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INTERVIEW: ERIKSON ERISE We spoke to Erikson Erise, portrait photographer based in Los Angeles.
ICONS: AUDREY HEPBURN We take a look at shots of Audrey Hepburn on set, behind the scenes and at home.
INTERVIEW: COLLIN CHAN Find out how artist, Collin Chan, got his work on the cover of Corel Draw 2018.
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CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ben Wainman
PRODUCTION EDITOR: Evangeline South
PROOF READER: Emma Brown
ADVERTISING COORDINATOR: Ryan J. Leeming
DESIGNERS/ARTISTS: Collin Chan, Mary K. Morgan, Ayesha Sherriffs, Sharon OSP Designs
MODELS: Autumn La Barbera, Haley Elizabeth, Lexi Ginn, Gabrielle Montes de Oca, Katherine Murphy, Elena Scarlett Murray, Mina Kess Shadrick
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Colin Duranton, Erikson Erise, Alexa Merico, Lennart Normann, Geraint Rowland, Andy Smith, Shogo Yamane
WRITERS: Stephanie Benfield, Charlie Wilson
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COV E R S H OT
Photographer: Erikson Erise Model: Lexi Ginn
CO N T E N TS
INTERVIEW: ERIKSON ERISE
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INTERVIEW: COLLIN CHAN
THE EVOLUTION OF CGI
Collin Chan tells us how live
Charlie Wilson explores the
We take a look at the work of
streaming got his work on the
evolution of CGI and how we got
Andy Smith, a photographer
cover of Corel Painter 2018.
where we are today.
based in the Middle East.
IS ORIGINALITY DEAD...
ICONS: AUDREY HEPBURN
Stephanie Benfield explores
We take a look back at the
originality and whether it is
life of Audrey Hepburn
dead, thriving, or ever existed...
CO N T E N TS
Alexa Merico collaborated with a
South Florida haute couture
We spoke to Colin, 17, from Paris,
fashion designer on this series.
France. One year into his career.
DOWN BY THE SEA, SENEGAL
I recently spent a couple of
Images from Lennart
We take a look at the work of
months in Senegal, a country
Normannâ€™s ongoing minimalism
in West Africa.
photographer Shogo Yamane.
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A N I N T E RV I E W W I T H
ERIKSON ERISE We spoke to Erikson Erise, portrait photographer based in Los Angeles, California.
Featured Models Lexi Ginn, Katherine Murphy, Mina Kess Shadrick, Haley Elizabeth, Autumn La Barbera, Elena Scarlett Murray
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why photography is important to you. What was it that first got you interested in photography?
It sounds so cliché, but I’ve always had some interest in photography growing up. I was always that guy snapping away with disposable cameras every chance I got, albeit I never really took any interest in learning HOW to take proper photographs; I just wanted to keep memories. It wasn’t until I was towards the tail end of my college years that I took a serious interest in wanting to shoot and it was all because of one photograph. It was a portrait of a model named Susan Coffey sitting inside a Starbucks in New York, while shooting with Brandon Herman. I absolutely adored everything about the photo: the colours, the ambience, the mood, how simple it was, and yet I fell in love with the subject. So at that point, I wanted to learn how to take a good enough photo of a girl sitting in a coffee shop that whoever would see it would fall in love with her. Who or what are your main sources of inspiration?
I draw inspiration from quite a few photographers, including Jessica Kobeisi, Irene Rudnyk, Ruby James, Jalisco Wayne, Jake Hicks, and Dani Diamond. I actually met Jessica, Irene, and Ruby when they
had a meetup event in Los Angeles last winter and they were all very sweet and just lovely to talk to about photography. I was actually really flattered that Irene complimented my work because I have always thought she was just on another level. It’s always great to hear good feedback from the people who inspire you. Jalisco actually took my headshots back when I was still doing some acting and he’s just an amazing guy. Super talented and such a big heart. I took a mini workshop online from Jake a few months ago to get some insight on his lighting style because they are absolutely gorgeous. Dani’s portraits are also just incredible to look at. They’re almost like paintings. I also love looking at ads I see from magazines and storefronts. They’re almost like the fuel that keeps me pushing to get better and hopefully maybe one of my photos will be an inspiration to others. What do you look for in a model when you are planning a portrait session?
Whenever I do a portrait session, I really love the challenge of trying to tell a story and so I look for models who want to tell their story. Before and during the shoot, I try to build a relationship with the model and get to know who they are in hopes that we can channel and express a part of themselves to the world. So all in all, I
It sounds so cliché, but I’ve always had some interest in photography growing up. I was always that guy snapping away with disposable cameras every chance I got
suppose I really look for honesty and sincerity in the models I work with. With those qualities, we’re able to create these stories of who they are and share them with others. What has been your favourite photography project to work on so far?
I think my favourite photography project that I’ve worked on so far doesn’t have much to do with the actual photos that I took, but rather the photography event/project itself. Last Christmas, I set up a cosplay photography meetup and had photographers and cosplayers bring toys that we could donate to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. It was a great turnout and all the attendees brought a ton of toys that I was able to drive over to the donation center. The hospital loved it and I loved that I was able to utilize the photography and cosplay scene to help spread some joy and love during the Christmas season. I’m definitely planning on doing it again this year!
What would be the best piece of advice that you could give a new photographer?
The best advice that I possibly give a new photographer is to buy books. Having expensive equipment is secondary. I almost prefer reading books to watching tutorials sometimes. Buy books by other photographers to learn their work, buy books about how cameras work, how lighting works, buy book about modelling poses. I didn’t go to school for photography, so everything I learned came either from books,YouTube, or just talking to people. Invest in yourself before you invest in equipment. What’s next for you? Are you working on anything you can tell us about?
There has always been a project that I’ve wanted to work on, but just never figured out how to start. I wanted to create a coffee table book about love. I want to tell stories about people’s experiences with love and how it’s shaped their lives, for good and bad and told through photographs. It’s been in my mind for a few years now, but I’ve yet to start. Perhaps it’s time?
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A N I N T E RV I E W W I T H
COLLIN CHAN We spoke to artist, Collin Chan about how live streaming got his work on the cover of Corel Painter 2018.
Artwork Collin Chan
How did live streaming start for you?
It all started when I heard about a live video streaming app for iOS and Android called Periscope, on the radio. Periscope, acquired by Twitter, launched for Android on May 26, 2015, and I joined soon after. Through Periscope, I saw an opportunity to share the process in how I create art. With that, there was an opening and ability to communicate with brands through live broadcasting. How did you get Corel Painter’s attention?
As my live streaming started to build momentum, the more I broadcasted the more attention my art work would receive. I decided to try my luck and reached out to a brand in which I had been using for years, the brand known as Corel Painter. Without much thought, I decided to tag Corel Painter in a broadcast title as I was digital painting. After the broadcast, Corel Painter’s twitter account had followed me, therefore I decided to take a chance and contact them. I shared with them about how I believe their product is outstanding and that I’ve been a long time user of the application. Then we discussed sponsorship. During that time, applications to become a Corel Painter Master were open. I remember asking myself if I was skilled enough to be a part of the program. Despite my original doubts, I chose to go forward with the application process that led me to becoming a Corel Painter Master 2016.
How has being a Corel Painter Master affected your life?
I was able to give input on the features that the program would incorporate, thus helping to shape the future of digital painting. Most importantly it has pushed me and preserved my creativity and originality. I was able to shoot a commercial short for Corel Painter, (The Passionate insert link) consequently helping me combine both of my passions, filming and visual art, in one cohesive unit. Getting the opportunity to work and collaborate with Corel Painter on the 2018 box cover was a huge dream of mine, as well as a blessing. To see my work as the face of the new 2018 box and campaign has been a mind-blowing experience.
Any upcoming projects in the works?
I’m working with some great brands, creating social content for a lot of upcoming technology. To name a few brands, I’m working with Irobot, Periscope, Anker, Zhiyun Tech, Insta360, olloclip, as well as commissioning my artwork to individual buyers. It’s exciting to see where live broadcasting will lead in the next few months. I owe a lot to live broadcasting for connecting me with Corel Painter, various additional brands, buyers, etc. Commercial: https://youtu.be/kgvVo9yvXkg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/collinchan Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/collinchan YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/collinchan
The Evolution of CGI Writer / Charlie Wilson
In a world of movie budgets eclipsing the hundreds of millions thanks mainly in part to their breathtaking special effects,it has to be wondered how did we get here? To the exceptionally well-rendered faraway planets and colossal action scenes found in your favourite movies. The development of ComputerGenerated Imagery (CGI) certainly hasn’t been an easy road, one of the most groundbreaking uses came back in 1982 with Disney’s Tron. It was, at the time, an immense achievement in the field of special effects and to this day serves as a benchmark of what was to come. Fastforward to the 90s, when audiences worldwide were astounded by virtual Brachiosauri in Jurassic Park, an animated masterpiece in Toy Story and the momentous Titanic. Here in 2017, every major blockbuster will utilise heavy CGI to make themselves as spectacular as possible, creating things nobody ever thought imaginable. The results are usually a huge success too, with film franchises like The Avengers and
Pirates of the Caribbean constant box office smashes, despite their enormous budget. It’s definitely not just the film industry that the art form has lent itself to either, the immensely popular video game market grows more daring, creative and awe-inspiring each year with its use of advanced animation. Digital art has hit new heights with its incredibly lifelike digital creations, fascinating globally through many artist’s ingenious ideas and executions. As a whole CGI is certainly an interesting field of design, one that will only continue to grow in use and effectiveness over the forthcoming years as we continue to grow in our digital expertise. What daring ideas lay over the horizon? We will just have to see.
F E AT U R E D P H OTO G R A P H E R
A N DY S M I T H â€œOriginally from Nottingham, UK but I spent most of my adult life living and working across the Middle East, visiting such diverse places as Afghanistan, Iraq and Kazakhstan.â€?
All Photography Andy Smith
â€œI always tried to photograph the places i visited, but for the most time it was challenging to get out and about, or even find the time to do it seriously. However, due to a family illness, i recently decided to change my career path and settle down in Thailand with my wife and family, where I have started to pursue my interest in photography with earnest.â€?
â€œI have a passion for landscape and architectural imaging, and my goal is to showcase the wonderful places in North Eastern Thailand that are outside the normal tourist traps. Thailand is such an amazing place for photography and i really enjoy finding out what unexpected beauty is round the next corner. I try to capture that moment in my images, and if people enjoy what i create then thats a fantastic bonus for me. â€?
“How often have you listen to a piece of music and thought that you’d heard it before or that they’ve stolen a melody from someone else?.”
IS ORIGINALITY THRIVING OR EV REALLY EXIST?
Writer / Stephanie Benfield
How often have you listen to a piece of music and thought that you’d heard it before or that they’ve stolen a melody from someone else? How often have you looked at a work of art and felt a sense of déjà vu? How many times have you been to the cinema and claimed the film you’ve just seen is a rehash of another movie? Is originality dying? For a statement that originality is dead, some people feel a sense of impending doom. After all, there is only a finite number of musical notes, and many people would also argue there is also a
limited number of colours, tones and scenes. Does this mean that we will soon reach a limit of new art, in every form? Can there ever be new music, new films, new photography, new art? Some may argue that our collective sense has already explored all that is out there. Mathematically, there is a limitation of how much originality there can be, especially when it is easy to measure such as musical notes and the variation of notes used to create a melody. It is feasible that there could be a finite number of songs, which could let to the end of originality… or could it?
Y DEAD, VER Is originality thriving? Independent thinking. Creativity. Novel ideas. Unusual. Freshness. We often believe originality must mean new, but most definitions will not use that word. Instead, originality is considered distinctive, unconventional and clever. So what if something has been done before? A fresh approach to something can be regarded as original mainly as psychology studies state that humans are just a collection of thoughts and ideas. The wonderful thing about us is that even if we’ve been gifted an idea, the way our minds work can transform the idea into something different. Our personal approach can ensure that we can create originality through evolution. With this in mind, every original idea evolves and will continue to develop thanks to the collection of knowledge that we build up, learn from others and grow. As we continue to learn and absorb, we will continue to create originality.
Was originality ever here? It can be argued that there is nothing original, especially if you consider the studies by psychologists into the collective mind. We are all foragers. We seek out ‘food’ (ideas) for the brain to digest, this resource or energy can then be applied to solve situations throughout life. Some succeed, some fail. When we fail, we naturally turn to others for help, whether consciously or not. We will observe how others have tackled a problem; we will scour the internet, ask questions, research but remember, you are not just stealing someone else’s idea. While you are looking for inspiration, others are doing the same with you, watching what you do and learning from you. No idea is new; nothing is original, and it never was. But does it matter, when we can still receive a successful result? We are a network; connectivity solves problems faster and alone we achieve nothing.
I CO N S
AUDREY HEPBURN Audrey Kathleen Ruston, known the world over as Audrey Hepburn, was a British actress, model, dancer and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon during the Golden Age of Hollywood. We take a look at shots of Audrey on set, behind the scenes and at home.
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“At Home” At home at her dressing room mirror, 1957. Photo by Sid Avery
“The Nun’s Story” “The Nun’s Story” on location in the Belgian Congo during filming, 1958. Photo by Leo Fuchs
“At Home” 1957, Photo by Sid Avery
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” publicity photo, 1961
“Suddenly, Last Summer” “Suddenly, Last Summer (Premiere Party at Chasen’s). With husband Mel Ferrer. Angela Lansbury is seen in forefront. Photo by David Sutton, 1959.
“Funny Face” “Funny Face” 1956 Paramount
“My Fair Lady” “My Fair Lady” 1964 Warner Bros.
"War and Peace" During the making of "War and Peace" 1955
“Love Among Thieves” “Love Among Thieves” (TV movie 1987) Photo by Mario Casilli
“Academy Awards” “Academy Awards: 26th Annual” Audrey wins Oscar for best actress for “Roman Holiday” 1954. This is the only Oscar she won (besides Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award in 1993), although she was nominated for others – Best Actress in “Sabrina” (1955), “The Nun’s Story” (1960), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1962) and “Wait Until Dark” (1968).
R U N AWAY B R I D E
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A N I N T E RV I E W W I T H
COLIN DURANTON We hear from 17-year-old photographer Colin Duranton from Paris, France.
All Photography Colin Duranton
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why photography is important to you. What was it that first got you interested in photography?
My name is Colin, I'm 17 years old, I live in Paris and it's been 1 year since I started photography. Photography is really essential to my life now. It allows me to forget my problems, to think of nothing, it became a real passion. What interested me in the first was to make people dream with a picture. I mainly do photography on roofs of Paris and make urban portrait. Who or what are your main sources of inspiration?
I have many sources of inspiration, @spleenstyle and @alexpenfornis on their account, each photo is incredible, they have a vision that few photographers have. @brandonwoelfel has an incomparable style, his portraits are perfect, he has his own style of editing and I would like to try to do this kind of photos. What do you look for in a model when you are planning a portrait session?
First, I imagine what I would like to do as a photo, then I ask someone which corresponds what I want. I always take the time to find my spots as well as to take an outfit that will go well with the place. Then it's the "feeling" I would say.
What has been your favourite photography project to work on so far?
was able to work on a project with Pixter, a French brand of phone lenses. I had to take pictures with different objectives throughout Paris with a set of specifications to respect. I hope to have other opportunities later to work with other brands on big projects. What would be the best piece of advice that you could give a new photographer?
I think that to be a photographer you have to be passionate! For example, it's my mother who transmitted this passion to me, if you're not passionate you will not succeed. After, you have to find your own style of photo, don't try to copy someone, you will not be able to do what he does. Whatâ€™s next for you? Are you working on anything you can tell us about?
I hope to improve myself because I know I can do better. I would like to try new types of photos. Associate music with photography, take photo of concerts. Make different portraits of now but I'm still working on it.
Photography is really essential to my life now. It allows me to forget my problems, to think of nothing, it became a real passion.
P H OTOJ O U R N A L : D OW N BY T H E S E A , S E N E G A L
Geraint Rowland Photographer
recently spent a couple of months in Senegal, a country in West Africa. I spent the majority of that time in the capital Dakar, mainly at the beach town of Yoff. The town is built along the broad beach at Yoff Bay which faces the Atlantic Ocean, directly north of the city centre of Dakar. In West Africa the beach is much more than a place to relax and soak up the sun. The beach at Yoff is used as a means of transportation with Horse & Cart transporting people and produce along the beach. In the afternoons the beach becomes a huge gym with hundreds of Sengalese coming to exercise in groups or alone. Several football games take place along the
stretch of sand and men practice the Sengalese form of wrestling by the shore. Yoff is also a place to pray with one of the biggest Mosques in Dakar situated overlooking the beach. The most important function of the beach however is access to the ocean for it's fish. At the far end of the beach lies the fishing centre where many colourful fishing boats line the sand. On the shore women wash and prepare the fish, old fridges lie around storing the catch of the day and locals visit to make a purchase. Everyone here seems to be involved in some way with fishing, be it transporting, cleaning, cooking, catching or selling the daily catch. A very lively and colourful place it was great for photography.
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Children lead a sheep to the ocean for a wash in preparation of the Tabaski festival. The Tabaski festival is known globally as the Eid al-Adha and is celebrated among Muslims worldwide.
Horse and Carts are used to transport people and produce up and down the hard packed sand beach.
Excited children play in the ocean as their father brings his boat back onto shore.
A Sengalese woman in striking African clothing walks past the fishing boats which line the beach.
Children play football on the beach in front of the large Mosque which overlooks the beach.
Children wearing football T-Shirts sit amongst the fishing boats at the far end of the beach.
A fisherman feeds his pet pelicans some fish at sunset.
Lennart Normann Photographer
SHOGO YA M A N E â€œI'm 28 years old Japanese male. Currently I live and work in Osaka, Japan. I've started to take photographs since this February. Photography is just my hobby for now but I feel kind of passion on it. I prefer monotone image because it emphasizes light and shadow, which I think reflect something true or pure behind the reality. â€?
Photographer Shogo Yamane
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SHAUN MULHERN The project was to design a album cover for polish jazz singer Stanislaw Sojka which would feature his hit songs on vinyl. The album artwork was something special because it represented Stanislaw's polish roots, this inspired the floral pattern design for the album cover. An overall colourful album cover which reflects the artist's style.
MARY K. MORGAN Mary K. Morgan is a 48-year-old self-taught abstract expressionist artist from Southeastern Kentucky. Mary creates images in both digital and mixed mediums. She draws a great deal of inspiration from the unadulterated landscapes of the Appalachian mountains; known both for their stunning raw beauty and swell of insoluble isolation. MK fashions digital artworks by creating layers of augmented images; sometimes incorperating her original drawings or paintings. Currently, she is exploring the perception of what lies between reality and the self-image. She currently has an active account on Instagram as maryk.morgan or, she can be contacted by email at email@example.com for inquiries
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