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SPRING 2016

ISSUE XVIII

THE NEWCOMERS


contents COVER: LAURA HENNESSY// 4 BROOK PIFER /6 AARON SMITH /8 PETER BURGSTELLAR /10 CAMERON MCNEE /12 DORIT THIES /14 NIGEL RICHES /16 JEREMY JACKSON /18 JUSTIN STEELE /20 CHRISTIAN AMMANN /22 MATT SCHWARTZ //BACK COVER: DANA NEIBERT 2


laura hennessy LAST MEAL BEFORE DEATH? It would be a toss up between really great sushi or an amazing pizza. FAVORITE SPOT ON THE PLANET? Any place I’ve never been that surprises and inspires me or gives me some new perspective. BEST THING ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? The best thing about where I currently live comes from its worst thing (In my opinion.) The dreary, wet weather is something I dislike greatly, but the stunning array of mosses that cover much of nature here couldn’t exist without all the rain. The colors and textures of the mosses are unbelievable and haven’t ceased to amaze me yet. WHEN WERE/ARE YOU AT YOUR MOST CREATIVE? When I’m not distracted by the everyday trials and tribulations of “normal” life. It’s not so much about a specific time period or physical location, but more about finding the peace of mind/ inner headspace to block things out for a bit and let creativity manifest. IDEAL SUNDAY MORNING? Sunshine, good coffee, great company, being outdoors, feeling inspired, brainstorming creative projects, walking my dogs. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED? Be unapologetically yourself and pursue your individuality and creative passions. WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST JOB? My twin sister and I worked at a walk up snack bar window at a golf course in Pebble Beach, California. We served hot dogs and sodas to wealthy golfers. We made amazing tips for being just fifteen, but came home smelling like the hundreds of hotdogs we steamed and served. We called it the “Weenie Window” back then and have laughed about that many times over the years.

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LAST TRACK PLAYED ON YOUR ITUNES? “High By The Beach” by Lana Del Rey WHEN WERE/ARE YOU AT YOUR MOST CREATIVE? Usually after a morning run. I like to listen to music and let my imagination wander. IDEAL SUNDAY MORNING? The perfect Sunday morning would start with a sunrise run across the Brooklyn Bridge. That time of day is pretty magical because the bridge is fairly empty and the sun kisses the water with a dramatic orange glow. Following that I like to have a chill brunch with my husband and hang with our pug.

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MOST EXTREME WEATHER CONDITION YOU EVER SHOT IN? Hurricane…almost. It was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit. To make matters even more intense, I was camping with a group of friends. At one point during the overnight storm four women were standing up bracing the tent in an effort to keep it and us from flying away! Despite a night that made sleep impossible the experience brought us closer together. The next morning we had sunshine, blue skies and some really strong coffee. The shoot must (and did) go on! ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOU? Effervescent. FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT? @Ladyadventures. FAVORITE MAGAZINE? Rolling Stone.


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THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR WORK: Lighting, composition and moment. That’s what I learned made up a good photograph so those are the things I always try to focus on for every photograph. WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL? Can I say my dog? IDEAL SUNDAY MORNING? Breakfast and long walk with my wife and my dog. BEST THING ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? When nothing else is on my mind besides what’s in front of me and when I slow things down.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU “’GREW UP”? Either a fighter pilot or astronaut. I remember getting an airline pilots signature at the airport once. Still to this day enjoy flying…for the most part. LAST TRACK PLAYED ON YOUR ITUNES? Future Island ‘On The Water’ Album. BEST THING ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? We just moved to Eagle Rock, CA and we’re loving it so far. WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST JOB? A skate shop in Kansas City. Talk about a dream job as a young skateboarder.

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BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED: I’ve always remembered this (when it comes to the argument of what’s better film or digital): “No one will ever remember what it was shot on, they will remember what it was shot of; subject matter of the image”.

MOST EXTREME WEATHER CONDITION YOU EVER SHOT IN? Shooting skateboarding as a kid in the middle of a Kansas City winter was pretty rough. It would get so cold that my equipment would stop working. WHEN WERE/ARE YOU AT YOUR MOST CREATIVE? When nothing else is on my mind besides what’s in front of me and when I slow things down.

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WHAT ARE YOUR COORDINATES? I live in Vienna and I love it. LAST TRACK PLAYED ON YOUR ITUNES? “Contramilonga a la Funerala” by Astor Piazzolla. FAVORITE URL: http://www.dpreview.com/ BEST THING ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? My son Gabriel. IDEAL SUNDAY MORNING? Go hiking early in the morning. MOST EXTREME WEATHER CONDITION YOU EVER SHOT IN? Shooting in the Alps for Austrian tourism. It was -30 degrees Celsius. WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL? Eagle. WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST JOB? Graphic Designer. FAVORITE MAGAZINE? Italian Vogue. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU “GREW UP”? A folksinger.

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LAST MEAL BEFORE DEATH? Not sure, but it would have to include Hummus. I love it and have it every day. It will probably be my last meal, as I will probably choke on a carrot or some thing smothered in it. FAVORITE SPOT ON THE PLANET? : Bunker Bay in Western Australia, We used to go there as a kid, the water is crystal blue and there’s big boulders in the water to swim to. Whenever I return to Australia with friends from Europe I take them there, they always complain about the flies. WHAT’S YOUR POISON? Gin, any will do, but the preference is Hendricks. BEST THING ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? I live in a Victorian Glove Factory in Hackney, but the best thing is that my apartment is on the 4th floor and South facing, so even in winter it’s light & bright. I love the changing light through out the day. WHEN WERE/ARE YOU AT YOUR MOST CREATIVE? Around others, I love to collaborate. I feel like my best comes out when I’m leading or am part of a team. WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST JOB? In a burger joint. I wasn’t even allowed to make the burgers I was just frying fries for 8 hours at a time. It was so oily and hot I often walked away with burns, but it gave me a great work ethic and I loved being part of a crew. THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR WORK? Mood, characters, narrative. FAVORITE MAGAZINE? The Face and Interview Magazine - although The Face is no longer. I moved from Australia to London to be closer to the worlds that I found in those magazines. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CONCERT? INXS! Michael Hutchence is so cool.


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FAVORITE SPOT ON THE PLANET? Big Sur coastline in California FAVORITE BOOK? One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez WHAT’S YOUR POISON? Veuve Clicquot Champagne BEST THING ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? The breathtaking landscapes nearby. Twenty minutes to the ocean, twenty minutes to the mountains, two hours to the desert, and ten minutes to my studio. WHEN WERE/ARE YOU AT YOUR MOST CREATIVE? In the morning, around 7am, while walking my dog in the hills of Griffith Park. DESCRIBE THE COLOR RED: Strong energy and vibration, confidence, independence, passion, heat, strength and a color that can stand best on its own next to either black or white. It will always present something that will get the most attention. ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOU: Confident. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU “’GREW UP”? An artist.

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FAVORITE SPOT ON THE PLANET? Sossusvlei, Namibia FAVORITE BOOK? Chickenhawk WHEN WERE/ARE YOU AT YOUR MOST CREATIVE? New locations and weather always inspire me. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED? Don’t believe your pictures are better by the difficulty you endured to obtain them. If you climb Mount Everest and take a shit picture - it is “shit”. MOST EXTREME WEATHER CONDITION YOU EVER SHOT IN? Crossing the Sahara Desert with a camel train in a sand storm. WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL? Leopard. ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOU? Resourceful. FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT? @Life THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR WORK: Light, mood, emotion. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU “’GREW UP”? Fast jet pilot.

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LAST TRACK PLAYED ON YOUR I-TUNES? “Really Love” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard. LAST MEAL BEFORE DEATH? Big bowl of chocolate ice cream. FAVORITE SPOT ON THE PLANET? The beaches in Krabi, Thailand. BEST THING ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? The variety of shooting locations, the people & opportunity that comes with living in a big city. WHEN WERE/ARE YOU AT YOUR MOST CREATIVE? When I’m relaxed and having fun! BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED? Follow your heart. WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST JOB? Photography Studio Assistant WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU “’GREW UP”? A professional soccer player for the LA Galaxy. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CONCERT? John Lee Hooker with my dad. WHO OR WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT MUSE? Athletes and dancers in motion.

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justin steele WHAT ARE YOUR COORDINATES? 40.70111,-73.992934 LAST TRACK PLAYED ON YOUR I-TUNES? Hamilton Soundtrack. FAVORITE SPOT ON THE PLANET? The Ocean. FAVORITE URL? www.weather.com

DESCRIBE THE COLOR RED: Bold. FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT? My wife’s @rebeccasimpsonsteele. WHAT’S YOUR STAR SIGN? Leo. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU “GREW UP”? Photographer.

WHAT’S YOUR POISON? Whiskey neat. IDEAL SUNDAY MORNING? At the beach.

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LAST MEAL BEFORE DEATH? Grilled vegetables and a fresh fruit juice or a life saving elixir. FAVORITE BOOK? Ulysses by James Joyce. BEST THING ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? That people bring me coffee and blankets as I spend a lot of time on planes. LAST TRACK PLAYED ON YOUR I-TUNES? “The place that time forgot” by the talented artist Annakin WHAT’S YOUR STAR SIGN? Taurus. DESCRIBE THE COLOR RED: The opposite of green. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU “GREW UP”? Be a photographer. At the age of 10 I knew that I wanted to become a photographer. FAVORITE SPOT ON THE PLANET? Usually the one I am standing on and Iceland. FAVORITE MAGAZINE? Flair Mondadori. THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR WORK. Light, location and emotions.

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FAVORITE SPOT ON THE PLANET? Either my bed or Rincon, Puerto Rico. I shot there 8x in the last 2 years and each time I go deeper into yoga, surfing and photography. Actually going to see if I can squeeze in a trip next week. MOST EXTREME WEATHER CONDITION YOU EVER SHOT IN? I would probably say The Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. The wind was crazy and I needed to wear ski goggles for my eyes and a bandana covering cover my mouth and and face. In addition to this it was 90-95 degrees. WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST JOB? Ha ha. I think me and 10 of my friends worked at a telemarketing agency. We were each getting fired and rehired every day. LAST MEAL BEFORE DEATH? Fresh fish. rice, beans and a homemade hot sauce at a place in Puerto Rico, called Rincon Tropical. For dessert I would have guava flan, coconut flan and vanilla flan. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED? “You will not find poetry anywhere, unless you bring some of it with you”. FAVORITE MAGAZINE? Vintage Penthouses and Surfing Magazines from the 70s. FAVORITE BOOK? The illustrated man by Ray Bradbury.

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dana neibert WHAT ARE YOUR COORDINATES? Wherever there is an airport, helicopter, boat, snowcat, sled-dog team, or ATV. LAST TRACK PLAYED ON YOUR ITUNES? Boom Clap by Charlie XCX (Seriously. iTunes radio—just checked it). LAST MEAL BEFORE DEATH? Fish Burrito. FAVORITE SPOT ON THE PLANET? Anywhere tropical and isolated. IDEAL SUNDAY MORNING? Dawn patrol — I hate getting up early but my best experiences in life seem to be at sunrise. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED? “You don’t skate to where the puck is. You skate to where it’s going to be.” -Wayne Gretzky FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT? @Kookslams THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR WORK. Cinematic, simple, timeless. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU “GREW UP”? Professional Bowler. WHO OR WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT MUSE? My Children.

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