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WINTER 2015 Akatre Aleksandra Klicka Aliona Kuznetsova Anna Danilova Desiree Kong Eun Kim

Gioconda & August Giulia Albertini Giulia Mazza Irida Mete Irma Gruenholz Ismaele Bulla Lisk Feng Lotte Dirks

Luke Musharbash & Allegra Ghiloni MaĂŻtĂŠ Franchi Mirage Collective Nick Fisher

Nin Djani Nocera&Ferri Philip Giordano Sanne Kreijmborg & Joanne Maalderink


Twenty —— Winter 2015

E d i to r s

O n t he C over Hello Su nshi ne b y Giulia Alb er tini

Abbie Cohen

Founder, Features Editor

Photography Giulia Albertini Styling Giuliana Minaldi

Jessie Cohen

Styling Assistant Virginia Bruni

Founder, Art Editor

Hair & Makeup Erika Gisbert Model Anna @ Elite Barcelona

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Editor’s Letter

What better way to celebrate our twentieth issue, than with the very artists we’ve featured here? Strong, confident and overflowing with skill, each and every one has a story to tell and a vision that illuminates our pages - from Irma Gruenholz’s fantastic threedimensional clay illustrations, to Nin Djani’s insightful report on the rising art scene in Jakarta, to the bold Eastmeets-West-inspired works of Philip Giordano. As always, we are proud to introduce a bright array of exclusive photographic stories by emerging talents, including Irida Mete (p. 18), Ismaele Bulla (p. 40), Aleksandra Klicka (p. 72) and cover artist Giulia Albertini (p. 112) - to name but a few. Cosy up in front of your screen, relax, and ready yourself for another big fill of art and fashion! ∞ AC


In This Issue

Gioconda and August —— 0 0 6

Irida Mete —— 0 1 8

Akatre —— 0 3 0

Ismaele Bulla —— 0 4 0

Nick Fisher —— 0 5 0

Maïté Franchi —— 0 6 0


Aleksandra Klicka

Luke Musharbash

MIRAGE Collective

—— 0 7 2

& Allegra Ghiloni

—— 1 9 8

Nin Djani

—— 1 3 6

Lotte Dirks

—— 0 8 2

Sanne Kreijmborg

—— 2 1 0

Aliona Kuznetsova

& Joanne Maalderink

Giulia Mazza

—— 0 9 0

—— 1 5 0

—— 2 2 2

Philip Giordano

Desiree Kong

Anna Danilova

—— 1 0 2

—— 1 6 4

—— 2 3 4

Giulia Albertini

Irma Gruenholz

Lisk Feng

—— 1 1 2

—— 1 7 4

—— 2 4 4

Eun Kim

Nocera&Ferri

—— 1 2 4

—— 1 8 6


G IO C O N DA A N D AU G U S T

w. www.giocondaandaugust.com e. giocondaandaugust@gmail.com

Featuring imaginative garments by emerging designer Paula Carmen Rimoli, ‘Iron Sky’ gives centre stage to the delicate art of paper folding, which takes on an ultra-fashionable, durable and ladylike nature – all enhanced by the richness of chocolate brown hues. Styled by Paula Carmen Rimoli, with make-up by Francesca Fattori. ∞ AC

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STYLING & WARDROBE DESIGN PAULA CARMEN RIMOLI

PHOTOGRAPHY GIOCONDA AND AUGUST

IRON SKY M A K E U P F R A N C E S C A FAT TO R I

MODEL ALINA @ WOMEN DIRECT MILANO

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I R I DA M E T E

w. www.iridamete.com e. meteirida@gmail.com

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Sweater Neimans

UNWRITTEN PHOTOGRAPHY IRIDA METE

STYLING CERRA E.

M A K E U P M A Y A D A R W I C H E

MODEL CARA MARIE RUETZ

WORDS Turquoise tones and iridescence come together in ‘Unwritten Words’, an irresistible photographic project by Michigan-based Irida Mete. Soft and subtle, and bridging the winter chill with days of summer past, here is a story that easily inspires cool and blissful dreams. With make-up by Maya Darwiche and styling by Cerra E. ∞ AC

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A K AT R E

w. www.akatre.com e. akatre@akatre.com

AKATRE

French trio Julien Dhivert, Valentin

are artists who express ourselves

Abad and Sébastien Riveron have

using graphic design, photography,

fantastic visions and wildly colourful

typography, videography, artistic

imaginations – which they’ve combined installations and musical creations, as one through Parisian design

and work for institutions in the art,

studio Akatre. As they work on each

culture, fashion, media and luxury

project with amazing attentiveness

industries.

and precision, they display an everevolving style as well as a constant

Which of these mediums do you most

desire to hone and perfect. We speak

enjoy? Which would you say best

to the designers about their studio,

represents yourselves as a team?

its multi-faceted nature and their favourite project to date.

We’re a trio but we like to be considered as a single entity.

Tell us a bit about Akatre

Of course, one of us would rather

and how you came to be...

work in photography and videos, and the other might prefer graphic

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Akatre is a creative studio founded

design – but whatever we do and

in Paris in 2007. The three of us

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“We’re a trio but we like to be considered as a single entity. We like keeping our recipe a secret inside our studio.” cooking, and we like keeping our recipe a secret inside our studio.

How do you collaborate and work harmoniously on a day-to-day basis? We create all the forms that we use. We draw our own typefaces, and build set designs for our photos and art installations.

How would you qualify your design aesthetic? We design however we want to, without belonging to a specific style or movement. We like to change our style, which depends entirely on the project. →

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What has been your favourite project to date? Our favourite project is one that we’ve yet to work on. In all seriousness, it’s difficult to choose one – but if we had to, we’d say the cover for Benjamin Clementine’s album. We’re very proud of the result and we really like his sound.

What projects are you working on now? A new music video, new album covers for musicians, luxury bookmarks for the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) [editor’s note: the contemporary art fair] in Paris, and new photos for magazines and campaigns. We are also working on a personal and experimental publishing project, which is important to us. We want to develop all the fields in which we work, and move up another step. ∞

“We design however we want to, without belonging to a specific style or movement.”

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ISMAELE BULLA

w. www.ismaelebulla.com e. info@ismaelebulla.com

STYLING FRANCESCA BOCCA

HAIR CRISTINA CROSARA

PHOTOGRAPHY ISMAELE BULLA

N O VA N I T Y , SHE’S A DIME MAKEUP SERENA PALMA

MODEL MARINA ALEKS @ WOMEN MILAN

S E T A S S I S TA N T E L I S A G A R O S I

Photographer Ismaele Bulla gives black and white new life in ‘No Vanity, She’s a Dime’ – a new editorial story in which layers, textures and lighting expertly mingle in most magnificent and meticulous ways. Here is an incredibly sharp play on modern monochrome fashion by a rising Italian creative. With make-up by Serena Palma, hair by Cristina Crosara and styling by Francesca Bocca. ∞

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N IC K F I S H E R

w. www.cargocollective.com/nickfisher e. fromnikitawithlove@yandex.ru

PHOTOGRAPHY NICK FISHER

S T Y L I N G Z H E N YA S O M A

ROUGH, CALM

H A I R & M A K E U P N I K I TA M A S H C H E N KO

MODEL ANNA GAVAR @ ROUGE MODEL AGENCY

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Tu r t l e n e c k V i c t o r i a ’ s S e c r e t Shirt-dress By Malene Birger Jacket Levi’s Sweater Vintage Clutch Asos

Combining soft monochromatic tones together with a most warming colour scheme, photographer Nick Fisher pays homage to a deep, cosy winter in a simple and modest, yet breathtaking photographic shoot, ‘Rough, Calm’. Smartly styled by Zhenya Soma, with hair and make-up by Nikita Mashchenko. ∞ AC

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MAÏTÉ FRANCHI

w. www.maitefranchi.com e. maitefranchi@gmail.com

MAÏTÉ FRANCHI

Looking at the rainbow-hued works of Maïté Franchi, a 29-year-old Parisian in Lyon, one wouldn’t guess that the concept of colour was once unknown to her. A hard worker by nature, Maïté is also quirky and fun, and she isn’t afraid to show this through expressive illustrations – each brighter, bolder and more energetic than the ones before them. She tells of her approach to vector art, how her aesthetic has evolved, and her goal to further explore screen printing.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your story... I studied graphic design and art in Paris for five years, after which I travelled to Vietnam and moved to Dublin. During this time, I really looked for myself in my work. →

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“I like bringing colourful atmospheres and textures to them, which correspond more to my sensibilities.”

I was a full-time art director by day

What gets you out of bed every day?

and a freelancer by night, until I quit my job to join FolioArt – and I’m more

The smell of coffee? No; the horrible

than delighted that I did so!

sound of my alarm clock, followed by my boyfriend and the ultimate wake-

What do you most like exploring

up call – my dog!

in your art? How does your use of colour come I like observing the general shape of

into play in your work?

the subject, and will try to simplify it as much as I can. I’ll draw the same

When I was at school, I would draw

subject multiple times until I am able

using bold black lines a lot.

to draw it with no more than a few

I experimented with colour, which

lines. Essentially, I work with vectors.

I had never used previously.

These can often look cold, so I like

Eventually, I pretty much stopped

bringing colourful atmospheres and

using lines at all! And now, I can’t get

textures to them, which correspond

enough of colour. →

more to my sensibilities.

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“I like observing the general shape of the subject, and will try to simplify it as much as I can.”

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Where do you see yourself in 2016?

Trochut, 123Klan, CRCR, DXTR, Jean Jullien, Mads Berg, Mayumi Otero,

I’d like to keep working in the same

Horace Pippin, Jon McNaught,

studio that I currently share with other Jessica Hische... the list goes on! illustrators, and keep on exploring screen printing as a personal project.

A word of wisdom to share with us?

Who has inspired you most

“Make it Franchi!” – words which my

this past year?

friends wrote on my pencil case when I left my art director job

I’m in love with the works of André

and became a full-time freelancer. ∞

Beato, Ilk Flottante, Tyrsa, Alex

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A L E K S A N D R A K L IC K A

w. www.klickaphotography.com e. info@klickaphotography.com

Young at heart but incredibly mature at the touch of her camera’s shutter button, London-based student Aleksandra Klicka explores her deepening love and fascination for all things New York. With the magical workings of make-up artist Dorota Nowacka and stylist Maria Murillo Ferrer, Aleksandra delivers drama and intrigue in her new and exciting, monochromatic masterpiece, ‘Vintage Blend’.

Who is Aleksandra Klicka? Aleksandra Klicka is a 24-year-old who hasn’t quite decided who she wants to be when she grows up... →

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Camel Coat Sandro Paris

PHOTOGRAPHY ALEKSANDRA KLICKA

STYLING MARIA MURILLO FERRER

M A K E U P D O ROTA N OWA C K A

MODEL CECILIE @ MiLK MANAGEMENT

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Black Kimono Vintage (CENCI) Black & White Slip Ons Adidas

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“Shoots are more interesting when you have time to research them properly.”

What is it about American culture

For me, it’s the first time I’ve worked

that inspires you?

on one project for so long. It has changed the way in which I prepare

I think it’s the typical “I want what I

them. Shoots are more interesting

cannot have” scenario. I’ve wanted

when you have time to research

to move to New York for as long as I

them properly.

can remember. I’ve always liked the graphic shapes, strong shadows and

How do you approach female

colours in that city. I lived there for a

sexuality in your work?

few months and felt so inspired! I wanted to shoot on every street, at

I have always liked photographers

every corner and on every rooftop

Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and

in Manhattan. I just don’t get the

Ellen von Unwerth. Their photographs

same feeling in Europe – I constantly

are very strong and sexual, and that’s

find myself trying to find places that

a direction I’d like to take.

remind me of America.

What is your biggest aspiration at What is the most intriguing aspect

the moment?

of studying Fashion Photography at the London College of Fashion?

I really want to learn more about fashion videography. This is actually

The projects that we work on take

something I am working on right now. →

nearly six months to complete.

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“The most important thing I have learned so far is that fashion is a team sport.”

Some people say that moving from photography to film is easy but I’ll have to disagree.

Where do you look forward to being in a few years from now? Honestly? I don’t know. I’ll graduate in a year, and after that I’ll be open to any possibility that might come my way.

What is the most important thing your career has taught you so far? The most important thing I have learned so far is that fashion is a team sport. I was really lucky to work with a fantastic team on this editorial. ∞

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O P I N IO N

PUTTING THE ART I N J A K A R TA WORDS NIN DJANI

P H OTO G R A P H S A N D H I K A A D I T YA

Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta is

in Yogyakarta), as well as strong art

Trainings and workshop programmes

a place associated with many things,

communities and large-scale art

for young artists, curators and art

from its infamous traffic jams, floods,

exhibitions like ART | JOG and Jogja

enthusiasts are now easily available,

and high tolerance for tardiness, to

Biennale.

providing opportunities for learning as well as alternative weekend activities.

the rather reputable shopping malls, culinary adventures and dynamic

Still, a host of galleries and artists

With such vibrant happenings, it is

urban culture. But generally speaking,

have emerged from the capital in

not baseless to say that Jakarta has

art is yet to be an area incorporated

the last decade. In the last five years,

finally made a significant mark on the

into the city’s image.

Jakarta has witnessed a rapid growth

country’s still-blossiming art map.

in art spaces, showcases, markets Jakarta seems to be under the shadow

and festivals. Art events ranging from

Nin Djani talks further about the art

of Bandung and Yogyakarta, where the

the commercial Kopi Keliling Art &

scene and artistic potentials of Jakarta

art scenes have long been established

Coffee Festival and Brightspot Market

with four creative professionals in

through prestigious art institutions

to contemporary exhibitions such

the city: artists Ruth Marbun, Ayu Dila

(The Faculty of Art and Design at

as Bazaar Art Jakarta and the Jakarta

Martina and Ika Vantiani, and curator

Bandung Institute of Technology

Biennale, are now held regularly and

Leonhard Bartolomeus. →

and The Art Institute of Indonesia

have succeeded in attracting crowds.

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In the context of art, how is Jakarta

IV: Jakarta has a larger market and

to be a management system or a

different from the more well-known

presents more opportunities. It’s

pipeline for independent artists and

Indonesian art cities like Bandung

because most Jakartans aren’t artists

designers to get commissioned work

and Yogyakarta?

and crafters, and therefore they are

and preferable sales. Yes, exhibitions

more willing to purchase art and craft

are important, but sustainability as an

RM: Jakarta’s art scene is less

products or learn through workshops.

artist is equally necessary.

centralised… because there’s just too

I feel that in Bandung and Yogya, more

much to cover! There is a wide range

people prefer making art themselves

ADM: It should start with education.

of interests coming from different

because they do have the capabilities

The current curriculum does not have

parts of the city, and accommodated

to do so. The possibilities here are

sufficient art and creative content

by different communities. Jakarta is

endless, so in the end it really comes

on its syllabus. We need to educate

a very tough city to live in, and so

down to how hardworking the artists

children to not only be smart, but also

the art practice here is tinged with

are willing to be. Jakarta’s art scene is

creative. Students need to be sensitive

survival skills and the drive to create a

very vibrant, so supposedly this leaves

to their surroundings and know how

social movement. I think it’s this city’s

no room for boredom. Supposedly.

to create something.

LB: I personally think there isn’t so

IV: We still have a long way to go on

much of a difference between the

educating the public about art – not

ADM: When we live in Jakarta, we deal

three cities. What sets one place

just limited to knowledge of artworks,

with its problems every day, and that

apart from the other is their people’s

but also about the professional

certainly influences how we develop

culture. Jakarta, Bandung and

aspect of being an artist. Artists have

our ideas in our works. Many artists

Yogyakarta all are urban cities, yet

lots to do on top of creating art:

are tackling these troubles through

distinguishable by the character of

we still need to promote our work

art projects, so in a way art becomes

their citizens.

and communicate about art… and

urban nature that gives it its artistic character.

sometimes, we don’t have the energy

a means of interaction rather than a mere object. It’s not a solution,

What is the biggest challenge for

but you can say art is used here

developing the art scene in the city? LB: Creating the mentality to produce

to celebrate the hardships of life in the city.

to do so ourselves on a daily basis.

RM: Generally, it’s the lack of

knowledge. →

government support. There’s yet

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Here in Jakarta, art professionals

Do you think the growing art

is being paid to it and how

need to multitask or take other

scene in Jakarta – as proven with

much support it’s gotten.

jobs to support their art careers.

the emergence of art markets,

Do you see this as a problem or an

exhibitions, galleries, and artists

LB: We need to look at different parts

opportunity?

– is a passing trend or a genuine

of this growth. In the last two decades,

movement?

Jakarta has had active communitybased art platforms, such as Ruang

RM: It’s a problem that needs to be seen as a challenge; otherwise, it’s

RM: I choose not to call this a trend.

Rupa, Forum Lenteng, Serrum and

impossible to survive. I think this is

We’ve reached this point as a result

Gardu House. What’s interesting

also one of the conditions that builds

of a wider exposure, and I think we

about these initiatives is their

the character of Jakartan artists.

need to partly thank technology for

educational purpose. There is an

this. There’s a bigger wave, as well

effort to produce and disseminate

ADM: It’s an opportunity to meet new

as a crowded sea. It’d be great if we

knowledge for free – so in this

people and a chance to improve our

could keep this excitement going and

case, yes, there has been a strong

careers. What’s more important is to

develop it into a deeper appreciation.

movement. In a wider context, we have yet to find a way to solve

manage our time wisely so we get to balance our jobs and our artistry.

ADM: Perhaps it’s both. I mean, there

the most essential problem: an

are communities who genuinely care

appreciation of the art by the public.

IV: This does not only happen in

about developing art and creating a

Jakarta; many artists all around the

better appreciation for it, but there

What are your thoughts on

world do this because, as we all know,

also those who take advantage of

artworks being turned into artisan

making a living solely through art is

art events to pull crowds and create

daily products or merchandise?

rarely feasible for many artists.

an image. We need to see both as

Can this help better the public’s

opportunities for progressing art in

appreciation of art? As an artist,

different ways.

do you prefer designing artisan

LB: It really comes down to each

products or sticking to the

individual, whether they want to see

conventional medium?

it as a problem or an opportunity.

IV: Now is really the time for Jakarta.

But one thing to bear in mind is that

After a long effort to make way for

living in this city requires a strategy,

contemporary art, both individual

RM: I am doing both conventional

and that strategy may include working

and collective, we can now finally

paintings on canvas and paper, and

various jobs.

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products. It’s an apple and orange

functional purpose, it becomes a part

Nin Djani

actually; making your art in the form

of one’s daily life. The next step is to

@nindysm, nindjani@gmail.com

of merchandises allows it to reach a

educate the public on the value of

wider public, whereas conventional

design – that is obviously everywhere

mediums allow you to experiment

in our life – so that they understand

and help you grow as an artist.

why artisan products tend to be

Andhika Aditya @andhikaglody, fortechzimo@yahoo.com Ayu Dila Martina

more expensive compared to generic

@ayudilamar, @ugly_ism, @rurushop

ADM: Each has its own advantage and

merchandise. As an artist, I like both

dila.ayulia@gmail.com

brings a different kind of satisfaction,

ways of making art, because ideas

actually. There’s a certain kind of joy

come in different forms and can be

when you see other people wearing

executed in different ways.

or using a product you design.

Ika Vantiani @herfingerpower, @vantiani iniakuika@gmail.com

When you realise art in the form of

LB: Artisan products are perhaps one

an installation or piece of work, it

of the more effective ways of bringing

receives appreciation, which is also a

art to the public. You can say it’s

fulfilling experience.

another way of collecting artwork. Of

Ruth Marbun

course, it’s different from seeing and

@utayutay, @bollu_land

IV: I think artisan products can

appreciating works of art in a gallery

create a better appreciation of the

setting, but it’s a step towards getting

art because when a work of art has a

people used to appreciating art. ∞

Leonhard Bartolomeus @leonbarto, leonbarto@live.com

ruth.marbun@gmail.com

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ALIONA KUZNETSOVA

Few can tell fairy tale fashion

creative energy I couldn’t use as

stories with as much femininity and

an engineer. By the time I got my

elegance, as photographer Aliona

masters degree, I’d made a solid start

Kuznetsova. After a surprising move

as a photographer. In 2009, I moved

from engineering into the creative

to Switzerland with my husband

world, the photographer has keenly

and developed a new perception of

developed a fantasy-inspired portfolio

photography. Compared with the more

as much as she has her confidence,

money-oriented and dynamic Moscow

drawing from both her former life in

scene, Switzerland was quiet, relaxed

Russia and her new one in Lausanne.

and very intellectual. There, I started

She tells NeverLazy Magazine about

to understand photography as an art.

living in Switzerland, missing Moscow and staying true to her childhood

A few months after I moved to

inspirations.

Lausanne, I met Diane – a make-up artist and hair stylist who now works

Tell us a bit about yourself.

with me on most of my photo shoots. Together, we’ve been creating our

I took up photography in 2007, while

photographic universe. For us, it’s all

studying physics at the Moscow

about creating a story with a natural

Institute of Physics and

flow, and then capturing this flow in a

Technology. It began as a hobby

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Do you miss Moscow?

What are your main inspirations?

I often miss the sense of community

My main inspirations for most of my

that I had as a fashion photographer

works are myths and fairy tales. You

in Moscow. Over the years, I’ve built

could not find a better place for such

my network here in Switzerland and

shoots than Switzerland. Lake Geneva,

feel quite confident putting a team

the Alps and numerous castles help

together for a shoot – but it did take

me tell my best stories about faraway

me a couple years here to reach that

lands. The photographers who also

level.

inspire me most are Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh and Tim Walker.

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aesthetic?

What themes do you explore?

It is difficult for me to define my own

As a child, I’d read a lot on Greek

aesthetics; every shoot is different

mythology as well as Hans Christian

and I don’t have any “signature tricks”.

Andersen’s fairy tales. As I grew older,

My friends here in Switzerland often

I found the deeper meaning in those

tell me I have a very “Russian” vision,

stories. They are an expression of

dramatic and romanticised. I can

human emotions and feelings, born

argue against that since they’ve never

before the age of statistics. The fairy

actually visited Russia, but that is just

tale moves people’s souls just as

how other people see my work.

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What is the most challenging

the shoots I did during my remission,

part of your job?

relapse and then recovery phases. Every shoot is paired with a short

I think the most challenging aspect is

story about what I was going through

working with people from outside the

while creating it. I hope this book

model world. It is never about how

will help other people with mood

person looks, but how confident he or

disorders – as well as their loved

she feels in front of the camera.

ones – look at their diagnosis a bit

Professional models are trained to

differently.

not question the creative process, but people who don’t work in this industry

What are your resolutions for the

often think too much about the little

year to come?

details. My two main hopes for the next year

Who has influenced you most

are to move to San Francisco and

this past year?

publish my book. I love California. Somehow, I feel much more free

2015 was not easy for me. In spring, I

there. People are open and warm, and

was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

the business is much more dynamic.

At the beginning of the summer, I lost my job. I had to deal with a very new

A word of wisdom to share with us?

reality. The person who inspired me was Kay Redfield Jamison, a leading

I would choose my favourite quote by

psychiatrist and researcher who also

Mahatma Gandhi: “First they ignore

has bipolar disorder. Her book An

you, then they laugh at you, then

Unquiet Mind helped me through the

they fight you, then you win”. This

darkest times.

quote reminds me that to achieve something, you don’t have to fight –

Throughout this time, I put together

you just have to be persistent. ∞

a book of 13 photo stories. It contains

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“The fairy tale moves people’s souls just as I wish my pictures would.”

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P H I L I P G IO R DA N O

w. www.behance.net/philipgiordano e. sigur451@gmail.com

PHILIP GIORDANO

Tokyo-based Italian Philip Giordano

European Institute of Design], and

puts quite a spin on the world of

subsequently gained a Masters in

illustration. Fusing his home-grown

Animation Techniques in Turin.

influences with those of his current surroundings, he creates beautifully-

A few years ago, I moved to Tokyo. I

hued tales that blossom with a

now work in magazines, advertising,

definitive East-meets-West style. The

toy design and children’s books, and

pensive artist speaks of vintage books,

animation.

living in Japan and his resolution to explore new fields.

Where does your interest in illustration come from?

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background...

From the books of my childhood. One of the first books I read was

I am an Italian illustrator born in a

The Apple and the Butterfly by Lela

small town on the coast of Liguria. I

Mari. I was charmed by the simple

attended the Brera Academy in Milan,

storytelling, using only images.

studied illustration at the Istituto

It’s still one of my favourites. →

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“Be patient (patience is something I often lose).”

How does living in Japan influence your work? During my first two years in Tokyo, I was inspired by a vintage book that I found in the neighbourhood of Jinbōchō, a place full of old libraries and used books. I discovered artist Takashi Kōno – a kind of Japanese Paul Rand, who mixes Western styles with a Japanese spirit. His work really impressed me, and with this I started focusing my attention on Japanese graphic design of the last century.

At the moment, my attention is more on Japanese arts and crafts: ceramics, wood sculptures and textile design from the countryside. →

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“At the moment, my attention is more on Japanese arts and crafts.”

What inspires you on a daily basis?

What are your resolutions for the year to come?

Books and magazines combined with plants: where I live now, there is an

I would like to create something new

incredible new bookstore with an

in a different field. Cultivating organic

actual garden inside it, called Umeda

tropical fruits in the Philippines,

Tsutaya Books. Like magic, plants

my mother’s country, for example...

grow out of shelves, themselves lined

(smiles)

with books from every country and of every origin. It’ s a perfect place for

A word of wisdom to share with us?

breakfast and daily inspiration. Be patient (patience is something I often lose). ∞

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GIULIA ALBERTINI

w. www.giulialbertini.weebly.com e. giulyalbertini@hotmail.com

PHOTOGRAPHY GIULIA ALBERTINI

STYLING GIULIANA MINALDI

HELLO, SUNSHINE HAIR & MAKEUP ERIKA GISBERT

S T Y L I N G A S S I S T A N T V I R G I N I A B R U N I

M O D E L A N N A @ E L I T E B A R C E L O N A

Taking us back to longer, warmer and more carefree days, ‘Hello, Sunshine’ is nothing if not a soft, blissful tribute to the summer. Presented by Milan-based photographer Giulia Albertini, this envy-inducing shoot showcases Italian trends with femininity and effortless grace. Styled by Giuliana Minaldi, with hair and make-up by Erika Gisbert. ∞ AC

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Above: D ress Carles B ag YSL (all La Boutique by Erika) Shoes Reebok Opposite: Jacket Amazone Shirt Fairly Tr o u s e r s J e a n C h a n c e l ( a l l L a B o u t i q u e b y E r i k a ) S h o e s R e e b o k

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EUN KIM

w. www.cargocollective.com/itseunkim e. itseunkim@gmail.com

EUN KIM

A meticulous and attentive portrayer

Korea, after having spent a few long

of architecture and urban life,

years in London.

South Korean artist Eun Kim shares snapshots of the neighbourhoods

Tell us about your approach to

which surround and often haunt

photography and how it has changed

her. Inspired by her London-born

over the years.

influences and with a curiosity towards surrealist themes, the fresh

At the start, I was quite interested in

graduate is on a raw yet compelling

exploring “what is real and what is not”

photographic journey to finding

through photography. I try to keep

strange and unknown places.

an element of surrealism in realistic scenes.

Who is Eun Kim? What process do you follow when I am a photography student who has

photographing architecture?

recently finished my Masters degree at

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Goldsmiths, University of London. I’m

When I’m in a moving car or walking

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what keeps drawing my attention

places I have walked, the path to my

are mostly houses, apartments, old

old school... Sometimes, though, I find

buildings and windows. I look for

what I like to photograph in strange,

oddities – or curiosities – in ordinary

unknown places. Wherever it is, it

and familiar places. Once I start to

needs to be in a city. I like exploring

wonder about a place I’ve seen,

cities.

I can’t stop thinking about it.

Where or what have you most When shooting still life and

enjoyed shooting so far?

architecture, what location, place or thing most inspires you?

The buildings in my project, Window (2013). It took me my whole third year

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I find myself observing

at university and was shot during the

neighbourhoods, first and foremost –

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as I stood outdoors, trying various

What exhibitions or other projects

techniques to finally reach the result

are you working on?

I wanted. This project is quite large in size, and is actually a collage of 18

I’m currently preparing a group

different pictures digitally stitched

exhibition in Tokyo and Taipei, along

together.

with my coursemates from London. I’m also very excited about making

Where would you like to

a new beginning for myself, now

photograph in the future?

that I have graduated.

I would love to take photographs

A word of wisdom to share with us?

from high up. Maybe on top of skyscrapers.

Things happen for a reason. ∞

“Once I start to wonder about a place I’ve seen, I can’t stop thinking about it.”

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L U K E M U S H A R B A S H & A L L E G R A G H I LO N I

w. www.l-images.co.uk, www.allegraghiloni.com e. info@l-images.co.uk, contact@allegraghiloni.com

PHOTOGRAPHY LUKE MUSHARBASH

STYLING ALLEGRA GHILONI

HAIR & MAKEUP VICTORIA FARR

M O D E L U R S U L A G R I F F I T H S @ J ’A D O R E M O D E L S

T H E B R AV E CHARMER Joint forces behind sleek new editorial story ‘The Brave Charmer’, photographer Luke Musharbash and stylist Allegra Ghiloni capture the complexity of human emotion with modern style and flair. Perfectly on point with smart lighting and a palette of rich hues that strengthen throughout, this story is as dark and brooding as it is fashion-forward. The duo reveal their secrets to bringing this project to life, and how it speaks of their drive for originality and selfdevelopment.

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“I try to look beyond what is already there and visualise new potential for creativity.” ----- Luke Musharbash

Tell us a bit about yourselves...

changing one. I try to look beyond what is already there and visualise

Allegra Ghiloni: I am British but

new potential for creativity. I enjoy

moved to Milan two years ago to

combining my efforts with those of

begin my career as a fashion stylist.

fashion designers, make-up artists

Milan is a really cool city and living

and assistants, to leave a lasting

here is really inspirational. I love

image in people’s minds.

travelling and experiencing cultures as a way to fuel new ideas

How did you combine your visions

within my work. Currently, I work

to reach a result you were both

between Milan and the UK.

happy with?

Luke Musharbash: I am a freelance

LM: Allegra approached me to do a

portrait and fashion photographer

collaborative shoot around an urban

based in Leeds, England. I strive to

theme. When we met, we discussed

create inventive and professional-

the direction in which we wanted to

looking images; I try to think of what

take the project. Allegra showed me

has already been done and avoid

mood boards for the look she had in

the obvious – to create something

mind and immediately, I was excited

new for the eye. My style is an

about the project. I knew we were

everlasting process of development.

going to create some great images

I don’t consider myself as having a

together. →

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“I am always attracted to elements that depict the beauty, magic and fantasy of our world.” ----- Allegra Ghiloni What does this shoot say about

What message did your styling

yourselves and your personalities?

choices aim to convey?

AG: I am always attracted to elements

AG: I wanted the styling to be

that depict the beauty, magic and

connected to the spectrum of human

fantasy of our world. I think it is

emotions and feelings, which progress

important to surround ourselves with

and darken as the subject develops.

beauty and inspiration every day.

Our character starts out as gentle

Through my work, I love to create

and timid, and gradually turns more

pieces and tell stories that inspire

sinister and ominous, which I wanted

and transport the viewer. Our shoot

to convey through the use of colour.

starts with a timid, innocent subject

The red, which appears in some way in

who slowly turns dark as the mood

every photo, represents the climaxing

progresses; I think there is a strong

of strong emotions.

element of mystery and intrigue

Will you be collaborating again on a

there.

future project? LM: As for me, I wanted this shoot to show that, when combining a mixture

LM: I would be very happy to

of ideas with new people, you can be

collaborate with everyone involved in

pushed to exceed your limits and take

this project in the future, as everyone

yourself further.

was a pleasure to work with. →

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“Unique style comes from the confidence to be your true self.” ----- Allegra Ghiloni

We all gelled together as a team so

LM: As a rule, I try not follow current

naturally, in such a short space of

trends as I want my ideas to be as

time.

unique as they can be. As much as I admire other photographers’ work,

Who has inspired you most

I do so to admire the variety of styles

this past year?

that they bring to the table. I am more interested in why they chose to do

AG: This year I have been really

what they did, than in copying the

inspired by photographer Tim

overall look.

Walker. I loved the shoot he did earlier this year in Burma with model

A word of wisdom to share with us?

Edie Campbell! I would love to create something similar, mixing exotic

AG: Unique style doesn’t come from

cultures and fashion. Women like

following fashion trends; it comes

Lena Dunham and Jennifer Konner

from the confidence to be your

are so unique, intelligent and

true self. ∞

interesting, and highlight the amazing things young women are achieving.

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SANNE KREIJMBORG & JOANNE MAALDERINK

w. www.sannekreijmborg.nl, www.joanne-m.nl e. contact@sannekreijmborg.nl, mail@joanne-m.nl

P H O T O G R A P H Y S A N N E K R E I J M B O R G

Dutch photographer Sanne Kreijmborg gives contemporary trends a refreshing twist in ‘Bold Minimalism’, a fascinating editorial story in which textures, lines and striking geometric forms complement a most elegant and androgynous wardrobe. Here is a strong yet laid-back ode to black and white fashion, cunningly styled by Joanne Maalderink and with hair and make-up by Nakee Fong. ∞ AC

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STYLING JOANNE MAALDERINK

B O L D

M I N I M A L I S M

HAIR & MAKEUP NAKEE FONG

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D E S I R E E KO N G

w. www.desireekong.com e. kong.desiree@gmail.com

PHOTOGRAPHY DESIREE KONG

ART DIRECTION, HAIR & MAKEUP RENEE SAIA

S T Y L I N G M A R Y M A R G A R E T J O H A N N S E N

M O D E L S B I N TA D I B BA & K AT I E J OY B L A N KS M A

Femininity takes on a refreshingly multi-faceted nature in ‘Wild Souls’, a fashion story by 21-year-old photography and videography student Desiree Kong. Set against the powerful rocky backdrop that is Washington State’s Frenchman Coulee, and showcasing the photographer’s strong affinity to light, this story expresses confidence and fearlessness with ease. Styled by Mary Margaret Johannsen, with hair and make-up by Renee Saia. ∞ AC

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“The light from my window gets me up every morning. The more light I see outside, the more I want to explore or just exist and participate in the world.”

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IRMA GRUENHOLZ

w. www.deplastilina.com e. mail@deplastilina.com

IRMA GRUENHOLZ

The works of Spanish artist Irma

I’d spend hours and hours playing with

Gruenholz are nothing if not unique:

clay. I would write stories and then

combining three-dimensional clay

model the characters. Making three-

modelling with digital manipulation,

dimensional illustration was always

she crafts illustrations in a most

natural to me; something I’ve always

intelligent and complex manner –

done. It’s been a matter of thinking

delivering final pieces that are soft,

about the roles of these sculptures,

endearing and incredibly thoughtful.

how I want to convey such roles, and

The former art director, who has left

also finding my own language.

the field of advertising to pursue her freelance career, talks about her

What do you most enjoy about

creative process, her drive to find

hand-sculpted illustration?

her own language, and the excitement that sculpture brings her.

I love working with my hands and touching the materials. The creative

Tell us a bit about yourself and

process is more organic; it’s where

your artistic background...

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Ever since I was a child, I have

it possible for me to incorporate all

felt a special attraction to three-

kinds of materials – depending on

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process is very exciting; I love

I do not draw sketches in detail;

exploring the possibilities of each

I prefer to dive into the illustration,

project and experimenting with

working directly in three dimensions

new solutions and textures.

as soon as I have a clear idea in mind. My sketches are very schematic

What is your creative process?

drawings that help me direct the illustration, and specify the materials

The process varies greatly depending

and a palette that I will use.

on whether it the project is an ad, a book, an article... but I can summarise

Sometimes I build quick sketches

it with the following basic steps:

in 3D, using a foam board and

I read the brief or text carefully,

plasticine to check their dimensions,

and emphasise what I consider

composition, and framing. Once the

most important. I then look for

sculpture is complete I take a photo

documentation on the subject, gather

of it – this is a very important step in

all the information I can about it,

my work, and at this point lighting and

and start to develop concepts.

framing are essential to building the proper atmosphere. I then retouch the image digitally. →

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“Ever since I was a child, I have felt a special attraction to three-dimensional objects and miniatures.”

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“I love exploring the possibilities of each project and experimenting with new solutions and textures.”

What inspires you on a daily basis? I get inspired by nature, paintings, sculptures, design, cinema... in the world at large, if you have an open mind to any stimulus, this facilitates the creative flow and inspiration can arise out of the most unexpected things.

What are your resolutions for the year to come? To continue working on exciting projects which will allow me to grow and experience new things.

A word of wisdom to share with us? “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” – Pablo Picasso ∞

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NOCERA&FERRI

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PHOTOGRAPHY NOCERA&FERRI

STYLING NADA ABDUL GHAFFAR

HAIR KIRSTEN KLONTZ

M A K E U P SA M A N TA FA L CO N E

M O D E L G R A C E C L A R K @ E S TA B L I S H E D

Instability and uncertainty come into full view in ‘Hanging by a Thread’, a new photographic project by Italian duo Nocera&Ferri. As well as a highlight of the season's sharp yet eclectic trends, this story stops time in its tracks with its casual vibe – leaving viewers lingering on each photograph, thirsty for more. ∞ AC

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Knit Jumper Shao Yen Skirt Apu Jan Sandals COS

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L e a t h e r To p , S h e e r J a c k e t and Pants Shaun Harris

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S e q u i n & L e a t h e r Ju m p e r, Pants Jamie Wei Huang Boots Maison Martin Margiela

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Wo o l & L e a t h e r J u m p e r J a m i e W e i H u a n g Skirt Apu Jan Platform Shoes Stella McCartney Glasses Chiara Pavani

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Dress with Buckle Straps MING S ocks Topshop Shoes H&M

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Sweater & Matching Skirt MING Shoes H&M

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Jumper & Maxi Skir t MING

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L e a t h e r To p , S h e e r J a c k e t & Pants Shaun Harris

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Wo o l J u m p e r & P a n t s Jamie Wei Huang Shoes Sandro

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M I R AG E C O L L E C T I V E

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PHOTOGRAPHY JULIA WEBER

STYLING PÉTRONILLE SALOMÉ

HAIR LUCILE PICCOLINI

MAKEUP CLAIRE BERNARD

MODEL MAIRE BARROUILLET

WARDROBE OUTFITS DESIGNED BY PÉTRONILLE SALOMÉ,

V I N TA G E J E W E L L E RY F RO M A F G H A N I S TA N

True to their name, Paris-based creative collective MIRAGE bring phantasmagoria to the forefront of fashion photography, dotting their works with optical illusions and layering each photograph with surrealism and fantasy. Fresh and innovative, each shoot is carefully crafted by a group of young and emerging talents – photographer Julia Weber, hair stylist Lucile Piccolini and designer Petronille Salomé. With an enchanting East Asian theme and deep dark hues, their recent project ‘Sakura’ possesses a youthful spirit that charms and captivates. ∞ AC

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SAKURA

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LOT T E D I R K S

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LOTTE DIRKS

29-year-old Dutch illustrator

I wanted to be and at the same time,

Lotte Dirks presents home-grown

I started working in my garden.

illustration at its best, with a vibrant

I developed a great love for gardening

portfolio that encapsulates her spirit

and growing vegetables so I thought,

as much as her adoration of nature.

why not combine it with my love for

Both a gardener and creative, she

art? I named my studio ‘Greenhouse’

tells NeverLazy Magazine about being

– a place for my ideas to sprout into

empowered by her work, as well as

colourful illustrations.

her ongoing projects and ambition to illustrate a cookbook.

How does illustration inspire and empower you?

Tell us about yourself... I always feel the urge to make With both my parents working in the

something, in a positive way.

creative industry, studying art was a

I can’t do nothing. I’m happy when

natural step for me. My interest in

I’m at work. In a way, my work

illustrating plants only really began

inspires me to work more. →

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“Don’t stop trying if things don’t work out. Simply begin again.”

How much does your creative

The times when I don’t have

practice influence your everyday life? commissioned work to support me, I find difficult. It’s important to never To be honest, art is always on

give up on something you truly want

my mind. I look at things from an

and believe in, so when commissions

illustrator’s point of view. I see

are rare, I’ll start a self-initiated

potential illustrations everywhere,

project to build my portfolio with.

and that’s why I always carry my notebook around for a quick sketch.

Where do you see yourself in 2016?

That’s the thing with inspiration – you never know when it will happen,

To illustrate a cookbook is a big dream

so if it does, you have to use it.

of mine, so I hope it will become a reality next year. →

What do you struggle with most as an artist, and how do you see yourself overcoming these struggles?

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“That’s the thing with inspiration – you never know when it will happen, so if it does, you have to use it.”

What exhibitions or other projects are you working on? At the moment I’m working on a project called ‘Wallflowers’. Within it, I’m making limited edition handprinted posters with flowers and plants. I also make custom wall coverings – this is something I like doing a lot; I’ve just finished a piece that fills up an entire wall in my studio. It feels like an indoor jungle now.

A word of wisdom to share with us? Don’t stop trying if things don’t work out. Simply begin again. ∞

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GIULIA MAZZA

w. www.giuliamazza.com e. giulia@giuliamazza.com

By combining the atmospheres from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, ‘A Park Odyssey’ by fashion photographer Giulia Mazza is a thing of beauty: shot against sunsoaked hues in an opulent park in Bologna, it introduces a most curious universe that is enigmatic, vintage and otherworldly. Featuring styling by Elisa Tagliavini Friperie and hair and make-up by Stefanie Nardi. ∞ AC

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PHOTOGRAPHY GIULIA MAZZA

S T Y L I N G E L I SA TA G L I AV I N I F R I P E R I E

A PARK ODYSSEY

HAIR & MAKEUP STEFANIA NARDI

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A N N A DA N I LOVA

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Returning to the pages of NeverLazy Magazine, Russian fine artist-cumphotographer Anna Danilova once again brings a surge of creativity to the table, with the very delicate yet dynamic ‘The Swan’. She shares her inspirations behind this shoot, her creative beginnings as a watercolour painter, and her dedication to beauty.

Tell us a bit about yourself... I was born in Stavropol, Russia. I started with watercolour painting, and have since become interested in photography. I find inspiration in 19th Century English artists and magazine photographers of 1990s. I am also inspired by beautiful people and people of old age. →

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T H E S WA N PHOTOGRAPHY ANNA DANILOVA

M A K E U P E LV I R A S AYA R O VA

WA R D R O B E D R E S S E S BY L E SYA R U SA KOV I C H

MODEL ALEKSANDRA MARTYNOVA @ LILAS MODEL MANAGEMENT

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“I was looking for peace of mind but when you try to find it, you tend to always realise you’re stuck in reality.” What is your most important rule or belief, as a photographer? The most important for me is to stay true to my idea of beauty. I don’t care if people think something I create is weird or ugly. I would like to stick to my fine art skills and recreate paintings through photography. I also want to create a balance between grim tales and intelligent beauty.

Who or what inspired this shoot? I was inspired by my model. Alexandra is an old friend of mine, and we’ve worked a lot together. I was inspired by dresses – beautiful, liquid clothes creating very feminine silhouettes. I was inspired by my mood – I was looking for peace of mind but when you try to find it, you tend to always realise you’re stuck in reality. →

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“I always enjoy mixing my views on a particular environment, together with my mood at the time.”

And you know this will tear you. I used these feelings during the shooting and post-production phases. Another important, but less noticeable inspiration was the location: we shot this story in a big quarry with white sand.

What did you most enjoy about shooting this story? I always enjoy mixing my views on a particular environment, together with my mood at the time. This shoot is no exception to that. ∞

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LISK FENG

w. www.liskfeng.com e. liskfeng@gmail.com

LISK FENG

A multiple-award winner with an

Tell us about yourself and your

impressive client list under her

creative practice.

belt – including the New York Times and Travel + Leisure, no less – New

I am a 25-year-old freelance illustrator,

York City-based artist Lisk Feng tells

originally from China and currently

stories that spark and never fade.

New York-based. I graduated with

An explorer of deep human journeys

a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration

through a light-hearted aesthetic,

Practice from the Maryland Institute

she touches upon serious subjects

College of Art in 2014.

with a curious yet brilliant fusion of whimsy and expertise. In an interview

How do you think your art represents

with NeverLazy Magazine, she shares

you as a creative?

the tales she most loves telling and defines what she believes makes a

My works capture the profound

great illustrator.

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our control change and propel us

What stories do you most

backwards in time. Such flashbacks

love telling?

evoke fleeting memories that soothe

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or haunt, delight or vex – sparking

I love making illustrations that have

creative explorations of the psyche.

a narrative and are whimsical. My

Through such explorations, I hope

favourite topic is actually normal life –

to inspire my viewers to see the

in other words, what people do every

extraordinary in life’s ordinary

day interests me most. I believe that

moments.

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“I hope to inspire my viewers to see the extraordinary in life’s ordinary moments.”

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“As an artist, you’re going to have to believe in drawing. When other people see your work, they feel what you feel.”

and viewers will easily find a lot in common with them.

How much do you rely on colour to bring your art to life? I believe everyone has their own way of creating art. I am a fast illustrator, and usually spend three to six hours on an illustration. If I feel the project is very cool or interesting, I will do it even faster. Spending too much time on one bores me, so I have to work as fast as possible. I don’t really care how detailed my works are; I care more about the emotions and the stories behind them. →

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“Don’t forget the nature outside your window; trees and a breeze of wind are very important.”

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Who are your biggest inspirations

draw something, will you feel happy

to date?

about it? Will you feel touched or connected to the illustration? That is

I love so many illustrators and oil

basically the point. When other people

painters, but the first one who got me

see your work, they feel what you feel.

into the screen print style is Tatsuro Kiuchi.

A word of wisdom to share with us?

In your opinion, what are the most

Sleep regularly if you are an illustrator.

important qualities an artist

Health is really important. Also,

should possess?

don’t forget the nature outside your window; trees and a breeze of wind

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are very important. ∞


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