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of Art and Design, shoots largely fashion photography, much of it with a vintage patina. High-waisted pants, jumpsuits, gap teeth, cigarettes, f lorals and the air of a distinctly 1970’s feminism imbue Colvin’s work, a collection so picturesque in its details that many of her photos seem to have been transported through time. Her personal work focuses more on the dull beauty of small town life, capturing beautiful, listless teens in scenes that could have been plucked from a Harmony Korine film set in Savannah. Colvin has an array of commercial clients and artistic collaborations, though she has most frequently worked with Urban Outfitters. ¶ Madison Neumann, a sophomore at Rowan College in New Jersey, photographs intensely dramatic, stylized portraits, mostly of women. Models in her shots smolder, sneer, stare and smoke in derelict greenhouses, turquoise bathhouses, withering barns and fields of baby’s breath. Neumann has received numerous awards for her photography, and was most recently featured in “Alwayz Therro.” ¶ Olivia Lim, a fourth-year Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology student at UCLA, plays with the intimacy and sensuality of the familiar. Many of her portraits feature girls posing with aplomb amidst the stark stucco of the Los Angeles cityscape, though they at times escape into gray beachfronts, blossoming trees and azure pools. Lim’s work has been featured in “Nasty Gal,” “Denizen,” “Tongue Tied” and “The Paper Mixtape.” As always, thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoy.

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pon first inspection, nearly everything about Alex Currie screams California: his sense of style, his penchant to dream big and his avant garde flair. ¶ So vibrant is his body of work, in fact, that you’d think he was a native of the West Coast. In reality, though, Currie is originally from Buffalo, New York, perhaps the antithesis of Southern California if there ever was one. So how does a kid from icy New York find himself attending school in the sunbathed mecca of American media? ¶ Considering his talent, Currie could’ve easily attended a visual art school in nearby NYC, but that wasn’t his plan. ¶ “I wasn’t really interested in going in an art school direction,”

Currie said over the phone. “I wanted to take a university approach. I’m a Film major, studying film production, doing photography on the side. USC just made the most sense to me.” ¶ Currie began making movies when he was around twelve-yearsold. “Just little stupid, goofy stuff with my friends,” he says. ¶ It could’ve ended there, but Currie always had the idea of being an artist in the back of his mind. Where most kids his age were content with sharing Vines and posting YouTube videos, at age fifteen, Currie was shooting weddings. As he built his portfolio, the offers started coming in from everywhere. HBO, most notably, commissioned Currie to shoot stills for the opening sequence of “The Leftovers.” ¶ In the bio on his personal website, Currie says that his aim is to “convey a story in a single frame,” and his early work appears to be a literal manifestation of this philosophy. ¶“I started doing 365 portraiture,” says Currie, “where you shoot a portrait of someone once every day [for one year]. Everything I shot had a person with a story or a concept or a set-up, but a lot of them wound up being my own self-portraits, a reflection of myself over the course of a year.” ¶ Eventually, Currie evolved into a more layered and ambitious storyteller, venturing into longer narratives. He conceived his short film, “If Man Were Meant to Fly,” in his junior year of high school. The film’s story offers dichotomous takes on the concept of human flight—one uplifting, the other heart wrenching. ¶ “The idea came to me from a dream,” says Currie. “I woke up at like three in the morning and wrote some gibberish like ‘bird, girl, fly.’ I shot it over the summer of 2014, and I remember sitting on my floor at midnight making, like, a million paper planes for one of the shots.” ¶ Though traditionally a oneman production crew (“It’s maybe a matter of trust,” he admits), Currie is always ready to collaborate with the photography community. ¶ “There are a lot of people on Flickr that have a similar style,” he says. “It’s been super cool to work with this other young talent. I love working with other photographers.” ¶ To Currie, other artists’ willingness to be each other’s subjects is what makes them such a joy. “They’re much more willing to do what it takes to get the shot than other models sometimes. It seems like they’re much more empathetic toward other photographers, knowing what we have to go through.”


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onest, feminine and personal — those are the words Madison Neumann, a sophomore at Rowan College, uses to describe her photography. ¶ “My images come from a place deep inside me,” she says. “Sometimes, I think of them sitting in the shower or driving home from a long day at work. They rarely come from anything other than myself.” ¶ Four years ago, Neumann took her first steps into the photography world with social media. “It was back when a lot of minimalist blogs on Instagram were really big,” she recalls. She began taking photos on her phone, mimicking the flat white composition of many minimalist photographers, and eventually invested

into her first DSLR camera. ¶ Eventually, it became Neumann’s own artistic journey — of self-realization and creativity — to discover her favorite photography styles, colors and photoshoots. Photography represents the range of emotions she has experienced in her life. For most of her portraits, Neumann edits them with dark, brooding tones to touch at a sense of intimacy. “[The colors] translate well with close portraits. It really pulls in a lot of emotion and evokes more feeling,” she says. Post-processing is a key part of her photography; the art is not only in capturing the image, but also in setting the mood of the photo to express its aura. ¶ Her favorite photo changes constantly, reflecting her dynamic personality and art style, though she feels strongly about a recent photo shoot she did with nudes in a cornfield, where she captured a girl clutching an opened cornhusk covering her breasts. “I don’t know how to describe it,” she says. “I like a lot of photos that people don’t understand.” ¶ Neumann is a feminist, and the principles of female empowerment and equality are evident in her work. The sophomore primarily works with women, she admits, and that consistency is a key element in her art. Whether through portraiture or fine nude photography, Neumann hopes her photos can strengthen a woman’s self-esteem or simply advocate for the cause. ¶ Although many of her prominent works are images of women, she also photographs weddings, landscapes and the occasional self-portrait. Her inspiration comes from surrounding artists and photographers, and she credits her artistic growth to the experienced photographers she has shot with. ¶ “I really enjoy seeing the work flow of other photographers,” she says, in regard to her artistic improvements. As a young photographer, networking was a key aspect of improving her work, she admits, and it helped her realize that her goal of being a professional photographer was attainable. ¶ Currently, Neumann is a sophomore studying Nutrition, but she remains adamant on a future in photography. “I was always someone who wanted to create multiple opportunities for myself,” she says. Regardless, Neumann says she can never see herself giving up photography. “When I picked up a camera, I felt the satisfaction in expressing myself. Photography has given me the ability to see things differently.”


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van Walsh’s initiation into the world of photography happened in high school, when he bought a camera and began taking pictures of his friends for fun. ¶ As the one taking snapshots of others, Walsh became enamored with the ability to control how the subjects were portrayed, and he began toying with how individuals view themselves. Soon, a hobby that he picked up for entertainment had become his passion. ¶ Walsh now attends Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studies Photography and Creative Nonfiction. As Walsh moved through various photography courses and gained more experience, he became especially intrigued with

the concept of boyhood, which he now illuminates through both his landscape and narrative photography. ¶ This predilection prompted Walsh to create “The Space Between Us,” a body of work that focuses on the way his friends emulate masculinity, as well as how they experience manhood. The compendium showcases Walsh’s signature deadpan portraiture in order to comment on the male gender. Because he likes to photograph those he’s close with and wants to capture photos that illustrate identity, Walsh asks them, “Where is somewhere that signifies who you are?” When he shoots at those emotionally charged locations, the pictures doubly reflect how the individuals view themselves. ¶ “You relate to these experiences in a unique way,” Walsh says. “I think that every boy has that experience when you’re growing up, that you’re not into emotions.” ¶ Walsh notes that part of the reason he decided to create “The Space Between Us” was so that he could understand how he relates to the experiences and emotions of his subjects in his own way. ¶ Currently, the senior is working in New York City as both a photo intern at VH1 and an editorial intern at Scholastic. The internships allow him to build his photography acumen, as well as learn about the world of publishing, a field that combines his interests in writing and reading. ¶ “When you’re with people over a unified love, it’s cool to be around people who want to write and who love books,” says Walsh. ¶ Although he has yet to graduate, Walsh’s list of accomplishments are impressive. He shot the cover of the young adult novel “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan, which was the first book to show two boys kissing on its jacket; he has also shot the covers for “Out of the Pocket” by Bill Konigsberg and “Anything Could Happen” by Will Walton. Walsh even assisted the creative director behind the iconic mockingjay symbol for “The Hunger Games.” ¶ The young photographer is adamant about keeping his mind visually focused, fixating on the kind of imagery behind ideas, and he plans to continue to view the world through a small machine. Walsh will spend his final semester at Emerson College in the spring, where he will continue working on “The Space Between Us,” as well as a collection of personal essays about masculinity and emotion.


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ne Sunday evening in November, Olivia Lim sat at a coffee shop in Denver, where she has been thinking about settling down for a few months. “It’s way cheaper than LA,” she says. ¶ If her Instagram is any indication, settling down anywhere would be a change of pace, as the last seven months have seen the budding photographer and UCLA student volunteering at a medical clinic in Nepal, touring Europe and driving from the East Coast to Los Angeles. ¶ “And then I really want to go to med school,” she says, “but also I’m not going to do it in the U.S. One of my big plans is that I am going to move, probably to Chile, which is more Spanish-speak-

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