time come around in the art-world. Full of life, talented and who doesn't really give a shit. Anita is a young and experimental artist based in Rome challenging her sexuality and body by documenting it. Using it as a teasing object in a daily setting creating a provacating and akward situation which only makes you lust for more.
Why did you start photographing?
â€?I started taking pictures (taking pictures of myself, since I am almost always my own model) when I was working as a webcam-girl in erotic chat. I had to create an album of nudes for the potential "chatters", so I started taking pictures of myself with the web-cam. I like the feminine body and, as I always say, I find it very elegant. Sometimes a dressed person is more vulgar than a totally naked one. I sleep naked, I'm naked when I'm home, I go to nudist beaches. That's the way I started taking pictures. Only after I started studying, I took a master of digital photography and since a few months I've started to study how to use film. When I joined Flickr and Tumblr, I couldn't imagine such a success and so many publications.â€? 61
Can you explain your quote "I'm not a photographer, I'm not a model. I'm Anita Dadá"?
”Dadà stands for Dadaism.: Tristan Tzara said: "God and my toothbrush are Dada, and New Yorkers can be Dada too, if they not already are." I am a photographer, it is obvious, and I am a model, my own model, mainly. I can be anything. A model, a photographer, a vagina, a helicopter. (A helicopter? Oh my goodness!). I am Anita Dada and I can be everything and nothing.”
Would you describe yourself as queer and does this side of you reflect your work?:
”The notion of Queer connects to the first response: to be everything and anything without categories. Homosexuality, bisexuality, pornography, transgenderism, prostitution, S/M and so on, are all expressions of human sexuality. Let sex be sanctified. Sex is the only thing that makes us truly free.”
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