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THE WANDERLUST ISSUE

LOST FREEDOM vol. 2, issue vi | august 2013

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My Little Black Butterfly by Paulina JARZEMBSKA Lukasz WIERZBOWSKI Places: Home and Away Untitled by Natalie CHYI Huy LE Laurence PHILOMENE The Path to Love by Kimberley HILL Places: Mallorca Dzesika DEVIC Alex WESTFALL The Yearning by Lisa FAHEY Places: On the Road Brittany JURAVICH Luiza POTIENS Drifting Damsel by Myles KATHERINE Valerie CHIANG Places: Russia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia Jilvan M Wendybird by Stella THAI Georgiana FEIDI Bea DRES Places: New York City Summer Solstice by Alex PHILLIPS Cody COBB

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my little black butterfly PHOTOGRAPHER: Paulina Jarzembska (WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PAULISHJIA) MODEL: Olimpia Błaszczyk


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Tell us a little about yourself. How old are you and where are you from? I was born in a small city on the south of Poland called Lubliniec. Few years ago I moved to Wroclaw to study psychology and I’ve been living here ever since. I just turned 30 and I hope to finally learn how to swim by the end of this year. Is there a certain style that you try to achieve in your work? I just try to capture a certain moment in time. It’s powered by the interaction between model and the surrounding. Who are some of your favorite photographers? I very much admire works of Wolfgang Tillmans, William Eggleston and Guy Bourdin. How important do you think fashion is to your work? Fashion fulfils the image. I adore working with colors and patterns. My mum is a seamstress and my house was always filled with clothes. On the other hand I don’t think it has to be serious all the time and adding some kitsch elements gives the situation a new meaning. Fashion is fun. Do you prefer shooting digital or film? Why? I work only on film. This way I don’t waste time trying to repeat certain ideas, being limited by the film frames makes me appreciate each scene... If you could photograph anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? The girl I saw on the bus few days ago, she looked amazing. I regret I didn’t ask her if she would like to shoot some photos with me. What is your interpretation of the word “Wanderlust” and how do you think this is shown in your photos? The joy of exploration, urge to find and discover the unseen.


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PLACES: Home and Away

photographs and writing by Tess Janssen www.facebook.com/tessjanssenphotography

day i. we went exploring the concept of home away from home, or perhaps it was just to ease the nagging in your chest and this restlessness in your soul. you were promoted to prophecy, a server of God and the saints, and all the holy shit up in the clouds. it must have been God, even though you bear no religion, no crosses before your fate, but God spoke to people and only those could hear His voice. so when you told people that there was a yellow brick road that was supposed to take you somewhere, nobody understood the spoken words and nobody understood the silence that followed. controlled by the demons from your dreams, you set sail on your urges and waited until the date drew near. we floated on the waves and watched them crash into our ribcage as seagulls chased the spray of salt. we were met by shorelines of white and grey – opposed to the pigmentation of our skin - and we were taught the difference between far away and distance. you were never home. day ii. there were drive-through villages and steep roads that took us to the skies and you never knew where they went. you wish you knew, oh, you wish you knew.

day iii. we got sunburnt by landscape and scenery, as dogs bathed in dirt and admiration was laid before our trembling eyes. mum taught you about sacrifice and constellation. a million miles per hour and we met salt wind and breezy shorelines that made you contemplate about home. you haven’t found home, have you, dear? perhaps you’ll find it where walls of white meet multi-coloured stones because you always loved the sound on gravel snapping away under your feet. you found dried up heroes and the place where fishermen meet and this place you loved because it overlooked that one thing in the world where you did always feel right at home. they all spoke your language and you wrapped yourself around the air of ocean but failed to meet your equal.


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day iv. we bought little memories from small shops and ran along the crushing sandbanks. oh how good it felt to be here and yet how lonely you still felt. the marrow in your bones started to doubt the force of the words your heart emitted with every beat and you realised something you never wanted to. there is a cancer growing inside you, dear, just like being pregnant, just like it only different. admitting defeat, you bowed your head and your slender fingers picked between the stones to find creations of the sea. in solemn silence, you realised. day v. we walked through smog invested air and pollution stuck to our hands. we saw princes and the glorious dead, as well as golden lines across white walls and moving red boxes transporting lonely souls. when gazing upon the enormous stature and swallowing all its pride, as the sound it made when hands met echoed through your chest, your heart made a tiny little leap as you finally found that spark that brought you here. your journey in search of flames may had failed, but you had found a place to return to, at least. day iix. they travelled some more, took secret passageways and followed the country-life lines that were drawn between cities. once again they met electric waves and white heads and enjoyed being pushed around by the wind that whispered such sweet words to you. mum had trouble finding the next mobile home for the coming week. their already torn map failed to guide them through as they passed through the scenery like pilgrims on a mission. perhaps you were, because pilgrims don’t have homes either. then again, pilgrims don’t need homes, do they? they just need God and religion and faith that He works in mysterious ways, which is just an easy opt out in order not to understand a thing about the world. day x. two days ago we argued pointlessly. she asked if you understood, but she failed to understand herself. this was the romance of ignorance, a love affair with your own ordeals and keeping other people little. she was so good at that, too good,

perhaps, and then she questioned the foundation of your soul. finally, some luck, you must have thought, because foundations are proper and etched in concrete – there is no way you’ll bring me down this way, dear. suddenly, you realised why arrogance is a sin and tried to scrub the eminent danger from your skin. you wanted to throw up, didn’t you? push it out of your beloved system with force, bare naked and be hole again. who you fooling again, if not yourself, my dear? day xii. today you were met with memories confiding music and new friendships. you remembered things you had forgotten because they had been stored away at the graveyard of history and dust had enabled them from growing back to the surface. you missed how you had cherished the ancientness of this city and how you had loved the idea that you could smell the non-existent scent of soap and bubbles. for the first time, you played tour guide and failed as miserable as you did in so many things – but it wasn’t really your fault, was it? how could you, dear, have known that such old-age culture would be tackled by modernity so quickly?

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day xiv. finally, you bought that thing everybody else had, only yours was different and you liked being different. because you are, mother said, in a good way, she added. there was no point in trying to turn the sail for you have known all along. non-different people did not wish to understand cruelty or be able to define the reason behind murder. normality was just a phrase people used when they refused to understand the importance of when darkness met its equal. you did. and you ruminated about philosophy and debated whether or not you should like Hobbes and how he stood in the vertical line of depressing liberation. day xvi. we re-wrote the meaning of jealousy and discussed the concept of theories and the meaning behind compliments. we drove in cars and sat on the wrong side as we contemplated about why the earth was round and sang offkey along with the radio. you were switching accents as quickly as your patellas could and you listened to what you called the lunar pull. instantly, you knew those three words would define the past one-five days. you failed to understand why, just like you failed to find the words to describe. it were the foundations of a house that you could not see like a ghost, yes, it is a fog-house. you must understand now, why she never understood herself. day xvii. they drove away from the sand that tickled their feet through their shoes and as they turned their back on dusk, leaving behind a sea of red and a burning sky – the sun dipping its toes into

the fire. words just seemed to pour out of your mind and onto your forearms- you were so silent. you were silent as they returned to the castle and wrapped themselves around a blanket of water-air and fought off the kamikaze pilots. oh, you had always been good at hunting, dear. P.S. you went back to the formation of home unexpectedly early because of heart-dysfunctions and a struggle in the beating drum. once back ‘home’, you realised you weren’t home, but wasn’t homesick either. day xvi + 52. she looked at black and white photographs, stroke the light leaks from her vision and laughed at her ideas of creativity. revisiting the memories that had been hung upon the wall and suddenly she remembered – they were happy. happy, and yet, but still, so terribly homeless. you were never home. you would never come home. it would never be enough.


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Huy Le

24 YEARS // Melbourne, AUSTRALIA h t t p : / / w w w . bac k s e at ba l l a d s . c o m

Tell us a little about yourself. How old are you and where are you from? My name is Huy Le and I’m 24 years old living in Melbourne, Australia. I’m a cheap explorer at heart with a love for the sweeter things in life: whether it’s random adventures, late night cruises or singing along to my favourite powerballads. I maintain a website with my close friends entitled ‘Backseat Ballads’ where we document all our random adventures through words, images and also the music we listen to during these trips. I currently work in a highschool as an Audio/Visual Technician but my days are spent longing to be outdoors, admiring the beautiful views with good company and hopefully good food along with it!

When and why did you first begin taking photos? How do you think your work has changed since then? I’ve always been a visual kind of person since I was a child and use to take my dads camera to school to document my last moments in primary school. It was only later on when my dad taught me how to use his film SLR that my passion for photography would grow, along with all the creative endeavours I would undertake during my spare time - creating fake movie posters with my friends in them, personal websites (Bodgey Inc.) and that would lead to me working on the school’s yearbook. Over the years I’ve gone through many different phases in terms of what I want to capture and how I would go about doing so. These days I tend to ‘attempt’ more landscape photographs with all the adventures me and my friends go on, though I still would like to try my hand in other areas. Although I don’t think I’ve really got an individual style, I always try to capture these moments through how I experience them. It’s been a struggle as I’m trying to balance out between showing the realism of the world I live in whilst capturing the nostalgia and fondess of how I see things through my photographs.

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LOST FREEDOM MAGAZINE // the wanderlust issue Would you say your photos are more candid or staged? Definitely candid. I use to pride on being called ‘paparazzi’ back in highschool though it was learning about Henri Cartier-Bresson that the term ‘decisive moment’ sparked something inside me. It’s something I’ve been trying to strive to capture through all my works, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Nevertheless I try to stay in the background and seek to photograph the small intimate moments that may be lost in the grand scheme of things. Besides, I’m pretty lousy when it comes to directions! How important do you think location is to your work? Location is definitely one of the most important aspects of my work. I’m always researching new places to explore and thinking of ways how I can photograph it to the best of my abilities. It’s not always easy as I fear I’ll end up taking photographs that any other tourist could have taken. As challenging as it may be, I do feel a sense of excitement every time we stumble upon a new lookout or scenery and just keep snapping away. Plus having photogenic friends sure helps as well ;) Do you prefer shooting digital or film? Why? This is always a hard question for each medium both have their strengths and weaknesses. Although I’ve mainly used digital for the last few years, it’s made me a slightly lazier photographer for I just go crazy snapping away only to go crazy when it comes to editing. Film is something I will always love: the look and feel of the images is something I still haven’t been able to emulate with digital no matter how much editing I do. Plus I enjoy the fact it’s much more immediate as I’m forced to capture what I feel is precious since the amount of frames is limited. There’s no better feeling than dropping your film off to get developed and awaiting to see the results whatever happens, happens and I’m always in for a surprise. With that said, the cost of purchasing film and developing it makes my bank account cry everytime!

I think for many of us, there’s always this sense of yearning, a need to be someplace else than where we are at this moment.

What is your interpretation of the word “Wanderlust” and how do you think this is shown in your photos? I wish I could describe what wanderlust means to me but I know I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. How one word could encapsulate a feeling so many of us experience blows my mind everytime I try to comprehend it all. I think for many of us, there’s always this sense of yearning, a need to be someplace else than where we are at this moment. From personal experience, I know I caught the wanderlust bug when I went on my first camping trip. The experience of being in the great outdoors, free from the reliance of modern technology (goodbye 3G on our phones) and simply enjoying each others company. It’s this sense of wonder that I try to capture within my own photographs: I try to capture the scenery as though it’s my first time there. You really do get a sense of joy when you know someone is trying their best to capture the beauty of their surroundings and I hope it’s something that comes across through my own work.


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20 YEARS // Montreal, CANADA http://laurencephilomene.com/

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Introduce yourself. How old are you and where are you from? My name is Laurence, I’m a 20 year old girl living in Montreal. When and how did you first discover the art of photography? I was always interested in photography from a very young age (I got my first toy film camera when I was 5 years old) but I became more serious about it in high school when I started collecting Blythe dolls and posting pictures of them online. Eventually I started taking pictures of other things as well (myself, friends, landscapes, etc) and it became a creative escape for me. Is there a certain style you try to achieve in your photos? If so, how would you describe it? I always strive to create something which feels feminine and soft but also very simple, and interesting in terms of textures and colors. I’d say I usually focus more on color than I do on composition when I photograph something. I want things to look magical and eerie but realistic at the same time. I also really don’t like editing so I try to do all the “effects” (like filters, color balance, etc) in camera. How important do you think fashion is to your work? I think fashion might have been important to me at some point but it isn’t really anymore, I don’t like trends and I usually try to achieve a look that is somewhat timeless. If I’m styling a shoot myself it will usually have some kind of retro vibe, though not focusing on any era in particular. I have been photographing a lot of boys lately and I like to dress them in girls clothes, I just think men’s fashion tends to be boring so I like to add more femininity to it.

I have been photographing a lot of boys lately and I like to dress them in girls clothes, I just think men’s fashion tends to be boring so I like to add more femininity to it.

Who or what inspires you? My girlfriend is a big source of inspiration, my bird, installation artists, I’ve been trying to look less and less at what other photographers are creating at the moment because I find myself getting jealous of their style as opposed to developing my own, I like dolls of all kinds, vintage lingerie, dollhouses, ponies, toddlers and tiaras...basically I am 5 years old at heart!!

What is your interpretation of the word “Wanderlust” and how do you think this is shown in your photos? I think I tend to use wanderlust more in the sense of exploring my own mind... exploring imaginary worlds I create for myself and then photograph. Hopefully viewing my photographs will give you that impression, allow people to see a bit of the world I lust for and, in a certain way, live in within the images I create.

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the path to love PHOTOGRAPHER: Kimberley Hill

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PLACES: Mallorca

photographs taken by Maria Scherlies http://mmermaidatheart.blogspot.de/ I would like to show you a few photos from my last trip. I travelled to Mallorca with my family. I associate this place with so much more than simply few family vacations - last year I spent my whole summer there with a friend. We only had 3 days before our adventure to make a plan and find places to stay. We couchsurfed for 3 weeks and also stayed at a friends’ house for 3 weeks.Together we explored the island, met other people and made great memories. This year was more relaxing and my family and I spent a lot of time at the beach or at our sun terrace. Last year I got to visit many beautiful places, and so I showed my family a few of them. For example we hiked to the Penya Roja, a hiking path that is really exciting and nice because the path is small and the view beautiful. This year, I also saw some new places. The trip to Son Marroig was lovely.The garden, the house and the small pavilion were so romantic. On another day we borrowed a jetski. One of my favourite moments was simply floating above the sea with the sun on my face. During long car rides, I listened to music and I got lost in my thoughts. All in all, I had a good time and I think I will be back again. august 2013

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Dzesika Devic

24 YEARS // Toronto, CANADA h t t p : / / w w w . de v ic foto s . t u m b l r . c o m / Introduce yourself. How old are you and where are you from? My name is Dzesika Devic. I’m 24 from Toronto, Canada.

see. Sometimes I feel digital can be a little flat. There’s a warmness and a nostalgia to film.

Is there a certain style to aim to portray in your photographs? How do you think this has changed since you first begun photography? I’m not sure that there is a certain style I try to achieve when I take a photo as much as I just want to document what’s happening. When I first started taking photographs 7 years ago, I just took pictures of things that I thought would look interesting and documented things that were happening. The more I shoot, the more obsessed I am with timing. Elliott Erwitt is someone I admire for that. All his photographs look like he just happened to be at the right place at the right time, and managed to pull out his camera, focus and shoot to get just the right moment. The more I shoot, the more I am trying to achieve that.

If you could photograph anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? My list is long. At the moment I think about photographing Elliott Erwitt. I’d like to take a portrait of him with one of his own Leica cameras that he used in the 40s in Paris.

How important do you think location is to your work? Describe your ideal location to take photographs. Location is important. Although if there is good light, then the location really could be anywhere and I am happy. Ideal locations... I like anything from the mountains to historic buildings in Paris. Any location is ideal. Do you prefer shooting digital or film? Why? I like both. I started with film and so I have a fondness and a comfortableness with that. I also feel like it takes exactly what I

How would you define the word “Wanderlust” and how important do you think this is in your life? Wanderer, traveler. It’s very important. Helps with staying creative. Plus discovering new things keeps me from going crazy and doing the same things over and over.


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Alex Westfall

16 YEARS // UNITED STATES h t t p : / / a l e x w e s t fa l l . 4 o r m at . c o m / Tell us a little about yourself. How old are you and where are you from? My name is Alex Westfall, I’m a rising junior in high school. Where I’m from gets a little complicated; I like to say that I’m from the Philippines, but my family currently lives in Germany, and I study in the US. How did you first get interested in photography? I guess it started in fifth grade, my dad left me use his huge (at the time) Nikon f5 to take a photo of my dog. It came out a lot better than I expected. Then a few weeks later, I saw the works of Ben Ackerman, Sally Mann, Robert Frank, and Diane Arbus in a book and thought “I wanna do more of this.” I guess I liked it-- now I do a lot with photo aside from for building my personal portfolio-- I shoot for my school’s newspaper, am part of the photo staff for a couple of music blogs, and am photo/art editor to a few magazines. If you could choose one country to visit, where would it be and why? Oh, that’s the million dollar question, right? My parents have kept the book ‘1,001 places to see before you Die” around the house and I’ve been reading it so much lately. I would absolutely love to visit Madagascar. I’ve seen photos of all of the amazing landscapes-- the huge, bottle-like baobab trees, the highlands, the tropical beaches and rainforests, the swamps. It’s a place with so much diversity and beauty, but it seems like it’s often overlooked.

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Do you prefer shooting digital or film? Why? Although I do appreciate the convenience of shooting digital, I absolutely love shooting film, and if it weren’t for time or financial constraints, I’d be shooting with my 35mm camera every day. There’s something ‘real’ about shooting film, and there’s sort of a quality of light that you can’t recreate with digital photos. I got to borrow a beautiful Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex camera through my school last year. It was my first time playing around with a medium format camera, and it was just so much fun. I spent my hours upon hours in the darkroom. It was like a whole different world in there. Would you say your photos are more candid or staged? I guess you can call 99% of my photos ‘candid’. A lot of my photos are from my own travels and experiences, I’ve never really shot with models or have had formal “shoots”.

What is your interpretation of the word “Wanderlust” and how do you think this is shown in your photos? I think wanderlust is simply the desire to travel and the thirst for adventure. I’ve been really lucky to have had opportunities to travel a lot ever since I’ve been a little kid, and I’m just really thankful for that. I recently just came back from a trip to Peru (a huge change from being in a New England prep school for the last 9 months) and re-kindled that ‘want’ to just travel the world. A bunch of my photos have a lot of open space, and I guess that is what wanderlust is-wanting to escape to a new place and take in the freshness of it all.


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PLACES: On the Road

photographs taken by Jocelyn Catterson www.jocelyncatterson.com “Thunder roars across the Bowman Lake Campground in Glacier National Park. The wind makes waves crash against the shore. Sever thunder storms and hail predicted. I sit in camp smoking a cigarette brought back from the Himalayas and drinking jasmine tea. I am the only person camped in the whole Kintla Lake Campground. It is a Wednesday. It has been raining for days now. Cold enough for me to spend most of the afternoon and all of the evening curled up in the back of my car reading Steinbeck novels and eating Goldfish. Bob and Cheryl, the campground hosts, take an interest in the fact that I am traveling alone. Every few hours one of them walks over to my car, bundled up against the cold and rain, to talk to me about the weather. Up at a cabin along the Flathead Lake, a bonfire roars in celebration of the Summer Solstice. At midnight we take our clothes off and run into a clearing in the woods to feel the moonlight on our skin.�

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Brittany Juravich 19 YEARS // New York, UNITED STATES h t t p :// w w w . f l ic k r . c o m / ja m ag i r l b r i t t 0410/

Tell us a little about yourself. How old are you and where are you from? My name is Brittany Juravich, and I am a 19-year-old photographer from Oswego, New York. I am about to start my third year at Cazenovia College where I am working towards receiving a BFA with a concentration in photography. How did you get interested in photography? How do you think your work has changed since then? I became interested in photography during my freshman year of high school when I took an art class that focused on all kinds of digital art. Photography was the one thing I loved the most from that class, but I didn’t get really into it until I found Flickr and saw what I could do with a camera. Soon after I started taking pictures of everything I wanted to document and things I found beautiful. Since then my work has changed drastically. Now I really try to put my thoughts and feelings into every image I create by carefully planning out each photo, and I do a lot more work in Photoshop than ever before.

Is there a certain mood that you try to achieve in your work? I think that I always try to create a sense of wonder in my work. Lately I’ve been trying to add more drama by adding different elements into my photos. The mood is something I always try to change as I base each image off of different emotions and feelings.


I don’t think I’ll ever forget how I felt afterwards, driving home so content and excited.

What is your favorite photograph you’ve taken, why? This photo (http://www.flickr.com/ jamagirlbritt0410/7761346790/ and shown to the right) is still my favorite photo I’ve taken. I took it last summer, and it pushed me further in my work. I originally planned to take it somewhere else, but there was a huge event going on there so I had to find a new spot last minute. It was also the first time I had taken a self-portrait in a public place I was unfamiliar with, and there were people all around. It was scary, to say the least, but just going and doing it was so empowering. I don’t think I’ll ever forget how I felt afterwards, driving home so content and excited. The final image surprised me in how it turned out, but it’s a photo that will always mean a lot to me.

How important do you think location is to your work? Location is everything. It sets the backdrop for your photo and can change how images are perceived. I base a lot of ideas off of certain locations, and I am always looking for new places that may inspire me to create my next photo. Location is a central component to my work. What is your interpretation of the word “Wanderlust” and how do you think this is shown in your photos? Wanderlust is simply the desire to travel, but it can be interpreted to the desire for adventure and to keep exploring new places. Wanderlust is the urge to want to find those new places, and I think that can be seen somewhat in my work. I am always trying to explore and take pictures from new locations. However, sometimes when I create something that wasn’t really there, I find myself wanting to jump into those photos to experience those moments, and I would consider that to be wanderlust as well.


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I like natural, beautiful, sensitive, feminine, pure moments and sometimes they f ind me before I f ind them.

Introduce yourself. How old are you and where are you from? I’m 23 years old and I was born in a little city in country side, but now I’m based in São Paulo, Brazil. Since 2012, I started to work with fashion photos and videos, and my boyfriend, a photographer too, and I opened Blackbird Photo Studio. When and why did you begin taking photos? I begun to photograph when I was a teenager, but I didn’t have any references or knowledge about it. I just had a compact camera and I would pass through the sunny days of my little city just photographing silly things. When I finished school, I had to decide what to do with my life and I realized that photography was the only thing that I really liked to do it. I couldn’t see myself in the future without something that involves photography... I moved to São Paulo and I went to university for my graduation in Photography.

Is there a certain style that you try to achieve in your work? Actually I’m not sure. I tried a lot of different styles during university like double exposures, polaroids, cyanotype, and van dyke, but in the last 3 years, I found that I’m just a huge fan of everyday moments. My graduation project was composed of 2 books, a “words diary” and an “image diary”, with something like 120 pages. I like natural, beautiful, sensitive, feminine, pure moments and sometimes they find me before I find them. So, now I’m constantly making my photodiary bigger. What is your favorite photograph taken by someone else, why? That is probably the most difficult question ever... One of my favorite photographers is Nirrimi, a young photographer in Australia and she has already been mentioned here in the last issue. It’s difficult to find one image of hers that I don’t like. But I’m always looking over Ryan Mcginley, Julie Lansom, Mariam Sitchinava, Alena Chendler.. How important do you think fashion is to your work? My fashion photography classes were very superficial and just focused on tradicional photographers. I really start to like and study fashion photography after my university. I learned a lot seeing images of not-so-much famous photographers and this changed my mind completely about the subject. What I like most is that fashion images have this eternal pursuit of beauty and working with this made me embrace this way of thinking when I’m photographing other themes. How do you think the theme “Wanderlust” is applicable to your life? Maybe my life had this theme decided before I was born... I have this “feeling” since I remember about my thoughts. “Wanderlust” for me is something between a feeling and a thought. And the only thing I know is that I’ve always been fascinated about this. Moving trees outside the car, cold wind in someone’s hair, the light leaking in a strange room’s window, the skin texture in a sunny afternoon. I had this bunch of images inside my head and someway all of them feel like wanderlust for me.


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Valerie Chiang

20 YEARS // UNITED STATES h t t p : / / w w w . va l e r i e c h i a n g . n e t /

Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a film production major at the University of Southern California. One day I want to own a farm and have at least five dogs. I’m an introvert who fancies herself an extrovert. How old are you and where are you from? I am 20 years old, and I was born in Taiwan, raised in Michigan, and live in North Carolina. Do your normally plan your shoots beforehand? Yes, always. I used to plan relentlessly and would even get mad if the sky wasn’t the same color as I wanted the photo to be, but now I’m a little more relaxed and just go with the flow. Some of the best photos turn out when I least expect it. Do your photos normally turn out how you first imagined them to be? No. They either turn out better or worse. How important do you think fashion is to your work? It’s relatively important. I don’t really consider myself a fashion photographer. I’m definitely inspired by certain articles of clothing but I am more interested in the storytelling aspect of photography.

Do you prefer taking portraits or landscapes? Why? I love both equally. In terms of landscapes, I’m actually more into take cityscape photographs - buildings, people, cars. I enjoy portraits as well because human beings are so interesting. I wish I could write better than I do – I’d love to be a writer. But since I’m not that good, taking photographs of places and people allows me to write stories with images. If you could photograph anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Bob Dylan. How important do you think the idea of “Wanderlust” is to you? It’s extremely important. This summer I drove from California to North Carolina by myself and it was very inspiring. I hope to continue taking road trips and working on photo essays and projects.


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PLACES: Russia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia photographs taken by Haylee Barsky www.livinginawalkup.tumblr.com


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There’s something about Scandinavia that’s kindheartedly refreshing. I’m not sure if it’s the landscape, the architecture or the vast amount of natural beauty within its people. I traveled from Copenhagen to Tallinn to St. Petersburg to Helsinki to Stockholm. The fact that I managed to make it through all five countries in about two weeks still amazes me. Each city I went to I imagined what I’d be like if I just put life on hold and stayed there for a little while- and I’ve grown to endlessly appreciate life outside of my little neighborhood here in New York City.


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Jilvan M

23 YEARS // Sydney, AUSTRALIA http :// www . facebook . com /J ilvan F ilms P hotography

Introduce yourself. How old are you and where are you from? My name is Jilvan M., 23, male, Sydney, NSW. I have been working in the film industry for 4 years now. How did you get interested in photography? How do you think your work has changed since then? I have been doing photography over 3 years. My film background as a huge impact on how I take my photos. I got interested in photography over the years from working on film as a cinematographer. It started out to just keep my creative juices flowing and to expand my skills as a cinematographer for my films. But I quickly embraced photography on all levels. I find it to be, like working on a film project but I am capturing ‘one still moment’ in a performance. How important do you think fashion is to your work? From a film background I try to design a character through what is worn. I always try to have a contrast between what is worn and the location. I purposely avoided bright highly saturated colours or any type of patterns on the clothes. Do you prefer shooting in black and white or color? Why? I prefer the raw gritty and honesty of black and white but I also love colour. I prefer to use black & white when the subject is the main focus. I like using faded colours than saturated colours. I have always been a fan of the bleak and diluted look. How do you think the theme “Wanderlust” is applicable to your life? I have a strong desire to see new places, people and finding something new to explore and experience for inspiration.

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Do you prefer shooting digital or film? Why? I don’t shoot on film as much as I want to, but I hope one day I will have the posibillity. I think that a film camera can inspire you just by holding and looking through it. It makes you want to shoot, to be more creative and to think at least 2 times before pressing the button. Would you say your photos are more candid or staged? Most of my work is candid. Almost all the time I know where I want the photos to be taken and I let myself driven by what I find, the location, the model and the light, not having a concept but trying to have a connection with the model. How do you think the theme “Wanderlust” is applicable to your life? For me, photography is like a world. Once you entered it, you can just wander through it, learning to see the light and most of all, getting to know yourself better.


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Bea Dres

17 YEARS // SPAIN http :// www . flickr . com / beaflyphotography /

Tell us a little about yourself. How old are you and where are you from? My name’s Bea and I’m from Spain. I’m a happy 17 year-old girl who has always dreaming about flying and traveling all around the world, learn different cultures and languages to understand life, and also discover each corner that hides its charm, always with a camera. Do you see photography has more of an expression of emotions or a documentation of memories? Well, I can’t choose just one of them. It’s quite difficult, because every picture hides something, like, emotions, feelings, memories, stories, our imagination or the viewer’s one, a simple/long process taking and editing it… Even time! I just can say photography is full of essence, and it’s the one that fulfill my journey’s life. Who or what are your biggest inspirations? My inspiration is awaken by things such as all the nature landscapes, being underwater, the sound of an acoustic guitar along with a good lyrics, all kinds of video films that tell stories or show the adrenaline of extreme sports and adventures, quotes, the sunlight, the simplicty of the sky, touching stories, the people’s overcoming and willpower as well as the work of other/flickr photographers.


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How do you think different locations affect your work? Describe your ideal location to shoot at. It’s true you can shoot everywhere of course, but the inspiration for me it’s not the same. Sunlight is an essential aspect at the time to shooting. Moreover I always try to explore new places to take pictures. My ideal location is a place away from the worldly chaos, with myself for inspiration, in touch with nature. It may be perfect to be somewhere surrounded by mountains, in a huge lake where the reflection is the mirror of the sky, an empty beach, an esplanade in the countryside, you know, those kinds of locations. How important do you think photo-manipulation is? How long do you typically spend editing a photo? Manipulation is important, I can’t specify how much, but it is. Not to get the perfection in a picture, because I think perfection is subjective, but to get the most out of our imagination and creativity or simply to experiment with parameters like color. It’s the same as a writer making up a story. All is possible, it’s just in our hands, and it just depends on the perspective we see things; we are able to create and compose a world within our reach. What is your interpretation of the word “Wanderlust” and how do you think this is shown in your photos? I’ve always felt like a little adventurer whose curiosity have been awaken by the beauty of the world in order to explore, to discover, to learn, to experience and to fly, which is part of an adventure, which is the one of travelling and it’s the one of our lives. Each trip is an adventure, always different and unpredictable, and that feeling, the one you can’t control whatever you’re going to live and to photograph turns to an addiction. I’ve always think about that if I had to tell someone my story one day, I will love telling my life’s journal, the wanderlust that wraps myself. Our planet has got millions of incredible places; however, travelling is not available to everyone. For the few lucky ones who are able to, it is essential to share their experiences so that they can show a little bit of what they’ve enjoyed, because “happiness is only real when shared”.

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PLACES: New York City

photographs taken by Alex Cohen http://facebook.com/AlexandraCohenPhotography

I decided to go to NYC as a last minute trip, I always wanted to visit this amazing city but I always lacked time and, being based in Australia, it’s pretty much on the other side of the world, although I woke up one day and it was obvious to me that I wanted to hit the Big Apple, so booked my ticket last minute, the spur of the moment I guess. After flying from Perth to Hong Kong, then Hong Kong to San Francisco, at last I arrived in the Big Apple. I reached my destination at night time so couldn’t really enjoyed it. I tossed and turned all night and when I finally admitted I wouldn’t get any sleep, I got up at 5 am and started wandering the Big Apple. I stayed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a really arsty, chill booming neighborhood, with cute cafés everywhere, street art, vintage shop, flowery brick houses, and as soon as I stepped outside I really felt in my element and I couldn’t hide my joy and smile like a child for the rest of my trip. Photographically, NYC is just heaven, this city gives you so much inspiration and so much subject matter to shoot, I didn’t leave my camera for 3 weeks and still have the feeling there was so much more stuff I could have taken. You can’t get bored in NYC, the days are actually way too short, and even though I woke up everyday at sunrise I never had enough time during the day to do everything I wanted to. It was so invigorating to be a stranger in this big city that I never visited before, my sight and my senses were always discovering something new. This city gives you so much energy, I think everyone can be any version of themselves there is for all tastes and anyone can find what they are looking for here. What I enjoyed most during my trip is the fact that I could wake up in the morning, have a coffee in a local café in Williamsburg and watch the world go by for hours, then walk until sunset, photograph and capture the moment of this vibrant city. Hopefully my pictures will give a good feel of it. Enjoy.


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summer solstice PHOTOGRAPHER: Alex Phillips

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Cody Cobb

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Introduce yourself. How old are you and where are you from? My name is Cody Cobb and I’m a 28-year-old photographer living in Seattle, Washington. I was born in a small town in Louisiana, deep in the American South. How did you get interested in photography? How has your work changed since then? My early experiments with photography were mostly used as textural elements in my digital illustrations and collages. It later became a way for me to document the abandoned buildings I was exploring which was an obsession of mine for many years. In the last five years or so, I’ve been spending more time in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Despite the dramatic change of setting, I feel like I still apply the same aesthetics and compositions from when I was shooting crumbling architecture. Would you say there’s a certain style you try to achieve in your work? I like the idea of capturing surreal representations of realistic landscapes. None of the elements within the photograph (rocks, vegetation, water) are particularly surreal but they can become so distorted with light, shadows and composition. Do your travel often? If so, what motivates you to do so? I travel as much as possible, though I’m looking for ways to cut down on the time spent driving. It seems a bit wasteful and environmentally irresponsible so I’m staying closer to home in Washington state. There’s such an incredible variety of terrain within an hour or two of Seattle, so I don’t feel limited by narrowing my scope of destinations.

I really enjoy the less traveled and remote locations. I feel like my senses become more acute in such lonely environments.

How important do you think location is to your work? Describe your ideal location to shoot. Locations have such a powerful effect on the way I observe, perceive and feel. It’s probably the most important part of my photography. I really enjoy the less traveled and remote locations. I feel like my senses become more acute in such lonely environments. Lately, I’ve been fascinated by Baffin Island in Northern Canada. It seems terrifyingly remote and inhospitable. Do you prefer shooting digital or film? Why? I have no preference and I always carry both a film and digital camera. Each one responds to light in different ways so I have to be mindful about which is appropriate in the given conditions. Generally, I shoot digital during the day and save my film for the evening light. How do you think the theme of “wanderlust” is applicable to your life? Wanderlust has completely consumed my life and only grows stronger the more I travel. I don’t think it’s necessary to travel far as I get the same satisfaction from exploring a new part of my own neighborhood.


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