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the film issue

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staff // editor in chief and layout designer angela wu


natalie chyi shae wu

photographers abby billington ana jonessy franey miller

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Dear Readers

Film has always been my weakness as it brings a feeling that digital fails to achieve. For me, film is more personal and raw and so much more beautiful. Each snapshot is a tiny glimpse into someone’s life, each photo is perfectly crafted and thought through. I’m still an amateur when it comes to film photography, but here I present to you incredibly talented film photographers whose photos leave me in awe. Hopefully they do the same to you.

xx, Angela Wu

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STAFF PICKS ... 048 JULIANNE POPA ... 052 KARI KOTY ... 058 ASHLEY SANTIAGO ... 064 MADELINE JOY ... 070 pale corollas BY ANA JONESSY ... 074 CINDY schmid ... 080 Paul Gabatx ... 086


STAFF PICKS ... 092 NATALIE CHYI ... 094 SARAH HOEY ... 102 LYNN tachihara ... 108 Your Wild Imagination By ABBY BILLINGTON ... 114 Music: Road Trips ... 122 EMMA HOLLAND ... 124 ROMANA CAMENZIND ... 128


1) CARLY Hildebrant // 2) SOPHIE Fontaine // 3) EVITA Weed // 4) ALLE Dicu // 5. RENANE Li // 6) LAIA Flynn

CA r L y

hILdEbraNt 17 YEARS //


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LOST FREEDOM: How old are you and where are you f rom? CARLY HILDEBRANT: I am seventeen from Georgia, United States. LF: Why do you create? CH: I create as a way of f inding peace through exploration. It’s more than just the photograph, it’s wandering around looking for any new location and wondering when the sun will set.  I create to bet ter understand and to map out the world through my perspective.  LF: How does photography play a role in your daily life? CH: Photography changed the way I view everything.  I’m so much more likely to pull of f on a gravel road or wander into a forest, and ` I ’m constantly looking for the nex t place to go and the nex t adventure to improve my pictures.

I create as a way of finding peace through exploration

LF: What do you t ry to ex press through your photos? Is there a certain st yle you t ry to achieve through your work? CH: I try mostly to explore the balance of the human body and spirit with the earth, and I would say my style tries to depict that through the use of models’ natural movements. LF: Who or what inspires you? CH: I’m inspired by the wonder of the natural world and how increasingly vast and how peculiarly tiny it can really be.  I’m inspired by each gust of wind, ripple of water, yellowing leaf, the things that really give us life. LF: Do you prefer digital or f ilm? Why? CH: Film! When I shoot f ilm, I don’t feel the need to edit it, and then it feels raw and genuine.  It’s so much fun waiting for it to get developed and to see how it turns out too.

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why do you shoot film? I use film in everyday moments of my life because I have always marveled at the photo albums of my childhood, because they made me ​​ feel nostalgic and I always thought that memories are best preserved in a negative, that is why now when I capture those everyday moments, I feel that are preserved in the same way as in the past and that will add more value to my memories.

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artwork by Shae Wu

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LOST FREEDOM: How old are you and where are you from? BAOHEIN NGO: I’m currently seventeen years of age. I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota but I’m currently residing in Houston, Texas.

LF: When did you first begin taking photos? How has your work changed since then? BN: I started taking photos when I was eight years old. I just did it to capture memories. I didn’t take photography seriously as an art form until I was thirteen. Before then, painting was my method of releasing creativity, but when I started taking into consideration the versatility and advantages of using a camera, I became hooked and I haven’t stopped since.

My work has evolved mostly in terms of style. When I started, I used a digital camera and photoshop to give my photos a faux vintage look. But now I shoot with 35mm film. I’m completely in love with bold and bright colors. I’ve always been into vintage feels but I think my interest in that sort of style shifted from faded 1920s photographs to the vibrant, retro images displayed 1960s fashion magazines. LF: Do you normally plan your photo shoots ahead of time? If so, do you feel as if your photos express what you had originally planned? BN: I definitely always have to plan my shoots ahead of time to some degree, but only because I have to pull a necessary team together. If I’m working with hair, makeup, and wardrobe, I have to send everyone instructions so I can’t be too impulsive. However, once I send out instructions to everyone on the team, I typically stop planning. Almost everything else is spontaneous. Sometimes I won’t figure out what location I want to go to until I’m on set with everyone. I never plan out specific shots. I just don’t work that way. My ideas don’t start flowing until I can see everything in front of me like that. LF: Do you ever edit your film photos? Why or why not? BN: I do edit my film photos. I think a lot of people are afraid I DO WHATEVER I to admit that they do, if they do. But sometimes the scans aren’t HAVE TO IN ORDER so great and I do whatever I have TO REACH to in order to reach satisfaction. And although I’m never truly satisfied, I SATISFACTION won’t settle for less satisfaction than the level that I can achieve. And even though I’ll edit out dirt spots or adjust the contrast or saturation, I won’t touch the colors otherwise. If I wanted to change the tones completely, I’d use digital. But I’ll never be able to receive those film colors and quality with digital no matter how hard I try. Although I have absolutely no problem with people who do edit their film photographs to that extent. It’s just style preference in the end.

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LF: How does fashion impact your work? BN: Fashion is so important to me. If I’m taking landscape images, it doesn’t really matter of course but the wardrobe matters so much when I’m doing a fashion shoot. The entire concept can revolve around the clothing. I think that fashion can make or break a shoot. Or even if I’m just taking candids or lifestyle shots of my friends, I still think that if their style and choice in clothing are true to who they are, it’ll enhance their personalities and make the images stronger. I don’t know how else to put it.

LF: Who or what inspires you? BN: Wu-Tang Clan and newborn kittens inspire me. LF: Why do you shoot film? BN: I shoot film simply because in my personal opinion, it’s more true to the eye, it helps me savor every passing moment, it keeps me careful, and it’s tangible. Holding negatives is so much more gratifying to me than holding a memory card.

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My name is Emma Hartvig, and I am a 22 year old, Swedish-born photographer, currently based in London. My work is based on my love for storytelling, cinema and performance. I constantly seek new ways of working with this - past project has been in collaboration with actors, dancers and musicians. I am aiming for that cinematic atmosphere that can be found in movies, but have a love for the frozen still - where I leave the audience to create the narrative. The reason why I mostly shoot film is because I love the craft of it. That I have to think in light, act in light and compose it more carefully. I also like it as it adds the perfect effect to a cinematic type of photography - it’s timeless and dreamy.


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graceful nightfall // PHOTOGRAPHY: Franey Miller

// MODEL: Ivory H. // HAIR/MAKE UP: Hank Walton // Styling: The Tangerine Closet

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1) SAMMIE Concilio 2) TORI Hoover // 3) ASHLEY Lee // 4) SIERRA Chastity // 5) NICOLE // 6) RACHEL Victoria // 7) ALLISON Pham // 8) SOFIE Olejnik // 9) ANTONIO Adam // 10) THOMAS Cole Simmons // 11) SARAH Evers

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Why do you shoot film? I shoot film because I think that analog photos have something poetic. I am never quite sure if a photo is going to come out and when it does the result is almost ever surprising and I like that surprise. I don’t like fast things; I like to wait patiently and the feeling of it. I am always so happy the day that I know that the roll is ready and that I am going to finally see my photos. I used to be a perfectionist when I was younger than now but now I am totally the opposite of it and I am against the aiming of perfection and I love imperfections and the errors of film.



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LOST FREEDOM: How old are you and where are you from? KARI KOTY: I am a sixteen year old, and I am regrettably from the state of North Carolina. LF: When did you first begin taking photos? How has your work changed since then? KK: I first started taking photographs two summers ago, just as something to focus my time on. I discovered Flickr and many of the talents here, which really pushed me to improve. My work has changed so so so much since those first summer days. I’ve developed it into more of a personal journal and reflection of what I see and feel. LF: How does photography impact your daily life? KK: It’s literally stamped itself onto every thought that I have. I have become much more observant of everything around me because of photography. It’s truly brought out the beauty of many things for me. I’m also constantly inspired by things around me to be components of my pictures.


LF: Is there a certain mood you try to express your photos? Do you believe you have a certain "style" to your work? KK: I’ve heard from other people that my pictures seem to have a dark/creepy/mysterious side. Which I don’t really think I intentionally put into them, maybe its like a subconscious thing. I like to think I don’t limit my photographs to certain moods, I want everyone to feel something different when they look at them. Personally I mostly feel nostalgia. I’m not quite sure if I have a certain style. I kinda just take pictures of what I like and what I feel.

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LF: Who or what inspires you? KK: The movie The Motorcycle Diaries, Robert Capa, Jack Kerouac, Sally Mann, Gael Garcia Bernal, Hawaii, childhood, light, music, dance, summer and its heat, they way the teenage mind works, my friends, and all the books I have ever read especially, ESPECIALLY Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Those two books have changed my life. LF: Where do you see yourself, regarding photography, in 5 years? KK: I would really like to be a photojournalist or a war correspondent. I cant imagine my life without traveling and meeting new people. I like the thought of photographing strangers, which has a romantic quality about it. There is nothing romantic about war , however, I would like to be able to bring photographs to the table that were brought many years ago by photographers like Robert Capa. I rarely see pictures that harness such emotional qualities anymore and I would like to think that I could be a part of something that large and powerful. LF: Do you prefer digital or film? Why? KK: I like both very much, but an amazing film picture tops any amazing digital image any day. I also have to honestly say I am not a fan of this whole new Photoshop generation of photography. It’s not really even a photograph anymore, its just all post-processing.

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“ I shoot film because it’s magical. You only get a certain amount of shots, so you make each one count. Then, you drop the roll of film and after a while, you see them for the first time in actual paper. You take something that you see and it turns into something you can feel, touch & share. Pure magic! “

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pale corollas PHOTOGRAPHY: Ana Jonessy // MODEL: Isfalela Ismail

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Shooting with a film camera has an interesting character that differentiates it from digital. There is a sort of excitement that goes along with not being able to see the pictures before develop the film, that I enjoy so much. What amazes me the most when taking both digital and analog pictures is that photography in general has no language barriers, because emotions are universal and understandable for everyone.

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WHY DO YOU CREATE? I love capturing moments and do something that really means to me. I think everyone has a dif ferent vision and I just try to share mine, wherever I go. As I live in a big city, I do a lot of street photography and try to keep the real aspect of the scene, but with another angle.

Do you prefer f ilm or digital? Why? I think I prefer f ilm, probably because of the tones and this tex ture you will never get with digital, and because for me it’s more interesting. You learn to take your time to shot and you’re always surprised by the results. But digital is probably good when you want to edit your picture, and when you have to take a lot of shots, in street and sport photography for example.

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I think the reason I love shooting film, is because it provides a nice challenge from digital photography, and I love the mystery of it. I never know exactly how my shots are going to turn out until far after they have been taken, and the moment has gone. I think it makes me focus that much more on getting ‘the shot’, since I have a limited amount of exposures, and don’t have the luxury to view/delete the image and retry. And I love the effects that can happen on film, either accidentally or on purpose. I think, especially with it being more of a natural effect, that it adds so much more to the image, and makes it that much more unique.

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LOST FREEDOM: How old are you and where are you f rom? LYNN TACHIHARA: I am currently 17 years old, and I am originally from Japan, though I reside in the tiny island of Singapore. LF: When did you f irst begin photography? How has your work changed since then? LT: I f irst became interested in photography when I was 13 years old, when I picked up my f irst amateur DSLR, and to be honest, I really had no idea what I was doing. I then had the great opportunity to take photography as a GCSE subject where I really began to explore my interest in photography, experimenting with both f ilm and digital processing. Since then, I f ind that my work has become much more personal, implemented with stories and experiences, and also, more experimental as my camera collection slowly continues to expand.

LF: How does photography impact your daily life? LT: Photography impacts my daily life, essentially because it has made me constantly look at specif ic moments of my day as potential photographs - I see things through photo stills, wanting to preserve moments, people’s expressions, a f leeting stranger. It has given me the opportunity to document my life, to capture what I feel is important. Most importantly, having photography in my life has given me a form of identity. LF: Is there a certain mood you t ry to ex press through your work? LT: Rather than expressing any specif ic mood, I am more

concerned with capturing life around me in it’s purest form. With my work, I don’t particularly strive to create a mood which I can encapsulate, but more so, I strive to encapsulate a specif ic moment which comes with it’s own mood. That being said, I always tend to be drawn to photos with a really natural, earthy tone and feel to them. LF: Who or what inspires you? LT: I basically seek most of my inspiration from my travels, the people I meet, nature, and undoubtedly all the talented photographers out on f lickr. Those who have always been incredibly supportive, have constantly given me the push of inspiration to keep photographing. I f ind incredible beauty in varying cultures, and fundamentally , I am inspired by anything/anyone who captures an soulful portrait.  LF: Do you prefer digital or f ilm? Why? LT: Although for convenience-sake digital is much more manageable, I can never deny the honesty of f ilm photography. The raw tones and colours that f ilm is able to capture, the beauty of it devoid of any manipulation, is what makes them so charming. For me, taking 150 shots digitally doesn’t have quite the same thought value as the 36 frame roll, which suddenly makes every single photo feel ut terly valuable. Film takes risks - and who doesn’t love the anticipation as you wait for your rolls to be developed? 

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your wild imagination Shot by // Abby Billington

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photos by angela wu


rOad trIPS 1) FIRST DAY OF MY LIFE - Bright Eyes 2) FLOURESCENT ADOLESCENT - Arctic Monkeys 3) TAKE CARE - Beach House 4) PUNCHING IN A DREAM - The Naked And Famous 5) GENERATOR (FIRST FLOOR) - Freelance Whales 6) IS THIS IT - The Strokes 7) ALL IN WHITE - The Vaccines 8) CATS AND DOGS - The Head and the Heart 9) SLEEPYHEAD - Passion Pit 10) ANNA SUN - Walk the Moon 11) TOKYO (VAMPIRES AND WOLVES) - The Wombats 12) IF I HAD EYES - Jack Johnson 13) TIME TO PRETEND - MGMT

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AUSTRALIA fo u n d m y s el fi n w o n d er l a n d /

Why do you create? I’ve never been terribly good with words. I’ve had much difficulty intertwining letters and fusing them in a way that inspires. To me creation is poetry, and I have found that I can comfortably nest myself in realm of images rather than words. I often awe at the way shapes, colours and textures knit themselves into visual prose. I feel as though it is important that I document these pictures so that they are not forgotten by others or by myself. I photograph because I’m in admiration that a moment holding so much poetry can be captured and physically held onto. I guess that’s why I find so much magic in Polaroids, it’s like holding a millisecond in your hand.

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ROMANA camenzind 22 YEARS //


h t t p : / / w w w . f l i c k r . c o m / a b i r d f l i es b y / LOST FREEDOM: How old are you and where are you from? ROMANA CAMENZIND; I’m 22 years old and I’m from Switzerland. LF: When did you first begin taking photos? How has your work changed since then? RC: I first started taking photos when I was about 18. I had an operation and was incredibly bored and began to document the healing process and everything around me. It became a bit more precisely when I started to take my camera with me, whenever I felt like taking pictures and capturing moments in my life. My final project in high school was about photography and I got my SLR a Canon 450D that was the moment photography became kind of a part of my life. I’m still experimenting and I think I haven’t found my place yet but it’s not random anymore. I think about what I’d like to create, what I want to capture. What inspires me and what captures my attention. LF: Do you try to express emotions through your work or do you see your photos more as a way to document life and memories? RC: While I’m taking digital photos, most of the time I express my feelings, my emotions and what is on my mind, my thoughts, my inspiration. It sometimes even feels like a visual diary. With film I interact with my surroundings more directly. Fading moments I’d like to capture before their gone. It takes a more experimental direction and I try to create something new.

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LF: Who or what inspires you? RC: There is not a single source of inspiration. It’s more like various tings from my whole surrounding pieced together. But I adore the work of Ryan McGinley. His work inspires me a lot. Not just while I’m watching the world through the lens, also like a guideline for how to live my life. I seek freedom and his work expresses that perfectly. There is this phrase which always comes to my mind when I look at his work: “Some of us are born free, untamed and wild at heart.” That sentence and the meaning of it, is a constant companion and if I’m taking photos it flows into my work too. Another great source of inspiration is music. While I’m listening to music, certain feelings develop and photography is my oppurtunity to express these feelings. Actually, and that might sound a bit cheesy, but LIFE is inspiring! LF: Do you prefer digital or film? Why? RC: I do not prefer one more than the other. Digital and film are poles apart. Yes, the end result is a photograph in both cases, but the whole progress is very different. To me digital capturing is an everyday companion. It’s possible to capture everything around you, to create and to immediately see the result, to interact and try it in a different way again and again. Film is experimental in another way. One needs to be patient, well thought and there is always this thrill till you get to see the result. And that’s a good feeling. They might turn out slightly out of focus or the colours differ from reality, but there is this sense of uniqueness about them and they have their own precious melancholic charisma.

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LOST FREEDOM July 2012  

a collection of film photographs, please send an email to to submit for a following issue

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