VOLUME 1 | ISSUE 2 | WINTER 2012
Photograph by Taya Wolfe
LIGHT In order from top left: Chantel Partolan Chelsea Felker Brianna Saba Birgitt Surma Sarah Stewart Rachel Dowda Margarita Rentis Jenny Earnest Svannah Daras
STAFF Sarah Nieman EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Kay Rodriguez EDITOR
Eduardo Acierno EDITOR
Amber Thompson WRITER / EDITOR
WRITER / EDITOR
Lauren Hux INTERVIEWER
FIND US ELSEWHERE quiescentmag.com facebook.com/quiescentmagazine quiescentmag.tumblr.com issuu.com/quiescentmag quiescentmag.magcloud.com
Cover Photograph by Emilia Taveras Cover Logo by Mary-Joy Ashley
by Emily Taveras
18 22 24 28
34 36 40 44
50 54 58 60
Huy Le Aimless Wanderers by Rosa Furneaux
76 80 84
by Clara Pathe
by Dennis Auburn
Maria Alba Eva Patikian
Nikko Russano Rosie Brock Untitled
90 92 96
Gone With A Whim
Jessica Donnellan Lights
102 106 108
by Amir Kuckovic
by Nichelle Singer Michelle Luc
Purple and Green
by Anya Harden
Paulina Metzscher Aya Dayani Beautiful Light Illuminated
by Greta Tuckute
dear readers, First I wanted to thank you all for your support of the first issue; you were more welcoming than I had expected and you are all so wonderful. I had hoped to inspire people with this magazine and make it a home of sorts, and through all of your comments I feel like I succeeded. Now, onto the second issue of Quiescent. I want to leave you all with a quote I’ve found recently and that has stuck with me. “Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.” Michael Strassfeld
Photograph by Kellyn Boyden
catalyst Photography by Emelia Taveras Models: Jennifer Cho & Keisha Leano Styling: Emelia Taveras
Holly Kerchner 18 | Gainesville, Florida
Could you tell us a bit about yourself? I am an 18-year-old native of Montana who was transplanted smack-dab into the middle of Florida. I have the fortune of returning to my homeland every summer, and that’s where I take most of my pictures. I constantly obsessing over a variety things, including vegetable gardens, German shepherds, and folk music. I’m majoring in Public Relations at the U of F, but I’m not sure that’s going to get me where I want to be. When people ask me what I want to do with my life, my answer varies from farmer to editor to chef to missionary. The bottom line is that I want to do everything. I want to grow all my own food in the secluded wilderness, I want to dwell in a tiny apartment in the most crowded city, I want to live out of a van in the midwest, I want to be everywhere and meet every kind of person there is, and I want to photograph every second of it. Do you have a weakness towards any particular kind of photography or any of its mediums you can follow? Oh, yes. 35mm film hits me like nothing else. There is something about its texture that just gets to me. The way it captures light. The liberating unpredictability. But besides the pictures themselves, shooting film is an incredible experience in of itself because, unlike digital, it allows photography to unfold into two dimensions--taking the picture and looking at it. When shooting digital, those two experiences are shoved
together and, I would argue, cannot be individually enjoyed. The thrill of taking a film picture is in imagining what it will look like, anticipating the final result. Since you can’t see the product right away, you soak up the full enjoyment of hearing the shutter eclipse that scene laid out before you, knowing the negative might come out or it might not; but the image is burned in your mind forever.
shamefully small amount. Usually. But I am currently doing everything I can to change that. I know there’s beauty to be found everywhere, it just takes a little more effort sometimes. Now that I am at university I hope to find other film enthusiasts to shoot with; I want to start traveling and exploring this area a lot more. I intend to embrace daily photography a little more as each moment passes.
Would you ever consider doing any photography projects, such as the 365 days or 52 weeks challenge?
What helps you get over any creative blocks?
I definitely have--not so much the 365 days but the 52 weeks. I’d love a challenge/commitment like that, but at the same time, I am afraid of my own weakness being revealed. Any beauty in my photographs I have to admit is purely circumstantial. I’ve been really lucky to travel a lot, meet incredible people, drive all over the country. And my friends are gorgeous. A long-term project takes a lot of creativity that I might not have. I will definitely take on something like that in the future, but in the meantime I am concentrating my energy on finding inspiration in the seemingly dull town of Gainesville FL. Do you go on shoots often? Is it a part of your day-to-day life? During the summertimes in the Northwest, I take my camera (Canon AE-1P) everywhere. I shoot everything, rolls at a time. What a feeling! But during my school years in Florida, I shoot a
Paying more attention, making an effort to open my eyes a little wider. For me, photography is about capturing rather than creating. A camera is a third eye. If you could photograph someone famous, dead or alive, who would you choose? I wracked my brain for the answer to this question, but the truth is that there are too many people to name, both dead and alive. I really have this uncontrollable urge to photograph everybody, especially anyone who’s been through difficult times and is willing to wear it on their face. Old people and complete strangers are my favorite. Here’s a farewell riddle: Why is a raven like a writing desk? Nocturnal hunting is better in both cases.
Maria Alba 17 | New Jersey, USA
Eva Patikian 23 | France
Chronographs Photography by Clara Pathe Chronographs are photographs taken over a span of time, but unlike a traditional long exposure, these are created by taking multiple photographs and then handweaving them together to create a new composition and a unique and characteristic object for each chronograph, exposing the subtle changes that each subject experiences over time.
Rachel Narvey 16 | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada La Douleur Exquise Only afternoon, and the sun rewrites you red, sinking deeper into the toothy oak trees It ghosts through glass with a wanting belly and reaches your lips and I envy the wraith But not for long I run my hands along my face feeling the skin press back The apparition does not feel only mars your vision peppering sun spot ink blots on a what was a white blank page It doesn’t dare touch me and for its avoidance I see you sharper outlined in thick honey the crop of your hair sweetly drenched The days it grew wild beg I remember the way the nights brought goosebumps to our skin but not from cold Summer’s taunting heat let tendrils fall about your eyes eyes I called sad then cold lipped blue now aflame, burning to my memory Not asking but demanding I close my eyes and yours remain I lay a finger on the light tasting the depths a toe in frosty waters I plunge forgetting to wonder if I might surface the heat is on my cheeks as the words are out my mouth revoking all mistakes pleading to be seen
Photograph by Raegan Bird
Heather McCutcheon 18 | North London, England
Sophia Do 12 | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
gone with a whim Photography by Nichelle Singer Model: Gillian G Wardrobe: Catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eye Vintage
GONE WITH A WHIM
Michelle Luc 21 | Melbourne, Australia
Conner Allen 19 | Washington, US
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Conner Allen, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a amateur conceptual portrait photographer based out of the inland Northwest United States. My work is really just a representation of myself in other people, and when I photograph them, I
want the photo to be multi-dimensional. I want them to see a depth in themselves that they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see beforehand, and to go back into a moment in their life when they felt alive, even though the photograph is a imaginary possession of a past that is unreal. I am inspired by the natural wonder of the world, and even though my work is
by no means landscape work, I want the viewer to see the natural beauty of this world as a focal point, not necessarily the main point, but merely part of the world we are all a part of. My goal is to work in conceptual editorial through a magazine.
As a child, were you in touch with photograph at all? Yes, all growing up my mother had a camera with her. She would always document our vacations and would often have photos of our whole family. Along with this my aunt was a fine art major, and she would often show us photos and paintings from all over world. All these things inspired me to really pursue something in the field of Art. Is your method of shooting more spontaneous or thoroughly planned? It really depends on the shoot. If I am shooting something along the lines of
self portraiture I often do not plan, and have no idea what I want to come from it, and most times start off by wandering through the woods in hope of finding a source of inspiration. If I have a set idea for a conceptual or art shot, there is a small amount of planning. Often making sure I have the materials I will need along with a model. But if I am shooting a more editorial look I have to plan and coordinate hair, makeup, models and locations. Do you plan on pursuing photography as a career? Yes, my goal is to work for a major magazine in their photography department. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily want to own
my own studio or company, I would rather work for a client and create work in the editorial Field. If you were to attempt re-creating a famous photography, which one would it be? I would love to try and re-create Annie Leibovitzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photo of Nicole Kidman on stage. Its one of my favorite images, something about the light, the silhouette, and the look of prestige. I always want to try and convey these emotions in my photos and its my goal to eventually re-create this, with my own flair.
Photograph by Ciel Sriprasert
Purple and Green Photography by Anya Harden In collaboration with Brian Mass Photo MUA: Diana Pemelton Hair: Anya Harden Models: Madison Bosworth & Sarah Paschall
PURPLE AND GREEN
Shana Carrara Italy
Can you describe how you first started getting involved in the photography medium? I started taking photos almost 3 years ago after a bad car accident. Photography has literally saved my life, giving me hope and joy back.
It could sound a stock answer, but I’m inspired by everything: it can be the sound of the waves, a person’s look or smile, a place especially if it’s plunged into nature, a song or a film. I’m mostly inspired by a feeling, when it grabs me deep it makes me create beautiful stories.
Do you feel like you have a special attachment to photography and the work you produce?
Have you ever experimented with other art forms such as sculpture, painting, or filmmaking?
I have a strong connection with my work. I try to put some aspects of me, my dreams, my fears in my photos, so they always represent who I am.
Sometimes I paint, especially when I’m really stressed and I don’t want to think! I really love experimenting with different materials though. For an exhibition I put the photos on a timber frame and I used some paint, wax, coffee to modify them. I have to say that the outcome was very interesting!
Living in Italy, you must be surrounded by all kinds of creatively stimulating places and people. Where do you draw inspiration from?
Is there a particular incident you remember which happened while you were on a shoot? Ahahah yes! I planned to do a shooting with fire but something went wrong and we were so worried that the petrol can could explode! Luckily it didn’t happened and I changed my idea. Is there any person from your close environment or from any other place that you’d like to take photos of? I’d like to take some photos of dancers. I think they have a very strong awareness of their body and they know how to use it to express different feelings.
Huy Le 23 | Melbourne, Australia
aimless wanderers Photography by Rosa Furneaux Models: Yemi Ap, Jacob Tong, Michael Thompson, Emma Scott, Chami Dillon, Emilie Schultze Styling: Yemi Ap Clothes: Lagos Boutique Shot on location in Dar es Salaam and Singida region, Tanzania
How did you first start getting into photography? I found Flickr before I had even thought of photography as a hobby. After seeing so many of the different photostreams, I wanted to create my own. I knew that my grandpa was into photography when he was younger, so I told him that I was interested. He actually wanted a DSLR just as much as I did, so he bought me one for Christmas when I was 13 and bought himself one as well! Ever since, my love for photography has grown. Do you like to follow some sort of plan or concept or do you shoot on a whim? Usually when I plan a concept it never turns out right, unfortunately. I mostly just shoot on a whim! I usually come up with an idea while I’m out shooting with no planning what so ever. Do you draw inspiration from other photographers, renowned or more low profile? Lissy Elle has always been a tremendous influence on my photos, espe-
cially when I first started. She was one of the first photographers I had come across and I was in awe. Alex Stoddard and Amy Spanos were also some of my biggest inspirations. I have no idea where I’d find inspiration if it weren’t for Flickr! Lately, I feel like I’ve been really inspired by Natalie Kucken and Tim Walker. Is there a place your particularly enjoy shooting at? I mostly shoot in the woods that’s down the street from my house. I wish I could find more locations around here. After I get my license I’ll have to go hunting for some new spots! Do you have a weakness for any of the equipment you use? I always use my 50mm f1.8 lens. I’ve always loved it ever since I got it, and I plan on getting the 50mm f1.4 soon! I don’t know what I’d do without it, to be honest. It’s perfect! Have you ever used film to produce your work? If so, why? If not, would you like to?
Nikko Russano 16 | Louisiana, US
I love film! Not using digital is just a completely different feeling that I can’t explain. I love the surprise of not knowing exactly how the photos are going to turn out. I would use it a lot more if it wasn’t so expensive. Is there a photograph you consider your absolute favourite from your collection of works? I took a photo called “The Menagerie”, and it’s of my friend. She has a bird cage on her head and little animal figurines next to her. I saw the bird cage in her house and immediately came up with the idea. I was extremely pleased with the way it turned out, and it’s been a favorite ever since!
Rosie Brock is a seventeen year old If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be and why? I would have to say observant, passionate, and motivated. I tend to notice very small details and am constantly attracted to the visual aspect of situations. I’d say I’m quite passionate in my general manner just because I have a lot of energy and excitement about things I care about. And motivated as well because I’ve got ambitions that I’m determined to fulfill. How long have you been taking pictures? I’ve been photographing for about two years now, I started getting interested in photography mid-way through freshman year. What motivates you to keep taking pictures, and why? The work of other photographers is definitely my largest motivator to continue taking pictures. The whole process of inspiration is absolutely intoxicating, and I feel like I physically have to create something after observing the work of others.
Do you prefer film or digital, and why? I can’t actually decide - digital due to its efficiency and accessibility, but film will always have a special place in my heart. Essentially, I favor film for personal, candid photographs and digital for anything portfolio related. Who or what inspires your work? I’m constantly inspired by films and certain characters from a number of different books or movies. Lately, I’ve been very influenced by LIFE photographers from the late 50s, early 60s and everything that seems Americana or nostalgic. What’s the most rewarding thing about photography for you? The most rewarding thing is being able to express beauty or truth through a way that is entirely unique to you (the photographer). It’s like you give your pair of eyes to an extended audience, so they can experience your perceptions as well. How do you think photography has changed you/your life?
from South Carolina but raised in Florida, US. She loves red lip-stick and diet Coke. Her friends tease her for saying things like “I just want to have a classic teen-experience” or “I feel like we’re in a John Mellencamp song right now.” She spends most of her free time watching films and falling in love with ideas rather than realities.
It’s made me a better person, I’m absolutely certain of that. Photography allowed me to truly become myself (which sounds really cliché, but its true) and finally find my passion. Finding my passion has given me a reason in life, a purpose that supplies me with constant happiness. What equipment do you use? (camera, lenses, etc.) I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II, with a 50 mm lens for anything digital. For film, I use my Mom’s old Nikon N5000 or my Grandmother’s old Kodak, I also have a Diana camera which I love.
Untitled Photography by Dennis Auburn Models: Sara Skinner and Yossuana Aguilar Wardrobe styling: Jessica Kay Keller Hair: Nicole Cano Makeup styling: Sara Eudy @ Cara Dulce
Aubree Minakami 19 | Hawaii, US I close my eyes and there you appear Like a tattoo behind my eyelids You’re always near I look up at the scattered stars—the howling moon Wondering if you’re doing the same Wondering if every time after hearing the word “love” you whisper my name Thousands of miles fill the space between us but you’re still as close as ever This passion—this drive—I know I’ll be feeling it forever With every caressing breeze, I still feel your touch graze mine Your silky fingertips tracing my shoulders still send shivers creeping down my spine My thumb can still outline your sweet, raspberry lips The memory of your warmth melting into mine at the peak of the eclipse I smell your unique scent still dancing on my skin; hours, still, not long enough Though you say we may never be together, just watch me call your bluff I close my eyes and feel your stare burning through Your mocha windows flicker the epitome of extremes A silent glare of death screaming “Help me” I still see it so vividly in my dreams Your kisses still planted on my collarbone Your breath still warm against the hollows of my neck Imprints of your ivory daggers still crimson if I check I can still feel the electricity an almost kiss Our lips just inches apart The chemistry between us cannot be mistaken; I knew it from the start But now my eyes flutter open Golden sunlight peering through thick, black lashes And the figure that once stood before me now crumbles into ashes With the morning sun you disappear with the darkness of night The veil of reality dissolves as the black sky fades bright
Photograph by Lauren Bishop
Jessica Donnellan 19 | New York, USA
Lights Photography by Keegan Kapugal Model: Maddie Olin
Paulina Metzscher 17 | Germany.
How would you describe yourself? I wish for things that will probably never happen and daydream at the worst of times. My head is up in the clouds. What’s the most rewarding thing about photography? Photography makes me feel alive and whole inside. And it’s one of the only ways for me to silence the chaos of all my feelings in times of growing up and facing life. Photographs are something I can keep forever - frozen exactly in the moment in which I saw it. Who or what inspires your work? I’m inspired by life - its good and bad times. I think it’s funny how inspiration can spring out of nowhere and can just make you want to get outside, take a deep breath and create. I love travelling and I think, all those journeys to unknown places have impacted my work a lot. A big part of my photog-
raphy is about telling a story of the unknown, a story of a silent journey. I want to create a sense of mystery, a world around secrets and dreams. What got you interested in photography? I guess it all started with the discovery that taking photographs means to be able to lend an echo to something that would’ve otherwise burst and then quickly faded. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Dreams change and evolve but for sure, I see myself in 5 years time being happy with life and being surrounded by people I truly love. I’ll document the beauty of life - always with a camera around my neck. What are some of the challenges you face when it comes to photography? Currently I live in a big city but unfortunately I’m in love with nature. I
miss having the ocean around, I miss mossy forest floors and being able to see the stars. And this is one of the biggest challenges I face when it comes to photography: finding a place that allows myself to just let go and create. What keeps you motivated to keep shooting? I simply feel the need to create, to develop and to change. This keeps me constantly motivated. How do you think photography has impacted your daily life? I sometimes observe life as if I were a camera. It makes me be aware and I believe it often makes me see things others might just overlook. Dust motes, the light streaming in from the window, glowing reflections. All those little things hidden in tiny corners make me feel really, really happy.
Aya Dajani 19 | Toronto, Ontario Canada
Beautiful Light Amir Kuckovic 24 | Barcelona, Spain
illuminated Photographs by Greta Tuckute Models: Amalie Kardyb & Ulrikke Toft (Unique Models)
Photograph by Rachel Dowda
contributors Maria Alba Conner Allen Dennis Auburn Rosie Brock Shana Carrara Aya Dajani Allison Danrea Sophia Do Jessica Donnellan Rosa Furneaux Anya Harden Keegan Kapugal Holly Kerchner Amir Kuckovic Huy Le Michelle Luc Heather McCutcheon Paulina Metzscher Aubree Minakami Rachel Narvey Clara Pathe Eva Patikian Nikko Russano Nichelle Singer Emely Taveras Greta Tuckute
flickr.com/maria-christine flickr.com/connerallenphotography dennisauburn.com rosiebrock.4ormat.com shanacarrara.wix.com/shana-carrara flickr.com/ayadajani allisondandrea.com sophiado.carbonmade.com jessicadonnellan.com rosajoy.com flickr.com/anya_elizabeth keegankapugal.com cargocollective.com/hollykerchner amirkuckovic.com cargocollective.com/hwee facebook.com/MichelleLucArt cargocollective.com/heathermccutcheon flickr.com/64295722@N06 iloveyouvalentine.blogspot.com dakosphotos.com flickr.com/eva_patikian flickr.com/nikko314 javertime.com emeliataveras.com gretatu.com
NEXT THEME PASSION
Please send all submissions to SUBM@QUIESCENTMAG.COM. Submissions will be open December 1st to January
For more information on submitting to the magazine, please visit Q U I E S C E N T M A G . C O M / C O N T R I B U T E . H T M L