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MAD SOUNDS Culture / Writing / Music / Photography

Giselle Melendres - Editor, Creative Director & Designer

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Rifa Akanda - Contributing Interviewer & Designer

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Contributing Photographers - Giselle Melendres, Sheridan Elyse Dyches, Arvin Rusanganwa, Aidan Doyle, Rai Utomo

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!034 !YOUNG AS I WANT TO KNOW a photo journal by AIDAN DOYLE !042 !A PRETTY KIND OF DIRTY FACE a photo journal by RAI UTOMO !INTERVIEWS/FEATURES !054 !AVA ALEXANDRA an interview with AVA ALEXANDRA !070 !HENRY TOLSON an interview with HENRY TOLSON !090 !WILLIAM KLENK an interview with WILLIAM KLENK !108 !TRINITY GARDNER an interview with TRINITY GARDNER !126 !KJERSTIN PINC a modeling profile !134 !JUST TRYIN’ TO BE COOL a visual board !

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OUT WITH THE OLD Since our previous issue of MAD SOUNDS, our magazine has undergone a bit of a change. A change within ourselves, within our publication, and within our future. From our reformed graphic design to our newfound creative direction, MAD SOUNDS has embraced a new and improved sense of artistry and creativity.

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Although this constant desire for reformation and alteration poses as a tedious task, this sort of groundlessness is what drew our magazine to a rebellious youth culture and nonconformist society.

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The ability to change, surpass the familiar, and defy societal norms seems to be a rare yet virtuous affair, and we hope MAD SOUNDS inspires our readers to embrace this same idealism within his or her lifetime.

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For now, we leave our readers with a publication in which we have truly perfected. A total encompassment of our passions, creative aspirations/achievements, and artistic abilities. We hope MAD SOUNDS continues to inspire you in some way: to pick up a camera, to create a legacy, and embrace the beauty within your life.

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GISELLE MELENDRES editor-in-chief, photographer, & writer

SHERIDAN ELYSE DYCHES photographed “DOWN ON THE WEST COAST” p. 22

ARVIN RUSANGANWA photographed “WE GREW HERE, YOU FLEW HERE” p. 12

INSTAGRAM: @gisellelisabeth

INSTAGRAM: @sheridanelyse

INSTAGRAM: @arrvinnn

ONE PERSON YOU ADMIRE? My mother, she has done so much for me and I am so grateful to have her in my life.

ONE PERSON YOU ADMIRE? My best friend , Willow, because she is not afraid to stand up for herself. She is also a great photographer who I admire and look up to.

ONE PERSON YOU ADMIRE? Sally Mann

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FAVORITE BAND AT THE MOMENT? Sleigh Bells!

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FAVORITE FILM OF ALL TIME? Palo Alto (2014) dir. Gia Coppola

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ONE ITEM ON YOUR WISH LIST? Probably a nice pair of Jeffrey Campbell boots for the cold weather at University!

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FAVORITE BAND AT THE MOMENT? ODESZA

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FAVORITE FILM OF ALL TIME? Stupid Crazy Love

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ONE ITEM ON YOUR WISH LIST? A trip to Mykonos Islands.

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FAVORITE BAND AT THE MOMENT? The 1975

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FAVORITE FILM OF ALL TIME? Palo Alto

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ONE ITEM ON YOUR WISH LIST? Canon 6d!


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RAI UTOMO photographed “A PRETTY KIND OF DIRTY FACE” p. 42

AIDAN DOYLE photographed “WE GREW HERE, YOU FLEW HERE” p. 10

RIFA AKANDA contributing interviewer/consultant

INSTAGRAM: @rai.jpeg

INSTAGRAM: @adoyleee

INSTAGRAM: @rifaakanda

ONE PERSON YOU ADMIRE? I admire my mother, for all she has done for me :)

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FAVORITE BAND AT THE MOMENT? My favorite band right now has got to be the Bad Suns

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FAVORITE FILM OF ALL TIME? either "Stuck in Love" or "How I Live Now”

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ONE ITEM ON YOUR WISH LIST? To end up a fashion photographer in NY (Its called a WISHlist for a reason amiright)

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The person that I admire most is actually multiple people and those people are all of my instagram friends. They are all so important to me and I admire how kind they are and how talented they are with photography.

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FAVORITE BAND AT THE MOMENT? THE 1975

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FAVORITE FILM OF ALL TIME? Either Great Gatsby or The Breakfast Club

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ONE ITEM ON YOUR WISH LIST? The 50 mm f/1.2 lens!

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I admire my mom greatly because she came to a different country and became very successful while also adapting to a completely different culture. !

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FAVORITE BAND AT THE MOMENT?

I can't pick a favorite band, mostly because I don't really listen to bands but I'm open to suggestions I do like music by the arctic monkeys, 1975, 5sos, etc.

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FAVORITE FILM OF ALL TIME? Brave ONE ITEM ON YOUR WISH LIST? The iPhone 6


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DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR LOCATIONS IN WHICH YOU PREFER SHOOTING?

CALIFORNIA BASED PORTRAIT/FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER, WITH AN EYE FOR LOCATION AND E X Q U I S I T E COMPOSITION. READ ON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HER CREATIVE VISION AND HER PASSION FOR THE UNIQUE AND ENCHANTING.

I prefer either areas with a darker lighting feel to them or at sunset so I can manage to get an sun flare ability if I'm going for an enlightening feeling type of photo!

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I find inspiration for my photos from other images I see (ranging from tumblr to scenarios in my everyday life).

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WHAT PARTICULAR MODELS DO YOU ENJOY UTILIZING IN YOUR PHOTOS? FOR WHAT REASONS?

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My models in my photos are most often just my friends or myself! Anyone really would work just fine for me!

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MAD SOUNDS: TO START OFF, WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT TO OTHER FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHERS?

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AVA: I use a Nikon d5100 with an 1.4 lens! I think it's a great and practical camera but if you are going for something more professional I would look more into it and possibly choose otherwise :)

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DO YOU PREFER INDOOR OR OUTDOOR SHOOTS? I definitely shoot more outdoors than indoors, so I would go with outdoors.

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“WE MET IN SAN FRANCISCO AND SHOT AT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LOCATIONS AND I LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THAT EVENT.”

DESCRIBE SOME OF YOUR EDITING PROCESSES. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PROGRAMS TO UTILIZE AND HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?

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First I adjust minor details in photoshop (I'm not exactly a 'pro' with photoshop so I just mess around with it), and then often times finish up with a filter from VSCO Cam!

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WHAT IS YOUR DREAM EQUIPMENT? My dream equipment would be a Canon 5D Mark 3 with a 1.2 50mm Lens :)

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My favorite shoot was over a year ago, it was my first 'instameet' and we met in San Francisco and shot at the most beautiful locations and I learned so much about photography from that event!

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ALTHOUGH THE EQUIPMENT DOESN'T MAKE THE PHOTOGRAPHER, WHICH DO YOU FIND TO BE MORE IMPORTANT, A GOOD LENS OR A GOOD CAMERA?


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I believe that the lens really is what gives me the quality that I go for in photos! If I could go back I would have gotten a cheaper camera body and a nicer lens!

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“DON'T LET OTHER PEOPLE HOLD YOU BACK ON WHAT IMAGES YOU WANT TO CREATE AND LET THE CRITICISM HELP YOU BECOME BETTER AT TAKING PICTURES.” WHICH STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY FAVORITE? FOR WHAT REASONS?

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I really love fashion photography and my next goal in photography would be to get more into that! I think it's often really beautiful in an simplistic way!

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DO YOU HOPE TO INCORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY INTO YOUR FUTURE? I don't see myself having an main career evolving photography, possibly a side career? Who knows! I don't know where I will be in a few years.

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IF YOU COULD CREATE YOUR DREAM PHOTOSHOOT, OF WHAT WOULD IT CONSIST? A very beautiful, large and vintage feeling abandoned house with props and

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WHAT DIFFERENT MESSAGES/FEELINGS DO YOU HOPE TO PORTRAY WITH YOUR PHOTOS?

ON INSTAGRAM AS @HENRYAGAIN, EMBRACES AN U N W R I T T E N AUTOBIOGRAPHY WITHIN HIS PHOTOGRAPHY. WITH BEAUTIFUL LENS FLARES, TO HIS EVER E M O T I O N A L PORTRAITURES, HENRY PORTRAYS A ‘STORY’ ONE WILL NEVER FORGET.

MAD SOUNDS: TO START OFF, WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT TO OTHER FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHERS?

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HENRY: I use a Canon Rebel T3i with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. I recommend my equipment most definitely. Especially for beginner photographers who are looking for their first DSLR, the T3i is the perfect choice since it's easy to navigate and takes AMAZING pictures consistently. As far as lenses, the 50mm f/1.4 is an amazing lens for portrait photographers, and yields amazing images and colors.

I love to tell stories with my pictures, even if it's something as simple as a picture of a girl laughing. When I take pictures, my main goal is to show who the person I'm photographing is; I always want models to be comfortable in front of the camera and pose as they want. I love to portray happiness and joy in my images, and give people a sense of warmth through the sunsets I capture and the models I photograph. There's a thousand feelings and stories in an image, in the angle, the posing, the lighting, the expression, and I hope I can share a single one through my pictures.

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DO YOU PREFER INDOOR OR OUTDOOR SHOOTS? How could you make me choose between the two?! Indoor shoots are great because I love playing with window light and posing and shadows, which you can't do as easily in outdoor shoots, as it's harder to manipulate the sun. On the other hand, outdoor shoots are full of amazing colors and locations that are breathtaking to capture. Allin-all, I think both indoor and outdoor shoots are equally fun to do and fun to experiment with.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR LOCATIONS IN WHICH YOU PREFER SHOOTING? There's so many places I adore for photos - but that's mainly because you can give me a field and a sunset and I'm set. Of all the fields and places I've gotten the chance to take pictures, there's this giant field in my town that is completely covered in small purple flowers about knee-height. I've only gotten to take pictures there once, but it remains my favorite place, it holds some sort of magical quality.

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PARTICULAR MODELS DO YOU ENJOY “MUSIC IS ALSO A WHAT UTILIZING IN YOUR PHOTOS? FOR WHAT REASONS? MAJOR INSPIRATION !I honestly love shooting anyone and - photographing someone for F O R M E , A N D I everyone the first time is always the best because you're capturing who USUALLY LISTEN TO feeling they are in your lens. There's always something new to learn from a new always something to show and MUSIC WHEN I'M subject, discover within a new model. I will anyone, honestly. O U T S H O O T I N G . take !WHAT pictures HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE SHOOT THAT HAVE DONE THUS FAR? SOMETIMES I HEAR YOU ! a tough question, mainly because I A LYRIC OR A TUNE What love all my shoots, not even because of photos but because of the memories. AND GET A VIVID the If I had to choose a favorite shoot, I'd have to say it was my first one my best friend Cassidy (@supercass IMAGE IN MY HEAD with on Instagram!) We went to this shopping expecting to just take a few THAT I HAVE TO center good pictures and maybe find some trees, and ended up finding the CREATE.” biggest, most gorgeous field where the WHO ARE SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS?

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sun set perfectly. It was an amazing find and we had the best times running around and taking pictures.

There are so many amazing photographers I have found - it's so hard to choose just a few. I love Madeline Masarik, Christian Benetel, Cristina Hoch, Sarah Stewart, Ryan James Caruthers, Alex Stoddard, Savannah Martiniere, and many, many more!

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WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR PHOTOS? I know that this is a super vague answer - but everywhere! Instagram and Flickr are definitely major sources of inspiration for me, as I'm constantly immersed in other photographers' amazing images. Besides those, Tumblr is also a perfect way to find inspiration. Music is also a major inspiration for me, and I usually listen to music when I'm out shooting. Sometimes I hear a lyric or a tune and get a vivid image in my head that I have to create.

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I definitely think that a good lens is more important than a good camera. I've been using my Canon Rebel T3i for over two years now, and I started out with using my kit lens, the 18-55mm. The image quality was not good and I could never quite get any pictures I liked or imagined. I upgraded to the 50mm and the difference was instant and unbelievably better - images are sharper, colors are better, image quality is a thousand times clearer. The difference isn't in the camera body, but in the lens!

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DESCRIBE SOME OF YOUR EDITING PROCESSES. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PROGRAMS TO UTILIZE AND HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?

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My editing process isn't nearly as extravagant as a lot of people would think - I'm a big believer that, though editing is important, the photograph itself should not have to be unimaginably changed and obscured to make the final image. I love working with natural light and using the sun and nature to drive a picture over editing. I edit with Photoshop CS6 and what I do edit is colors (saturation / vibrancy / color balance / selective coloring) as well as manipulating the image with Curves and the Brightness / Contrast option.

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WHAT IS YOUR DREAM EQUIPMENT? I would say my dream equipment is a Canon 6D with a 50mm f/1.2. WHICH STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY FAVORITE? FOR WHAT REASONS?

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This may sound super lame or not the answer you want at all - but I seriously just love simplistic portrait photography. Ever since I found Instagram and started photography, I've always been obsessed with capturing who people are, whether with snapshots of laughter or of sunlight, all flowing together in an image that's both natural and complex. I love photography that tells stories but doesn't need an explanation or a caption - photography that you can feel, that isn't worn down by editing and manipulation, but fresh and clean and clear with color, vibrancy, emotion, and simplicity.

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Even though I love photography and it's a huge passion of mine, I don't see myself taking it up as a full-time job when I get older. I know I'll always take pictures - maybe as a side job or just for myself - but there are other passions that have more importance to me, that I aspire to grow in each day.

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model and my camera as golden hour began would be the perfect shoot. All natural location, endless beauty in nature and in my subject, endless time to capture the sun; that would all make for a dream photoshoot!

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Emotion is a big fundamental in photography, for me at least. I feel like a photo that tells a story or makes people feel something does something that words or music can't it uses colors and expression and the small, minute parts of humanity to move a person. Without emotion, what is a photograph to someone? And with emotion, the kind of camera or editing software used is meaningless in the long run! DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOGRAPHERS?

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Never stop taking pictures. If you love photography, if taking pictures makes you happy and calms you and you can't stop doing it, don't stop doing it. Don't compare your work to others because you will always end up dissatisfied. Focus on your photography, telling your stories, being the best you can be. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things, be versatile, and don't take pictures for your followers / viewers of your art, take pictures for YOU.

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IF YOU COULD CREATE YOUR DREAM PHOTOSHOOT, OF WHAT WOULD IT CONSIST? There are so many different places and people and ideas I could come up with, but to put them all in one photoshoot is crazy! I think finding myself in the middle of the most giant field covered in tall green grass and wildflowers, surrounded by the mountains, with a

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a lot of personal emotion, but recently I switched over to fashion/portrait photography. Now I focus on trying to get the model to feel as comfortable as possible during the shoot, and capturing their true personality.

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DO YOU PREFER INDOOR OR OUTDOOR SHOOTS? Outdoor for sure. being my studio.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR LOCATIONS IN WHICH YOU PREFER SHOOTING? I live near Phoenix, Arizona, so I really try to take advantage of the washed out urban areas that Arizona has to offer. I definitely prefer shooting in locations that you wouldn't normally find aesthetically pleasing, and utilizing that to turn it into something beautiful and unexpected.

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Right now my favorite photographers are Gavriel Maynard, Ted Emmons, and David Urbanke. I recommend checking them out, they are all extremely talented.

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WILLIAM: Right now I use a Canon 6D and a 50mm 1.8. The 6D is an amazing body, and a full frame, which is one of the most important features for someone who is interested in taking their photography to the next level. The 1.8 is a great lens for the price, but I would recommend spending the couple extra hundred for the 1.4.

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WHAT DIFFERENT MESSAGES/FEELINGS DO YOU HOPE TO PORTRAY WITH YOUR PHOTOS? My style has changed a lot over the past year. When I started, I only shot conceptual photographs which reflected

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the world, so doing the thing that I love the most, in the place that I love the most, was truly an incredible experience.

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WHAT IS YOUR DREAM EQUIPMENT? I actually have my dream camera body already, but my dream lens in a 85mm 1.2.

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The lens and body are equally important in my opinion. If you spend all of your money on a breathtaking lens, and end up with a cheap body, or vice versa, then you obviously will not achieve the best result possible.

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I find inspiration in almost everything. Music, landscapes, people, art, magazines, books, and especially architecture.

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I really enjoy using models who you don’t fit into the typical commercial model look. In my opinion, the most beautiful aspect about a person is their imperfections, because that’s what makes them unique. The more unique the better.

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WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE SHOOT THAT YOU HAVE DONE THUS FAR? My favorite shoot up to date is one that I did in Amsterdam. The Netherlands is my favorite country in

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“ T A K E PHOTOS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. IT DOESN'T M A T T E R WHEN OR WHERE... J U S T SHOOT.”

DESCRIBE SOME OF YOUR EDITING PROCESSES. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PROGRAMS TO UTILIZE AND HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?

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I use Photoshop CS6 to edit all of my photos, and basically swear by the Curves andSelective Color tools. I actually alter the colors of my photos a lot, but try to keep the image itself to look as natural as possible.

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DO YOU HOPE TO INCORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY INTO YOUR FUTURE? I would love to pursue a career in photography, but I don’t know if that’s a realistic goal. I would be just as happy to have an office job during the day and have photography as somewhat of a side job. No matter what, I feel that photography will be a large part of my future life.

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IF YOU COULD CREATE YOUR DREAM PHOTOSHOOT, OF WHAT WOULD IT CONSIST? My dream photoshoot would definitely be in a very urban/industrial location, withHugh William Stewart as the stylist, Gucci Westman as the makeup artist, and a very individualistically beautiful model, like Kelly Mittendorf.

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The most essential factor for a good photograph, in my opinion, is when the photo itself either tells a story or makes you feel something. People constantly stress out over composition, lighting, ext., but none of that matters if the photo has no substance. DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOGRAPHERS?

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ALSO KNOWN AS @PHASMOHOBIA ON I N S T A G R A M , EXPLORES THE ART OF BOTH FILM AND D I G I T A L PHOTOGRAPHY. FROM HER ECLECTIC DISPOSABLE SHOTS, TO HER ABSTRACT AND MESMERIZING DIGITALS, TRINITY TAKES A ONE-OF-A KIND APPROACH TO CAPTURING YOUTH.

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It really doesn't matter to me as long as it's not too bright outside, because I absolutely hate warm temperature photos, and i hate hot weather in general so I avoid it at all costs haha.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR LOCATIONS IN WHICH YOU PREFER SHOOTING? For most of my work, there is no chosen location. I carry my cameras around mostly everywhere I go and if i see something intriguing, I'll capture it. However, recently I have started going on actual shoots and my favorite destinations so far have been anywhere with a lot of greenery or a lot of neon lights/signs.

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Olivia Bee is my all-time favorite photographer because she and I have a very similar aesthetic and her images portray exactly what I wish mine to portray. I had the chance to meet her at a TED event in Athens in November and she lived up to every expectation. My other favorites are Petra Collins, Mitch Moore, and all of my Instagram friends.

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TRINITY: I use the Canon EOS Rebel T3i, but most of my photos were actually taken with disposable cameras! I think that the T3i is very easy to use and is great for any setting!

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WHAT DIFFERENT MESSAGES/FEELINGS DO YOU HOPE TO PORTRAY WITH YOUR PHOTOS? The truth is, my photos are never really 'about' anything. The only thing being portrayed is the raw feeling in the moment that the photo was taken.

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FOR A PHOTO SHOOT, BECAUSE TO ME THAT DOESN'T MATTER. IT'S ALL ABOUT CAPTURING WHO THAT PERSON IS, SO WHEN YOU SEE THE PHOTO, YOU FEEL AS IF YOU KNOW THEM.”

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Neither, in my opinion, it's all about the photo itself, and how it is edited.

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Inspiration is everywhere. It's our choice whether we acknowledge it or not.

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My favorite models are always people that I know and love. I will never ask a model to pretend to be something that they are not for a photo shoot, because to me that doesn't matter. It's all about capturing who that person is, so when you see the photo, you feel as if you know them.

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“DO WHAT YOU WANT AND MAKE IT SAY EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT IT TO SAY. NEVER EVER CONFORM OR COMPROMISE Y O U R ASPIRATIONS FOR ANYONE.” DESCRIBE SOME OF YOUR EDITING PROCESSES. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PROGRAMS TO UTILIZE AND HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?

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I love highlighting cooler tones and adding grain to my photos. I believe that adds a level of nostalgia and dreaminess to my work, and I also happen to think it just looks really cool.

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DO YOU HOPE TO INCORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY INTO YOUR FUTURE? Yes! I'd love to be a photographer for a magazine like Vice, DAZED, Oyster, or Urban Outfitters. I would also love to do commercial fashion photography for brands like Nike, Adidas, Levis, and American Apparel.

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IF YOU COULD CREATE YOUR DREAM PHOTOSHOOT, OF WHAT WOULD IT CONSIST? It would have all of my friends, Dane DeHaan, Evan Peters, Olivia Bee, Sky Ferreira, Tavi Gevinson, Kristen Dunst, and Grimes. We would go to an abandoned water park, an abandoned theme park, then go somewhere with a lot of neon signs so maybe North Beach

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"If I can capture the moment without interrupting, then I know I've succeeded." - Olivia Bee, (TEDx Athens 2013.) There is beauty in everything whether it be the look on your friend's face before he jumps off a 67ft cliff in to the ocean or a candid of a man you've never met looking out the window on the train, everything deserves to be appreciated for how beautiful it is. DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOGRAPHERS?

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Do exactly what you want and make it say exactly what you want it to say. Never ever conform or compromise your aspirations for anyone.

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! KJERSTIN PINC, POPULARLY KNOWN AS @KJERSTINPINC ON INSTAGRAM, IS A YOUNG MODEL WITH A PASSION FOR THE ADVENTUROUS AND EXCITING. WE INTERVIEWED KJERSTIN ABOUT HER PASSION FOR MODELING, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND HER FUTURE PLANS. CHECK OUT HER ANSWERS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FACE BEHIND THE PHOTOS.

Favorite… Song: The Other Woman by Lana del Rey Band: (It's not in my nature to only choose one band) Arctic Monkeys, Alt-j, the Black Keys Artist: Grimes, Sky Ferreira, Lana del Rey, Edith Piaf, Kanye West Book: The Harry Potter series and the Bible Movie: Factory Girl TV Show: New Girl, Sex and the City, Grey's Anatomy Female Celeb: Zooey Deschanel, Taylor Momsen Male Celeb: Johnny Depp Place: Paris, France Drink: an Iced Velvet from Lux coffee shop Superhero: Spider-Man Quote: "I like my money right where I can see it... hanging in my closet" Sarah Jessica Parker Store: Topshop Instrument: Violin Movie Soundtrack: Grey's Anatomy (TV show) Animal: Cheetahs are beautiful

Holiday: Halloween

Last movie you watched? Factory Girl Coffee or tea? Coffee Comedies or dramas? Depends on my mood Big city or small town? The biggest city in the world, please. What is your most worn item? My 3 pairs of Topshop high waisted black jeans. What are your biggest pet peeves? When people say/ spell my name wrong, normalcy and when they run out of my size in the item I want Favorite place that you’ve ever traveled? NYC Hot or cold weather? Cold East or west coast? East Coast Worst fears? Not living long enough to make my dreams come true.

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If you could have one talent, what would it be? To dance as well as Misty Copeland.

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You have a free trip to anywhere in the world, where do you go? Egypt - I've always been so captivated by the history, sphinxes and pyramids in Egypt.

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If you could have any job in the world (without worrying about finances or salaries), which would you choose? A celebrity stylist for events

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You have $1,000, what do you spend it on? A plane ticket to somewhere, anywhere.

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“IF THERE IS ONE THING I'VE LEARNED ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY, IT IS THAT SOMETIMES THE ODDEST, MOST RUGGED LOOKING PLACES ARE THE M O S T PHOTOGENIC.” YOU'RE A NATURAL BORN MODEL, DO YOU HOPE TO PURSUE A PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN MODELING WITHIN YOUR FUTURE?

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I love urban, grungy looking buildings. Also, if there is one thing I've learned about photography, it is that sometimes the oddest, most rugged looking places are the most photogenic.

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WHAT TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY IS YOUR FAVORITE? Fashion

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WHO DO YOU OFTEN? Jaci Smith.

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I enjoy modeling momentarily because of all the amazingly talented people I have met, but I don't necessarily want to pursue modeling as a career. I would love to work behind the scenes, styling models for shoots and campaigns for clothing companies.

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F THE MANY SHOOTS THAT “ F O R M E , M Y OYOU’VE MODELED FOR, WHICH HAS YOUR FAVORITE? WHY? F A V O R I T E BEEN ! me, my favorite shoots S H O O T S A R E For are completely dependent on photographer. I love C O M P L E T E L Y the adventuring into new D E P E N D E N T O N territories with people. I love working with my T H E always best friend, Jaci Smith, we find unique places and PHOTOGRAPHER. always she's a blast. I L O V E !IF YOU COULD MODEL FOR ANY WHO WOULD YOU A D V E N T U R I N G PHOTOGRAPHER, CHOOSE? INTO N E W @jordenkeith and @tyfrench amazing T E R R I T O R I E S are ! THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE WITH PEOPLE.” YOURSELF: ! loyal, persistent and tired WHICH DO YOU PREFER TO MODEL FOR, CONCEPTUAL OR PORTRAIT/ FASHION?

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Fashion. I always gravitate towards fashion because that's the industry I want to be in.

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WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHERS TO WORK WITH? Jaci Smith, Natalie Allen and Kristine Morgan

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Mad Sounds Magazine / California Daze  
Mad Sounds Magazine / California Daze  

Issue No. 5 (September 2014)