Golden Age Vol.1 Issue 5| May 12â&#x20AC;&#x2122;
Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note Dear Readers, Spring is finally here! We are all about brights, happiness, and circles! The sun can shine down on this magazine that holds the features of many different wonderful artists. With the experiement of an editorial in our last issue, it is safe to say that Golden Age has converted to accepting both interviews and editorials! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something magical and inspirational about viewing a full series of work! I hope you enjoy this issue just as much as the others and keep celebrating this beautiful weather! Love, Nikki Chicoine ( http://www.flickr.com/jesuisnikki )
Photo by Maike Born
Want to submit to the next issue? Please email us with your submission! Golden Age is looking for talent! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with either a link to your portfolio or a sample of your editorial and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear back from us by the end of the submission deadline!
Contents Drumming in the Mud ..... Cristian Tudose ..... Gillian Woods ..... Hannah McCawley ..... The Vanity Fair ..... JJay ..... Rebecca Elfast - Artist ..... Louise Spence ..... Maike Born ..... Flourish ..... Mariah Reece ..... Martín Hernández ..... Mary Winchell ..... Black & White Stripes ..... Olga Valeska ..... Before and Afters from Jenny Wall ..... Ralph Tyndall ..... Rosie Brock ..... Where the Road Meets the Sun ..... Shannon Christine Mundie..... Sophia Dyrby ..... Mariesol Fumy ..... Brighton Rocks ..... Single Photo Features .....
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in the Mud
Photography :: Holly Booth Designer :: Kate Wrigglesworth MUA :: Sian Revill Models :: Stephanie Warwick, Ruby Richardson, Kate Brazier, Sophie Des VW Campervan: Joe Eynon
ristian Tudose 16 :: Romania
I believe that fashion is representative for human nature, as
portrait photography really expresses a lot, and combined with
speaks to the viewer.
How do you want the viewer to feel when looking at your photographs? I want them to feel the emotion I created; the emotion that inspires me to take that photograph. On the other hand, I try to always leave a sense of mystique; something to stimulate the viewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imagination.
My work is a fairytale come true; through it I am living my dream.
Gillian Woods 23 :: Ontario
“I love compositing and manipulating images because I’m able to create a photographic story, which looks so real but can be fiction in almost every aspect. It’s like being given complete control over a new world and the characters within them.”
What inspires you the most? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to pin point a specific source of inspiration for all my photos, but a lot of my ideas develop from being in natural surroundings. Dramatic skies, rippling water, the seasons, the moon, and even dirt have inspired several of my photos.
Hannah McCawley 20 :: Australia
What inspires you the most? People, light, and nature, and how they both interact to create beautiful things. I am also inspired by human emotions.
What style of photography is your favourite and why? I am drawn to almost any image with a person in it, even if it is just a hand or foot. If I were to describe a genre it would be creative portraiture, and fashion photography.
"I hope that viewers come away from my photos with a feeling, one of inspiration, happiness or wonder.â&#x20AC;?
Photographer :: Lindsay Gray Styling :: Kevin Davidson and Lindsay Gray Model :: Daniela Sevilla
JJay 23 :: UK
â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite style of photography would have to be a mixture of fashion and portraiture!â&#x20AC;?
“I love how creative and playful you can be with fashion and I just love shooting people!”
"I want the viewer to feel the energy, mood and atmosphere I put into my work and to be captured by the beauty, colour, styling, and locations."
Rebecca Elfast 29 year old artist from Sweden Rebecca is one very dedicated artist. She is involved with many different types of mediums including architecture, design, drawing, painting, illustration, and pattern work. She is constantly creating and exploring the creative side of her mind. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the pleasure to interview her about her process specifically with watercolor paintings. Her paintings are dreamy in nature, but have structure and form to them that relate to the architect in her. The vibrancy of the chosen colors draws the viewer in and mesmerizes.
What got you into watercolor to begin with? I have been doing it since I was little. I was crazy about drawing and painting from the start and watercolor seemed a suitable medium for my little girl’s room as its odorless, fairly non-toxic and quick drying. As I progressed, I got more and more nerdy with the materials, getting better and better paints and papers for my birthdays, and the medium really opened up to me with all its quirks, looseness and magical unpredictability. What started out a practical decision turned in to a lifelong love story. I have an ambition to get into oils as well as it opens up a whole other set of challenges and possibilities! How do you decide subject matter/what gets you inspired? Inspiration and ideas are everywhere! I always keep a small notebook in my purse where I jot down ideas for paintings, illustrations and patterns. Nature is a never-ending source of inspiration for me. At the west coast of Sweden we have a very special landscape with a very special light. It’s salty, a little rough and sometimes really dark and menacing. I always keep a camera closely to help remember the feelings I get from a place. I sometimes use photographs for paintings, but I never copy them. I collage them mentally, combining perhaps a great color scheme from one photo and a composition idea from another. I always let the painting win over reality and have no trouble bending the truth to suit my vision for the painting. Are you self-taught or a trained artist? A little bit of both, I would say. I have always had a strong urge todraw and paint, and did so almost every day growing up. I’ve always known I’d be working with something creative. I went through architecture school and now I have a freelance job where I combine work in the fields of art, architecture, illustration and pattern design. I have taken a couple of watercolor classes in the last few years, just to get away, further refine my technique and get some different input. Changes in environment are real inspiration-boosters! What other types of art do you create? I do freelance illustration and pattern design work that can be seen at http://www.rebelform.se. The techniques I use vary greatly; I do everything from hand drawn line work to 3d crisp vector graphics. My clients include architects offices, museums and magazines, among others. I sell pillow covers with my art on envelop.com. I also make prints of some of my illustrations. They are sold at http://rebelform.shop.textalk.se.
Primarily, would you say watercolor is your favorite art form? Absolutely! Even though I really enjoy digital work, nothing beats watercolor when you’re after ethereal, subtle moods. Since the pigments are floating around in water you get the most lovely, unpredictable results that can only be (partially) mastered through years of training! Heavy pigments settle in the grain of the paper, beautiful blooms and back runs spread out like peacock tails, edges are almost etched into the paper, only to disappear completely in the next instant. I love the fact that watercolor suggests instead of just pointing everything right out for you. Your brain has to fill in the gaps when you’re watching a watercolor painting. Edges are lost, shapes are broken and details only suggested. It looks like the painting almost happened by accident! We notice you paint many buildings, are you drawn by architecture? I am an architect, so yes! I have always had a thing for buildings! Apart from that, there is an interesting contradiction with buildings and watercolor; rigorous, stable, geometrical buildings meet the free flowing, wild, noisy watercolor medium. Something interesting is bound to happen there. To succeed with buildings in watercolor you need to subtract everything except the most important shapes and try to be really loose while still retaining the feeling of solid building. It’s a very interesting balance act! It’s so easy to lose sense of the whole and get lost in the endless details. But you should really approach the subject in a similar way to if you were painting nature. Find shapes that describe the subject well, keep the strokes bold and loose and try to find a minimum of detail that will best say “building”. What are the biggest challenges you face with creating artwork? Like every artist, I have my ups and downs painting-wise. Sometimes it’s almost as if they are painting themselves and sometimes every decision is a struggle. My main objective in my life as an artist is to always evolve. Even if it’s just baby steps at a time, that’s what keeps me going. I want to always learn new things, get better and better. I find that my different fields of work in architecture, illustration, pattern design and art, really enrich each other. One area brings a lot to another. After an intense period of illustration work, for instance, I go back to the painting with a fresh eye and new ideas, incorporating the latest skills I’ve acquired into my paintings.
Louise Spence 18 :: Lincolnshire, England www.Flickr.com/belladayys
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to think my work is portraiture with personality, and more than anything I like my photographs to tell stories.â&#x20AC;?
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like the reader to recognize that I love the things I photograph; the people, the nature, the moments. I want them to see the veracity and happiness with which I approach life through my pictures.â&#x20AC;?
Maike Born 17 :: Germany
“Photography is what I am.”
“My photos mostly describe a story which isn’t clear at the first look, so they have to look closer and try to understand.”
“I am a day dreamer, so I have some really strange visions in my mind and I want to capture these dreams in my photos, so I won’t forget them.” n
Flourish Photography ::: Kirsten Dalton
Model ::: Simmy shin
18 :: Washin
“I veer towards photos that allow you to comprehend the impossible. You are able to visualize a world where things don’t make sense, but that’s okay.”
What inspires you the most? I’d like to say everything, and that’s so cliche so I’m gonna try and let that not be my answer. :p Mostly films, especially independent short films. I really like the detail that’s used, it inspires me to go out and have a mini session with the world haha. I am really inspired by paintings, mythology, and fairy tales. That all seems really childish but I find it interesting and the coolest pictures can be twisted stories that we’ve already heard.
How would you describe your work? It’s hard to describe it right now, I feel like my work is really at its morphing stage. As silly as that sounds. I’m starting to create images that I feel are more personal, and they are more related to how I feel about not only myself but the issues around me. It’s really becoming self-expressive, but I’d say at this stage it’s raw. And I say it’s raw because that’s something that will never change about my photographs because really... it’s a principle and it’s something that I can’t stay away. I thrive off of catching raw emotion.
How do you want the viewer to feel when looking at your photographs? I want the viewer to feel the emotion that I am portraying or to imagine themselves in the photograph. It’s like those travel magazines and those places look so beautiful and warm. They have such an appealing feel and I want people to feel that way. Whether the picture makes them feel angry, sad, happy, lustful, envious etc. I want them to feel any kind of emotion, good or bad. Just some kind of reaction at first sight.
Martín Hernández 17 :: Uruguay
“Everything can happen in this world; what we see maybe is real, may be not, maybe we are living in a dream.”
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want my photographs to be capable of motivating the reflection of the viewer, make them think about their life and feelings.â&#x20AC;? n
“I’m really inspired by music; every lyric tells so many stories… it makes me think about how I can relate those concepts with my life and my vision.”
16 :: Louisiana p://500px.com/marymargaret
What are certain things that inspire you? To be honest Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not that creative, it just happens to come to me in a dream, book or music. I get inspired by the simple things. My surroundings most defiantly inspire me the most. If I could, I would live in the woods for the rest of eternity, just me and my camera. I will be laying in my bed, staring out the window, and just try to take in the beauty of the outdoors. I never have themes for shoots, as you can tell most of the pictures I take are in woods. The woods are practically human to me, as if they are trying to speak to you through the pictures. I just let the woods take control of the picture, and i think the woods are asking you to let them inspire you to enter them.
How do you want people to feel when they look at your images? I would call myself an adventurer, ever since I was little I would run into the woods if I was upset, and I would let the little things in the woods make me happy once again. I still do that to this day, I let it inspire me to find my youth again. I want people to feel like they went on an adventure with me. It makes me happy to take pictures; I want it to seem as if the viewer took a pill of happiness and discovered we all have an adventurer in them, no matter what mental state we are in. Let the adventure of my pictures somehow speak to you.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;has their own imagination; we all escape to a diffetrent place.
ck & White Stripes
Photography :: miky2rude (www.miky2rude.com) Model :: Sam Sullivan
Olga Valeska 21 :: France http://olgavaleska.blogspot.com/
The strangeness, the duality, the mystery interest me... anything that is beyond our understanding, anything that transcend us.
What style of photography is your favorite and why? I love pictures which are full of mystery, symbols, and with a particular, romantic atmosphere; pictures which tell all the greatness and the strangeness of the world. A picture that makes you forget that you are looking to a photography “To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite.” Novalis.
What inspires you the most? Religion, mysticism, human brain, unconscious, dreams, illusions, beauty, folklore and traditions.
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Before and Afters with Jenny Wall Jenny Wall is a 20 year old photographer located in Virginia. Her work is full of fantasy, storytelling, and vintage elements. We have been privileged to both get visual representation and ask her questions about her editing process! To view the majority of her work, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ clowncandy/
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Tell us a bit about your process and how you approach a photo when beginning to edit. When I start to edit a photo the first things I worry about are colors and light, usually before I shoot I try to choose clothes or props or locations that have the colors I want to bring out later. If I am going to add things to the photo, like Photoshop in birds or something I make sure to do that before really messing with colors or contrast. Sometimes I can work for hours on a photo and while editing its hard to see how it will all come together, the most important part is to just keep trying, I’ve had photos that I thought were complete failures until I finally adjusted the last thing. How long have you been editing photos with photoshop? I’ve been using Photoshop for about 2 or 3 years now, before that I used programs like picnik, paint.net and gimp so I really had the feel for editing software before I got Photoshop. Do you prefer levels over curves, do you use actions, and roughly how many layers per image do you go through? I use levels and curves in different situations; they each have a slightly different effect, so I can’t really say whether I prefer one over the other. I use actions that I’ve made, and usually I use them to figure out where I want to go with a photo, I try a bunch of different ones to get the feel of whether I need warm tones or light tones or how I want to do colors and contrast and then I take away layers or add layers or start over from scratch. I can’t think of any instant where I used and action and just left it, I always change something about it. When it comes to layers, it depends on the photo, some images are simple and I only need three or four adjustment layers, and others are really complicated and can take a lot more.
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What is your favorite tool to use when editing and why? My favorite editing tool has got to be the layer mask tool, it’s just so handy. It’s definitely the thing I use most. What is the hardest thing for you to do in photoshop and why? I wouldn’t really say that anything in Photoshop is “hard” to do, its all pretty straightforward. It all just takes patience. You really can’t cut corners or its noticeable in the photo. How do you know when the image is completed? I guess I always know when the photo is finished because it’s sort of like an “ah-ha” moment. I make an adjustment and then it just feels like its all come together and I can’t do any more on it. There’s got to be that moment of certainty. If I haven’t had it, I keep working. n
Ralph Tynda 17 ::: Texas www.flickr.com/ralphcarter
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tend to experiment to see what works for me.
with different techniques Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all a learning process.â&#x20AC;?
What inspires you the most? I’m inspired by what could be. I appreciate the simple things in life, but I’m always trying to figure out what detail could be added to make something a bit more surreal. I’m inspired by music as well. Most of my inspiration through music comes from classical pieces and emotive piano ballads. My greatest source of inspiration is people. I enjoy trying to explore other people’s feelings and deciding how I can portray that into a photograph.
Rosie Brock 16 :: USA
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would characterize my photographs a constructed memories, which beautify th moment in time.â&#x20AC;?
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite style of photography is definitely fashion photography; I love the hybrid between creativity and visual anesthetics.â&#x20AC;?
“The ultimate goal is to inspire.”
Photography :: Kraen Jules (http://www.flickr.com/karenfotografie) Models :: Lena E., Marth S. and Amelie F
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Shannon Christine Mundie 28 ::: Pennsylvania www.flickr.com/shannonchristine
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to be able to take the viewer to a new world where anything is possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;
“I adore surrealism. It takes me to places that I never dreamt of going. I can get lost in those photographs and sometimes I wouldn’t mind staying there an entire afternoon.”
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope that people can be taken away from reality for a few moments when looking at my work. I want them to be able to relate to my photos on their own personal level from their own life experiences.â&#x20AC;?
Sophia Dyrby Alexis
16 :: Norway
What style of photography is your favorite and why? My favorite style of photography has to be surreal photography. I love seeing photos that makes me think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;wow, is it even possible to have that idea?â&#x20AC;? Because the truth is that our minds are so great and it is amazing what we can do with it.
“I would say my work is beautiful, or at least inspired by beauty.”
What inspires you the most? I would say what inspires me the most is my own mind and my own feelings. That is what I want my photos to reflect. I don’t use to find inspiration from others because I don’t want to do something that has already been done and I’m afraid of copying. Another thing that inspires me very much is music.
If I can’t get inspiration out of my feelings, I like to take it out of music.
Mariesol Fum www.flickr.com/mariesol
21 :: German
“My photographs are a window to another world, where we all can find us and get to know us better in an “artsy” way.”
I love selfexpressing p h ot og r a p h y , the kind that touches your soul!
A picture filled with life and feelings, that makes it a good one! n
Brighton Rocks Photography :: Lauren Leake-Lyall Stylist :: Emma Breden Model :: Brianna Fryer Designers :: Frezia Zaraat & Peter Twiss
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Photo By Meg Gisborne www.flickr.com/photos/megangisborne
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Photo By Kaja Jangaard www.flickr.com/photos/kajapoppy
Photo By Dominique Rispoli www.flickr.com/photos/simplynikkixx
Photo By Elle Hanley www.flickr.com/photos/vivadevaphotos
Photo By Sunny Lei www.flickr.com/photos/paperplanesfly
Cover photographs by Mariah Reece
Holly Booth Cristian Tudose Gillian Woods Hannah McCawley Lindsay Gray JJay Rebecca Elfast Louise Spence Maike Born Kirsten Dalton Mariah Reece Martin Hernandez Mary Winchell miky2rude Olga Valeska Jenny Wall Ralph Tyndall Rosie Brock Karen Jules Shannon Christine Mundie sophia Alexis Dyrby Mariesol Fumy Lauren Leake-Lyall Benjamin Hurni Meg Gisborne Kevin Davidson Kaja Jangaard Dominique Rispoli Elle Hanley Sunny Lei
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