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Golden Age Vol.1 Issue 3| March 12’

From the Editor

As the issues go on, the success of the magazine increa and interest in it! With this issue I hope to continue to spoken to me visually. Every last person deserves to out there. I hope you are both Finding new people as we Thank You! Chief Editor and Founder, Nikk i Chicoine

ases. I cannot begin to thank everyone for their support o showcase photographers and artists whose work has be seen and given the opportunity to get their names ell as names you have heard of while reading this issue.

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Amanda Pham Ana Luisa Pinto Catherina Rocio Conner Allen Emily Morgan Franziska Ostermann Grace Jones Izabela Lepek Jacob Benjamin Taylor Jennifer Wall

102 110 118 126 134 148 156 164 172 180


Jessica Boutte Jessica Heller Junafer Moreno Mareva Nardelli Nick Shand Rosa Furneaux Rosie Kernohan Shelby Tanner Zoe Smith Kathryn Pearcy

Extra Contents 48 ....................... 94 ....................... 142 ..................... 188 .....................

Imaginarium Creative Studios Jewelry The Beauty of Nature - Heather Cole Thoughts by Kelsee Irby Trending Now by Tori Wright

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Amanda Pham 15 | Virginia

“Photography helps me capture things day by day. I can doc find the beauty around me, beauty that is often overlooked. P sion, and photos are

cument how things change and grow. Photography helps me Photography is important to me because it’s an artistic exprese just my medium.�

“I want my audience to feel lighthearted, like they’ve been lifted off their feet and put into a dream. I want my audience to feel intrigued by my subject. I want them to want to know who that person is. I want them to be overwhelmed, in a good way.”

Ana LuĂ­sa Pinto 25 | Portugal

“I want my viewers to feel included in my world. I believe that everyone sees the world differently, whether in focus, color, or the way we notice the small realities about it. I also believe that the gift we are given, as artists, is the ability to put those visions into photos, on paper, or canvas; to show the world how we see it and how different it can be. That’s what I want to show people: the way I perceive the reality around me, and for them to feel like they’re a part of it.

“I love the kind of photography that no matter how much processing it has, still makes you feel exactly what the artist is feeling. The kind of photography that drags you in, wether light or dark, dramatic or soft, that takes your breath away. Photographing beauty is easy, effortless; it’s the ugly part I like, the rawness of unabridged emotion or pain.”

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Catherina RocĂ­o 16 | Germany

“I think my greatest source of inspiration is nature. The shimmering dew on grass, the rising and setting of the sun. The raindrops on blooming trees in spring. There is so much to explore. People and music inspire me alot. Stories and coincidences.�

“I want to get a “surreal touch” on my ph is to change the colors. I often use the cu fills to tint the whole photo and the selec

hotos, so the best I can do (in my opinion) urves to brighten or darken the photo, color ctive color tool for changing parts of it.�

Conner Allen 18 | Washington

“When someone looks at my photography I want them to have a story they can relate to in the photograph, or a time in their life that they can now look back upon.�

“Photography is one of the most important things in my life. I have a hard time conveying my ideas to people, so when i have my camera, i can simply try and convey all the ideas in my head. I think if I didn’t have photography I wouldn’t know what to do with myself, I focus so much of my time on it, going out doing self portraits, shooting models, fashion, scouting and watching as many photographers as possible so I can grow as a photographer.”

emily m

21 | england http://emilyja



“I like things to be abundant in colour and

vibrant! I want my images to be striking but ideally not ‘overcooked’. Colour is so important to me in my work, and sometimes I can spend what feels like forever agonising over how I want the tones to be. I aim to use colour to enhance the feeling/atmosphere of an image.”

“In my experience of viewing photographs and art, I have had work really pierce me with a strong, hard-hitting emotion; sometimes I don’t even know what the emotion is, but it is an intense, peculiar feeling that is at the same time very wonderful! If I could achieve that kind of feeling with my work, when someone views it, I will feel very complete, indeed!”

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How long does it take to create a piece? It really varies from piece to piece. Some days when inspiration comes easy, they can be created in as little as 15 to 20 minutes. Other pieces can be more challenging. If I come up with a complicated design the process may span anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks!

What are some of your favorite materials to work with? I really love natural gemstones, old playing cards, vintage beads and findings, and quirky charms or cabochons. And lately I’m also really digging the use of chain and cording -- I love the idea of mixing soft fabrics and delicate textures with harsh, metallic elements like chains. What do you love most about designing jewelry? I love the beginning jolt of creativity the most!! (Although...I cannot tell a lie, it is so, so satisfying to see someone wearing a piece of my jewelry in their wardrobe that compliments their own personal style!) It is an invigorating feeling when the very first bolt of inspiration strikes. My head starts pounding, my heart starts racing, and I get a shot of adrenaline that sometimes keeps me creating into the wee hours of the morning. Dare I even say that sometimes creating a piece of artwork can be as good as sex!

What do you hope to accomplish when designing and creating jewelry? I would like to make enough that I can pay my bills and donate to charity! For now, though, I am more than happy just to bring a smile to peoples’ faces with a bit of my magic, sparkle and sass. How did you learn to create jewelry? I spent a great deal of time tearing apart jewelry that I owned just so I could fix it and learn the piece’s construction. It was a very backwards approach to things, but it worked for me. YouTube, and beading instruction books are other great methods for learning technique. If I’m feeling particularly gutsy, some days I just waltz into the local bead shop and ask the shop owner how a particular technique is done. Overall I learned most of the techniques by hands-on trial and error. Eventually I would love to take some classes in glassmaking or metalworking to add even more variety to my repertoire. How to you go about getting inspiration for your designs? I find inspiration for my designs from just about everywhere! I have a great affinity for things that are old, mysterious, and magical. I’m a huge fan of fantasy-fiction writers like C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Neil Gaiman and Ray Bradbury; these particular men have inspired me endlessly with brilliant tales of adventure, mystery, magic and whimsy. In college I spent two semesters studying Fashion Design as well, so designers like Betsey Johnson and Alexander McQueen have opened my eyes to some really spectacular and innovative creations. Lately, my strongest inspirations have come from vintage goods, antiques, steampunk, carnivals, burlesque, circuses, and fairy tales!

Which piece is your most favorite and why? My Wonderland-inspired jewelry is my absolute favourite because it is entirely my own creation and design! Each of the card cabochons were designed by me, completely free of craft stores or big-name jewelry vendors. I absolutely loved the idea of creating something new out of something old like the playing cards my boyfriend had lying around from his card-trick hobby. It took a lot of hard work and effort to construct the cabochons. I went through quite a bit of materials to get there! In fact, I went through so many prototypes in the beginning that I'm pretty sure I was singlehandedly funding the salaries of some Etsy supply-sellers. In the end, it was all worth it because I had successfully created original designs for one-of-a-kind playing card cabochons! I had combined my love of art, playing cards, magic and the world of the Looking Glass into one solid design. The entire process was so exhilarating and satisfying! So far the Wonderland Designs have found a wide variety of fans and I've sold quite a few pieces.

Do you sell your jewelry or is it purely aesthetic art? If you do where could someone go to buy them? Some pieces are definitely meant as aesthetic art that I keep for use in my personal wardrobe (or to hang on my various plastercast models from college days-gone-by.) Most pieces I create are intended for gifting to others or selling, though. I have sold quite a few pieces at local craft fairs and various vendor nights (my favourite and most recent of which was tabling at a Burlesque and Magic show!) I maintain an online presence with two Etsy shops and a Facebook page. (I’m in the process of photographing shop stock for the Imaginarium Souvenirs Etsy shop, but I’m selling privately through e-mail orders for the time being!) As of late 2011, I also began to take private commissions by word-of-mouth referral or via e-mail requests. Etsy: Etsy: Facebook: Email: Blog: Jewelry Portfolio: Jewelry/18466151_9chQFg

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anziska Ostermann

19 | Germany

“Creating one picture out of serveral combines different views to a new one, taking natural pieces and put them together in a way that creates surreality is one of the things I am most fascinated about.�

Grace Jones 18 | Ohio

“I am not one to express myself through actions or words. I am very reserved. But when you give me a camera I will show you how I really feel. You could call photography my therapy. It takes me to a whole other world.�

Izabela Lepek

17 | Poland

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1 | Massachusetts

“Photography is my life. It is until the day I die. Regardless is apart of me. I will never put it, I really could not live a fruit

my lifestyle. I will be a photographer of fame fortune and everything else, it t it down. I can’t. Now that I’ve found tful life without it. I love it too much.”

“My preferred style of photography is Portraits and Editorial art fashion. I love the emotion a human being can bring to a photograph.�

Jennifer Wall 20 | Virginia

“I look up to my mom. She is always independent, strong willed and she always takes care of absolutely everyone! She raised me to be the woman I am, and she taught me to stand on my own two-feet. I also look up to my husband Adam, he’s such a hard working, supportive, creative man. He’s always there for me when I need him and without him I honestly wouldn’t be doing anything important with photography. He pushed me towards doing what I love and he’s always there to pick me up when I fall on my face. I truly admire his determination to never give up and to never stop dreaming.”

“Photography is so many things to me. It’s a way of remembering, its a way of expressing and creating, it’s a way to share things I otherwise couldn’t. And most of all its fun. Some people spend their evenings partying, I spend mine in costume doing the ten-second timer dash! Photography has raised my confidence when I had none, it has made me feel beautiful when I was previously convinced I was ugly. It has helped me meet so many great people and it has honestly given me goals in life. I’ve gone from a lost, insecure, awkward little kid to an equally awkward but confident young woman and all it took was a camera and a few amazing people to support me.”

The Beauty of Nature Photos by Heather Cole Tell us how you started nature photography. I started photography years ago around the age of 8. I would buy disposable cameras and take pictures of my pets and nature. From that age I found a beauty in landscapes and would be so excited to get my film back to see the moments I captured. To me nature is constantly changing and telling a story, and it’s so awesome to capture moments of that story for others to see. Explain your view of the world. The world changes every second. Our lives are constantly being rearranged and took in a different direction. And nature is a huge sign of this and pushes change every day. The weather is different, a tree falls, the ocean becomes angry and causes waves that take over the land. The world changes and we have to adapt to it.

If you could go anywhere in the world to shoot photos, where would it be? Oh gosh. I would go everywhere. I’d go to Alaska to take pictures of the Northern Lights and I would go to tiny towns with big fields perfect for viewing the sunset. I would go to foreign countries and capture nature in a way I never could in my backyard. I would go to every little corner of the world to capture moments that will be long forgotten in a few years. Every single place in the world has a song and story in nature. And I want to be the one to tell them. What inspires you to keep shooting? That little light inside me that shines a little brighter when I see the finished project of one of my photos and the happiness I get from knowing that other people get to experience the stories that I see in nature through my work. How do you want people to feel when looking at your photographs? I want people to realize that there is more to photography than portraits and that you can capture emotion and stories through landscape photography too. I really hope that through my photography I’ll inspire other photographers to shoot nature more often and to see the stories that God has given us through nature. Explain your editing style. Most of my pictures I edit. I don’t do too much editing but I will add a little bit of color or change a color photograph to black and white. There have been occasions where I have took a picture and loved it without changing a single thing, but more often I edit them. Do you do any other form of art dealing with nature? I do some writing. I tend to keep my writing close and never share it with others. When I write I definitely use nature as an inspiration for my writing and in the writing itself.


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“I treat my photography as a sort of bendable art and way to keep myself sane. Also, it’s a great way to co to help out with photos, and there, too, are tons of

d as a shuttle to get me to a different planet. It’s a onnect with other people; there are so many people ready f people trying to accomplish the same thing as you.�

“I have to say that I’m a bit of an internet whore. If there’s connectivity, I’m surfing the web for photos. So a large part of my influence is directly from contemporary photographers that I find through social media sites. Outside of that, though, I get inspired from class assignments and novels. A lot of the stories behind my photos are indirect references to works of fiction.”

Jessica H 17 | North Dakota



“Photography is my one true love. Like a new lover, it is always on my mind. I am obsessed. It can bring me down or make me feel extremely happy. Photography has become a part of me and everything I do. In the end, it has made me a better person. I couldn’t live without it.”

“I shoot in RAW so that I can make undestructive changes during post-processing if I need to. I prefer bringing out the colors in my photos rather than toning them down. I have also downloaded many actions into Photoshop that I test on the image I am working with to see which pops out. Sometimes it turns into combination of multiple actions, but in the end, almost all of my photos seem to have a certain style that is my own.�

Juanfer Penagos

15 | Guatemala

“I look up to my brother the most, I haven’t seen him in more than 3 times in like 5 years. He lives in New York. He is the person I look up the most for trying to achieve his dreams, he shows me I can achieve mine too.”

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“I look up to Brooke Shaden the most because it’s thanks to her that I realized that photographs didn’t have to look “just” like photographs and that it was possible to give a painting feeling to them, which was something that I was really missing to start telling the stories I wanted to tell.”

“Photography is extremely important to me because I discovered that it was the best way for me to explore my creativity and connect with people as I am struggling with social anxiety and usually can’t connect with the regular means of communication.”

Nick Shand 18 | South Wales

“Conceptual portraiture is something huge fan of. An image that uses a symbols, and metaphors, to express al emotions makes me feel there i amount of logic to it, as opposed other forms of photography. However beautiful landscape images and to think of my photos as being la images before I take them, but with

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“I admire people who innovate. Someone that can change the way we think and take their skill into a unique direction deserves huge recognition. I would love to be someone who does this.�


by Kelsee Irby

My name is Kelsee. I’m seventeen and I write my thoughts. Most of the time, I’m a grammar freak, but reading these things, you wouldn’t know it. When I write for myself, I write how I talk, how my thoughts flow. My words aren’t always smooth and beautiful, but I strive for honesty and portrayal of real life. While I do write what I think fairly honestly, I also have a tendency to romanticize things. I take my experiences and mold them into something that fits well into a story. Generally, the inspirations for my writing come from things I experience every day; the encounters I have with people I know and people I don’t know. My style is inspired by the music I listen to, and the things I read. The funny thing about my writing is that it’s one of the few places where I’m serious. People who know me in real life know that I’m extremely sarcastic, and I make a joke out of absolutely everything. The art forms I pursue are the places where I express the things that I can’t express anywhere else. I say things through run-ons and fragments that I don’t say to anyone. Writing for me is a really personal thing, and I think it’s a really important part of who I am as a person.

we probably looked so nice standing next to each other. our hats and scarves and pea coats. coffee cups in hand. dark hair and conversation and smiles. we were standing close enough, too. sometimes you accidentally walk so close that you push me off the trail. i know it’s not on purpose, but it happens. is it because you want our arms to touch? even through the layers of wool and cotton and knit and flannel? it doesn’t really mean anything, does it? i guess it might. it was dark out. i think you looked at me. i’m not sure. i have trouble making eye contact when there’s emotion involved. you know, when it’s all business, i have no problem staring straight into that iris outlined pupil. but when there’s feelings attached, i can’t. i don’t. i avoid it at all costs, really. so i didn’t look at you at all. which i guess made it hard to figure out your intentions. i just looked straight ahead. i looked at the ground. i looked at the yellow glow that the street light was making in the midst of the black winter night. i looked at anything as long as i wasn’t looking at you.

i want to write beautifully, i do. i want to write words like bon iver. your eyes are all painted sinatra blue. but i can’t. i can’t spell out metaphors and similes. i can’t compare you to beautiful things. i don’t know how. i stumble on my words. i trip over them. i spit them out when i speak; too fast or too slow. i forget what i’m saying. i forget where i’m going, i forget where i’m coming from. i lay in bed at night. in the darkness. and i close my eyes and think of things. sad things, lovely things, well worded things. and i repeat them. over and over and over again in my head; in my heart. until i’m sure i’ve got them down. but i fall asleep. and i dream. and i wake up and they’re gone. and all day i stumble. all day i try to recall those perfectly flowing phrases. i’ve given up on small talk, i don’t know what to say. i smile. i nod. i don’t open my mouth. you remind me of something. what is it, what is it, what is it. i can’t remember. i can’t remember anything. everything is foggy. whatever could it be, that has brought me to this loss? i used to know what i was thinking. i used to know what i was talking about. i used to portray those things in streams of words, streams that flowed so effortlessly. so smooth. but i can’t. i speak simply now. and even that i mess up. and at once i knew, i was not magnificent.

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Rosa Furneaux | 19 United Kingdom

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“In my self-portraiture, my inspiration has always been whichever song happens to be playing in my heart. Though only I can hear it, my camera allows me to offer it visually to others.�

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““Photography has definitely made me who I am. I have been out at 6 o’clock in the morning in October in one of the coldest parts of England to run barefoot and get covered in mud and stream water, I’ve thrown myself on the floor repetitive times which meant not being able to move the next morning, I’ve fallen off a galloping horse and been dumped in a pile of thistles all whilst wearing vintage dresses and most importantly to get a picture. But the insane thing is that I love every minute no matter how cold or painful it is and I have laughed the whole time. I recently had to have my camera repaired and I realised that life is miserable without the one object that makes me the happiest.””

Shelby Tanner

19 | Florida



model: Marlene Senko

“I really want to branch out and try new things with my photographs; specifically fashion related. I’ve been intrigued with braids lately; very inspiring and also beautiful.”

model: Mary Elisabeth

model: Marlene Senko

model: Sarah Frey

“When I am at a photo shoot or jotting down ideas, that is when I am truly the happiest. I simply love it. It’s all that I ever was and am.” model: Tearra Rosario

Zoe Smith 17 | Wisconsin

“I’ve always struggled with the concept of style. I’ve been searching and searching for who I am as a photographer and all I’ve come up with is, I enjoy it all. While I prefer natural lighting, I also do some studio work. As long as the photograph makes me feel, I am drawn to creating it.”

“I like to say photography is my means of communicating with the world. It’s difficult for me to find the right words to say without completely embarrassing myself or being completely socially awkward. I’d rather show someone rather than tell them how I’m feeling and I think it makes a more powerful impact. However, I’m often misunderstood with my darker messages in my images and people have expressed their concern for me before. Much to everyone’s surprise, I’m a pretty upbeat person.”

Kathryn P

20 | Wis


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“I’m inspired by noticing things like how at sunset everything is painted with golden light, or seeing laughter emanating from a group of friends walking together on the street, and I try to think of ways that I could photographically capture these beautiful moments.”

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**Cover photographs done by Nick Shand

Amanda Pham Ana LuĂ­sa Pinto Catherina Rocio Conner Allen Emily Morgan Franziska Ostermann Grace Jones Izabela Lepek Jacob Benjamin Taylor Jennifer Wall Jessica Boutte Jessica Heller Juanfer Moreno Mareva Nardelli Nick Shand Rosa Furneaux Rosie Kernohan Shelby Tanner Zoe Smith Kathryn Pearcy Ellen Avigliano Heather Cole Kelsee Irby Tori Wright

Golden Age - Issue 3  

features 20 photographers and more!

Golden Age - Issue 3  

features 20 photographers and more!