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Issue No 1 Winter 2015

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The Artist

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Issue No 1 Winter 2015

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The Artist

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Featuring Artists Amanda Penley Benjamin Evans Christopher Schoonover Cristobal Saez

Permanent Contributors

Elizabeth Cara Eugenia Loli

Editor-In-Chief ... Paula Sprenger Writing Director ... Grace Ann Leadbeater Fashion Director ... Madison Bildahl Financial Director ... Tia Korger

Flora Borsi Grace Ann Leadbeater Joanna Sartori Kelia Anne Lia Clay Marta Bevacqua Nicola Odemann Nikolai Kozak Paula Sprenger

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Featuring Artists Amanda Penley Benjamin Evans Christopher Schoonover Cristobal Saez

Permanent Contributors

Elizabeth Cara Eugenia Loli

Editor-In-Chief ... Paula Sprenger Writing Director ... Grace Ann Leadbeater Fashion Director ... Madison Bildahl Financial Director ... Tia Korger

Flora Borsi Grace Ann Leadbeater Joanna Sartori Kelia Anne Lia Clay Marta Bevacqua Nicola Odemann Nikolai Kozak Paula Sprenger

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The Artist

HABITAT

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Chris Schoonover

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Marta Bevacqua

CONTENT

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Benjamins Evans

10. Editor’s Letter

104. Joanna Sartori

16. Chris Schooover

112. Marta Bevacqua

26. Eugenia Loli

118. Flora Borsi

38. Cover Story - Cozy Girl

124. Nikolai Kozak

50. Cristobal Saez

132. No One Belong Here But (All Of) You

58. Amanda Penley

136. Untogetherness

64. A Mountainous Itch

144. Benjamin Evans

68. Nicola Odemann

154. Yearly Horoscope 2015

82. Fur The Girl Who Has It All

158. Final Words

96. No One Is Lost

162. Credits + Contact Information

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On The Cover

Eugenia Loli

Cozy Girl

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Photographer Kelia Anne Stylist Madison Bildahl Art Direction Paula Sprenger Model Molly Strohl (Sweater - ZARA)

Eugenia Loli

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The Artist

HABITAT

Issue No 1

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Chris Schoonover

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Marta Bevacqua

CONTENT

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Benjamins Evans

10. Editor’s Letter

104. Joanna Sartori

16. Chris Schooover

112. Marta Bevacqua

26. Eugenia Loli

118. Flora Borsi

38. Cover Story - Cozy Girl

124. Nikolai Kozak

50. Cristobal Saez

132. No One Belong Here But (All Of) You

58. Amanda Penley

136. Untogetherness

64. A Mountainous Itch

144. Benjamin Evans

68. Nicola Odemann

154. Yearly Horoscope 2015

82. Fur The Girl Who Has It All

158. Final Words

96. No One Is Lost

162. Credits + Contact Information

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On The Cover

Eugenia Loli

Cozy Girl

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Photographer Kelia Anne Stylist Madison Bildahl Art Direction Paula Sprenger Model Molly Strohl (Sweater - ZARA)

Eugenia Loli

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aking this magazine come to life has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Ever since I was around ten years old I constantly found myself playing around in the computer, making compilations of my favorite things at the time and putting them into Powerpoint. When I was done I’d waste all of my

father’s ink when trying to print out the “magazine” I had been working on to share it with my family. Those are some memories I hold dear with me. I’m so thankful to now be creating an actual magazine.

Editor’s Letter

In the past few months I began playing with the idea of creating a magazine. I contacted two close friends of mine, Grace Ann Leadbeater and Madison Bildahl. They’re both incredible women and artists. I asked them if they’d be interested in helping me make it. As soon as they told me they would, I immediately began mapping out the magazine and contacting artists.

Soon enough it became clear that the purpose of the magazine would be to showcase visual art in a minimalistic environment. It would be a magazine made by artists for artists. The artists in Habitat Magazine will have their ideas, process, and work further explored through either biographies, essays, or interviews.

We rounded up some of our favorite artists in the industry right now, and collaborated with countless artists as well. Each one of them with his or her own unique perspective of the environment. We’re all really proud having them all showcased in one place, and we know the artists are, too.

I’m beyond proud of the work we’ve accomplished for our first issue, and I hope everyone is inspired after reading it.

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aking this magazine come to life has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Ever since I was around ten years old I constantly found myself playing around in the computer, making compilations of my favorite things at the time and putting them into Powerpoint. When I was done I’d waste all of my

father’s ink when trying to print out the “magazine” I had been working on to share it with my family. Those are some memories I hold dear with me. I’m so thankful to now be creating an actual magazine.

Editor’s Letter

In the past few months I began playing with the idea of creating a magazine. I contacted two close friends of mine, Grace Ann Leadbeater and Madison Bildahl. They’re both incredible women and artists. I asked them if they’d be interested in helping me make it. As soon as they told me they would, I immediately began mapping out the magazine and contacting artists.

Soon enough it became clear that the purpose of the magazine would be to showcase visual art in a minimalistic environment. It would be a magazine made by artists for artists. The artists in Habitat Magazine will have their ideas, process, and work further explored through either biographies, essays, or interviews.

We rounded up some of our favorite artists in the industry right now, and collaborated with countless artists as well. Each one of them with his or her own unique perspective of the environment. We’re all really proud having them all showcased in one place, and we know the artists are, too.

I’m beyond proud of the work we’ve accomplished for our first issue, and I hope everyone is inspired after reading it.

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CHRIS SCHOONOVER THE FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER TO LOOK OUT FOR

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CHRIS SCHOONOVER THE FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER TO LOOK OUT FOR

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Let’s start from the beginning, what’s your

Which one would you say is the artistic medium

background? What got you interested in pho-

you lean toward?

tography?

I did music and design for a while and I still do

I went to school for advertising and soon after

both, but I’m not sure if they come to me as nat-

became a web designer and front end devel-

urally as photography does. I’ve only worked on

oper. I left my job at an ad agency to peruse

a few short videos, but I’m hoping to start dab-

photography full time. My interest in photog-

bling with it more soon, especially since people

raphy started in college, but after the photo

compare my work to film stills. That’s given me

class I took I didn’t pick a camera up for a few

sort of a confidence that I may have something

years. Once I downloaded Instagram I got re-

to say with motion as well. We’ll see if my brain

ally interested in how easy it was to get feed-

works like that.

back. I started devoting more and more time to taking photos. Not many people know this, but

You’re notorious for your iPhone photography as

I was married for a while and right around the

well. What would you say is the biggest differ-

time that started to go sour I was looking for

ence between shooting with professional equip-

something to pour my attention into. Photog-

ment and with a smart phone?

raphy just felt natural as an outlet to leave all

I find all of the professional equipment to be

of that behind. Being productive and successful

too much at some points, so when I go out for a

with something was very important to me then.

walk I like to carry my phone or a small 35mm

Photography seemed to fall into my lap at the

point and shoot. With a DSLR you get the qual-

appropriate time and enabled me to tell the

ity, but you also need an enormous pack with

stories I wanted to tell. There hasn’t been any-

all of your gear. I’ve missed so many moments

images, which are often called cinematic, have captured the attention of

thing like photography that makes it so easy to

trying to get my larger cameras prepared. I like

many. He currently works with clients like GAP, VSCO, Bonobos, Haikure

share my point of view. I’m not that elegant with

the iPhone for the speediness and you’re able to

words, so it’s fitting.

stay low profile for those creeper street shots.

C

hris Schoonover’s photography has a graphic and yet ethereal qual-

ity to it that makes his work incredibly interesting. His carefully done

and others. Keep reading to find about his road to success.

If I have the time I will always set up my more Besides photography, you also have an array

professional gear though. >

of talents, such as with music, film and design.

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Let’s start from the beginning, what’s your

Which one would you say is the artistic medium

background? What got you interested in pho-

you lean toward?

tography?

I did music and design for a while and I still do

I went to school for advertising and soon after

both, but I’m not sure if they come to me as nat-

became a web designer and front end devel-

urally as photography does. I’ve only worked on

oper. I left my job at an ad agency to peruse

a few short videos, but I’m hoping to start dab-

photography full time. My interest in photog-

bling with it more soon, especially since people

raphy started in college, but after the photo

compare my work to film stills. That’s given me

class I took I didn’t pick a camera up for a few

sort of a confidence that I may have something

years. Once I downloaded Instagram I got re-

to say with motion as well. We’ll see if my brain

ally interested in how easy it was to get feed-

works like that.

back. I started devoting more and more time to taking photos. Not many people know this, but

You’re notorious for your iPhone photography as

I was married for a while and right around the

well. What would you say is the biggest differ-

time that started to go sour I was looking for

ence between shooting with professional equip-

something to pour my attention into. Photog-

ment and with a smart phone?

raphy just felt natural as an outlet to leave all

I find all of the professional equipment to be

of that behind. Being productive and successful

too much at some points, so when I go out for a

with something was very important to me then.

walk I like to carry my phone or a small 35mm

Photography seemed to fall into my lap at the

point and shoot. With a DSLR you get the qual-

appropriate time and enabled me to tell the

ity, but you also need an enormous pack with

stories I wanted to tell. There hasn’t been any-

all of your gear. I’ve missed so many moments

images, which are often called cinematic, have captured the attention of

thing like photography that makes it so easy to

trying to get my larger cameras prepared. I like

many. He currently works with clients like GAP, VSCO, Bonobos, Haikure

share my point of view. I’m not that elegant with

the iPhone for the speediness and you’re able to

words, so it’s fitting.

stay low profile for those creeper street shots.

C

hris Schoonover’s photography has a graphic and yet ethereal qual-

ity to it that makes his work incredibly interesting. His carefully done

and others. Keep reading to find about his road to success.

If I have the time I will always set up my more Besides photography, you also have an array

professional gear though. >

of talents, such as with music, film and design.

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in the past with photography. Two of my all time

There are a few pieces of advice that I give ev-

favorite artists are Philip Lorca DiCorcia and

ery artist. Always be looking at other peoples

William Eggleston.

work. You have to know what’s happening and

What would you say has been your most valu-

what has happened. A huge part that a lot of

able experience in your photographic career?

artists hate is networking. In order for people

My first photo gig ever was with GAP for their

to know you’re available for commissions and

online gift guide. It was a huge production and

work, you have to be meeting people. Network-

at that point I had never worked with a team or

ing is almost as important as making the work.

a client. I had only owned a camera for a month

You want to be at the top of people’s list when

and had no business being there, but I found

they need someone.Be very picky about what

that I learned more being thrown into a project

you post online or print. If you’re not sure about

that made me feel uncomfortable. It’s good to

a photograph, don’t post it. It may be the only

feel nervous and unqualified because it keeps

piece of work from you that someone sees and

me on my toes.

you want it to be an accurate representation of what you do. Never wait to make the art you want to make. If you don’t, someone else will. It’s

How would you describe your aesthetic?

recently. Art/creative direction is a huge part of

In ten years I would love to have a large stu-

happened to me a few times and there’s noth-

A lot of people say that I have a film still or cin-

what I do. Coney Island, Royal palms shuffle-

dio in Manhattan working with my brother. I al-

ing you can do about it. Go above and beyond

ematic style. I like to stay either minimal or vin-

board club and the ferry were dead on in terms

ways want to be collaborating with old and new

with your project. Use all of the resources you

tage. A lot of the time it looks photo-journalistic

of what I want my work to be. I love the adven-

friends making great work. I’d like to be working

have in order to make something right. Go the

in nature and the subject is interacting with its

turous and surreal nature of those shoots. That

with large and small brands as well as personal

extra mile to get the right location and styling. It

environment.

being said, all of my work hold a place with me

work. I just want to keep taking photos. I’ll be

will pay off and the work will probably be more

and I’m not sure I can nail down one favorite.

fine even if I’m living out of a suitcase. I don’t

interesting. The last piece of advice is never

need much.

stop making work. Even if you have a full time

Among your works, which one is your favorite

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Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

one?

From which artists do you draw inspiration?

I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with a lot of

I’m on tumblr more than I’d like to admit. I follow

Any advice for the younger students who are

you get a creative block, just push through it.

great people over the past year, photograph-

a lot of contemporary photography and curated

getting started in art? What is the one thing you

Keep sending your work out there and eventu-

ing a wide variety in subject matter. Some of

art blogs. I’m always on the lookout for what’s

wish someone would have told you when you

ally something will stick. ⬜

my favorites of those are the editorials I’ve shot

happening currently and what has happened

decided to follow an artistic career?

job, or you’re tired, you have to keep going. If

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in the past with photography. Two of my all time

There are a few pieces of advice that I give ev-

favorite artists are Philip Lorca DiCorcia and

ery artist. Always be looking at other peoples

William Eggleston.

work. You have to know what’s happening and

What would you say has been your most valu-

what has happened. A huge part that a lot of

able experience in your photographic career?

artists hate is networking. In order for people

My first photo gig ever was with GAP for their

to know you’re available for commissions and

online gift guide. It was a huge production and

work, you have to be meeting people. Network-

at that point I had never worked with a team or

ing is almost as important as making the work.

a client. I had only owned a camera for a month

You want to be at the top of people’s list when

and had no business being there, but I found

they need someone.Be very picky about what

that I learned more being thrown into a project

you post online or print. If you’re not sure about

that made me feel uncomfortable. It’s good to

a photograph, don’t post it. It may be the only

feel nervous and unqualified because it keeps

piece of work from you that someone sees and

me on my toes.

you want it to be an accurate representation of what you do. Never wait to make the art you want to make. If you don’t, someone else will. It’s

How would you describe your aesthetic?

recently. Art/creative direction is a huge part of

In ten years I would love to have a large stu-

happened to me a few times and there’s noth-

A lot of people say that I have a film still or cin-

what I do. Coney Island, Royal palms shuffle-

dio in Manhattan working with my brother. I al-

ing you can do about it. Go above and beyond

ematic style. I like to stay either minimal or vin-

board club and the ferry were dead on in terms

ways want to be collaborating with old and new

with your project. Use all of the resources you

tage. A lot of the time it looks photo-journalistic

of what I want my work to be. I love the adven-

friends making great work. I’d like to be working

have in order to make something right. Go the

in nature and the subject is interacting with its

turous and surreal nature of those shoots. That

with large and small brands as well as personal

extra mile to get the right location and styling. It

environment.

being said, all of my work hold a place with me

work. I just want to keep taking photos. I’ll be

will pay off and the work will probably be more

and I’m not sure I can nail down one favorite.

fine even if I’m living out of a suitcase. I don’t

interesting. The last piece of advice is never

need much.

stop making work. Even if you have a full time

Among your works, which one is your favorite

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Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

one?

From which artists do you draw inspiration?

I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with a lot of

I’m on tumblr more than I’d like to admit. I follow

Any advice for the younger students who are

you get a creative block, just push through it.

great people over the past year, photograph-

a lot of contemporary photography and curated

getting started in art? What is the one thing you

Keep sending your work out there and eventu-

ing a wide variety in subject matter. Some of

art blogs. I’m always on the lookout for what’s

wish someone would have told you when you

ally something will stick. ⬜

my favorites of those are the editorials I’ve shot

happening currently and what has happened

decided to follow an artistic career?

job, or you’re tired, you have to keep going. If

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EugeniA LOLI

The Lovers VS The Elements

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EugeniA LOLI

The Lovers VS The Elements

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EUGENIA LOLI ART TO MAKE YOU THINK

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ugenia Loli is a filmmaker and a collage artist originally from Greece. She’s also

lived in Germany and the UK, and currently stays at California. She has experimented with an array of jobs. She’s been a nurse, a computer programmer, a filmmaker and a technology journalist. Eventually she decided to leave that “impersonal” work behind and realized her calling was to be an artist. She ventured into collage making and has never stopped since. She is an incredibly talented storyteller, and she gives all of her collages a world of their own. She says her collages “with the help of the title, often include a teasing, visual narrative, as if they’re a still frame of a surreal movie”. It is important for her that her work is meaningful, there is usually something important going on in her collages. Whether it is a social criticism, or a sarcastic or witty story.

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he is strongly influenced by the illustrations of Julien Pacaud, and the collage art-

ists Kieron Cropper, Bryan Olson, and David Delruelle. She also claims that she does not necessarily have a defined style. She states that having a set style is “artistic death”.

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EUGENIA LOLI ART TO MAKE YOU THINK

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ugenia Loli is a filmmaker and a collage artist originally from Greece. She’s also

lived in Germany and the UK, and currently stays at California. She has experimented with an array of jobs. She’s been a nurse, a computer programmer, a filmmaker and a technology journalist. Eventually she decided to leave that “impersonal” work behind and realized her calling was to be an artist. She ventured into collage making and has never stopped since. She is an incredibly talented storyteller, and she gives all of her collages a world of their own. She says her collages “with the help of the title, often include a teasing, visual narrative, as if they’re a still frame of a surreal movie”. It is important for her that her work is meaningful, there is usually something important going on in her collages. Whether it is a social criticism, or a sarcastic or witty story.

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he is strongly influenced by the illustrations of Julien Pacaud, and the collage art-

ists Kieron Cropper, Bryan Olson, and David Delruelle. She also claims that she does not necessarily have a defined style. She states that having a set style is “artistic death”.

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Cozy Girl Photography Kelia Anne Stylist Madison Bildahl Art Director Paula Sprenger & Madison Bildahl Talent Aja Fitch Alia Sobrepena Catherine Fairhurst Kasey Medlin Madison Bildahl Molly Strolh

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Cozy Girl Photography Kelia Anne Stylist Madison Bildahl Art Director Paula Sprenger & Madison Bildahl Talent Aja Fitch Alia Sobrepena Catherine Fairhurst Kasey Medlin Madison Bildahl Molly Strolh

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Cristobal Saez aka POPAESTHETE

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ristobal Saez is a New York based designer that has

been capturing the attention of many with his quirky illustrations inspired by pop culture. He’s been obsessed with everything pop ever since he was a teenager, so much so that he’s made a career out of it. He recently collaborated with Brooklyn based musician Jarina de Marco, and writes a monthly editorial column for Remezcla. In his free time you can find him making gifs or illustrations of his favorite pop artists icons.

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Cristobal Saez aka POPAESTHETE

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ristobal Saez is a New York based designer that has

been capturing the attention of many with his quirky illustrations inspired by pop culture. He’s been obsessed with everything pop ever since he was a teenager, so much so that he’s made a career out of it. He recently collaborated with Brooklyn based musician Jarina de Marco, and writes a monthly editorial column for Remezcla. In his free time you can find him making gifs or illustrations of his favorite pop artists icons.

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You have a really set signature style, how would

comes along for a pop star, and with it an new

you describe it?

set of aesthetics and looks. I draw inspiration

There is a line of pop culture that runs through

from any type of iconic imagery, whether its a

all of my work. My style is very graphic, and I re-

gif of Lana del Rey spinning that’s gone viral, or

ally like pastel colors and patterns.

a drag queen selfie.

Did you always know you wanted to be a graph-

If you could collaborate with anyone in the world,

ic designer or did you dabble between a lot of

who would it be?

other areas before deciding?

I would love to collaborate with the Miami-based

I didn’t actually dabble that much. I knew I

art collective Friends With You. Their work is

wanted to study design, but initially I wanted

mainly installations with inflatable kawaii char-

to focus on advertising. I ended up choosing a

acters, and their color palette is literally every

Graphic Design degree because I liked the pos-

color of the rainbow.

sibility of trying all kinds of design before focusing on one thing.

What are your hobbies? My hobby these days is making gifs, I love it!

You’re based in NY but originally from Chile, why

That and investigating who is going to be on the

did you decide to move to NY? Are you thinking

next season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

of moving anywhere else in the future? In high school, I discovered Andy Warhol and

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

I became obsessed with his New York, the Sil-

In ten years time I see myself as an creative di-

ver Factory and his superstars. I think that was

rector with my own t-shirt line of my illustrations

when I first considered NY as an option to study.

and a Persian cat.

Also, I wanted to go to all the concerts, and NY was the place to do it.

Favorite pop artists at the moment?

I’ve thought about moving to the west coast and

My favorite pop artist in the art world of the mo-

giving LA a shot, but I’m not leaving NY anytime

ment would have to be the Australian Pip and

soon.

Pop, who create beautiful pastel sand installations with found objects and psychedelic land-

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Where do you draw your inspiration from?

scapes. My favorite pop artist in the music world

I draw inspiration from everything I come in

lately is Whinnie Williams, whose music is a

contact with, but mostly musicians/pop stars.

fresh take on 60’s French pop and her aesthetic

I’ve always gotten very inspired when a new era

is Wes Anderson meets Mod culture.

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You have a really set signature style, how would

comes along for a pop star, and with it an new

you describe it?

set of aesthetics and looks. I draw inspiration

There is a line of pop culture that runs through

from any type of iconic imagery, whether its a

all of my work. My style is very graphic, and I re-

gif of Lana del Rey spinning that’s gone viral, or

ally like pastel colors and patterns.

a drag queen selfie.

Did you always know you wanted to be a graph-

If you could collaborate with anyone in the world,

ic designer or did you dabble between a lot of

who would it be?

other areas before deciding?

I would love to collaborate with the Miami-based

I didn’t actually dabble that much. I knew I

art collective Friends With You. Their work is

wanted to study design, but initially I wanted

mainly installations with inflatable kawaii char-

to focus on advertising. I ended up choosing a

acters, and their color palette is literally every

Graphic Design degree because I liked the pos-

color of the rainbow.

sibility of trying all kinds of design before focusing on one thing.

What are your hobbies? My hobby these days is making gifs, I love it!

You’re based in NY but originally from Chile, why

That and investigating who is going to be on the

did you decide to move to NY? Are you thinking

next season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

of moving anywhere else in the future? In high school, I discovered Andy Warhol and

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

I became obsessed with his New York, the Sil-

In ten years time I see myself as an creative di-

ver Factory and his superstars. I think that was

rector with my own t-shirt line of my illustrations

when I first considered NY as an option to study.

and a Persian cat.

Also, I wanted to go to all the concerts, and NY was the place to do it.

Favorite pop artists at the moment?

I’ve thought about moving to the west coast and

My favorite pop artist in the art world of the mo-

giving LA a shot, but I’m not leaving NY anytime

ment would have to be the Australian Pip and

soon.

Pop, who create beautiful pastel sand installations with found objects and psychedelic land-

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Where do you draw your inspiration from?

scapes. My favorite pop artist in the music world

I draw inspiration from everything I come in

lately is Whinnie Williams, whose music is a

contact with, but mostly musicians/pop stars.

fresh take on 60’s French pop and her aesthetic

I’ve always gotten very inspired when a new era

is Wes Anderson meets Mod culture.

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Inspired By France

Amanda Penley

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manda Penley, is currently a student at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she

will graduate in June 2015 with a B.F.A. in Illustration and an emphasis on graphic design and advertising. Loving the small and the little things, Amanda focuses on children’s imagery and sense of wonder. She hopes to work in the creative side of an advertising firm and to continue working with children’s image on the side.

Portrait Moderne Lacoste, France

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he Portrait Moderne, was inspired by a great

wanted to do a collaboration with my fellow peers, so

deal of things. I was lucky enough to live in Southern

with the help of Sommer Godshall, Photography, who

France surrounded by 90 other artists studying art

took the portraits digitally, and Marcy Frankil, Fibers,

and the local history. The ma jor inspiration was a pa-

who created the beautiful yellow mustard and blue

per I was writing on Van Gogh’s search for the “Mod-

background drops. From the pictures I worked on the

ern Portrait”. The portrait of Van Gogh’s Joseph Roulin,

portraits in my own style in watercolor and pigments

was what I was examining, with wonderful color and

from Roussillon, which is pure ochre. These were also

expression. “A picture that renders character not by

framed and displayed in the student run vernissage at

the imitation of the sitter’s appearance but through

the end of the quarter.

the independent, vivid life of color.” - Van Gogh I also

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Inspired By France

Amanda Penley

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manda Penley, is currently a student at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she

will graduate in June 2015 with a B.F.A. in Illustration and an emphasis on graphic design and advertising. Loving the small and the little things, Amanda focuses on children’s imagery and sense of wonder. She hopes to work in the creative side of an advertising firm and to continue working with children’s image on the side.

Portrait Moderne Lacoste, France

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he Portrait Moderne, was inspired by a great

wanted to do a collaboration with my fellow peers, so

deal of things. I was lucky enough to live in Southern

with the help of Sommer Godshall, Photography, who

France surrounded by 90 other artists studying art

took the portraits digitally, and Marcy Frankil, Fibers,

and the local history. The ma jor inspiration was a pa-

who created the beautiful yellow mustard and blue

per I was writing on Van Gogh’s search for the “Mod-

background drops. From the pictures I worked on the

ern Portrait”. The portrait of Van Gogh’s Joseph Roulin,

portraits in my own style in watercolor and pigments

was what I was examining, with wonderful color and

from Roussillon, which is pure ochre. These were also

expression. “A picture that renders character not by

framed and displayed in the student run vernissage at

the imitation of the sitter’s appearance but through

the end of the quarter.

the independent, vivid life of color.” - Van Gogh I also

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-Amanda Penley

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Bridget

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Logan

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Bridget

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Haley

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Hampton

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A Mountainous Itch Words & Photographs by Grace Ann Leadbeater

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e’re driving through the Blue Ridge Parkway—

well, Nikki’s driving and Kevin and I are hanging our

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of contentment and we all know very well that it’s a good day to be in Asheville.

bodies out the window, cameras in hand and gasps es-

We had planned this weekend adventure for

caping our lips. As we curve up the parkway, the moun-

months. Kevin moved to Asheville a few years ago so

tains in the distance seem to climb one another. And

he’s constantly giving me a reason to do something

the hues of blues and greens blend together as we get

about my mountainous itch. I can’t seem to go more

closer to the clouds. The rawness of the air stings my

than a few months without a drive up the Blue Ridge

throat but also enlivens it. The three of us exhale sighs

Parkway (Fleet Foxes help lead the way, always). >

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A Mountainous Itch Words & Photographs by Grace Ann Leadbeater

W

e’re driving through the Blue Ridge Parkway—

well, Nikki’s driving and Kevin and I are hanging our

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of contentment and we all know very well that it’s a good day to be in Asheville.

bodies out the window, cameras in hand and gasps es-

We had planned this weekend adventure for

caping our lips. As we curve up the parkway, the moun-

months. Kevin moved to Asheville a few years ago so

tains in the distance seem to climb one another. And

he’s constantly giving me a reason to do something

the hues of blues and greens blend together as we get

about my mountainous itch. I can’t seem to go more

closer to the clouds. The rawness of the air stings my

than a few months without a drive up the Blue Ridge

throat but also enlivens it. The three of us exhale sighs

Parkway (Fleet Foxes help lead the way, always). >

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So I’m in the mountains, really, really high up. I’m

rock and climbs from tree branch to tree branch.

reminded that I think I have a touch of asthma, but

He’s sitting in the middle of this body of water and

that’s okay. Kevin and I hop the fence and dangle

my heart overflows with adoration for this time and

our legs over the rocks and everyone nearby is

this place and our little weekend adventure as he

pointing and saying we are out of our minds but

smiles at me and makes a photograph. We’re gon-

Kevin and I are just laughing because we are so

na be doing these sort of things forever, aren’t we?

happy to be alive. We really, really are. We’re just

Yeah.

two twenty-somethings making photographs of

As we drive down the parkway, the sun’s

one another as we swing our legs at the edge of the

rays fill the car with white and cause us to nearly

earth. I take in deep breaths. People keep pointing

fall off the edge. We catch our breaths and grab our

but I kind of want to point at them and ask them

cameras. Now the setting sun is casting pink and

why they’re over there when they could be here. In-

purple tints onto the mountains and Kevin says he’s

stead, I hop back over and we climb into the car

never seen that before so I know it’s really some-

and go searching for a waterfall.

thing to see (and photograph). As we pull the car

When looking for a waterfall, you may

onto the grassy and rocky land, I jump out into the

come across a map (at least we did) that gives the

freezing atmosphere as cars zoom past me. The

following options:

pinks and purples are escaping the mountains but

1. Walk in the park (quite literally)

I’m still taking photos like a madman.

2. Strenuous

“I wanna be up here forever, you know?” I

If you do, I hope you go with option 2. We did, and

say to no one and everyone and I think Nikki and

our sore legs and red hands and red noses are so

Kevin hear but I’m not sure.

glad we did.

But I really, really do. But then the sun

So we go on this strenuous hike to find the

vanishes and my fingertips tingle and I know the

waterfall and the path is so narrow that we have to

weather is kindly telling me to get off this moun-

form a single file. The orange and yellow and brown

tainside and back down into the valley. I climb back

leaves crunch beneath my boots and I feel as if I’m

in the car. Fleet Foxes quietly asks us where do we

five years old again. Everything around me has my

intend to go tonight. To eat Thai food, I suppose.

absolute attention, and at this point I’m on my 7th

As it gets easier to breathe, I’m reminded

or 8th roll of film. It’s okay with me. I collect some

that being in the mountains really does some-

lush moss along the way. Its vibrant green and

thing magical to me, you, and everyone we know.

damp spores feel like a pile of cotton in my hand.

Standing on the edge of your death isn’t terrifying

I keep it with me and it makes the rocky steps and

at all when you can just get up and leave without

leaps a little easier. As we reach the waterfall, I look

any scratches. Terrifying or not, you better make a

to Kevin and Nikki and can’t help but grin—we’re all

photograph before everyone blinks, because you’re

grinning. The bitter water splashes against my face.

gonna miss that fall sooner than later. After all, if

It prickles my nose. I keep getting closer and closer,

weekend adventures are a lengthy itch, then stand-

daring to dip my feet into the icy void. I watch Kevin

ing on the side of a mountain is an infinite one. ⬜

be the bravest of us all as he leaps from rock to

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So I’m in the mountains, really, really high up. I’m

rock and climbs from tree branch to tree branch.

reminded that I think I have a touch of asthma, but

He’s sitting in the middle of this body of water and

that’s okay. Kevin and I hop the fence and dangle

my heart overflows with adoration for this time and

our legs over the rocks and everyone nearby is

this place and our little weekend adventure as he

pointing and saying we are out of our minds but

smiles at me and makes a photograph. We’re gon-

Kevin and I are just laughing because we are so

na be doing these sort of things forever, aren’t we?

happy to be alive. We really, really are. We’re just

Yeah.

two twenty-somethings making photographs of

As we drive down the parkway, the sun’s

one another as we swing our legs at the edge of the

rays fill the car with white and cause us to nearly

earth. I take in deep breaths. People keep pointing

fall off the edge. We catch our breaths and grab our

but I kind of want to point at them and ask them

cameras. Now the setting sun is casting pink and

why they’re over there when they could be here. In-

purple tints onto the mountains and Kevin says he’s

stead, I hop back over and we climb into the car

never seen that before so I know it’s really some-

and go searching for a waterfall.

thing to see (and photograph). As we pull the car

When looking for a waterfall, you may

onto the grassy and rocky land, I jump out into the

come across a map (at least we did) that gives the

freezing atmosphere as cars zoom past me. The

following options:

pinks and purples are escaping the mountains but

1. Walk in the park (quite literally)

I’m still taking photos like a madman.

2. Strenuous

“I wanna be up here forever, you know?” I

If you do, I hope you go with option 2. We did, and

say to no one and everyone and I think Nikki and

our sore legs and red hands and red noses are so

Kevin hear but I’m not sure.

glad we did.

But I really, really do. But then the sun

So we go on this strenuous hike to find the

vanishes and my fingertips tingle and I know the

waterfall and the path is so narrow that we have to

weather is kindly telling me to get off this moun-

form a single file. The orange and yellow and brown

tainside and back down into the valley. I climb back

leaves crunch beneath my boots and I feel as if I’m

in the car. Fleet Foxes quietly asks us where do we

five years old again. Everything around me has my

intend to go tonight. To eat Thai food, I suppose.

absolute attention, and at this point I’m on my 7th

As it gets easier to breathe, I’m reminded

or 8th roll of film. It’s okay with me. I collect some

that being in the mountains really does some-

lush moss along the way. Its vibrant green and

thing magical to me, you, and everyone we know.

damp spores feel like a pile of cotton in my hand.

Standing on the edge of your death isn’t terrifying

I keep it with me and it makes the rocky steps and

at all when you can just get up and leave without

leaps a little easier. As we reach the waterfall, I look

any scratches. Terrifying or not, you better make a

to Kevin and Nikki and can’t help but grin—we’re all

photograph before everyone blinks, because you’re

grinning. The bitter water splashes against my face.

gonna miss that fall sooner than later. After all, if

It prickles my nose. I keep getting closer and closer,

weekend adventures are a lengthy itch, then stand-

daring to dip my feet into the icy void. I watch Kevin

ing on the side of a mountain is an infinite one. ⬜

be the bravest of us all as he leaps from rock to

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NICOLA ODEMANN WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO TRAVEL TOO

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n avid mountain climber, a world traveler, a natural adventurer. If Nicola Ode-

mann could be described by a single word it would be wanderlust. She began photographing her journeys when she found her father’s old camera about five years ago. Ever since then it has become obvious that she has an eye for beautiful compositions. Her travel images could leave anyone breathless, and they leave us wanting to travel the world with her. In her website she states, “nature is my playground and this is what I do”.

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NICOLA ODEMANN WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO TRAVEL TOO

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n avid mountain climber, a world traveler, a natural adventurer. If Nicola Ode-

mann could be described by a single word it would be wanderlust. She began photographing her journeys when she found her father’s old camera about five years ago. Ever since then it has become obvious that she has an eye for beautiful compositions. Her travel images could leave anyone breathless, and they leave us wanting to travel the world with her. In her website she states, “nature is my playground and this is what I do”.

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How was it like to grow up in Germany? Is

I still spend my term breaks at home and go

climbing mountains something that you have

there sometimes for the weekend, when my

done since you were young?

desire for the mountains takes over me.

It’s not growing up in Germany that has influenced me but growing up in Bad Toelz, a

When did you start photographing? why did

small village in the very south of the country.

photography catch your attention?

As it is located in the mountains, I was able to

I had always enjoyed taking photos but as I

spend a lot of my time in the great outdoors to

grew up and my love for nature and traveling

go hiking or skiing. It was beautiful and I cannot

has deepened, taking photos seemed like the

think of a better place to grow up in. We didn’t

only way to make sense of all the beauty I was

move there until I turned 10, but we’d still go to

surrounded with. I see photography as a medium

the mountains of South Tyrol every summer to

to capture memories and feelings which I what I

go hiking there. When we finally moved there

seek to do after all.

my love for the mountains deepened and today

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I always feel at home when I’m surrounded by a

What

other

artists

have

influence

your

wild mountain range. Now I still live in Germany

aesthetic?

but I amm in university in Muenster now, which

There are so many great photographers that

is in the northern western part of the country.

have had an impact on what I do. Seeing >

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How was it like to grow up in Germany? Is

I still spend my term breaks at home and go

climbing mountains something that you have

there sometimes for the weekend, when my

done since you were young?

desire for the mountains takes over me.

It’s not growing up in Germany that has influenced me but growing up in Bad Toelz, a

When did you start photographing? why did

small village in the very south of the country.

photography catch your attention?

As it is located in the mountains, I was able to

I had always enjoyed taking photos but as I

spend a lot of my time in the great outdoors to

grew up and my love for nature and traveling

go hiking or skiing. It was beautiful and I cannot

has deepened, taking photos seemed like the

think of a better place to grow up in. We didn’t

only way to make sense of all the beauty I was

move there until I turned 10, but we’d still go to

surrounded with. I see photography as a medium

the mountains of South Tyrol every summer to

to capture memories and feelings which I what I

go hiking there. When we finally moved there

seek to do after all.

my love for the mountains deepened and today

70

I always feel at home when I’m surrounded by a

What

other

artists

have

influence

your

wild mountain range. Now I still live in Germany

aesthetic?

but I amm in university in Muenster now, which

There are so many great photographers that

is in the northern western part of the country.

have had an impact on what I do. Seeing >

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to make this dream real. I would love to step

full of wanderlust, Biffy Clyro to feel invincible,

foot on the massive continent of ice one day

Muse when I’m in love with music, and so on. It

though, so we’ll see. I’m only 22 and hope to

always differs and changes constantly.

have a long life of traveling an exploring ahead of me.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? It’s a rather quiet fantasy but it’s the most

Do you prefer film or digital?

beautiful scenario I can think of: I would love

Definitely film. In my opinion it just looks better

to live in a small town in the alps (Southern

and it makes you concentrate on one good

Germany, Austria or Switzerland) with my

photo instead of taking an infinite number of

family, teach in the morning and go hiking in

them.

the afternoon. On the weekends I would go exploring and continue to travel as much as

What type of music do you listen to?

I can then and in the holidays. And of course,

I listen to so many different styles and genres

capture it all on film. But not for money but

that it is impossible to narrow it down to one

only for love. ⬜

type. It always depends on in what kind of mood I am in. I love Sigur Rós to feel free, Elliott Smith when I’m sad, Eddie Vedder when I’m

the photos of

Ryan McGinley for the first

Iceland and Nepal because the beauty of both

time was kind of an eye opener for me as in

places exceeds any imagination. My stay in

how to capture people in nature. Just as Jeff

Nepal has had such an impact on me and has

Luker whose photos were and still are such an

changed me in so many ways that I must say

inspiration for me, as well as Jocelyn Catterson

that the weeks I have spent there were some

and Carmen Marchena.

of the best of my life. It was just such a unique experience to hike through the Himalayas and

What do you do when you are not traveling

to feel so small and lost in this remote place.

and photographing?

There is a holiness in those mountains which

I study to become a teacher. But one term is

I’ll never really understand but which you

short and the weeks are flexible which is why

could feel so clearly there. I have no words to

I try to travel as much as I can during my term

describe it. I hope my photos can do.

as well. If you could travel anywhere in the world where

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Out of all the places you’ve traveled to, which

would you go?

ones have been your favorites? why?

Antarctica. I would love to go there one day but

It is almost impossible to decide between

it is so expensive that it is almost impossible 77


to make this dream real. I would love to step

full of wanderlust, Biffy Clyro to feel invincible,

foot on the massive continent of ice one day

Muse when I’m in love with music, and so on. It

though, so we’ll see. I’m only 22 and hope to

always differs and changes constantly.

have a long life of traveling an exploring ahead of me.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? It’s a rather quiet fantasy but it’s the most

Do you prefer film or digital?

beautiful scenario I can think of: I would love

Definitely film. In my opinion it just looks better

to live in a small town in the alps (Southern

and it makes you concentrate on one good

Germany, Austria or Switzerland) with my

photo instead of taking an infinite number of

family, teach in the morning and go hiking in

them.

the afternoon. On the weekends I would go exploring and continue to travel as much as

What type of music do you listen to?

I can then and in the holidays. And of course,

I listen to so many different styles and genres

capture it all on film. But not for money but

that it is impossible to narrow it down to one

only for love. ⬜

type. It always depends on in what kind of mood I am in. I love Sigur Rós to feel free, Elliott Smith when I’m sad, Eddie Vedder when I’m

the photos of

Ryan McGinley for the first

Iceland and Nepal because the beauty of both

time was kind of an eye opener for me as in

places exceeds any imagination. My stay in

how to capture people in nature. Just as Jeff

Nepal has had such an impact on me and has

Luker whose photos were and still are such an

changed me in so many ways that I must say

inspiration for me, as well as Jocelyn Catterson

that the weeks I have spent there were some

and Carmen Marchena.

of the best of my life. It was just such a unique experience to hike through the Himalayas and

What do you do when you are not traveling

to feel so small and lost in this remote place.

and photographing?

There is a holiness in those mountains which

I study to become a teacher. But one term is

I’ll never really understand but which you

short and the weeks are flexible which is why

could feel so clearly there. I have no words to

I try to travel as much as I can during my term

describe it. I hope my photos can do.

as well. If you could travel anywhere in the world where

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Out of all the places you’ve traveled to, which

would you go?

ones have been your favorites? why?

Antarctica. I would love to go there one day but

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Joanna Sartori Flowers In December “The collection is Inspired by the moment in which snow melts right before spring, when everything mixes and unites, it represents the state of change between seasons. I show this by mixing different prints that represent the change from winter to spring. The cuts and silhouette are all based in men’s tailoring applied

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oanna Sartori was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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to women and to give it an extra femenine er aesthetic in chic and clean. She finds in-

and raised in Santiago, Chile. By the early age of

spiration in the modern day woman, who does

12 she already knew what she wanted to do with

not care to be different and bold. She mixes ele-

her life. She had realized that what she liked to

ments of classic tailoring with modern and futur-

do the most was fashion design, and decided

istic visions. She is also passionate about em-

that her dream would be to specialize in that

broideries and prints, which allows her to make

field in Paris. Eventually her dreams came true

fashion special, since she is concentrating in the

and she studied at Instituto Marangoni, where

small details. For her, creating is a form of ex-

she completed her Bachelors and Masters de-

pression, and a way to show her vision of beauty

grees. The next big step in her life is to move to

to the world.

touch it has embroideries in the outerwear.� -Joanna Sartori

New York and discover new possibilities.

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Joanna Sartori Flowers In December “The collection is Inspired by the moment in which snow melts right before spring, when everything mixes and unites, it represents the state of change between seasons. I show this by mixing different prints that represent the change from winter to spring. The cuts and silhouette are all based in men’s tailoring applied

J

oanna Sartori was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil

H

to women and to give it an extra femenine er aesthetic in chic and clean. She finds in-

and raised in Santiago, Chile. By the early age of

spiration in the modern day woman, who does

12 she already knew what she wanted to do with

not care to be different and bold. She mixes ele-

her life. She had realized that what she liked to

ments of classic tailoring with modern and futur-

do the most was fashion design, and decided

istic visions. She is also passionate about em-

that her dream would be to specialize in that

broideries and prints, which allows her to make

field in Paris. Eventually her dreams came true

fashion special, since she is concentrating in the

and she studied at Instituto Marangoni, where

small details. For her, creating is a form of ex-

she completed her Bachelors and Masters de-

pression, and a way to show her vision of beauty

grees. The next big step in her life is to move to

to the world.

touch it has embroideries in the outerwear.� -Joanna Sartori

New York and discover new possibilities.

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Mar ta Bevacqua D re a my Fe m i n i n i ty

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arta Bevacqua was born in Rome in 1989. Her fascination with photography began in high

school, and once she graduated she decided to make this artistic medium her career.

She began getting attention when she was asked to photograph performing artists, and after a collective exhibition in London in 2009. During this time, Arcangel Images contacted her and she has collaborated with them ever since making book covers. One of the most important book cover she’s made was for Alice Munro, the 2014 nobel prize winner.

It was only in the recent years that Marta began experimenting with fashion photography. Her passion for this field has grown so much these past years she claims that it is her “main field” now, “only second to fine art”. After attending a short course on Fashion Photography in Central Saint Martins in London, she has landed multiple campaigns for various companies, like Romeo Gigli Eyewear and Generator Hostels. She has also been asked to do numerous fashion editorials on different magazines.

Now a days she lives in Paris, where she works in fashion. She’s also a part of several collective and solo exhibitions, and she’s won various photography contests.

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Mar ta Bevacqua D re a my Fe m i n i n i ty

M

arta Bevacqua was born in Rome in 1989. Her fascination with photography began in high

school, and once she graduated she decided to make this artistic medium her career.

She began getting attention when she was asked to photograph performing artists, and after a collective exhibition in London in 2009. During this time, Arcangel Images contacted her and she has collaborated with them ever since making book covers. One of the most important book cover she’s made was for Alice Munro, the 2014 nobel prize winner.

It was only in the recent years that Marta began experimenting with fashion photography. Her passion for this field has grown so much these past years she claims that it is her “main field” now, “only second to fine art”. After attending a short course on Fashion Photography in Central Saint Martins in London, she has landed multiple campaigns for various companies, like Romeo Gigli Eyewear and Generator Hostels. She has also been asked to do numerous fashion editorials on different magazines.

Now a days she lives in Paris, where she works in fashion. She’s also a part of several collective and solo exhibitions, and she’s won various photography contests.

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Where are you from originally? How was is it like to

What other artists have influence your aesthetic?

grow up there?

Paolo Roversi, Tim Walker, Eugenio Recuenco. And

I’m from Italy, I was born and I grew up in a little

many many others.

town near to Rome. The house I grew up in was a red house in the country. I think I am the person

Out of all of your creations, which one would you

that I am thanks to that house and the town. I was

say is your favorite?

and I’ve continued to always be in contact with

That’s a very difficult question, because I am really

nature, and that’s one of the reasons I started

“close” to some of my works for emotional reason.

experimenting with photography, it also explains

Other times I have a favorite piece just because

the enormous presence of nature in my photos.

I am so satisfied with the result. Sometimes I like them just because i put so much effort in doing it.

Did you always know that you’d end up being an

So it really depends.

artist?

However, I think can say one of my favorite is a

Not really, even if when i was a child i was used to

very old picture of myself. A self-portrait I took with

tell everyone i wanted to be a painter and a writer. I

books. That represents me very well, and i really

also write sometimes, and photography is painting

see myself in it. It was taken in 2010, so it’s quite old.

with light in some ways, so i didn’t make a real mistake about that. Well, probably i didn’t know it,

If you could choose any artist in the world, who

but i wanted to.

would you love to collaborate with? why? Audrey Kawasaki. The emotions I feel when I look

What is the most challenging part about being a

to her artowkr is in some ways what i would like

photographer?

people to feel when they see mine.

To be always creative and never get bored. Continue to experiment and have a lot of patience.

In your opinion, what is the main difference between

Sometimes you need to work for very long time on

the photography industry in Europe and in the U.S.?

some projects and you will need the patience.

Europe might be more traditional in its photography. In the U.S. there is some kind of continued

You have really unique ideas that you turn into

experimentation.

beautiful photography, where do you get your

Europe as well, but in other ways.

There

is

experimentation

in

inspiration from? what inspires you in everyday life? For the most part I’m inspired by nature and by

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

the world in general. I’m always inspired by music,

In ten years I’d like to be able to call myself an artist

art, movies and books, and obviously by other

instead of a photographer. What I really want to do

artists’ works. I have always a note book with me

in life is to create art. I have a dream, and I’m doing

everywhere i go, because inspiration can come

all i can to realize it.

when you don’t expect it.

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Where are you from originally? How was is it like to

What other artists have influence your aesthetic?

grow up there?

Paolo Roversi, Tim Walker, Eugenio Recuenco. And

I’m from Italy, I was born and I grew up in a little

many many others.

town near to Rome. The house I grew up in was a red house in the country. I think I am the person

Out of all of your creations, which one would you

that I am thanks to that house and the town. I was

say is your favorite?

and I’ve continued to always be in contact with

That’s a very difficult question, because I am really

nature, and that’s one of the reasons I started

“close” to some of my works for emotional reason.

experimenting with photography, it also explains

Other times I have a favorite piece just because

the enormous presence of nature in my photos.

I am so satisfied with the result. Sometimes I like them just because i put so much effort in doing it.

Did you always know that you’d end up being an

So it really depends.

artist?

However, I think can say one of my favorite is a

Not really, even if when i was a child i was used to

very old picture of myself. A self-portrait I took with

tell everyone i wanted to be a painter and a writer. I

books. That represents me very well, and i really

also write sometimes, and photography is painting

see myself in it. It was taken in 2010, so it’s quite old.

with light in some ways, so i didn’t make a real mistake about that. Well, probably i didn’t know it,

If you could choose any artist in the world, who

but i wanted to.

would you love to collaborate with? why? Audrey Kawasaki. The emotions I feel when I look

What is the most challenging part about being a

to her artowkr is in some ways what i would like

photographer?

people to feel when they see mine.

To be always creative and never get bored. Continue to experiment and have a lot of patience.

In your opinion, what is the main difference between

Sometimes you need to work for very long time on

the photography industry in Europe and in the U.S.?

some projects and you will need the patience.

Europe might be more traditional in its photography. In the U.S. there is some kind of continued

You have really unique ideas that you turn into

experimentation.

beautiful photography, where do you get your

Europe as well, but in other ways.

There

is

experimentation

in

inspiration from? what inspires you in everyday life? For the most part I’m inspired by nature and by

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

the world in general. I’m always inspired by music,

In ten years I’d like to be able to call myself an artist

art, movies and books, and obviously by other

instead of a photographer. What I really want to do

artists’ works. I have always a note book with me

in life is to create art. I have a dream, and I’m doing

everywhere i go, because inspiration can come

all i can to realize it.

when you don’t expect it.

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FLORA BORSI T H E NEW FAC E O F P HOTOSHO P

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lora is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation to

create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, emotions and dreams. Her immaculate technique and subtle conceptual ideas create beautiful evocations of universal emotions, from lust and desire to despair and loss. Flora at once captures the complex strength and fragility of the human psyche. She expertly visualizes dark fantasies and atmospheric dreams, utilizing the uncanny and clever metaphor, while unlocking what it means to think, feel, dream and express in the urban world.

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er work often features the female body and she plays with hiding and revealing the eyes or face

to leave only the feminine form, exploring questions of female representation and the relationship between body and self.. She has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA, and has most notably taken part in the recent “Continental Shift” group exhibition at Saatchi Gallery. Her ethereal aesthetic has won multiple art prizes and garnered critical acclaim from press including The Guardian’s Observer and BBC Culture.

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FLORA BORSI T H E NEW FAC E O F P HOTOSHO P

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lora is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation to

create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, emotions and dreams. Her immaculate technique and subtle conceptual ideas create beautiful evocations of universal emotions, from lust and desire to despair and loss. Flora at once captures the complex strength and fragility of the human psyche. She expertly visualizes dark fantasies and atmospheric dreams, utilizing the uncanny and clever metaphor, while unlocking what it means to think, feel, dream and express in the urban world.

H

er work often features the female body and she plays with hiding and revealing the eyes or face

to leave only the feminine form, exploring questions of female representation and the relationship between body and self.. She has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA, and has most notably taken part in the recent “Continental Shift” group exhibition at Saatchi Gallery. Her ethereal aesthetic has won multiple art prizes and garnered critical acclaim from press including The Guardian’s Observer and BBC Culture.

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NIKOLAI KOZAK Lineajes corporales N

ikolai Kozak is a Chilean / Argentine multimedia artist based in New York City

and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Working with a variety of mediums - among them sculpture, video, projection, photography and performance - Kozak explores concepts dealing with memory, lineage, traumatic events, repressive structures and archival documentation. He has received numerous awards for his work relating to political and social structures - amongst them her Excellency Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo’s Young Artist award and the Christo and Jeanne Claude Honorable Award for Public Art. Kozak’s work has been displayed both publicly and privately in New York City, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Montreal, Buenos Aires and Santiago.

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bout his project Linea jes Corporales - “The juxtaposition of symbols creates a

liminal space in which truth and mythology can be glimpsed. This series counterposes bodies and objects painted with traditional Selk’nam symbology, which are in turn overlaid with gold according to Cossack (Kozak, Eastern European) Orthodox traditions. The bodies, now gone, suggest the loss of an ethos. The objects, toys depicting the elements that brought this tribe to an end, are appropriated and elevated by the ritualistic paint of their victims. The juxtaposition of these elements is my attempt at peering through and unifying the lineages that both surround and represent my own corporeal mythology, in the absence of anything more concrete. These images construct and create my mythology - the lineage of a body devoid of roots.” - Nikolai Kozak

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NIKOLAI KOZAK Lineajes corporales N

ikolai Kozak is a Chilean / Argentine multimedia artist based in New York City

and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Working with a variety of mediums - among them sculpture, video, projection, photography and performance - Kozak explores concepts dealing with memory, lineage, traumatic events, repressive structures and archival documentation. He has received numerous awards for his work relating to political and social structures - amongst them her Excellency Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo’s Young Artist award and the Christo and Jeanne Claude Honorable Award for Public Art. Kozak’s work has been displayed both publicly and privately in New York City, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Montreal, Buenos Aires and Santiago.

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bout his project Linea jes Corporales - “The juxtaposition of symbols creates a

liminal space in which truth and mythology can be glimpsed. This series counterposes bodies and objects painted with traditional Selk’nam symbology, which are in turn overlaid with gold according to Cossack (Kozak, Eastern European) Orthodox traditions. The bodies, now gone, suggest the loss of an ethos. The objects, toys depicting the elements that brought this tribe to an end, are appropriated and elevated by the ritualistic paint of their victims. The juxtaposition of these elements is my attempt at peering through and unifying the lineages that both surround and represent my own corporeal mythology, in the absence of anything more concrete. These images construct and create my mythology - the lineage of a body devoid of roots.” - Nikolai Kozak

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No One Belongs Here More Than (All of) You

T

he green circle glows from afar on Manhat-

get to work, but with the train’s unpredictable

tan and Norman Avenue. September’s sun mer-

schedule, I’d rush out the door at 9 am when

cilessly beats against the concrete. The heat

I had to be at work at 10 am. I always arrived

climbs to my knees. I run as fast as my sore legs

at 9:45 am. Always. Some people would make

will go as I reach for my MetroCard and pray

playlists just for this commute, and business-

it registers on the first swipe. I leap down the

men would use their briefcases to push into the

gritty cement staircase and propel my bent up

doors first.

card through the slot at the turnstile. It swipes;

Near the end of July, my mother, a native

I push through. The train arrives at the platform

New Yorker, visits me from Florida. I pick her up

as I do. My ears ring. It’s not the engine or the

at Penn Station. She’s easy to spot. All the other

brakes that rattles my eardrums; the heavy

fifty-something’s wear those gaudy, floral tops,

breaths that surround me rattle them. I politely

fake jeans, and russet leather loafers. Not Debie

shove my way into the doors as they open. It’s

Leadbeater. She’s sporting a black tee, loose-fit-

a body-to-body tunnel but the next train won’t

ting jeans, and Nike sneakers. She could pass as

arrive for another twenty minutes so no one’s

Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter with her petite nose

getting off. I don’t only smell the sweat of oth-

and delicate mouth. Her wildly curly jet-black

ers, but I can feel it, too. I hold my breath as the

hair bobs up and down as she runs to me, grin-

train surges toward Queens. Everyone hates the

ning uncontrollably.

subway on a weekday morning. I used to be ev-

“Hi, Mommy,” I say to her.

eryone, too.

“I missed you so much. I met this really wonder-

An MTA report in 2013 says that 5.5 million people ride the subway during the week. It’s 1.708 billion riders a year. In one day 1.1 million people are cramming into subway cars to

Words by Grace Ann Leadbeater Illustration by Amanda Penley 132

ful couple and we talked from Florida to Maryland. Where do we go to get home?” We take the E train uptown and then transfer to the G train.

get to class, work, a cousin’s birthday, a doctor’s

My mother loves crowds. And waiting.

appointment, an improv show, etcetera. The

She actually enjoys attending 4th of July fire-

thought of lawyers racing mothers with their

work shows and staying for the finale and then

neon-backpack-wearing kids to the E train is in-

having to wait for hours just to walk the hun-

furiating. But it happens. For those few seconds

dred yards to her car. She gets a kick out of

or minutes of waiting while businessmen fer-

walking around Disney during its peak season.

vently tap their Edward Green Monmouth’s as a

People fascinate her—usually people who are

nearby mother pulls her child closer, a shudder

nothing like her. She doesn’t get social classes.

arises toward society’s hierarchical tendencies.

While visiting me in the city, we use the subway

The photo studio I worked at in Long

constantly. That’s okay with her. She loves sit-

Island City this summer, residing on the north

ting back and watching children press heir >

side of the Pulaski Bridge, made the subway my

faces against the window and listening to elder-

only option for cheap transportation. I took the

ly men cover songs by Otis Redding. Sometimes

G train—one of the more notoriously unreliable

we ride the train for 30 minutes. Other times it’s

trains. It technically only took fifteen minutes to

over an hour. Her smile never falters. On the fifth day of her visit, we spend a

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No One Belongs Here More Than (All of) You

T

he green circle glows from afar on Manhat-

get to work, but with the train’s unpredictable

tan and Norman Avenue. September’s sun mer-

schedule, I’d rush out the door at 9 am when

cilessly beats against the concrete. The heat

I had to be at work at 10 am. I always arrived

climbs to my knees. I run as fast as my sore legs

at 9:45 am. Always. Some people would make

will go as I reach for my MetroCard and pray

playlists just for this commute, and business-

it registers on the first swipe. I leap down the

men would use their briefcases to push into the

gritty cement staircase and propel my bent up

doors first.

card through the slot at the turnstile. It swipes;

Near the end of July, my mother, a native

I push through. The train arrives at the platform

New Yorker, visits me from Florida. I pick her up

as I do. My ears ring. It’s not the engine or the

at Penn Station. She’s easy to spot. All the other

brakes that rattles my eardrums; the heavy

fifty-something’s wear those gaudy, floral tops,

breaths that surround me rattle them. I politely

fake jeans, and russet leather loafers. Not Debie

shove my way into the doors as they open. It’s

Leadbeater. She’s sporting a black tee, loose-fit-

a body-to-body tunnel but the next train won’t

ting jeans, and Nike sneakers. She could pass as

arrive for another twenty minutes so no one’s

Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter with her petite nose

getting off. I don’t only smell the sweat of oth-

and delicate mouth. Her wildly curly jet-black

ers, but I can feel it, too. I hold my breath as the

hair bobs up and down as she runs to me, grin-

train surges toward Queens. Everyone hates the

ning uncontrollably.

subway on a weekday morning. I used to be ev-

“Hi, Mommy,” I say to her.

eryone, too.

“I missed you so much. I met this really wonder-

An MTA report in 2013 says that 5.5 million people ride the subway during the week. It’s 1.708 billion riders a year. In one day 1.1 million people are cramming into subway cars to

Words by Grace Ann Leadbeater Illustration by Amanda Penley 132

ful couple and we talked from Florida to Maryland. Where do we go to get home?” We take the E train uptown and then transfer to the G train.

get to class, work, a cousin’s birthday, a doctor’s

My mother loves crowds. And waiting.

appointment, an improv show, etcetera. The

She actually enjoys attending 4th of July fire-

thought of lawyers racing mothers with their

work shows and staying for the finale and then

neon-backpack-wearing kids to the E train is in-

having to wait for hours just to walk the hun-

furiating. But it happens. For those few seconds

dred yards to her car. She gets a kick out of

or minutes of waiting while businessmen fer-

walking around Disney during its peak season.

vently tap their Edward Green Monmouth’s as a

People fascinate her—usually people who are

nearby mother pulls her child closer, a shudder

nothing like her. She doesn’t get social classes.

arises toward society’s hierarchical tendencies.

While visiting me in the city, we use the subway

The photo studio I worked at in Long

constantly. That’s okay with her. She loves sit-

Island City this summer, residing on the north

ting back and watching children press heir >

side of the Pulaski Bridge, made the subway my

faces against the window and listening to elder-

only option for cheap transportation. I took the

ly men cover songs by Otis Redding. Sometimes

G train—one of the more notoriously unreliable

we ride the train for 30 minutes. Other times it’s

trains. It technically only took fifteen minutes to

over an hour. Her smile never falters. On the fifth day of her visit, we spend a

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good portion of it on the G train. As we get off at

evaporates as an executive of some impressive

my stop, swimming through the sea of people

company lets down his defenses as he notices a

to get to the ground level, she stops and sighs.

sleepy construction worker and puts his seat up

“I love the G train,” she exclaims.

for grabs. The subway takes those walking and

“Everyone you see

talking museums and suddenly they become Mona Lisa before anyone knew she was something to look at. And it hits me. New York City’s public transportation system is quietly bringing an

is like a walking and

talking museum.

eclectic bunch of people together. My mother just understood that a lot sooner than the rest of us. It’s September. I’m taking the G train for the last time in the summer. I take it to Queens and then back to Brooklyn. As I ease into my

Everyone comes to a halt. Some people

seat, I witness men playing their instruments

glare at her, others roll their eyes. One girl gig-

with plastic cups attached their weathered

gles. I quickly get us to the surface before any-

belts and children wrapping their arms around

one can tell us the five reasons why they hate

their mothers’ legs. Businessmen look exhaust-

New York City’s public transportation system.

ed, barely holding up their paperbacks. Some

In The Great Gatsby when Nick Car-

people look irritated as they lose another round

raway is visiting Tom’s apartment in New York

of whatever game is popular right now. I spot a

City, he talks about being in the living room

few smiles among the sea of people. I know if

with everyone but observing it from afar. He’s

my mother were here, she’d be wearing one of

“within and without. Simultaneously enchanted

those smiles, hers the most incurable of them

and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of

all.

life.” That’s exactly how it feels when you’re in this city, until you step on the subway.

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The out of tune instruments combined with children perpetually chattering on this

In Manhattan or Brooklyn or Queens,

tardy train aren’t so terrible. I get to catch the

everyone you see is like a walking and talking

fringes of other peoples’ days as we make our

museum. Almost every prototype of a person

way to and from home. And for that portion of

you can conjure up saturates the sidewalks. You

the day where we heavily depend on public

look at people all day, but that’s it. You never

transportation, we may glance at one another,

get close enough to really humanize anyone

bump shoulders, fall into the other one’s chest

on the street. I guess it’s kind of awful. Then

as the train unexpectedly takes off, or even qui-

there’s the subway. For those few seconds or

etly smile. Perhaps only a “sorry” or “thank you”

minutes of waiting during the morning or late

or giggle will leave our mouths. What’s certain,

afternoon, there’s that urgency to not get left

though, is that for two or five or eight stops, we

behind. People can be hostile as they wait for

must share our spaces with strangers, briefly

their train to come. Then it arrives and usually

tagging along with them. And if the train’s de-

everyone finds a way to fit. The apprehension

layed, at least we’re all late together. ⬜

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good portion of it on the G train. As we get off at

evaporates as an executive of some impressive

my stop, swimming through the sea of people

company lets down his defenses as he notices a

to get to the ground level, she stops and sighs.

sleepy construction worker and puts his seat up

“I love the G train,” she exclaims.

for grabs. The subway takes those walking and

“Everyone you see

talking museums and suddenly they become Mona Lisa before anyone knew she was something to look at. And it hits me. New York City’s public transportation system is quietly bringing an

is like a walking and

talking museum.

eclectic bunch of people together. My mother just understood that a lot sooner than the rest of us. It’s September. I’m taking the G train for the last time in the summer. I take it to Queens and then back to Brooklyn. As I ease into my

Everyone comes to a halt. Some people

seat, I witness men playing their instruments

glare at her, others roll their eyes. One girl gig-

with plastic cups attached their weathered

gles. I quickly get us to the surface before any-

belts and children wrapping their arms around

one can tell us the five reasons why they hate

their mothers’ legs. Businessmen look exhaust-

New York City’s public transportation system.

ed, barely holding up their paperbacks. Some

In The Great Gatsby when Nick Car-

people look irritated as they lose another round

raway is visiting Tom’s apartment in New York

of whatever game is popular right now. I spot a

City, he talks about being in the living room

few smiles among the sea of people. I know if

with everyone but observing it from afar. He’s

my mother were here, she’d be wearing one of

“within and without. Simultaneously enchanted

those smiles, hers the most incurable of them

and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of

all.

life.” That’s exactly how it feels when you’re in this city, until you step on the subway.

134

The out of tune instruments combined with children perpetually chattering on this

In Manhattan or Brooklyn or Queens,

tardy train aren’t so terrible. I get to catch the

everyone you see is like a walking and talking

fringes of other peoples’ days as we make our

museum. Almost every prototype of a person

way to and from home. And for that portion of

you can conjure up saturates the sidewalks. You

the day where we heavily depend on public

look at people all day, but that’s it. You never

transportation, we may glance at one another,

get close enough to really humanize anyone

bump shoulders, fall into the other one’s chest

on the street. I guess it’s kind of awful. Then

as the train unexpectedly takes off, or even qui-

there’s the subway. For those few seconds or

etly smile. Perhaps only a “sorry” or “thank you”

minutes of waiting during the morning or late

or giggle will leave our mouths. What’s certain,

afternoon, there’s that urgency to not get left

though, is that for two or five or eight stops, we

behind. People can be hostile as they wait for

must share our spaces with strangers, briefly

their train to come. Then it arrives and usually

tagging along with them. And if the train’s de-

everyone finds a way to fit. The apprehension

layed, at least we’re all late together. ⬜

135


UNTOGETHERNESS Words & Photographs by Liz Cara

P

136

ressure shifts in the cabin and

and step foot onto land. I was unaware of

I am awoken from the last of my many

how this place would come to shape me

slumbers.

Glossy and acute, my eyes

and change my viewpoints on self-worth.

are blinded by the long warm rays of sun

Even questions on American culture sur-

piercing through the swift soaring cap-

faced but not until much later in the jour-

sule’s window as my neighbor opens our

ney. Just getting there was the easiest

curtain. The retinas adjusted and at last,

step.

amidst turbulence and patiently wait-

To take the opportunity to move abroad

ing, the sprawling mountainous terrain of

to Hong Kong was the inevitable plan for

Hong Kong was beneath me. I swallowed

my jet-set gypsy tendencies. I grew up

my fears and relieved the pressure from

just outside of Detroit, Michigan, a city

my ears. Soon I was to feel the Asian Pa-

branded by fiscal corruption, financial

cific humidity on my skin as I exit my plane

depletion, and dilapidation from fires that

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UNTOGETHERNESS Words & Photographs by Liz Cara

P

136

ressure shifts in the cabin and

and step foot onto land. I was unaware of

I am awoken from the last of my many

how this place would come to shape me

slumbers.

Glossy and acute, my eyes

and change my viewpoints on self-worth.

are blinded by the long warm rays of sun

Even questions on American culture sur-

piercing through the swift soaring cap-

faced but not until much later in the jour-

sule’s window as my neighbor opens our

ney. Just getting there was the easiest

curtain. The retinas adjusted and at last,

step.

amidst turbulence and patiently wait-

To take the opportunity to move abroad

ing, the sprawling mountainous terrain of

to Hong Kong was the inevitable plan for

Hong Kong was beneath me. I swallowed

my jet-set gypsy tendencies. I grew up

my fears and relieved the pressure from

just outside of Detroit, Michigan, a city

my ears. Soon I was to feel the Asian Pa-

branded by fiscal corruption, financial

cific humidity on my skin as I exit my plane

depletion, and dilapidation from fires that

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charred the neighborhoods far and wide. I ad-

shaped it. Mountains were cut into like melted

mire the city for each and every hardship it has

butter. Compacted landfills were later topped-

endured and the times the city has rebuilt itself

off with beautiful parks for children to play at.

from the dust and rubble. To this day I have a

At the point of my arrival the cityscape was an

great amount of pride when I remember I am a

alien foreign body swelling and bloating from

product of the motor city. But my wingspan was

toxins but shimmering with an iridescent luster

growing exponentially and I needed the room to

so beautiful, anyone to gaze upon it couldn’t

grow. To make the move to Asia, in a way, saved

help but stare.

my life. “If you’re going to try, go all the way.”

The unavoidable every day traveling

Bukowski reminds me. When I landed it made

became a dream. A routine familiar in road

perfect sense to me. “Do it for you because you

names and numbers but never dull in the bank

can’t be anyone else’s hero.” It hurts to leave

of sights. Driving on winding roads and between

and saying goodbye is never tear-ridden but to

sky-scraping mountains with apartment build-

manifest my destiny I decided to push my ho-

ings protruding and glowing like crystals be-

rizons.

came the mirage I miraculously knew so well. The city is environmentally adaptive

Not a day passed where my eyes became tired

and color conscious. The precise attention to

of the view from the window seat. Swelling hills

detail made me believe the city was composed

of green velvet and pink pastel towers, the ris-

by a master painter, carefully selecting the

ing and falling of Lantau peaks with electric

form and shape, color and composition of what

blue skies beyond and attentively manicured

would become the masterpiece it is today. Af-

gardens with not a branch out of composition.

fluent neighborhoods were decorated by glass

“I could replant myself here.” a thought I thought

and polished stone and the poorest neighbor-

daily.

hoods were the most colorful. Apartment complexes cluster on hillsides.

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I met Elaine in Sham Shui Po on a late

Entire slope walls

afternoon for dinner. Native to Hong Kong and

are coated with concrete with portal openings

fluent in cantonese, she became the guide to

for vegetation growth. Mountain peaks, like the

less-tourist friendly and traditional gems in

open mouth of a frozen tsunami, cradle the ur-

the city. I, at that point, had only been in the

banscape with a quiet assertive dominance. But

city for 3 weeks time. I was trusting of her rec-

the human element is unarguably ever-present.

ommendations. We sat in a fluorescent bright

7 million persons, 7,000 per square kilometer.

restaurant with fold-up chairs and menus sans

Unfathomable numbers until you see how three

english. She recommended a meat dish for me

generations of family live in a 100-square-foot

and ordered toast for herself. At this point I was

apartment where even the walls ache and sigh.

beginning to lose all motivations to eat meat.

The truth of how our species came to inhabit

The sights of restaurant fronts with hanging

the city then became the force of nature that

carcasses on hooks waiting to be chopped and

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charred the neighborhoods far and wide. I ad-

shaped it. Mountains were cut into like melted

mire the city for each and every hardship it has

butter. Compacted landfills were later topped-

endured and the times the city has rebuilt itself

off with beautiful parks for children to play at.

from the dust and rubble. To this day I have a

At the point of my arrival the cityscape was an

great amount of pride when I remember I am a

alien foreign body swelling and bloating from

product of the motor city. But my wingspan was

toxins but shimmering with an iridescent luster

growing exponentially and I needed the room to

so beautiful, anyone to gaze upon it couldn’t

grow. To make the move to Asia, in a way, saved

help but stare.

my life. “If you’re going to try, go all the way.”

The unavoidable every day traveling

Bukowski reminds me. When I landed it made

became a dream. A routine familiar in road

perfect sense to me. “Do it for you because you

names and numbers but never dull in the bank

can’t be anyone else’s hero.” It hurts to leave

of sights. Driving on winding roads and between

and saying goodbye is never tear-ridden but to

sky-scraping mountains with apartment build-

manifest my destiny I decided to push my ho-

ings protruding and glowing like crystals be-

rizons.

came the mirage I miraculously knew so well. The city is environmentally adaptive

Not a day passed where my eyes became tired

and color conscious. The precise attention to

of the view from the window seat. Swelling hills

detail made me believe the city was composed

of green velvet and pink pastel towers, the ris-

by a master painter, carefully selecting the

ing and falling of Lantau peaks with electric

form and shape, color and composition of what

blue skies beyond and attentively manicured

would become the masterpiece it is today. Af-

gardens with not a branch out of composition.

fluent neighborhoods were decorated by glass

“I could replant myself here.” a thought I thought

and polished stone and the poorest neighbor-

daily.

hoods were the most colorful. Apartment complexes cluster on hillsides.

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I met Elaine in Sham Shui Po on a late

Entire slope walls

afternoon for dinner. Native to Hong Kong and

are coated with concrete with portal openings

fluent in cantonese, she became the guide to

for vegetation growth. Mountain peaks, like the

less-tourist friendly and traditional gems in

open mouth of a frozen tsunami, cradle the ur-

the city. I, at that point, had only been in the

banscape with a quiet assertive dominance. But

city for 3 weeks time. I was trusting of her rec-

the human element is unarguably ever-present.

ommendations. We sat in a fluorescent bright

7 million persons, 7,000 per square kilometer.

restaurant with fold-up chairs and menus sans

Unfathomable numbers until you see how three

english. She recommended a meat dish for me

generations of family live in a 100-square-foot

and ordered toast for herself. At this point I was

apartment where even the walls ache and sigh.

beginning to lose all motivations to eat meat.

The truth of how our species came to inhabit

The sights of restaurant fronts with hanging

the city then became the force of nature that

carcasses on hooks waiting to be chopped and

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cooked burned a frightening image of death

from the glass platform. 180 degrees of vision,

into my brain that I couldn’t shake. I couldn’t

180 thousand. No, more. 1 million. Easily, 1 million.

stomach the thought. I ate around it. Immedi-

2 million. Half of 7 million. Millions of individuals

ately, she asked me something along the lines

in peripheral vision. Both humbling and terrify-

of: “What was the most unexpected thing you

ing.

have noticed since being here?” The answer

Over time I began to enjoy the soundtrack

was beyond me. The accumulation of all ex-

of lonesome traveling. White noise of bustling

periences and contrasting cultures with spe-

engines and murmurs of a language I’ll never

cific norms and mannerisms didn’t hit me un-

know. Networking webs became a nightmare:

til I returned to America. I didn’t realize how I

the source of anxiety.

seamlessly adapted to chinese culture until I re-

peared. My path was a jagged line. My mind: a

turned home. I thought everyone is driving on

mess. Plans and motivations changed with ev-

the incorrect side of the road, most Americans

ery blurred face passing by on a subway car.

take my business card for granted and most are

“If this woman brushes her eyebrow I’ll take the

not polite to strangers, unlike the ladder. When

train east.” “When the train unloads, I’ll exit with

Elaine posed the question to me I was speech-

the others but I’ll wander in the opposite direc-

less--for it was the hardest question.

tion.” The serendipitous detailings of how oth-

Comfort zones disap-

An afternoon like the rest, lonesome

ers moved in their habitat motivated my move-

wandering of neighborhoods were decided

ments and without fail. The journey was better

from a flip of a coin. I entered the enormous

experienced alone. When I noticed this in my-

glass shard of architectural design of One Is-

self I began to notice it in others. The answer

land East.

I was in a prism with panoramic

to Elaine’s question was surfacing. Every lonely

views of city from above, deserted of all move-

excursion was scraping away to what would

ment and shaded from blistering heat. Still,

define my connection to Hong Kong. It was the

quite, sterile. Ascending in the pill of an elevator

unexpected, beautiful, quiet white noise of the

capsule the doors eventually open to a glowing

found solitude in the world’s most dense me-

red platform notifying me I’ve arrive at the sky

tropolis. People turn to the city streets for their

deck. Situated in front of my opening door, so

peace and quiet.

perfectly planted I questioned the reality, was a

their company with one another, undisturbing,

man agreeably isolated on the cubelike couch

unobtrusive, but accompanied. The sought af-

overlooking what looked like heaven. Sky, man,

ter solitude by the people of Hong Kong and I-

sky. We stood worlds apart comfortably in our

-the very thing that separated us--was the very

found solitude above the crowds and concrete

thing that connected us. Our worlds will forever

structures that congest downtown, together.

be apart but in our untogetherness I found a se-

You can’t help but wonder how many people

curity I had not known could ever live inside of

you gaze down upon when you’re observant

me.

Unrelated strangers share

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cooked burned a frightening image of death

from the glass platform. 180 degrees of vision,

into my brain that I couldn’t shake. I couldn’t

180 thousand. No, more. 1 million. Easily, 1 million.

stomach the thought. I ate around it. Immedi-

2 million. Half of 7 million. Millions of individuals

ately, she asked me something along the lines

in peripheral vision. Both humbling and terrify-

of: “What was the most unexpected thing you

ing.

have noticed since being here?” The answer

Over time I began to enjoy the soundtrack

was beyond me. The accumulation of all ex-

of lonesome traveling. White noise of bustling

periences and contrasting cultures with spe-

engines and murmurs of a language I’ll never

cific norms and mannerisms didn’t hit me un-

know. Networking webs became a nightmare:

til I returned to America. I didn’t realize how I

the source of anxiety.

seamlessly adapted to chinese culture until I re-

peared. My path was a jagged line. My mind: a

turned home. I thought everyone is driving on

mess. Plans and motivations changed with ev-

the incorrect side of the road, most Americans

ery blurred face passing by on a subway car.

take my business card for granted and most are

“If this woman brushes her eyebrow I’ll take the

not polite to strangers, unlike the ladder. When

train east.” “When the train unloads, I’ll exit with

Elaine posed the question to me I was speech-

the others but I’ll wander in the opposite direc-

less--for it was the hardest question.

tion.” The serendipitous detailings of how oth-

Comfort zones disap-

An afternoon like the rest, lonesome

ers moved in their habitat motivated my move-

wandering of neighborhoods were decided

ments and without fail. The journey was better

from a flip of a coin. I entered the enormous

experienced alone. When I noticed this in my-

glass shard of architectural design of One Is-

self I began to notice it in others. The answer

land East.

I was in a prism with panoramic

to Elaine’s question was surfacing. Every lonely

views of city from above, deserted of all move-

excursion was scraping away to what would

ment and shaded from blistering heat. Still,

define my connection to Hong Kong. It was the

quite, sterile. Ascending in the pill of an elevator

unexpected, beautiful, quiet white noise of the

capsule the doors eventually open to a glowing

found solitude in the world’s most dense me-

red platform notifying me I’ve arrive at the sky

tropolis. People turn to the city streets for their

deck. Situated in front of my opening door, so

peace and quiet.

perfectly planted I questioned the reality, was a

their company with one another, undisturbing,

man agreeably isolated on the cubelike couch

unobtrusive, but accompanied. The sought af-

overlooking what looked like heaven. Sky, man,

ter solitude by the people of Hong Kong and I-

sky. We stood worlds apart comfortably in our

-the very thing that separated us--was the very

found solitude above the crowds and concrete

thing that connected us. Our worlds will forever

structures that congest downtown, together.

be apart but in our untogetherness I found a se-

You can’t help but wonder how many people

curity I had not known could ever live inside of

you gaze down upon when you’re observant

me.

Unrelated strangers share

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Benjamin Evans Travels The World

B

enjamin Evans’ passion for analog photography was ignit-

ed after being given his first camera by his grandfather back in 2009. A self-taught, photographer, his career of exhibiting his works began in early 2011 following several months on the road travelling South America.

H

e has presented his work in numerous group and solo

exhibitions both within ma jor capital cities throughout Australia and on the global stage. His work has been published in numerous print publications and his commissioned and personal projects have allowed him to further develop his techniques in a broadened landscape.

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Benjamin Evans Travels The World

B

enjamin Evans’ passion for analog photography was ignit-

ed after being given his first camera by his grandfather back in 2009. A self-taught, photographer, his career of exhibiting his works began in early 2011 following several months on the road travelling South America.

H

e has presented his work in numerous group and solo

exhibitions both within ma jor capital cities throughout Australia and on the global stage. His work has been published in numerous print publications and his commissioned and personal projects have allowed him to further develop his techniques in a broadened landscape.

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When did you get interested in photography?+

people and bizarre experiences to immerse

I’ve always been involved in art practice and

yourself in on that continent that it really does

playing around with different mediums. I was

have everything a wanting traveller could ask

really into watercolour painting for a few

for.

years, although as I started travelling more I needed a creative outlet that was suitable for

If you could travel anywhere in the world right

being constantly on the move, thus my love for

now where would you go?

photography began to develop. My grandfather

Put me on the Transiberian railway towards

gave me my first camera, which incidentally

Mongolia. My dad and I have always wanted to

was his first camera as well, his old Miranda

do this trip together and had started planning it

S from the late 50’s. A beautiful old 35mm

last year until we had to cancel last minute. So

camera which you look vertically down into and

failing that, I ended up on a plane to SE Asia for

everything is backwards. This really pulled me

five weeks with my brother, not a bad fallback if

into photography in a ma jor way. I still haven’t

I do say so myself. The Mongolia plans still sit in

lost the interest in other art practices and now

waiting though for when the right time presents

also make pottery and still occasionally pick

itself.

up a paintbrush. I will always continue to draw inspiration from painting and art forms which I

What

other

feel manifests itself within my photography.

aesthetic?

artists

have

influence

your

I draw a lot of inspiration from various art Of all the places that you have traveled to,

forms. Some people I have felt impacted by

which one was your favorite? Why?

include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Henrik Purienne,

My longest trip to date, and probably most

Ryan McGinley, Justin Lee Williams, Kate Shaw.

important in terms of self development, was

Although there are so many talented people

when I did three and a half months in South

creating beautiful things at the moment that

America. What originally started as a solo trip

you need just wander the streets to draw

a few years ago changed dramatically as I met

inspiration.

fellow travels who are now lifelong friends and

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from being constantly thrown into (and luckily

Do you prefer film or digital?

surviving in some cases) some dodgy situations.

Film all the way. I rarely ever pick up digital

There are so many wild landscapes, amazing

camera and usually jump between 35mm >

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When did you get interested in photography?+

people and bizarre experiences to immerse

I’ve always been involved in art practice and

yourself in on that continent that it really does

playing around with different mediums. I was

have everything a wanting traveller could ask

really into watercolour painting for a few

for.

years, although as I started travelling more I needed a creative outlet that was suitable for

If you could travel anywhere in the world right

being constantly on the move, thus my love for

now where would you go?

photography began to develop. My grandfather

Put me on the Transiberian railway towards

gave me my first camera, which incidentally

Mongolia. My dad and I have always wanted to

was his first camera as well, his old Miranda

do this trip together and had started planning it

S from the late 50’s. A beautiful old 35mm

last year until we had to cancel last minute. So

camera which you look vertically down into and

failing that, I ended up on a plane to SE Asia for

everything is backwards. This really pulled me

five weeks with my brother, not a bad fallback if

into photography in a ma jor way. I still haven’t

I do say so myself. The Mongolia plans still sit in

lost the interest in other art practices and now

waiting though for when the right time presents

also make pottery and still occasionally pick

itself.

up a paintbrush. I will always continue to draw inspiration from painting and art forms which I

What

other

feel manifests itself within my photography.

aesthetic?

artists

have

influence

your

I draw a lot of inspiration from various art Of all the places that you have traveled to,

forms. Some people I have felt impacted by

which one was your favorite? Why?

include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Henrik Purienne,

My longest trip to date, and probably most

Ryan McGinley, Justin Lee Williams, Kate Shaw.

important in terms of self development, was

Although there are so many talented people

when I did three and a half months in South

creating beautiful things at the moment that

America. What originally started as a solo trip

you need just wander the streets to draw

a few years ago changed dramatically as I met

inspiration.

fellow travels who are now lifelong friends and

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from being constantly thrown into (and luckily

Do you prefer film or digital?

surviving in some cases) some dodgy situations.

Film all the way. I rarely ever pick up digital

There are so many wild landscapes, amazing

camera and usually jump between 35mm >

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and medium format depending on what I want

getting a good workout at the moment. Although

from a shot.

as I answer these questions I’ve been jumping

If I’m travelling (especially in a sketchy area) I

from Leonard Cohen to Yumi Zouma to Souls of

generally just take a couple of 35mm cameras

Mischief, so yeah, pretty diverse.

in case I get robbed and also because they are less bulky and lightweight so easier to hike with.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? Every time I get asked this question I don’t really

Why did you decide to move to London?

have an answer. Definitely a family and near the

Something new and a chance to explore Europe.

beach but apart from that I am happy just see

So many interesting places over this way with

where the current takes me. ⬜

such easy access using London as a base. I also want to progress my own work by meeting and supporting other photographers and the amount of talent in London is second to none.

Do you think you’ll move anywhere else later in life? Possibly and most probably. Although closer to my home of Brisbane this time. While London is amazing, its too far away from my family and the Pacific Ocean. Seeing friends surfing photographs while they enjoy their summer at home is a hard cookie to swallow.

What music are you into right now? Ive got a pretty eclectic mix of vinyl that I sadly had to leave in storage back in Australia, although London has provided great exposure to new sounds.

Feelin’ Good by Nightmares

on Wax and Dead by Young Fathers are both

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and medium format depending on what I want

getting a good workout at the moment. Although

from a shot.

as I answer these questions I’ve been jumping

If I’m travelling (especially in a sketchy area) I

from Leonard Cohen to Yumi Zouma to Souls of

generally just take a couple of 35mm cameras

Mischief, so yeah, pretty diverse.

in case I get robbed and also because they are less bulky and lightweight so easier to hike with.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? Every time I get asked this question I don’t really

Why did you decide to move to London?

have an answer. Definitely a family and near the

Something new and a chance to explore Europe.

beach but apart from that I am happy just see

So many interesting places over this way with

where the current takes me. ⬜

such easy access using London as a base. I also want to progress my own work by meeting and supporting other photographers and the amount of talent in London is second to none.

Do you think you’ll move anywhere else later in life? Possibly and most probably. Although closer to my home of Brisbane this time. While London is amazing, its too far away from my family and the Pacific Ocean. Seeing friends surfing photographs while they enjoy their summer at home is a hard cookie to swallow.

What music are you into right now? Ive got a pretty eclectic mix of vinyl that I sadly had to leave in storage back in Australia, although London has provided great exposure to new sounds.

Feelin’ Good by Nightmares

on Wax and Dead by Young Fathers are both

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2015 HOROSCOPE For The Artistic and The Fashionable Written By Tia Korger

Aries

Leo

Art: It’s in your nature to dive head first into a project, but this year try to do a bit more brainstorming beforehand. Take the time to thumbnail or to set up a shot, and don’t be afraid to restart projects in the middle if your deadline permits. You are full of good ideas and you should thoroughly explore each one.

Art: It’s not too late to do that project you’ve always been meaning to do. Maybe you’ve put off the project because you’re perfecting your skills or perhaps you never had the time. However, you are the most skilled in your life at this moment and only getting better, and you can make time for your work.

Fashion: This year, or at least at the beginning, try to lay out your outfits the night before. Not only will this free up your morning, but it you might discover new ways to utilize your wardrobe.

Fashion: This is the year to make a scene; the year to be daring. Try new styles and new patterns that you’ve always wanted but were too nervous to try. You’re sure to turn heads.

Taurus

Virgo

Art: You know that expensive art tool you’ve been eyeing up? It might be a new camera or an all natural fibers paint brush or a gorgeous set of markers. It’s okay to indulge once in a while but remember, it’s the artist not the tools that make good art. To make better art, practice with what you have.

Art: It’s easy to feel intimidated by fellow artists. Remember that other artists don’t have one thing you do; your own perspective. This is often enough to make your art speak and stand out. This year, try not to compete with other’s but rather let yourself shine through your art.

Fashion: I got one word for you: accessorize! Change up watches, jewelry, belts, sunglasses and so on! You have a solid sense of fashion and all you need is to diversify how you wear you extra bling.

Fashion: Modesty, or lack their of, will get you everywhere. Reveal as much of you as you want and know you look absolutely perfect. Show off a little ankle, a little booty or your whole body and have ease of mind that you look good no matter what.

Gemini

Libra

Art: Is your art seemingly static? Having trouble coming up with new ideas? Collaborations are good ways of pushing your skills further than ever thought possible! Some people poo-poo on collaborations with notions like a camel is a horse designed by a committee, yet camels can cross miles of desert when horses cannot. Forfeiting parts of an idea can make the final piece stronger.

Art: Is making art losing its ease and it’s fun? Once a week make art for yourself and no one else. Who cares if you finish it or if its good. This is for you. If you had fun making it, then it’s perfect. Remember to balance your personal art with your other responsibilities.

Fashion: Clothing swaps are your best friend this year. Share your clothes and you might find yourself and your friends, family, lovers and even coworkers looking their best.

Cancer

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Fashion: Libra’s motto for 2015 should be in with the new, out with the old. Each time you acquire a new article of clothing, donate an old one or trash it if it’s too beat up.

Scorpio

Art: Feeling unsure of your skill level? Peers seem to be passing you by and leaving you in the dust? Try for a week putting your art on the metaphoric fridge, where you can see it easily. Mull over it while drinking your morning joe. Tell yourself that this is what great art looks like until you believe it. Then continue making art, because that is the only way to get better.

Art: Are you holding back? Stop it! Let your creative juices flow without restrictions. Be a little racy, be experimentative, stop playing it safe. It may not always work out, but who knows what you might discover along the way? You can always rein things back later in the year, but for now get crazy.

Fashion: If you feel blue, dress in black. If you feel red, dress in gold. Let everyone know how you feel and how intense you’re feeling it.

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2015 HOROSCOPE For The Artistic and The Fashionable Written By Tia Korger

Aries

Leo

Art: It’s in your nature to dive head first into a project, but this year try to do a bit more brainstorming beforehand. Take the time to thumbnail or to set up a shot, and don’t be afraid to restart projects in the middle if your deadline permits. You are full of good ideas and you should thoroughly explore each one.

Art: It’s not too late to do that project you’ve always been meaning to do. Maybe you’ve put off the project because you’re perfecting your skills or perhaps you never had the time. However, you are the most skilled in your life at this moment and only getting better, and you can make time for your work.

Fashion: This year, or at least at the beginning, try to lay out your outfits the night before. Not only will this free up your morning, but it you might discover new ways to utilize your wardrobe.

Fashion: This is the year to make a scene; the year to be daring. Try new styles and new patterns that you’ve always wanted but were too nervous to try. You’re sure to turn heads.

Taurus

Virgo

Art: You know that expensive art tool you’ve been eyeing up? It might be a new camera or an all natural fibers paint brush or a gorgeous set of markers. It’s okay to indulge once in a while but remember, it’s the artist not the tools that make good art. To make better art, practice with what you have.

Art: It’s easy to feel intimidated by fellow artists. Remember that other artists don’t have one thing you do; your own perspective. This is often enough to make your art speak and stand out. This year, try not to compete with other’s but rather let yourself shine through your art.

Fashion: I got one word for you: accessorize! Change up watches, jewelry, belts, sunglasses and so on! You have a solid sense of fashion and all you need is to diversify how you wear you extra bling.

Fashion: Modesty, or lack their of, will get you everywhere. Reveal as much of you as you want and know you look absolutely perfect. Show off a little ankle, a little booty or your whole body and have ease of mind that you look good no matter what.

Gemini

Libra

Art: Is your art seemingly static? Having trouble coming up with new ideas? Collaborations are good ways of pushing your skills further than ever thought possible! Some people poo-poo on collaborations with notions like a camel is a horse designed by a committee, yet camels can cross miles of desert when horses cannot. Forfeiting parts of an idea can make the final piece stronger.

Art: Is making art losing its ease and it’s fun? Once a week make art for yourself and no one else. Who cares if you finish it or if its good. This is for you. If you had fun making it, then it’s perfect. Remember to balance your personal art with your other responsibilities.

Fashion: Clothing swaps are your best friend this year. Share your clothes and you might find yourself and your friends, family, lovers and even coworkers looking their best.

Cancer

154

Fashion: Libra’s motto for 2015 should be in with the new, out with the old. Each time you acquire a new article of clothing, donate an old one or trash it if it’s too beat up.

Scorpio

Art: Feeling unsure of your skill level? Peers seem to be passing you by and leaving you in the dust? Try for a week putting your art on the metaphoric fridge, where you can see it easily. Mull over it while drinking your morning joe. Tell yourself that this is what great art looks like until you believe it. Then continue making art, because that is the only way to get better.

Art: Are you holding back? Stop it! Let your creative juices flow without restrictions. Be a little racy, be experimentative, stop playing it safe. It may not always work out, but who knows what you might discover along the way? You can always rein things back later in the year, but for now get crazy.

Fashion: If you feel blue, dress in black. If you feel red, dress in gold. Let everyone know how you feel and how intense you’re feeling it.

Fashion: Get out the fabric paint, the sewing kit and ratty clothes, because 2015 is the year of DIY! Embrace your crafty side and run wild. Your imagination is the limit. 155


2015 HOROSCOPE For The Artistic and The Fashionable Written By Tia Korger

Sagittarius Art: Technology is sure to be your downfall if you’re not too careful. When backing up your work digitally, back it up several times. Really do it this time. The stars are dark and pale this year in house of Sagittarius. If something can go wrong, it will. Your art is so brilliant, the best you can do is keep it safe. Fashion: Not all is gloomy in the house of Sagittarius. It’s easy to look fabulous when your closet is only fabulous clothes and accessories. This is the year to donate all your clothes you feel iffy about. By donating, you help somebody else’s closet look as fabulous as yours did last year.

Capricorn Art: Stop counting likes and followers. They do not translate to your worth as an artist. Whether you have five likes or five-thousand, counting likes can get in the way of creation and stunt inspiration. For at least a month, try to avoid checking your online stats and just create art. You may be please with the results. Fashion: Invest in timeless classical outfits. Look for styles and cuts that look good now, looked good 30 years ago and will look good 30 years from now.

Aquarius Art: Be sure to encourage your fellow artists and be honest in your critiques and the will do the same for you. Believe when they compliment you, and don’t be discouraged when they point out what you can improve. They are critiquing your art not you, not you even if it feels like it. Fashion: Leave your laziness behind and put the effort you always wanted into your style. Loose the graphic tees and sneakers. Dress sharp and make smart buying choices.

Pisces Art: Procrastination can get the best of anybody, but you may feel particularly susceptible to it. Grab your art gear and get to work! Doodle as you commute to work, snap photos as you walk home, write ideas down as they come, even if you’re grocery shopping. If you having trouble getting inspired, watch a movie or go to an art gallery. But don’t do it too often, cause you still got work to do! Fashion: Don’t throw away those sentimental clothing. Instead, start wearing them. Your old high school jersey or your father’s vintage coat he gave to you on your sixteenth birthday may be just the ticket to spice up what you wear. 156

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2015 HOROSCOPE For The Artistic and The Fashionable Written By Tia Korger

Sagittarius Art: Technology is sure to be your downfall if you’re not too careful. When backing up your work digitally, back it up several times. Really do it this time. The stars are dark and pale this year in house of Sagittarius. If something can go wrong, it will. Your art is so brilliant, the best you can do is keep it safe. Fashion: Not all is gloomy in the house of Sagittarius. It’s easy to look fabulous when your closet is only fabulous clothes and accessories. This is the year to donate all your clothes you feel iffy about. By donating, you help somebody else’s closet look as fabulous as yours did last year.

Capricorn Art: Stop counting likes and followers. They do not translate to your worth as an artist. Whether you have five likes or five-thousand, counting likes can get in the way of creation and stunt inspiration. For at least a month, try to avoid checking your online stats and just create art. You may be please with the results. Fashion: Invest in timeless classical outfits. Look for styles and cuts that look good now, looked good 30 years ago and will look good 30 years from now.

Aquarius Art: Be sure to encourage your fellow artists and be honest in your critiques and the will do the same for you. Believe when they compliment you, and don’t be discouraged when they point out what you can improve. They are critiquing your art not you, not you even if it feels like it. Fashion: Leave your laziness behind and put the effort you always wanted into your style. Loose the graphic tees and sneakers. Dress sharp and make smart buying choices.

Pisces Art: Procrastination can get the best of anybody, but you may feel particularly susceptible to it. Grab your art gear and get to work! Doodle as you commute to work, snap photos as you walk home, write ideas down as they come, even if you’re grocery shopping. If you having trouble getting inspired, watch a movie or go to an art gallery. But don’t do it too often, cause you still got work to do! Fashion: Don’t throw away those sentimental clothing. Instead, start wearing them. Your old high school jersey or your father’s vintage coat he gave to you on your sixteenth birthday may be just the ticket to spice up what you wear. 156

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FINAL WORDS I don’t like endings—I never have. Yet, as I write this, I don’t get a sense of expiration. I get the opposite. I know very well that there’s going to be another beginning to work on. And I’m beaming. As I look through this first issue, my heart is swelling with both pride and adoration. It’s the sort of swelling that’s for the people who have put every ounce of energy that they could muster. Their immense dedication is imbedded in every page, down to the margins and typeface. And don’t get me started on the artists featured. Even if a single photograph, design, illustration, or word was subtracted, this magazine would be deficient. Through this anthology of artists, I must say, this magazine is quite the looker (and a polished one at that). I hope you think so too, because we did this for you just as much as for ourselves. Every artist featured was chosen out of our own utter entrancement for his or her work. That fascination lead to the magazine’s cohesion—figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Each article responds to the next, creating a dialogue of sorts. Through this inventive discourse, these various mediums morph into a single body of work. The creations by Flora Borsi, Chris Schoonover, and Eugenia Loli communicate our existence together. Their styles and techniques differ immensely— some environmental, while others in artificial situations—but their understanding of our humanity is concrete. Cozy Girl gave the issue its pastel and fun color palette. Through that ginormous collaboration of a photo shoot, this issue got stitched together and we all fell in love. The amount of artists (over ten people) working together is the quintessence of our vision: for artist by artists. This shoot was our baby. The photographer Kelia Anne’s precision and commitment is evident in each photograph—nothing went unnoticed. Cozy Girl swept in an array of tangled emotions. The sweaters made us long for winter but the vibrant backgrounds caused us to look forward to spring. This series summarizes us. Artists are fickle. We long for one season but then a light pattern or sound or picture reminds us of another one. We’re both chaotic and organized, but that’s okay. We can be contradictions together. After all, art isn’t supposed to cease. It is, however, supposed to seize us. As you either slowly turned the pages or hastily flipped through this issue, I hope you discovered something novel about art—about yourself. This is for you, after all. If Habitat Magazine causes one thing to stir within you, I hope it’s to go out and create. And to create with others, too. As artists, we need one another desperately. While we anticipate another beginning, we want others to look forward to their own beginning, as well. This magazine is now just as much yours as it is ours. If that doesn’t make your heart swell up like mine has, I’m not sure what will.

Words by Grace Ann Leadbeater

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FINAL WORDS I don’t like endings—I never have. Yet, as I write this, I don’t get a sense of expiration. I get the opposite. I know very well that there’s going to be another beginning to work on. And I’m beaming. As I look through this first issue, my heart is swelling with both pride and adoration. It’s the sort of swelling that’s for the people who have put every ounce of energy that they could muster. Their immense dedication is imbedded in every page, down to the margins and typeface. And don’t get me started on the artists featured. Even if a single photograph, design, illustration, or word was subtracted, this magazine would be deficient. Through this anthology of artists, I must say, this magazine is quite the looker (and a polished one at that). I hope you think so too, because we did this for you just as much as for ourselves. Every artist featured was chosen out of our own utter entrancement for his or her work. That fascination lead to the magazine’s cohesion—figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Each article responds to the next, creating a dialogue of sorts. Through this inventive discourse, these various mediums morph into a single body of work. The creations by Flora Borsi, Chris Schoonover, and Eugenia Loli communicate our existence together. Their styles and techniques differ immensely— some environmental, while others in artificial situations—but their understanding of our humanity is concrete. Cozy Girl gave the issue its pastel and fun color palette. Through that ginormous collaboration of a photo shoot, this issue got stitched together and we all fell in love. The amount of artists (over ten people) working together is the quintessence of our vision: for artist by artists. This shoot was our baby. The photographer Kelia Anne’s precision and commitment is evident in each photograph—nothing went unnoticed. Cozy Girl swept in an array of tangled emotions. The sweaters made us long for winter but the vibrant backgrounds caused us to look forward to spring. This series summarizes us. Artists are fickle. We long for one season but then a light pattern or sound or picture reminds us of another one. We’re both chaotic and organized, but that’s okay. We can be contradictions together. After all, art isn’t supposed to cease. It is, however, supposed to seize us. As you either slowly turned the pages or hastily flipped through this issue, I hope you discovered something novel about art—about yourself. This is for you, after all. If Habitat Magazine causes one thing to stir within you, I hope it’s to go out and create. And to create with others, too. As artists, we need one another desperately. While we anticipate another beginning, we want others to look forward to their own beginning, as well. This magazine is now just as much yours as it is ours. If that doesn’t make your heart swell up like mine has, I’m not sure what will.

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