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COMING OF AGE COMING OF AGE


Editor In Chief; Aime shopnectar.bigcartel.com

NECTAR ZINES 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


AUTUMN 2017

There’s a moment. When you’re stopped at a red light in your best friend’s car, and the music is blaring and everyone is laughing so loud you can barely hear each other talk. When you’re walking home after a late night of studying, with your books in your bag and the only thought is, how comfy your bed must be. When you pack your bags and head out, on the road for a new adventure, leaving everything you know behind you. It’s moments like these where you don’t feel like a child. Moments like these that slip away into each other and you don’t realize it because you’re moving too fast. There’s no time for pretend. There’s something undeniably pure and special about growing up. It chokes you up and makes you tear up-- how did you get here? Where did the time go? The innocence of your youth slowly enveloping you into the pockets of your adulthood. It makes you unsure, and it feels unwarranted but it’s full of excitement and discovery.

In this issue we meet a group of young women finding their voices, keeping pastimes alive, and starting their own career they’re own way. From a rising Australian designer, Silly Thelma (page 20) to a photographer from Tokyo (page 50) preserving fleeting moments with her point and shoot camera; this issue marks each journey with a personal and intimate touch. In creating the Coming of Age issue, I found myself inspired and motivated by getting to know each and every one of the featured contributors. I hope you are also inspired to live in the moment, to do what you love, and to take a leap of faith. This is your time. This is everything now.


IN IN THIS THIS ISSUE ISSUE ….…. PAGE 6 FEATURE w/ CHIARA SPARANESE Meet Chiara, an aspiring photographer from British Colombia, celebrating teenagers and the emotional connection we all share growing up.

PAGE 14 PLAYLISTS by VALERIA MEJIA If you’re desperately seeking some inspiration to spice up your music library, look no further. Valeria’s got you covered.

PAGE 20 INTERVIEW w/ SILLY THELMA We talk to Silly Thelma’s, Sarah Vrankovich, an up and coming designer from Australia about finding your voice in the fashion world.

PAGE 30 COLLAGE by ISABELLA MACKENZIE Sometimes feeling stuck pushes you forward.

PAGE 36 INTERVIEW w/ MACEY PACKARD Meet Macey, a groovy soul from Gloucestershire, England. We talk about the confidence in having personal style and why it’s so important to stay true to who you are.

PAGE 42 JOURNAL ENTRY by LORAINE SAUPAN Loraine shares pages from her journal, a personal look into her life so far.


PAGE 44 INTERVIEW w/ EDEN LOWTHER We talk to our cover girl Eden about her love for thrifting, self expression through modeling, and how she deals with social media.

PAGE 50 PHOTO DIARY BY STEPHANY KONDO Meet Stephany, an avid believer in collecting moments. She explores her interest in photography through the lens of her point and shoot camera.

PAGE 56 INTERVIEW w/ ISABELLA MACKENZIE We talk to our lead photographer Isabella about her creative process, why she loves photography, and some advice she’d give to other artists.

PAGE 60 FEATURE by THE EDITOR The rules have been unwritten. Welcome a new generation of beauty and sexuality.

PAGE 64 CONTRIUBTORS FEATURED A list of contributors and anyone featured in the zine.


NECTAR ZINES — YOUTH


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CHIARA SPARANESE I'm a fifteen year old aspiring photographer living in a small city named Victoria, in British Colombia. I started messing around with photography about two years ago

when I bought myself my first real camera body and lens. I didn't start taking it more seriously until early in the summer of 2017. The past few years were rough. But that’s what started

my journey into photography. It's still a constant battle

trying to love myself and what I do. It's

been really difficult

trying to express

all of my overwhelming feelings... Being a teenager and struggling with some of my own personal issues was hard enough. However, photography

became a creative outlet

that I worshipped, and quickly became a passion of mine. I like photographing teenagers the best. I have the utmost respect and understanding of some of the struggles we might face as young people. I always try capturing certain emotions

signifying times in our lives, like strength, defeat, empowerment, lust, etc. I do this because I want to show people, the youth especially, that we all go through difficult times in our lives, we’re all dealing with some of the same issues. And we can get through it with grace, and still come out stronger.

Instagram: sparanesechiara


VALERIA MEJIA

PART ONE: moods and the decisions we’re forced to make and expectations and just let me take a fuckin break goddamnit

NECTAR ZINES — DISCO


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SUPER RICH KIDS

FRANK OCEAN

JUST CUZ YOU CAN’T

PRONOUN

GIRLS LIKE YOU

THE NAKED AND FAMOUS

ROSE-COLORED BOY

PARAMORE

BOYS DON’T CRY

THE CURE

MIXTAPE 2003

THE ACADEMIC

LISZTOMANIA

PHOENIX

DAYS

THE DRUMS

DOWN THE LINE

BEACH FOSSILS

IN AND OUT

BLONDER

HOT AND COLD

EX HEX

I ALWAYS KNEW

THE VACCINES

WHILE I’M ALIVE

STRFKR

UP ALL NIGHT

BECK

TAKE A WALK

PASSION PIT

ALL OVER

CRUISR

SEVENTEEN

PEACH PIT


ALL THOSE FRIENDLY PEOPLE — FUNERAL SUITS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER — ROBERT SCHWARTZMAN WAY IT GOES — HIPPO CAMPUS

ALIVE — EMPIRE OF THE SUN DON’T TAKE THE MONEY — BLEACHERS OPEN SEASON — HIGH HIGHS

DITCH — GUS DAPPERTON SHAKE — YEEK WHAT YOU KNOW - TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB TAKE ME — ALY & AJ 1901 — PHOENIX YOUNG BLOOD - THE NAKED AND FAMOUS DAYLIGHT — MATT AND KIM AFTER THE MOMENT - CRAFT SPELLS AMERICAN SPIRITS - INNER WAVE LOVE’S NOT AN OBSTACLE — METRONOMY

GREEN LIGHT — LORDE


PART TWO: that scene in every coming of age movie where the group of pals go off on long drives and explore parts of the city they never paid much attention to


photos provided by editor

PART THREE: laying on the floor of your friend’s room with the window open and the summer breeze rolling in and everything is nice and quiet and temporary but it feels great and you feel part of forever


Tumblr: @mangoblacktea

STILL OF THE NIGHT SANTO & JOHNNY NEER WANNA LEAVE HATE DRUGS GRAVEYARD ROBERT SCHWARTZMAN NIGHT AFTER NIGHT SHE’S SO RAD

PUBLIC MAKING OUT IS LIKE UGH DNÉ SPACE SONG BEACH HOUSE PCH JADEN SMITH

DREAM.IVORY DREAM IVORY MAKEOUT FAZE WAZE TAKE IT EASY TRIATHALON HEAVY FEET LOCAL NATIVES CHAMPAGNE COAST BLOOD ORANGE MICROPHONE BAR 93’ JAN AND NAOMI WAKE ME BLEACHERS TOUCH SHURA MADE IN HOLLYWOOD LANY MALIBU 1992 COIN

COWBOY HAT SEA GHOST YOU ARE MY FRIEND TINO DRIMA


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SILLY THELMA To start off, tell us about yourself?

was not a stable career choice, and feeling as though I did not have what it

My name is Sarah Vrankovich and I’m 20.

took to make it in the industry caused me

I’m from a small town called Carnarvon,

to stop until recently. I started getting

Western Australia but have moved to

back into when I realised it was less

Perth, Western Australia to go to

about being ‘successful’ and more about

university.

producing something I thought was groovy and made people happy! My boyfriend,

What are your favorite parts about living Chandler Abrahams, and amazing friend, in Australia? What’s the scene like?

Ruth Loveridge, also helped me with my

(Restaurants, stores, attractions, etc..) first ever photoshoot. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have been able to be in Perth is a small capital city on the West this mad zine! Coast of Australia (so lots of beautiful beaches). I only recently became an

What is one of your favorite things about

adult, and the timing could not have been your work and Silly Thelma? Where did the better because the cultural scene is

name itself, inspire from?

booming. There are so many musicians, artists, designers and creatives to

My favourite thing about producing

interact with and take inspiration from,

clothing is that I’m always in the mood

hopefully one day I’ll be able to

to sew. I’m very passionate about

contribute to this creative

quality, and I really want Silly Thelma

energy.

to grow into a brand that is known for

beautifully handmade clothing. The name You’re the founder/ designer for Silly

was chosen while I was creating an

Thelma, a self made business right? Can

Instagram for my embroidery works. I

you give us any insight on how it all got thought about who I was and how I wanted started?

others to recognise my clothes. I’m a bit of a goofball and loved the name Thelma,

I am very proud to be the founder and

Silly Thelma came naturally and felt

designer behind the brand! I started

right.

sewing at a young age, and watching project runway/Bratz only helped flourish my ‘passion for fashion’. I was pretty disheartened when I figured out

fashion


What inspires you to come up with new and innovative ideas?

friends are always overly excited to hear my new ideas, my parents have always said ‘if that’s what you want, go Listening to my friends talk about the and get it’ and my boyfriend has always clothes they wish they had does inspire been my number one supporter (and he’s me a lot. My boyfriend also helps me out there for every breakdown!). I am with the development and execution of determined to be creative, and whether ideas, and I also recently went success is an outcome of that is up to travelling which really endorsed my fate. creativity. My mum is super creative, and my dad is a great craftsman with the Our Autumn issue highlights coming of know-how to put things together. I like age, and change. Would you say starting to think I got a little piece of each your own creative career changed you as and I’m so lucky. a person? Are you more driven, excited, scared, etc..? Having a creative career can come with challenges, but how do you manage to Wow you make me sound so professional stay inspired and most of all motivated? when you say career ahah! I would definitely say that I’ve changed and Seeing so many talented people around me it’s 100% for the better. I’m a lot more doing so well is motivating, a few of my confident in executing my ideas rather friends are amazing budding artists who than the ones I think other people might always inspire me. Whilst I do get prefer. I get a lot of positive feedback cranky sometimes if my machine doesn’t too, which always makes me super excited take well to a fabric etc. the and drives me to push myself even satisfaction of producing something I further. I’m sure that soon I will think is amazing is so worth it. receive criticism and it’ll break my heart, which does scare me. I just need As a rising girl boss where do you find to work really hard so that when that the right balance to keep yourself day comes, I’m confident enough to not grounded while also pushing yourself to give a put yourself out there? shit! I had started Silly Thelma before the Girl Boss series came out on Netflix and after watching it I felt weird because I didn’t resonate with the character of Sophia at all. I’m pretty crazy, sometimes overly friendly and have a super tight relationship with my family, so I wondered whether I could be a girl boss? This doubt took me a while to overcome. I’ve never been overly confident. I was average at everything and I think high school pushed me into the habit of thinking ‘if you’re not the best at it, don’t try’ which was hard to recover from. It has taken me way too long to find my confidence and love myself, but I can thank the people I surround myself with for that. My best

What’s your best advice for anyone who aspires to start their own creative career?

My best ever advice would be that not everyone will like or appreciate what you’re doing, and that’s okay! It definitely took me a while to realise that not everyone is going to enjoy what you create because everyone is different. Another piece of advice would be to take a moment and really figure out who you are and what you want your brand to say. I’m still figuring that out and you can definitely tell by how random my pieces are!


Now for some random questions! Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? Well in four years I’ll be a qualified Psychologist! So hopefully in five years I’ll be fluent in French and living in Paris, practising next to a small bakery that I can go to for a quick croissant. Who is your ultimate style icon? Right now, my ultimate style icon is Rihanna.

What are your top three fashion moments from pop culture you love? Alexander McQueen Spring 2005 Collection. The great Vivienne Westwood Naomi fall of 1993. Rihanna at the CFDA awards, 2014 Which piece is your favorite so far ? Probably the Tangerine Dream Two Piece Set, it was my first fully handmade piece and definitely got the creative juices flowing! Thrifted or Fast fashion?

Thrifted! I love the challenge of reviving an item to its former glory, or finding that nuggets of gold within the racks. If you had to wear one outfit forever what would it be like? It would be a long sleeved, oversized grannie nighty! Not fashion forward but crazy comfy. Who is one fashion icon or brand that inspires you the most? Gucci will always be my biggest inspiration and number one love. My goal in life is to be able to walk into the store and buy whatever I want. Instagram: @sillythelma Shop: sillythelma.etsy.com/au


NECTAR ZINES — DISCOVER

STU C K COLLAGE ART ISABELLA MACKENZIE


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NECTAR ZINES — PURE


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MACEY PACKARD Thanks for taking the time to do this

What appeals to you about art?

interview! So, tell us about yourself?

I just think it's such a beautiful form Bless you! Hello hello thank you for

of expression! I seem to have an inherent

inviting me to feature in your zine! I've need for colour and a way to express just started college studying textiles,

emotion that art fills perfectly. I have

photography and psychology. I adore film

never been good at explaining things

photography and I do trapeze and aerial

verbally and those who know me will tell

circus stuff in my spare time and intend

you my favourite words seem to be “aaa”

to pursue it as a career.

and “sorry”, but art and music are such pleasant ways of releasing feeling that

What inspires you from where you live,

require much less stress and are

what makes it different?

therefore the favoured option. I like and often find myself observing people, maybe

I actually adore where I live (Stroud,

seeing their art too helps me better

Gloucestershire, UK). I don’t like

understand them?!

cities; I find it incredibly easy to feel lost and irrelevant amongst crowds of

Do you consider yourself creative?

people who seem to know exactly where they are going, but I'm blessed to live

I would like to think so, I really enjoy

an easy train away from Bristol should I

doing arty things anyway. Any innovation

choose to explore it for a day. Locally

I have though definitely comes from my

my town is known to be extremely good for mother, who has gone back to uni to arty people and seems to attract such

complete an art degree and who I'm

lovely, like minded beings! As it's the

continuously inspired by.

Cotswolds we have a lot of green space around as well and I'm blessed to live within a half hour walk of three beautiful expanses of high grassland for adventuring.


Your instagram really showcases your personality, especially your sense of style. What advice would you give to people who are trying to figure out their own personal style?

How did you find the confidence to wear what you want and to generally express yourself regardless of judgements?

I'm still figuring it out and even now often feel uncomfortable when people Thank you so much! I’m not quite sure look at me and I don’t know what they’re what mine is either yet or whether I thinking. Everyday I ask my mum if what will ever know! I have always loved I'm wearing looks strange - knowing full traipsing round charity shops and have well it probably does and intending to now begun to pick up any items I vaguely wear it anyway but needing a final boost like and try them all on and am often to defeat insecurities. Although my surprised by how many things I adore choices of outfit are perhaps odd, I do that I wouldn't have bought unless I had receive compliments on my style, which tried them, so definitely go round all probably shouldn't, but does, further the local charity shops with an open fuel my pride in my clothing. I dress mind. But mainly just wear whatever strangely for sixth form but thankfully strikes you as being really hardly ever receive any negativity. The beautiful- if that's something the rest other day someone walked past and swore of society is wearing then that's fine, to his friend concerning my choice of but if they aren't, please don't let outfit (yellow oversized trousers, a that stop you. paisley shirt and my staple yellow bucket hat) which did upset me, but I Has your mindset been shaped by social realised it only affected me because I media these days? Do you think it can was insecure about it too. I would say ever have a positive impact on young allow yourself to wear something you women? really want to, even if you feel insecure, and you will figure it out. Perhaps, I use Instagram quite a lot and find lots of beautiful photos and This issue focuses on growth and change, inspiration on there as well, but I do something greatly involved with coming end up wasting a lot of my time on of age. What does coming of age mean to social media. I think it's also used to you? hold on to relationships with people we maybe haven't properly spoken to in Things are changing constantly and I am years, when we shouldn't really often uncomfortable with that, I want to entertain the illusion that we still stay aged 16 and continue the late need each other. I think everyone summer adventures, festivals and camping realises the pressure that it puts with my friends. Buying cosy jumpers in people under, especially young women, charity shops, lying in bed with hot but I think that is only if we let the chocolate listening to alt-J and filling things we see affect us. My friends did my windowsills of plants, instead of a sponsored social media free week and paying bills and working. I think coming all reported feeling happier, but of age means gaining the ability to perhaps that's because they filled the stand up for yourself and make decisions time they would have spent on their with your best interest in mind, but it phones doing something they really enjoy shouldn't have to be leaving behind - which is what I think everyone should everything you enjoyed in childhood. push for.


Do you think it’s good to be aware of who you were, and see the difference in who you are now? Definitely for the best, even if you look back and see changes that you don't like, because this will allow you to become a better person. There are some things I miss about myself when looking back, but there are some things I’m proud of myself for changing or becoming as well. What motivates you to stay positive? How do you keep negative thoughts from affecting the way you feel about yourself? Yellow! Hahah, I surround myself with my favourite colour and as much sun and vegetation as possible. Sometimes you need the attitude that NONE OF THIS MATTERS, for life is short and we must ensure we are safe and happy for as much of it as possible. If you don’t hand in your homework SO WHAT and if your grades are not great that is okay- you will live without them! Make sure you get outside and sit in the sun and have human interaction, even if you don't speak and just hug or smile. Smiling is so good- smile at strangers! I think most importantly though, exist only in the company of people who make you happy, and do not waste time with those who don't- even if society tells you that they are staple figures for your existence.

And finally, what do you hope to accomplish in the next few months or year from now? I hope to be better friends with some of the people from college as they all seem lovely. Some of my friends have left for uni which was a big change for everyone, and I would love to catch up with them as well. I'm on my way to building collections of knitted jumpers, patterned button ups, pressed flowers, pot plants, film photos and yellow everything and wish to continue hoarding all of the above. Every year I seem to draught an extensive bucket list for summer (that I am yet to complete! and put a lot of pressure on my summer holiday to be the happiest part of my year. But I really mean it this year, that I want to continue adventuring and going out even when it's winter as this is so much better for my mental health. In long term goals I would like to be more complacent with change, but I think that will always be a part of my character. Instagram: losethefeeliing


LORAINE SAUPAN

NECTAR ZINES — PERSONAL


Instagram: okloraine

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NECTAR ZINES — GIRL POWER


EDEN LOWTHER Thanks so much for taking the time to

How did you get started with modelling?

talk with us! So, to start off tell us

about yourself?

I’ve always been doing little shoots since I was like 13- not that any of them

My names Eden Lowther - I’m 18.

were any good but I still had fun doing

My favourite past time is going to my

it and realized it was a passion pretty

local Value Village Thrift store and

young. It really started when I was 17

sleeping.

though, I got my heartbroken and I wanted to stunt on my ex. I was really tired of

What are your favorite spots where you

putting someone else above me so I put

live? What makes these places special to

myself on the top. Photo shoots and

you?

modelling to me, are a huge confidence booster. I knew Belle was crazy good

I don’t really have one to be honest!

behind the camera and we were just beginning to start out. So I hit up

Describe what a day in your life is like? Isabella for only our second shoot, I

How do you balance out your time between

think I said something along the lines of

work and play?

“Hey I just got dumped and wanna take some really hot pictures“ and so we

A day in my life is usually me just going did.

Those pictures got the attention of

to work- headed to my local Value Village quite a few people, but specifically Ryan at some point in the day if I have

Maxwell(@ryanmax94) an insanely good

time.

photographer in our area. Isabella and I

Sleeping in and working mostly. I

balance long weeks of work by taking 2-3

went to do a shoot with him which I’d say

day trips to Vancouver often.

was a major starting point for me. Shortly after he ended up inviting me to

You’re our cover girl for our second

editorial for Complex(@complexclothing) a

issue of Nectar! How do you feel, is it a local Streetwear store in Victoria and I little weird?

100% say that really started it for me.

It’s super sick and I’m super thankful! I’m really proud of Isabella for her photography and her being my best friend makes this experience really exciting for the both of us.

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How exactly did you and Isabella (our cover photographer) start working together?

Your whole vibe is centered around looking confident and carefree-- no BS attached. Social media can at times portray people in a dishonest and almost Like I said above- but I’ll add a little “picture perfect” way. How do you stay backstory. Isabella and I actually went grounded when you’re on social media? to the same middle school and have known of each other for years. We always I post what I want, I caption what I talked about shooting but never did, want and I express myself the way I want always commenting on each other posts too. If people care so much about showing love but never actually meeting figuring out which Instagram models are up. In August 2016 we finally met up for “fake” and what not- I just say don’t our first shoot, and then our second follow them. We sure as hell aren’t shoot which really started it all for doing it for other people’s approval you us. We’ve been friends ever since and I know? really appreciate her. Our friendship started with our first shoot and has Just don’t judge people fully off social always been about bringing each other up media accounts. My Instagram is solely and feeling good and supportive. based upon myself and looks and modelling because it’s a platform solely Do you see modelling as a form of self for that. If you ever meet me in person expression? Would you consider it art? I’m not like a walking Instagram account. I’m literally just an 18 year I’d say both for sure! Depending on the old girl who works a lot and hangs out type of photo your modelling for. It’s with friends and goes thrift shopping cool because while modelling you get to all the time. be the centerpiece, the canvas or the sculpture. You let the photographer go What does coming of age mean to you? Do full creativity on you and then you take you think it’s important to go through a look at the finished product and are some type of change within yourself? like “Wow “ That’s the art concept of it, and of course you can express Yes I do. I think I did a lot of that yourself through art! But another thing this past year. For me it was all I like about Instagram modelling maturity levels within myself and my specifically is I can express myself relationships. Loving myself. Learning through my captions and my looks and the how to trust. To keep calm. Think before outfits I wear. They don’t all have to I speak and putting myself first when I be mad need too. You can’t “Come of age“ creative but I have to be proud of without messing up a few times and everything I put out there. without having to deal with cutting unnecessary people out of your life. What advice would you give to people who Feeling confident in the way things are want to be in the spotlight, such as going for me. I graduated high school in modelling, but feel insecure? June and this is the beginning for me in a lot of ways, I’ve got a lot of I’d say you need to give it a shot. I learning coming for me but I’m excited give modelling a huge amount of credit as hell and I can’t wait. for my confidence. It’s a crazy feeling looking at a photo of yourself and really just loving it, loving yourself and your look. I think it’s still kinda taboo to be super invested in self love, but if you’re gonna succeed in anything in life I’d say you better make it self love, cause then you can do anything as long as you’re confident.


Would you have ever imagined yourself where you are now? Yes because I’m only at the beginning of it all! I got a long way to go. I tend to not imagine myself in places- more or less just keep going until I get somewhere I’m truly content at.

Now time for some fun questions! What’s your favorite color? Red

If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live? Currently I just wanna live in Vancouver. It’s less of a question for myself of “if“ it’s just “when“ because I’m never gonna let anything stop myself from going wherever I wanna go at the time. Name your top two “icons” it can be celebrities or not I don’t know if I have actual icons right now. But I’ll give you a few Instagram models I always find myself saving pictures from.

@jamiefraiched @claudiatihan @mewsha Favorite ice cream flavor? probably just strawberry Paris or Tokyo? Tokyo because I have never been and I’ve been to Paris twice. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Successful If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be? Nothing was the same by Drake 100%.

Instagram: edenlowther


NECTAR ZINES — NOSTALGIA

(Lights. January, March 2017.)


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STEPHANY KONDO moments. I have a fear of forgetting. I experience moments, and I am instantly

swallowed by the uncertainty and fragileness of the fact that I will never feel the same way I did at that exact time. I feel as if I need to grasp onto the millisecond of the now as it slips away and becomes the past, remembered or forgotten. The way the light glistens against the water as I lose myself in the serenity of the ocean; the busyness of people rushing by, every person with different stories; the moment I see joy in the eyes of the one I love; the moment I notice the sky getting lighter after, yet again, another sleepless night, feeling the hope of the sunrise pouring into my room. Everywhere I look, there is something to be felt. Some experience to be forgotten, others to be captured. This is my fear, my sadness, my love, my peace, my joy, through the lense of my grandparents’ old point and shoot. Since January, 2017.


(Hanayo , my partner in crime. April, 2017)


(April, 2017.)


(City love. February-September 2017.)


Instagram: @sunandglow

(Moments. January-June 2017.)

I became interested in photography through social media. I started picking up some disposables as my girlfriends from my internship had inspired me to. I accumulated four cameras over a span of three years, since 2014; being me, I had procrastinated on developing them until January of this year. Since then, I started picking up the point and shoot my grandparents gave me, and began collecting moments.


NECTAR ZINES — SPOTLIGHT


ISABELLA MACKENZIE Can you tell us a little bit about

because they love it. I’m also lucky to

yourself?

be surrounded by friends who are all

extremely talented and inspire me My name is Isabella MacKenzie, I was born everyday to be a better version of and raised in Victoria, BC, I absolutely

myself.

love living on the West Coast! I’m 17 years old, almost out of high school and

When did you first start photography? Do

can’t wait to travel the world!

you think your photography is reflective of your own self?

What’s it like living where you live? What stands out the most for you?

I’ve been taking photos ever since I can remember.. I would always take my mom’s

During this time of the year the air is

old film camera (with no film in it) and

so crisp and beautiful, it makes me feel

just take photos of everything. But I got

really fresh. I also really love the

my first camera in grade 7, it was a

architecture in Victoria. And no matter

birthday present from my Grandpa.

where you go you can always find what you’re looking for, if that makes sense.

My photography is a reflection of a desire to know other people and hear

Where do you find your inspiration?

other stories, and to expand my knowledge of the world around me.

I've never been the one to draw inspiration from one thing at one time. I Do you have a favorite photo that you’ve feel like everything that I do is a

taken? What makes it so special?

product of what I've done in the past, everything that I've felt, and those that Honestly I don’t have a favourite photo surround me.

that I’ve taken! I do have a post on my blog of my 16 Favourite photos from 2016

Which artists or people in general,

(link end of interview), but I have a lot

inspire you the most?

of photos I've taken on my film camera, which are more personal and mean a lot to

I have respect for anyone that creates

me.

things for themselves. Listening to music and seeing photos done by people who I can tell are doing what they love only

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How do you go about setting up your shot? Is it something that happens in the moment, or do you create a plan for each shoot?

To be honest, I barely ever plan my shoots, I usually already have a concept of what I’m looking for but it's usually an in the moment thing. I always try and plan them out but it never goes according to plan, which sometimes is better, unless I’m doing a specific shoot! How does the entire process feel to you? Is it a creative experience you enjoy throughout the whole shoot? Or can it get frustrating at times? As long as I’m doing something that I have creative control over I find the process almost feels like therapy to me. But if I’m working with people that I don’t vibe with or I don’t love the shoot I’m doing it can definitely get frustrating. Art in the digital space seems likes it’s becoming more and more intimidating. How do you inspire and motivate yourself, to get out there and keep pursuing your creative passion? No one does what I do. That isn't meant to be arrogant or rude because I also believe that I don't do what anyone else does. If you have the strength to stop comparing your work to others, the amount of content we’re absorbing through the digital world is a lot more impressive and a lot less intimidating. Do you have any tips for aspiring photographers? Especially for those who want to express themselves through art but can’t seem to make a breakthrough? Try your best not to compare yourself to others, especially if you're just starting out. When I first started taking photos I was nervous people wouldn't like them or they would talk badly about my art, but overtime I realized that the

whole creative process should be about expressing yourself in ways you feel the need to, or even just doing it for fun!! But try not to stress too much, just enjoy yourself :) How do you hope your art will evolve in the coming years? Do you ever feel like giving up? I hope to be able to be more personal with my art in the near future and focus more on feminine aesthetics. Lately I’ve been really wanting to start filming/ directing short films, so watch out for those!! Over the past few months I have felt incredibly uninspired and took some time off to focus on myself, I’ve never felt like giving up but a break can always be a good thing. The focus in this month’s issue of Nectar is Coming of Age. How do you think you convey this message through your art? The one thing that I can truly say that I love about my art is how much I am constantly growing. My art is constantly a coming of age story because I am constantly learning and understanding new things, and my art will always convey that I am human and imperfect. Lastly, anything else you want to share with us about yourself?

Pretty random, but I love thrifting!! Go to your local thrift stores! Support local! Spread love. Give love. Treat people with kindness. Instagram: @isabellamackenzie

Blog: isabellamackenzieblog.wordpress.com


NECTAR ZINES — REBEL

DeStRoY COLLAGE ART AIME LOPEZ


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MY BODY HAIR BELONGS TO ME NOT TO YOU. NOT TO YOUR PREFERENCE. NOT TO YOUR BENEFIT.

WHAT’S MINE IS MINE.


SEX IN THE SHOWER. SEX ON A BED. SEX IN THE CAR. SEX IN MY HEAD. IT’S NOT “UNLADYLIKE”. IT’S ALSO NONE OF YOUR DAMN BUSINESS.


Instagram: @aimesoleil

I’LL WEAR MY BEST CLOTHES YOU’LL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY I’LL BE SOFT AND QUIET YOU’LL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY BURN MY BRA, BURN MY INSECURITIES SILENCE.


CONTRIBUTORS / FEATURED

AUTUMN 2017 BY APPEARANCE: EDITOR IN CHIEF AIMÉ LOPEZ PHOTOGRAPHER CHIARA SPARANESE FEATURED SPENCER GODWIN FEATURED JADYN HOWIE FEATURED SAGE GREAVES FEATURED STOKELY ROSS FEATURED HANNAH STONNELL FEATURED SARA LANE CONTRIBUTOR VALERIA MEJIA DESIGNER SARAH VRANKOVICH MODEL RUTH LOVERIDGE PHOTOGRAPHER CHANDLER ABRAHAMS

COVER PHOTOGRAPHER ISABELLA MACKENZIE FEATURED MACEY PACKARD CONTRIBUTOR LORAINE SAUPAN COVER MODEL EDEN LOWTHER

CONTRIBUTOR STEPHANY KONDO FEATURED HANAYO


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COMING OF AGE

NECTAR MAGAZINE

Nectar // Autumn 2017  
Nectar // Autumn 2017  

The Autumn issue focuses on coming of age and creativity. It features several young women who are not only figuring themselves out but also...

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