BOLD+ DETERMINED CREATIVES UNPUBLISHED
03 cornelia klimek
by emily jane morgan 09 rachel souza
13 leslie a. wood 23 oleg borodin 29 winston braun 33 michela heim
kee boutique with rachel souza 37 41 amandine paulandre
45 benjamin evans 57 anna balecho
61 emily jane morgan 65 evita weed
by evita weed 71 jessica durrant
85 julia trotti 89 leah goren 93 kevin j. hsia 99 maria eugenia solla + ines ayerza
I BEGAN DABBLING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY
have grown to love as much
after failing at other creative outlets such as art or music.
as photography and editing.
Finding out that I cannot sketch or hold a note to save my life
Currently, I typically take on
led to me to try and express myself otherwise. When I picked up
several roles in the planning
my first camera (an old Canon point and shoot) things seemed
of a shoot, from art direction,
right. Perhaps it didn’t appear as though skill was necessary to
to styling, to sometimes even
try and create with it (since you literally pointed and clicked) but
hair. Whatever it takes to
I found it a great challenge to frame subjects in interesting ways
create the vision. It is a long
and really develop my “eye” so to speak. Then, of course, came
process, but one I find so
the added test of learning Photoshop, which is daunting in and of
rewarding when the results
itself. Using various resources at my disposal (mainly the internet),
come out the way I intended.
I began to develop my skills and branch out from shooting nature
I am constantly inspired by
to people, primarily self portraits, before gaining the nerve to ask
what I see, hear, and dream.
my friends to pose for me. From there I slowly started working
I always say that if people
with models and when it became clear I was going to need to
look at my work and think
have more of a hand in the shoots, I began styling them as well.
its beautiful and pretty, then I have accomplished what I
My foray into styling was more out of necessity than anything else. There wasn’t anyone that I could ask to style the shoots, so pulling clothes and creating outfits became my job - one which I
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new bedford, massachusetts
T H I S
S H O O T was
actually inspired by Moxee! I wanted to capture images that were reminiscent of Moxee’s color scheme. The dress chosen for the foggy beach shots was not only chosen for it’s colors, but I liked the way the dress, with its geometric pattern, reminded me of some of the brilliant collage
Moxee’s spring issue, blog, & Flickr group. The turquoise necklace featured with the pink dress is actually one of my
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I A M A 2 5 Y E A R old illustrator living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
I find joy
in sharpened pencils, aimless walks, patterns, homemade chili, & aerial views. Drawing acts as my most natural voice.
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by emily jane morgan In between the bustle of diary dates crammed with University work and Commercial / Editorial work, sometimes I just like to do my own thing and enjoy taking photographs without having to question what I am shooting, why I am shooting what I am, or have to worry about being assessed afterward. I have learned very quickly that no matter what kind of creative you are, you need to take a break and have fun, meeting new people along the way in order to relax your mind. These two shoots are the result of that decision, and I have a lot of affection for both of them, despite them being so different from one another! I have not yet published these seriesâ€™ because I have strongly believed I should wait for the right time to share them. Sometimes I feel like that. I can be too hasty with sharing photographs, uploading them so soon and then losing appreciation for them, but by waiting long enough my love for
grows, and gives me confidence to shoot more and more. Confidence is everything.
This was shot in the sunny streets and parks of Norwich, England on the day of the Easter Fair in Chapelfield Gardens, with Photographer Nicola Crossley. Photo days are becoming more popular amongst growing Photographers, an opportunity to share tips, tricks and discover beautiful places together, and most importantly, to inspire each other. I always come away from a photo day with other photographers feeling pleased & buzzing with creative energy and ready to jump back into work! My shoot with Nicola was no exception, who made a wonderful model and prop-hunting companion! The vibrant colours of the fair and locations make this series one that truly reflect my feelings of positivity and enthusiasm on the day of the shoot, which Iâ€™m proud of. Sometimes shoots like this one do not need concepts; they just need an open mind and opened eyes- anything can happen on a photo day!
“Black Balloon” is one of my few studio shoots. I personally try to evade the beckoning call of the studio due to its clinical aesthetic that can be awfully uninspiring and at the same time rather daunting! However, this shoot for me was an opportunity to be playful, and working with a model that I have worked with and gotten to appreciate for her positivity and creative input. The theme was loosely based around the phrase ‘Post- Apocalyptic,’ the model looking almost skeletal and strange. It quickly evolved into a quirky shoot with dozens of black balloons flying around the studio! The Make-up Artist produced a striking and bold look on Felicity that makes this shoot such a unique piece in my portfolio. The experience dashed my fears of using the studio, and I think I know where I will be hiding on rainy days!
A R T S.
can feel the air, pure and
There are paintings that guide me in terms of color, shades
spacious. The space should be
and the atmosphere. Having classical art as the ideal I try
visually comfortable. The en-
to reach. I think photographs should have their own poetry.
vironment makes us what we
Each picture has the capacity to evoke emotion from your heart,
are, and living in a big city
rather than your rational mind.
makes your eyes starve for
I N S P I R E D
F I N E
purity. Billboards, posters, the So for me, photography is not about capturing a moment, but
whole outdoor advertisement
about creating a picture, an artwork of its own meaning and
thing, people rushing through
value. The whole atmosphere, colors, tints, details â€“ you go
the streets and abudance of
through it, you perfect them, you set up one more take â€“ with
color, uglyness and pollution.
only one photograph in the end. Sometimes I think that a series is
When it comes to visual culture
only a variation of the same picture, which is rather unnecessary.
you automatically turn to light,
Less is more. It applies equally to portraits and landscapes.
space, harmony & minimalism.
My main aim as a photographer is to fill the picture with air, color and sensation. So while looking at the photograph, one
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I G R E W U P mostly in a small Californian town. The hikes in the summer and the coyotes on my street at night influenced much of my subject matter. For a while growing up I wanted to be a writer, but I became an illustrator instead. Now I try to create images that have a sense of narrative to them, that tell a story. I also really like bicycles and the space program, and along with drawing, they are all things that I never really grew out of. I always did want to go to space camp.
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M Y M O T H E R I S F R O M Budapest, Hungary and my
When I was about 19, on a
father is from the beautiful Swedish island, Gotland. I was born
trip to Hungary, my mother
in a village called Kinna, Sweden and growing up in this small
gave me a compact 35mm
place never quite felt like home. It made me daydream a whole
camera and that is when
lot, and of course, I desired to travel far, far away.
it all really began. I started photographing to remember
I moved to Oslo, Norway after graduation and I have lived in
things better, because I am
Norway since - it’s a wonderful country. The nature is breath-
quite forgetful when it comes
taking and makes me feel at home. In my photography, there’s
to details. Looking at one pho-
often a connection between humans and nature.
to from someplace reminds me
My love for film photography has existed for as long as I can
around the time the photo
remember. My father was always carrying around a snapshot
camera or filming our family’s events. My father has social anxiety, so he never attended the big events like graduations or
I don’t write a journal. I take
trips to the amusement park, but I always felt that they weren’t
the ones that counted anyways. The most beloved memories I
the things I do and feel, but I
have from my childhood are when my whole family (my mother,
also try and achieve different
father and two sisters) squeezed into a car and drove across
mind states that my viewers
Sweden to visit relatives or just for a vacation, stopping close to
can relate to and go back
beautiful fields to have hot cocoa and cinnamon buns. Just us,
and reminisce in my pictures.
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leeds, united kingdom
I A M K E E L Y B R I G H T M O R E and my clothes are Kee Boutique. I love everything pretty and vintage. I like nothing better than rooting through flea markets and car boots for hidden gems, pieces of lace, broaches, fabrics, whatever I can find, then creating something beautiful from something on its last legs! I started Kee Boutique in July last year, just after graduating from university. I have always been creative, designing and using my mumâ€™s sewing machine as a child. I started selling my clothes online, in markets and in other peopleâ€™s shops but always dreamt of having my own shop. My shop is in a beautiful art deco building with several other independent shops which is a great place to visit in Leeds. I also use it as a studio where customers can find me behind my sewing machine making my new garments to sell in the shop, online and elsewhere. I either make brand new clothes from vintage materials or rework unloved vintage clothes so every piece is a one-off and can be custom made for each customer. I take inspiration from the 20â€™s to now and love mixing English and French styles. I love what I do, meeting new creative people who I can learn from, doing fashion shows and photoshoots, and seeing people wearing my designs. I hope people love them too! Available to buy on asos marketplace (search keeboutique).
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WHAT I LIKE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY
I wouldn’t take pictures of
is the time you can spend taking pictures. I’m boring and I always
someone that doesn’t match
get bored, so it’s a medium that keeps me busy.
my beauty criteria (it sounds bad, I know), therefore I have
I find inspiration with accessories. I imagine a hat, a crown... and
very few models.
I start taking or drawing the pictures in my head. It helps for D-day.
I walk with my head up, so I see the tops of buildings and
There are many ways to accessorize a style. And when I don’t
take pictures of them. I always
think about shooting something fashionable, I take pictures of
look at architecture even if I
what’s around and what looks good because it often will look
have seen it a million times,
even better on film. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t,
because there’s always some-
but the essential thing is that I tried to get the element I liked.
thing new appearing.
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that I have always had an
and I am from the Gold Coast, Australia. My photography follows
interest in but never really
my day-to-day happenings. I like looking for the interesting or
unusual in a scene that others may miss, photographing it, then
I have really enjoyed the
sharing it with my family and friends. Ultimately, the world is full
learning process that has gone
of amazing people, places and parties, so why wouldnâ€™t you get
along with it all and shooting
involved... and capture some memories in the process.
film is also always an excit-
N A M E
B E N J A M I N
ing process to be involved I would have to say my parents inspired me to get creative,
in. Good or bad, there are
which is something that I have always been really happy about.
always some interesting results
I have always had an interest in different creative mediums, but
that come from the process.
I began photography just before I went travelling to South America a year or so ago. I started because it gave me the perfect opportunity (and a bit of a push) to go and learn something
Whatever happens, enjoy.
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AN INTERVIEW With rachel souza As a reoccuring contributor of Moxee, Rachel Souza was nice enough to be one of our first interviewed creatives for our summer issue. Find out everything from what she does on a daily basis to her favorite photograph she has ever taken!
WE’LL START OFF EASY - HOW DID YOU GET INTO
my friends introduced me to
PHOTOGRAPHY? DO YOU REMEMBER ANY OF THE
the wonderful world of Flickr
FIRST PHOTOS YOU EVER TOOK? While I can’t exactly
and my photography just took
remember what sparked my interest in photography and drew
off and blossomed from there.
me in, I do, however, remember when I was around 12 years old going to the store and buying 3 packs of disposable film cameras
WHAT IS IT THAT IN-
and snapping all kinds of pictures. I would have my two cousins
SPIRES YOU AND HOW
model for me, I would curl their hair and pick out outfits and go
DO YOU PREPARE/BEGIN
on little “photoshoots” around the house. I can remember handing
A PHOTOSHOOT? I’m ex-
them a flower from their garden and instructing them to “look
tremely inspired by music lyr-
down at it and look sad”. I would also bring lots of disposable film
ics, especially that of The Spill
cameras on family vacations and later get the pictures developed
Canvas. Their lyrics have in-
and make scrapbooks. In June of 2009 I was really into black
spired a great amount of my
and white photography and also macro photography using my
work. I just really enjoy pulling
digital camera. I would get prints of them at the store and put
the lyrics apart and putting
them in a little journal, and it was about that time that one of
them back together visually. I
don’t always illustrate the lyrics literally, I sometimes find I like to
WHAT IS IT ABOUT DIGI-
take them out of context and let them take on a different mean-
TAL PHOTOS THAT YOU
ing. I’m also highly inspired the Vintage eras and fashion. Your
ADORE? I prefer digital pho-
likely to find all three inspirations wrapped up in one photograph.
tos because I enjoy the instant
Some other inspirations I draw from nature, such as creeping ivy,
gratification of seeing the shot
exposed tree roots, fog, etc. Last but definitely not least I often find
I just took, and making sure
myself inspired by the other creative and talented photographers
it looks the way I intended.
on Flickr. After all, they inspired me to try some of the more elabo-
While I love the look of film;
rate and heavily manipulated type images such as levitation, and
the graininess and lightleaks,
working with layers and textures. Another way Flickr inspires me
for me it’s too unpredictable,
is through my taking part in some of their weekly themes or as-
you never know if your go-
signment groups, I like to challenge myself to think outside the box
ing to have a masterpiece
while still following the given theme or assignment.
or a complete disaster. For those time when I’m craving
When preparing for a photoshoot I almost always know exactly
a film like feel or edge I en-
what I want it to look like in my head, so the night before I’ll
joy the challenge of achieving
gather all the clothing, accessories, props, etc. that we’ll need pack
it through editing, with layers
them up and charge my camera’s battery. Last year my usual
model Melissa and I invested in a pop-up changing room so we make sure we pack that too. I do a lot of checking the weather
SO, WHAT’S A DAY IN
channel for last minute changes too because in New England the
THE LIFE OF RACHEL
weather can change in an instant.
LIKE, EXACTLY? A day in the Life of Rachel is pretty
IN MOXEE’S SPRING ISSUE, YOU MENTIONED YOUR
ordinary. I wake up early for
LOVE FOR JEWELRY MAKING & POETRY WRITING. DO
my split shift as a teacher at
YOU FIND THAT YOUR CREATIVE WORK IN ALL OF
a local day care. When I’m
THESE DIFFERENT FIELDS INFLUENCE EACH OTHER? I
home in between shifts I get a
do feel that my other creative outlets and hobbies all take a part
chance to catch up on house
in influencing eachother. Sometimes I’ll take a photo and it will
work and spend some time
inspire me to write a poem, or sometimes I’ll write a poem that
either editing photos or upload-
inspires a photograph. My jewelry making abilities come in handy
ing and commenting contacts
when I need a particular accessory for a photoshoot. I also have
on Flickr. Also, I’ll often use this
used some of my watercolor paintings to create interesting double
time to jot some new ideas or
inspiration in my journal appropriately titled “Photography
DO YOU PREFER DIGITAL OR FILM NOWADAYS?
Ideas and Inspiration”. Then
I prefer digital.
it’s back to work where I find
other ways to be creative, whether it’s helping classroom teachers with lesson ideas or putting together kid-made monthly themed bulletin boards. After work I make dinner and enjoy spending time with my Husband and our two dogs. The majority of my picture taking happens on the weekends. My usual model Melissa and I are earlybirds so we’re usually already snapping away by 9:00 am and are usually done shortly after noon. Then I’ll spend the next few hours going through, selecting and editing photos. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE IT BE SPRING OR AUTUMN THE ENTIRE YEAR? I think if I had to choose between Spring and Autumn I would have it be spring for the entire year. All the pretty flowers make for great photo opportunities, and who doesn’t love the smell of spring rain. DO YOU HAVE A SINGLE FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPH THAT YOU’VE TAKEN? My favorite photo I’ve ever taken would have to be a portrait of my model Melissa De Lima I took in an abandoned office building in Swansea, Massachusetts. It was one of those days where I should have checked the weather one more time before we left. The forecast was predicting low 50’s, but it ended up being so cold we could see our breath. So after freezing, climbing through broken glass windows, and nearly being scared to death when a gust of wind slammed one of the office doors closed, I was more than thrilled when I saw the shot on the camera. I almost didn’t edit the shot at all I was so happy with it, but decided to give it a slightly warmer yellow tone to enhance the beautiful natural light that surrounded her.
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P O R T U G A L graduate in
Photography and Visual Culture. I rarely work with something that I do not know or something I do not feel, so my influences are personal, even when it comes to cinema or music, it always has that emotional background. My photos are usually as much about myself as they are about the subjects being photographed. It’s like each one of my photos are a journey. “It’s an interesting life? Not really, but so many boring lives have made very good movies..”
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W A S
B O R N in
1990 and am a photographer based in Norwich, England, with special focuses on the fairy-tale and whimsical fantasy of portraiture. My keen interest in dreams and the imagination has led to the production of this photographic series of self-portraits. Containing the vibrant beginnings a body of work that I intend to expand upon in due course, exploring the nature of dreams and what they symbolize and reflect upon this world. This photographic series has become
some of the visual elements represent and symbolize for me, which has been a wonderful
myself with my own art is not a regular occurance, after all!
to preserve my innocence in a
was born in 1986 in a small village in the province of Jaen in
society that seems to be losing
Andalusia. And that’s where I started learning about photogra-
that quality. A vision of my
phy in a very experimental way.
city, this desert vast, desolate asphalt, the futile resistance
In 2002, I moved to Granada, where I then began studying
against the loss of innocence...
pho tography and developing my own style. I developed my style with a love story that was somewhat rough and left me
There are thousands of times
in deep sadness. I began to see photography as more than one
in life, and some of them de-
activity, but a way to translate my feelings and impressions in
serve to be captured... feelings
the light and transforming them into a tangible form that can be
and images... and that’s all
seen on paper.
there for me.
Although born in the digital age, I focused primarily on film.
My style is totally recognizable
My portraits are characterized by a melancholy touch, soft and
and distinctive. It’s so easy to
subtle tones of vintage film grain conveying a sense of recogniz-
get carried away and jump
able time. There is always a touch of melancholy in my pictures,
into the imaginary world of
because I love film cameras and they are always going to get a
sublime landscapes, dynamic
rough grain which permeates every level, as a product of light.
skies, dreamlike landscapes
My images are also characterized by soft tones, subtle, small
and feelings hidden in remote
imperfections and well-studied use of light, where natural light is
the key theme of the collection. The pictures, for me, are my window to the world. Everything around me is a huge desert of asphalt that I’m trying to escape ...
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illustrator and art instructor from the fabulous Las Vegas, who recently moved to Atlanta. I studied Illustration at Southern Utah University where I received my Bachelorâ€™s. I teach art
Georgia and have taught painting courses in Tempe, Arizona and West Chester, PA. My art is inspired by my passion for traveling, fashion design, indie music, graphic arts, Japanese Illustration, vintage fashion magazines, and fellow artisans. I mainly work with watercolors, India inks and pen on paper. If I can create an image that makes the viewer feel as happy as I did when I created it, then my job is done.
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a series by evita weed
UN DIA MÁS me quedaré sentada aqui en la penumbra de un jardin tan extraño cae la tarde y me olvide otra vez de tomar una determinación... Tropiezos incontrolados, futuros inesperados...
ONE DAY I’ll be sitting over here, in the shadows of a strange garden, the evening will fall again and I’ll forget to make a resolution. Uncontrolled tripping, an unexpected future…
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P R O F E S S I O N A L, E N G A G I N G, passionate and
live shoots for international
highly talented are just some of the words that come to mind
acts such as Thirsty Merc and
when asked to describe my high-grade photography. I have well
Against Me as well as pho-
and truly hit my stride as a photographer, having come a long
tographically documenting the
way since my humble beginnings.
2010 MusicOz Awards.
My portfolio encompasses a wide variety of material, from highly
Bearing these achievements in
competitive fashion photography to stunning stills from my work
mind, my prospective clients
within the music industry right through to the fine art of wedding
can be assured that any work
produced on their behalf will not only embody a profession-
My high level of professionalism has helped aid features in the
al attitude, but shall be eye
“Digital Photography and Design Magazine” multiple times. I was
catching, engaging, satisfying
also charged with producing the cover imagery for “The Last
Vampire” novel series by Christopher Pike as well as having been featured by General Pants Co and Vogue Italia online. Suzi Rose, Jessica Beattie and Mackenzie Mode are amongst my fashion clients, while my musically inclined shoots have been produced on Cass Eager’s album art. I also have performed
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brooklyn, new york
I ‘ M L E A H R E E N A G O R E N , and I am an illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York. I grew up in Southern California, and its plants, colors, and sunlight inspire a lot of my work. I love pretty things -- girls, flowers, patterns, dresses -- even if they aren’t always drawn in the prettiest way.
Ink spots and wob-
bly lines makes the drawing feel more real. A lot of people say I draw sad girls, and I suppose it’s true. They’re young like me, and they’re still learning and growing and seeing and thinking, and it’s not always happy or easy. I love making things that other people can use and experience. I’ve been making hand printed and sewn clothing for a while now, and it’s really nice to talk to the girls that email me with orders and requests. Right now I’m focussing a lot on making more repeat patterns and designs for textiles. I’m very excited for the future and to keep making new things!
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illinois, united states
S O M E T H I N G of a
never meant to give away the
meditative and restorative practice for me. Meditative in the
specifics. I am in constant
sense that the process of selectively framing reality is a profound
tension between the natural-
conscious act. The solitude of individually mastering a small
istic and humanistic sides of
universe and making sense of that chaos is empowering. Photog-
photography, but in the end,
raphy is restorative in the sense that the photos I see after are
it is beauty in the everyday
immortalized as part of a narrative â€“ colored by my memories
that inspires me.
P H O T O G R A P H Y
and experiences. I enjoy film as I find it to be as fickle and unpredictable only as far as its user is willing to let precision
Iâ€™m hoping to combine a career
and clarity go. To me, my best moments are those that are
with my love for photos with
personal â€“ an intimacy beyond subjective understanding. Art was
media and visual design.
buenos aires, argentina
D E F I N I T I V E L Y L O V E photography and
“otherworldly” thing; we ad-
graphic design, so after some experience in the fashion industry,
mire strong and expressive
with a bounded budget and a few digital cameras, we built a
people with a very relaxed
small home-studio and started shooting at every friend willing to
and simple mind, very aware
pose just for the sake of it. The design studies provided us a lot
of their own emotions, and with
of theory and practice on art, fashion and composition, and we
interesting thoughts and phi-
wanted to mix all that in a unique creative project. So here we
losophy. We like not taking life
are, hoping one day to make it our main support, but we know
too seriously. Its like returning
it’s a long way.
to the basics, less is more. We like simple photography.
Metamorphosis is our essence. We become anything that activates our senses to create. Photography for us is very much
All that can make a photo
like music. Each photo has its own sound and story behind its
play a good song for us. Or
own reality. So we enjoy creating worlds, distorting that reality
even make a beautiful and
as the way its been given and connecting deeply with our own,
harmonic silence. If it doesn’t,
born from things that influence us, such us good films, books,
its a dead one.
paint ing and music. We are constantly playing with space, time and cameras. A models’ spirit is essential for us. We defend
beautiful imperfections; we like different minds with some
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