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March 2011

Visual Arts Magazine

Michael Cheval

Journey into Illusion An Exclusive Interview

Karol Bak

Tom Chambers Benita Winckler David Sandum Annalaura Masciave Andrea Fantoni Edward Bowie Zoltan Nagy

Mysterious Paths of Admiration Terra Kate

How to End a Dream An Exclusive Interview

Dear readers, I am dedicating this edition to an amazing artist, a beautiful, generous and sweet person, with such a rich imagination that always leaves me breathless, my dear friend and contributor Kiyo Murakami, and her proud and wonderful people of Japan. I also want to thank the people who are my soul, support and strength, Ljiljana Bursac, Jelena Grujic, my Nini Baseema, Ian Furniss, Gines Serran and Mark Sadan. There is so much I wanted to write this time...but things that have unfortunately happened in Japan, distracted me from my thoughts. I hope that all of you will understand me...just as you always do. Thank you for being there for me and Musetouch.

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MUSETOUCH MAGAZINE March 2011 Editor Maia Sylba Graphic designer Dejan Silbaski Contributors Nini Baseema Ian Furniss Cover Kiyo Murakami

MUSETOUCH is a magazine about visual arts. It has been created by Maia Sylba out of a love and passion for art with the hope that people will be able to use the publication and website as a platform to showcase their skills and gain recognition.

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Submission Guideline If you want to contribute to the next edition, you can send us an email with your data and a PDF file that shows your works, also a link of your website if you have any. We would love to see your art so don’t hesitate to contact us and welcome. All artwork in this magazine is copyright protected under the MUSETOUCH Magazine brand or remains property of the individual artists who have kindly granted us permission to use their work.

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Karol Bak

Mysterious Paths of Admiration


Tom Chambers Unspoken Stories


Michael Cheval

Journey into Illusion


Edward Bowie

The World of Movement and Color


Andrea Fantoni Magic Moment


Benita Winckler

Imagination Unlimited

Zoltan Nagy


Ecce Homo

Terra Kate


How to End a Dream


David Sandum I Paint Emotion


Annalaura Masciave Natural Brilliance


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Karol Bak


Karol Bąk is an admirer of women. He is a glorifier of womanhood. He paints captivatingly beautiful phenomenal shapes. He seems to desire to reveal their souls. Therefore, by various methods he examines the deepest parts of their nature. His seraphic heroines flow in the dream, appear in immense space; they are angels, pearl-divers, personification of elements and winds; incarnated murders (Judyta, Salome) and even death (Thanatos); from time to time their dimension is galactic – they are super new or the Milky Way. Karol Bąk makes himself extremely great task for his intention is not to show women only from their physical side. However, he is aware of the fact that the woman is noticed not only as a body-subject from a point of view, but also as spiritual-physical human being, loving, delicate, and tender-hearted to utmost emotions. In other words, woman is variable and almost imperceptible. The artist wishes to show the woman’s nature throughout her body and more and more limited accessories. To reveal in visual arts the inside nature of the portrait-painted person was not easy, and the great artists had known about it ages ago. Leonardo da Vinci concisely said: “A good painter paints two matters: a human being and his spiritual inside. The first stage is easy, the second difficult for should be presented b gestures and motions of the shown body.” It is necessary to mention here that the genius of Renaissance, as we know, painted “from nature”, so the presented figures and scenes were revealed from the background. On the other hand, the Poznan artist in his own way takes advantage of tradition for his needs. In most of his works he shows one elegant person who is characterized by clothes, and lately by an enlarged head-dress in style of aureole, nimbus, and halo. In the last case the author materializes what is invisible. Additionally, in various ways he “attaches” the woman to the picture’s background, who sometimes like in “The dreaming pearl” appears in several spheres. In another composition (“The angel patience”) there is a God’s messenger somewhere high in the heaven, as a strong and tempting blond woman, who is drawing out from herself an eternal landscape. It seems to be similar with another “Wandering angel” where the hero of the picture is somehow a part of the matter already left by him. There is a kind of primordial existence, insect’s something. Taking into consideration the cycle “Cocoons”, where from the silk cloth female and male torsos “are being born”, and among others “Ring’s secrets” in which gorgeous head’s ornaments

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like of exotic birds or lizards, linked with the dress – which seems to be – a part of the painted female body, we can state that Bąk shows primitive, animal beauties. (This subject reflects the transforming woman in the story “Struggling species” by John Shirley and William Gibson from Gibson’s collection “Johnny Mnemonic”). Additionally, his fascinating worlds seem to be created from the same substance. Thus it could be understood that he is a follower of the argument of the lost world’s unity. The mentioned subject is continued by the cycle “Sailing-ship” which is the most realistic art piece blending ship in the process of building and the Babel tower. This unfinished structure, surrounded by scaffolding with sails, is already pushed by the wind, and starts its almost impossible voyage. The next unreal visions of sailing-ships are shown as still not able to sail because either they resemble rushing whirlwind or – in other example – clearly outlined hull overwhelming most of the sails, covering the space, or a part of the ship. Especially sails flowing in different directions, and falling into layers, combine the background, and from which they should distinguish. There is no way to verbalize these visions in extended space and somehow emerging from one matter; they are a query or the artist’s joke, what could be explained by the material’s tear visible in the upper part of one of the compositions (“Sailingship VI”). It enlightens the viewer on the fact that behind the life presented world, there is also any unknown reality. Briefly discussed variations on the subject of sailing-ships show that the painter is not an illustrator telling stories, but a creator using all possible painting means to paint and activate imagination of his audience. These and other Bąk’s compositions cannot be presented in other means. However, they could be only somehow brought nearer to those viewers who are not familiar with the artist’s painting yet, and outline some important ideas of his art. But, substantiation and interpretations of the Poznan artist’s world presented in his works depends on individual intuition, feelings, and cultural experience of the viewer, whom the painter seems to invite to join his process of creation. Thus, imagination exactly, aspirations and research horizon of the viewer will decide on “reading” these paintings and certainly not only esthetic satisfaction. Coming back to the most numerous and most impressive Bąk’s compositions of “picturesque” women, it is worth paying our attention that the artist exploring and presenting their spiritual conditions, wishes, with positive or negative energy arising from them, at the same time appoints them to roles: biblical, mythological or personifying elements. Thus, as we can assume, there is certain theatrical manner of poses, artificiality, and intentional decorative value. In contrast with these art works, it is worth paying attention to the persons heads surrounded by enriched ovals, which are not only fascinating structure components of painting, but deco-

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rating the presented women. These figures traced from the cycle (the ideal figure, together with a triangle, professionally used by the artist in his graphics) are parts of dress, and also the materialized aura corresponding to aureole. Their meaning is symbolic. They mark contradictory emotions, confused ways of labyrinth (Ariadna II), emotion explosives (Ignes) or solar ring (Rosa Mundi), motion symbol, everlasting while, and the solar rose can represent labyrinth, life pilgrimage path. Development of symbols and particular significance of the listed paintings, as the examples, depends on invention and knowledge of the viewer. When we look at fascinating works of the artist from Poznan, we should notice that the forms around the persons, as emanation of their emotions, relate directly with the space surround, and also with the air space. Of course, at the beginning there is a feeling, connected with the art piece, and later on its understanding. Certainly many viewers who are keen on Bąk’s art works leave away “the ballast knowledge”, and continue – what is accepted – “breathing” with the beauty of the presented women, according to own personal taste and life experience. Other viewers – as I think – get satisfied also from the picture stage and composition of the paintings. The pay attention to the beauty as the esthetic category, what in case of the discussed art, has the following meaning: harmony, accuracy, and equalization. We can mention here that Bąk has been continuously developing his painting skills towards the ideal beauty, which due to Hegel “is placed in undisturbed unity, peace and perfection itself ”. And finally, there is a group of viewers who are interested in explaining the idea of the art works. These viewers base on their own emotions, knowledge, and according to titles they will recall complex cultural and philosophical context. The beauty could get various shapes and could be shown in variety of ways. It is – according to Elias Canetti – pathetic and cold at the same time. “It always includes – due to this writer – something fascinating like something what existed some time ago, and then has disappeared for a long time. (…) We cannot love it in spite we miss it. Thanks to the mysterious paths of admiration the beauty itself is getting richer than anything else we can have in us ourselves.” Awards: • Award for graphics “Diploma 89”, Torun 1989 • First award and Jan Wroniecki medal, “XXI Post-competition exhibition – The best graphic art and drawing of the year”. musetouch 14

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Tom Chambers

“Through photomontage I present unspoken stories which illustrate fleeting moments in time and which are intended to evoke a mood in the viewer. These mythical illustrations might address the fragility of childhood or the delicate transition experienced by a child passing into adolescence and then adulthood. Others express the tension in the uncertain coexistence between man and his environment, a delicate balance too often ignored and damaged. Each photomontage is carefully constructed, using both images that have been planned and those that unexpectedly enhance the story. With digital photography I desire to move beyond documentation of the present, and rather seek to fuse reality and fantasy in musing about possibilities of the future. To create a photomontage I photograph each piece of the final image using a Nikon digital camera or a medium format film camera. The processed film is scanned at a high resolution, approximately 80 megabytes per frame. Then, I use Photoshop software with a Macintos computer to combine the pieces, thus creating the final image. Lastly, this final image is printed with archival pigment inks on cotton rag paper.�

Tom Chambers

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Michael Cheva

Michael Cheval is the world’s leading contemporary artist, specializing in Absurdist paintings, drawings and portraits. In his definition, absurdity is an inverted side or reality, a reverse side of logic. It does not emerge from the dreams of surrealists, or the work of subconsciousness. It is a game of imagination, where all ties are carefully chosen to construct a literary plot. Any one of Cheval’s paintings is a map of his journey into illusion. His work is often metaphorical and requires a sharp eye to decipher the often hidden allusions. Born in 1966 in Kotelnikovo, a small town of southern Russia, Cheval developed passion for art in his early childhood. When his family moved to Germany in 1980, the West European culture made a great impression on the young artist. In 1986, he moved to Turkmenistan and graduated from Ashgabad school of Fine Art. Absorbing Eastern philosophy and the character of Central Asia, he began working as an independent professional artist, shaping his style and surrealistic direction. His decision to immigrate in 1997 to USA began a new epoch for the artist. He returned to the Western culture that greatly inspired him in his German youth, but now he brought his own experience, his philosophy, and vision.In 1998, Cheval became a member of the prestigious New York’s National Arts Club where he was distinguished with the Exhibition Committee Award in 2000. He is also a member of the Society for Art of Imagination since 2002.

In 2006, Michael’s works were accepted by “Feast of Imagination” exposition at H.R. Giger Museum Gallery, Switzerland.In 2008 - he was accepted as a participant in the “Dreamscape 2009” exhibition in Amsterdam and published in “Dreamscape” book among of 50 Worldwide famous surrealist artists. In 2009 - Michael Cheval was chosen as the Best Of Worldwide Oil Artists by the “Best Of Worldwide Artists” Volume I Book Series (Kennedy Publishing, USA) In 2009 - Palm Art Award Jury and Art Domain Gallery (Leipzig) certify that Michael Cheval is the winner of the First Prize of “Palm Art Award”. In 2010 – Michael’s artworks have been published in “Dreamscape 2010” book among of 50 Worldwide famous surrealist artists. In 2010 Michael’s artworks have been published in “Imaginaire” book in Denmark and participated “April’s fool” exhibition organized by “Fantasmus Art” Cheval published two full-colored art albums—Lullabies in 2004 and Nature of Absurdity in 2007. His work is internationally acclaimed and can often be seen in USA galleries and abroad.

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Journey into Illusion

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Who are you Michael? If I were a Buddhist monk then I would probably reply – “nobody.” However, since I am not a monk, I will have to give a more detailed answer: 44 years old, 186cm in height, black hair, brown eyes. Married. Have two children. My daughter is 21 and my son is 7. I smoke and drink alcohol given a good company. I love music and literature, theater and smart, worthy movies. I collect pipes and cold weapons. Also I create paintings. This last item takes up the biggest part of my life. Why do you paint? Because I love doing it. Because I’ve been doing it ever since I can remember myself. Pencils and brushes were my toys from the youngest age. I would not trouble my parents for hours as I created my worlds and my heroes on paper. It is like going into a parallel world. The World I created myself, where I am the chief director and the master of fates. Ideas that originate in my head become live on paper or canvas and this process is incredibly exciting … I am like an alchemist who creates gold from nothing. Where is your inspiration coming from? This is a difficult question. If anyone could locate inspiration and give its exact address, I am sure that the longest line of people would form immediately to that place. Inspiration is a delicate matter, like radio waves. Only there are no tuning controls for this radio receiver. This wave comes from nowhere and goes to unknown destinations. It is not possible to fetch it, it must be earned. There was talk in the 60s that hallucinogens like LSD can bring this feeling – I don’t know, never tried, but I think that is wrong. This feeling is natural, it is live energy. Are you romantic? It seems improper to be a romantic at 44. At least it’s unfitting to admit it. Life experiences make people skeptic, turn poets into prosaists … But I feel that somewhere inside, there is still a boy who looks at the world with wide-open eyes, wonders, dreams, and longs for the

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world to be the way he paints it. I truly wish that this boy never leaves but stays with me always. Imagination is the some way crucial for your art, as far as I am does, or should, that word relate to an artist? Imagination is not just a word. It is the primary tool for the artist. It is the antenna that allows one to receive the waves of inspiration. Through the artist, these waves transform into ideas and images, through the writer into words, through the musician into sounds. Without imagination, the creative process is impossible. The same as without the heart or the liver, the process of life cannot take place. How do you see? What is it about a scene or subject that speaks to you, makes you feel and causes you to create a painting? This question is almost anatomic. Feels like you are trying to examine me under a microscope. It is impossible to explain in few words. Perhaps impossible to explain at all. For the artist who creates a landscape or a still life painting, it is a question of beauty and harmony. He sees the object, he feels the harmony, this engages him and he transports the object onto the canvas. In my case, I must be engaged by the idea, a certain concept. It is possible not to “see” it at all, but only sense it. If the idea is interesting, then images, faces, costumes, decorations begin to emerge from a thick fog … The game begins – fascinating, magical, as if I am watching a performance. I am both the audience and the director, and I have no idea how it will end because the play is not yet finished. This is very engaging! Is it important to remain true to yourself and your individual vision as an artist? It is very important and very difficult. Especially when the artist earns his living by what he creates. There is always temptation to make something that you know in advance is sure to please the audience. Some do exactly that without feeling much quilt about it. Sometimes I do that as well and it results in my least successful works. I am then troubled by my conscience … That is why I believe it is very important to stay true to myself. Otherwise, it is

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possible to mess up and lose my own self. Please tell me more about " Dreamscape" book and what means to you to be among 50 Worldwide famous surreal artists? I am very grateful to the creator of Dreamscape project, Mr. Marcel Salome, for the chance to participate in exhibitions and book publications. Appearing among such masters as Michael Parkes, Peter Gric, David Bowers, Sergey Aparin, Petar Meseldzija and Adam Rote is enjoyable to the highest degree. I hope that Dreamscape project will continue expanding in the future. I already received my invitation to participate in the Turin exhibition that will take place in the autumn of this year. Next year it will be held in Amsterdam, and in Germany in 2013. According to such schedule, Dreamscape is doing good! Is it fame just an illusion? Fame looks very attractive from the side – glittering, scented with wonderful aromas. It seems that once you reach fame, you will become superman, an angel, a God … But that is not so. Your nature remains the same. Perhaps your desires, your demands become greater, but you are still the same man you always were. Fame is a very tricky thing. The legend of Icarus and his flight to the sun is a very good illustration of this. Fame is an illusion, capable of destruction. It is going to be Art Expo in New York in March 25th and your art will be exhibit...can you tell me more about that and also, I would like to know all about your future plans if you like to share them with me?:) I will not talk about my plans. There is a saying: “If you want to make God laugh – tell him about your plans.” So I think I’d rather keep quiet. ArtExpo will be in New York from March 25th to 27th, 2011. This is an annual international exhibition and for the past 10 years I took part in it. Artists and art dealers come there from all over the world. The major goal of participants is to find new partners, people who share

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similar visions, and simply friends. In the past two years, ArtExpo was not doing too well due to the crises. However, this year, everything will be up to highest standards. Cheval Fine Art will exhibit in booth# 632 – welcome to stop by! This year Cheval Fine Art will stand as its own company. Today it is practically a Publishing House that prints Limited Edition giclees (prints on canvas), catalogs, and lithographs. It is devoted to making my art known in the world. This year new originals and prints will be exhibited. Particularly my new series of paintings titled “Playhouse of Quintessence” that consists of 5 prints and 3 originals that I have not yet sold. There will also be 5 drawings. Especially for this ArtExpo we published a catalog of prints that came out in 2009-2010. My two books “Lullabies” (2003) and “Nature of Absurdity” (2007) will be available in my booth. Those who will be in New York, come to ArtExpo, it will be very interesting! MS musetouch 101

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Edward Bowie

“I like to capture movement and take aspects of the natural environment: colour, atmosphere and mood and transfer those qualities into a visual form. The inspiration for my work encompasses both the physical and non-physical. I really try to breathe life into my work in order to give the sensation of freedom and to demonstrate the beauty of the unaltered outside world, a world full of movement and colour.�

Edward Bowie

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Andrea Fanton “I’m not a professional photographer and my main job is not photo-related. I prefer that are my pictures to speak for me. I have the passion for the nude art and I give my best from the planning of the shooting till the printing. It is my personal opinion that the B&W is the essence of the nude art. There are only the lights and shadows that play on the body of the model and it is a great pleasure - a magic moment - to see on the printed version how the light/ shadows play togheter. I have photographed dozen of models, but only few pubblications of different kind: a glamour calendar (2008), in 2009 i was published by NuExpo and Freshnudes and interviewed by a local photography magazine (12 pages with pictures and cover). The 2010 has been a year of other priorities more important than the photography, so during this period i didn’t photographed anything.” Andrea Fantoni musetouch 142


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Benita Winckle “My name is Benita Winckler. I’m a freelancer from Berlin, Germany, specialised in concept art, illustration as well as the design and programming of interactive multimedia websites.” Benita Winckler

Clients including: BASF, ImagineFX and the German TV station WDR. Publishing companies: Bertelsmann, Blanvalet, cbt, cbj, Futurenet Publishing, Nasza Ksiegarnia, Prószynski Media, Random House, TV Trend Verlag, VVA Kommunikation, Zoo Publishing, and The Coronzon Press. musetouch 156


Imagination Unlimited

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Zoltan Nagy


Zoltan Nagy is a fine art photographer, expert in DTP and color management. Born in 1979, in Zagreb, Croatia, he lives and works in Pula, Croatia. Intensively engaged in photography since 2005. Exhibiting his work since 2006. Till now he had 3 solo exhibitions and 15 group exhibitions, and several awards from the photography and art competitions. Zoltan was the finalist of Photodays 2008, he received compliment of Croatian Photography Federation in 2009, and awarded ar art fair “ Open Riva Art 2009 “, 3rd place at Photoextempore “ Photourist 2009” and other... “Ecce Homo“ Because of the need of commenting the global modern consumerist reality, superficiality and lies, his work is preoccupied with the reflection, criticism and analysis of humanity, emotions and alienation. Through the formal motiv of the human body in different proportions finds new potentials and pushes the boundaries of understandings about the function, shape and purpose of a human body in the context of human being as an entity. musetouch 174

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Terra Kate

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I would like to know who Terra is...a person behind the beauty she is creating... I’m a relatively quiet and thoughtful person. I like to read books and ride my bike through trails in the forests where I live. As a child I was reprimanded for constantly daydreaming, but now as an adult I feel I’ve found an outlet for those dreams through photography. Why do you create photographs, what is your purpose? It’s hard to explain just exactly what motivates me. Sometimes an image manifests itself in my mind and I simply don’t feel better until I create it, because I’m afraid of losing the vision forever. What inspires you, what moves you? In a word, portraits. I find photos and art of people most inspiring because portraits can speak to all our various experiences as human beings. What is the contrast between the intent of your work and the perception of it? I’ve been fairly fortunate in that most people seem to understand the meaning in my photos, but I like to hear all different perceptions and interpretations because it makes me feel connected to other people’s minds. Do you consider yourself an artist? I guess I could say so. I feel like an artist because I’m trying to capture beauty, ideas, and emotions in a visual format, and I suppose that’s all an artist can hope for. What I enjoy about your photography is that you have the abbility to connect with dreams, imagination in a way that we can understand are dreams and especially imagination important to you?

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Without dreams and imagination I don’t think I’d be as interested in photography as I am. We all seem to live two lives, one in reality and one in the realm of our dreams, and I think it’s important to try and capture that other life. What is the most important element of your pictures? Is it your subjects, is it the process or is it your vision and concepts? I would say the most important element for me is surreality. Even in simple images and portraits, if there isn’t some slightly unreal aspect to it I feel as though the message and mood aren’t as strong. How do you see an image before you actually create it? I tend to see it very literally, inspired by my dreams or other works of art. I then sketch it out and let it evolve through the shooting and editing process. Sometimes an image comes out exactly as I’ve planned but sometimes it transforms into something better. Do you have a favorite image? My favorite image is constantly changing, but in general I am most proud of images that evoke a strong emotional response within me upon completion. I like to see that an image has an impact and a purpose. If, for whatever reason, you could only make one more image in your life and it was the last image that you would ever make; what would it be? I would probably create a self portrait or a scene that subtly summarized my journey as a photographer. I think that would be a really beautiful way to end things if I had to. How do you see yourself in the future...what do you wish to achieve? In the future I see photography remaining a large part of my life, and I also see myself becoming a painter because that’s a medium I’m very drawn to and would love to become proficient at in my lifetime. MS musetouch 197

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David Sandum David Sandum was born 1971 in Gothenburg Sweden. Today he resides in Moss Norway and has a studio at Gamle Pikeskolen (since 2003), where he also teaches several private students. David is self-taught, though he studied art history at the University of Utah. He see’s himself mainly as a colorist - and expressionist. Feelings, energy, and emotions are very much key to his work. The people he paints are never real portraits, “but inner portraits.” Scandinavian influences are Munch, Karsten, and Sparre. Other influences are The German Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) movement (1911-1914) spearheaded by Kandinsky, and continental masters such as Gaugain, Van Gogh, Bonnard and Matisse. A quote by Matisse sums it up well: “I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.” Sandum has had several solo gallery exhibits and has carried out commissions in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and the US. musetouch 232


I Paint Emotion

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Annalaura Masciave is a young photographer from Rome, Italy. She is working with italian actors and collaborating with cinema agency. Her work has been published in magazines, emags and blogs (ex. Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone Magazine, Kismet Magazine etc.).

“Annalaura may be seen as a fashionista for these certainly stylish flicks. Each scene is crafted with precise and admirable vigilance specifically involving lighting effects and composition. They bear a beautiful, serene, naturally captured brilliance that is an example of what should be employed to a greater extent rather than the intimidatingly posed nature of imagery we are often bombarded with in commercial advertising.� Raji Kaur musetouch 250


Natural Brilliance

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Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine Issue 8