VOLUME 1 | ISSUE 1 | FALL 2012
Photograph by Nagi Marie Quirk Model/MUA: Lisa Stevens
Photo credits Left page: Abby Alcala Allyson Busch Adrianna Keczmerska Rachel Liquindoli Brittany Juravich Stefan Yambao Libby Burke Wilde Morgan Davis Right page: Amy Jacobs
1. A state of mind where one feels whole, beautiful, vulnerable yet invincible 2. A place where one wouldnâ€™t mind dying. - AT O M I C WA R S . T U M B L R . C O M
EDITORS Caiti Borruso Kay Rodriguez Zachary Schwaller GRAPHIC DESIGN Mary-Joy Ashley Adrienne Hess WRITERS
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Cover Photograph by Rebekah Campbell Cover Logo by Mary-Joy Ashley
CONTENT 10 12
by Stine Danielle
Letter from the Editor
Words by Tori Hoover A Haze of Utopia by Rebekah Campbell Lille Allen Untitled
by Emily Tebbetts
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Sara Anne Haas
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Bliss Braoudakis Untitled by Baohien Ngo Taya Iv Adél Borbély Danielle Pearce Greg Ponthus Asher Lilley Floral Bath
by Eduardo Acierno
Words by Daisy Wang
by Keyana Tahmaseb
The Human Canvas Words by Lane Hansen
Home: a Playlist
dear readers, I must admit, it’s nice to be back. Although I don’t know how different this magazine looks to you from what Racing Minds was, it really feels so much different. The creation of it was different, and I had so much more help. I’d like you all to welcome Kay Rodriguez, Zach Schwaller, Caiti Borruso, Adrienne Hess, Mary-Joy Ashley, and Maria Kaffa to the team. They have been an immense help and I couldn’t ask for better people to help me create this magazine. So I’d like to say thank you to all of them. This issue’s theme is “home.” Personally, the idea of “home” has been on my mind a lot. Having attended my first year of college this past year, my idea of home has changed quite a bit. I called my college my home, a place where I felt comfortable with who I was. And obviously the house that I live at is home too, the place where my family and I live together. A while ago I saw my friend Jessie Roth post on Tumblr about “home.” She included a list of quotes, and I’d like to share one with you all: “You know that point in your life when you realize the house you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? All of a sudden even though you have some place where you put your shit, that idea of home is gone. You’ll see one day when you move out it just sort of happens one day and it’s gone. you feel like you can never get it back.It’s like you feel homesick for a place that doesn’t even exist. You won’t ever have this feeling again until you create a new idea of home for yourself. I don’t know, but I miss the idea of it, you know” - Garden State I hope you all know what or where your home is.
Photography by Stine Danielle Models: Joanna Gutowska, April Kim, Katrina Reyes Make Up Artist: Sammie Kolodij
It’s such a cliche. “Home is where the heart is” and all that jazz. It’s such a cliche, it’s so true, it’s such an enormous understatement, it’s egregious. Home is where I come to lay my head when my heart is bleeding in my hands and too heavy to carry alone. Home is five bowls of chicken noodle soup on an oblong wooden table, wet mittens hung to dry on the hearth, set your muddy shoes by the door lest you track the bitter outside in, cushions that love you back with their whole beings and hug you like you need to be hugged. Home is yellow cake with chocolate icing every year on March eighth, identical, the only determining factor the one candle that wasn’t there last year. As a child my mother held me, wet from my bath, in a black towel warm from the dryer. Detergent smell and bubble bath and a cocoon of warmth to rub the feeling into my too-cold fingers and toes, always too-cold, wet from the tub, were everything I needed to feel safe. As a child, home was a place with a name and an address, four numbers, a street, my city, more numbers. It was concrete and real and easy to remember, so simple, and yet those four numbers and a street and my city and more numbers are everything I know I’m made of - they are hours of fingers dancing across ivory keys, hardwood floors to slide on in your socks on Christmas mornings, the white noise of my parents talking in low voices downstairs as I drifted off to sleep. I know where I come from and I know who I am and I know what home is, I know now, I do. I know that mine has been a life lived easy, with a half-eaten bowl of rice abandoned on the kitchen counter and the washing machine running a cold wash on whites upstairs, youthful days cut out of a familiar fabric. I know that one day soon that will change and this house, this home, these people and this place and this wind that whistles through unlocked doors and slings the wheat stalks in the field to and fro - they will all stay behind when it does.
Home. Words by Tori Hoover.
Home is my security blanket, my gilded age. When my world melts around me and everything I thought was real turns to dust, there’s a straight path of bread crumbs leading right past a row of cherry blossoms and up to my front door, and there stands my mother, a towel warm from the dryer, a bowl of chicken soup, saying come in, take your coat off, set your muddy shoes by the door lest you track the bitter outside in.
a haze of utopia Photography by Rebekah Campbell Styling by Summer Lawson of Black Swan TheoryÂ Model Vera Claeys
Lille Allen Quiescent Magazine: Tell us about yourself. Lille Allen: My name is Lille Allen, Iâ€™m 15 and currently live in Las Vegas, NV. QM: Why did you start photographing? LA: I started photographing thanks to my father. He had an enormous passion for art and expression and wanted to transfer it to me, the only way he found how was to teach me the basics and technicalities of photography. QM: What is your favorite word? LA: My favorite word is the German verb trĂ¤umen, meaning to dream.
QM: How would you describe your photographic style? LA: My style could be described as “ever changing”, I don’t think I’ve found it yet. QM: Describe your perfect day. LA: My perfect day would consist of roaming the streets of San Francisco during a downpour. QM: What keeps you motivated as an artist? LA: The feeling I get after finishing a photograph is probably the only thing that keeps me motivated, it’s an incredibly fulfilling sentiment and inexplicably difficult to replicate in any other way. QM: How does photography impact your life? LA: Photography has kept me sane from all the changes going on in my life right now. I’ve formed friendships across the world and received amazing opportunities thanks to it. QM: Anything you would like to leave with the readers? LA: I’m going to say something quite cliché: make art for yourself, not to please others or anything like that. Once you are there, never stop.
Photography by Emily Tebbetts Model: Alexis Mire
Sara Anne Haas Quiescent Magazine: Describe yourself. Sara Anne Haas: I’m a seventeen-year-old daydreamer from Texas. I don’t know exactly what I want to do with my life but I know it will definitely involve art, living in a city, and gratuitous amounts of green tea. QM: What is your favorite medium? SAH: My favorite medium switches constantly between photography, graphite, and mixed media, as I get sick of one and have to switch for a little while. I love the flexibility of mixed media, being able to use whatever seems to flow with the piece, though I’m a bit burnt out on it now because I just finished my AP concentration. I haven’t done as much photography lately so I’m definitely looking forward to getting back to that over the summer.
QM: What do you want to convey in your work? SAH: Through my work I want to convey the things that only art can explain because my words aren’t enough to capture it fully. I want to convey the things that make me stumble over my words and make too many hand gestures while trying to explain what I see in my mind’s eye. I have the hardest time filling out entry forms for competitions that want to know what the piece means because if I were an eloquent writer I wouldn’t have to make visual art. Sometimes I take photographs just to document what I see, but more often I’m trying to make what I see in my daydreams real.
“I want to convey the things that only art can explain because my words aren’t enough to capture it fully.”
They climbed a summit upon Neptune, an ocean of silence and slick breathing ice surrounding them. The man was eager as he always was and found wonder when they reached the tip of the planet that the dark matter had exhaled into the universe. He looked down and saw the iridescent space colonies all swallowed inside different dark craters, each with its own twinkling lights and unspectrumed colors. â€œItâ€™s like the northern lights on Earth,â€? the girl said softly as she stood beside him. To her the colonies looked like fallen stars, sunken to the bottom of a deep dark lake but still glowing in its wake. He looked to her as her figure disappeared into a whirlwind of colors glazed in ice. She was nothing but a memory.
Sometimes home is never where you want it to be. Words by Daisy Wang.
He missed her. He missed her more than anything he had ever known. He was a weary, solitary man who lived quiet and unhurried. Only around her was he ever so bright, his excitement chiseled and polished into refined cheer until she disappeared and as it seemed, his own personality disappeared into stone with her. Their days spent on Earth often haunted him, when he had felt at home for once in the great white north. The great north where there were days when the sky was the same color as the snow as if it were a dream where all things blended together. He often felt his hands grow cold during his space explorations and would remember how he was always so easily chilled. His hands were almost always cold and he had never known why. Even now he did not know why, but all he could ever think about was how warm her soft fingers had been in his and how she would kiss each fingertip of his hand in the most delicate way to try to bring warmth to them. He had felt most at home when nestled warmly in her heart and in the presence of her crisp, bright scent. As he looked over the horizon of Neptune, he remembered that his home no longer had a heartbeat for he had buried her deep beneath diamond ice and cooled earth in the snows of the northern country. He had chosen Neptune because it reminded him of his home, because it reminded him of her. Neptune, a dark planet of reverent blue, a blue that you could breathe like atmosphere. Neptune, a new home for his homeless heart. Sometimes home is never where you want it to be.
Photograph by Heather McCutcheon
Quiescent Magazine: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Kitty Gallannaugh: My name is Kitty Gallannaugh and I live in London. I carry a camera around my neck and use it to live. I was born in 1990 and you’ll usually find me dancing in the woods or wading through the lake with my lens. QM: How and when did you get into photographing? KG: I don’t really remember a time when I wasn’t photographing. My earliest memories involve someone around me photographing whether it was my parents or Grandparents. I started playing with my Mother’s SLR in 1998 and by the time I was 13 in 2003 I started to dabble with digital photography for the first time and it just became part of daily life. QM: What keeps you motivated as an artist? KG: The way I feel, both when I feel on fire and when I feel like crawling into a corner. The way the sun warms my cold bones and ignites the thoughts. I love the new songs which make my eyes haze over and I start to picture new themes in my head. My imagination is a circus, and I’m the ringleader. QM: Do you have a favorite photograph that you have taken? Why is it your favorite? KG: I don’t think I have a favourite I’ve made. In a way I like not having one,
it motivates me to go out and take it and to keep growing and reaching. I like to not be fully satisfied with my work, otherwise I’d become comfortable and I fear my brain may turn boring and lack ideas. QM: How has photography impacted you? KG: We met a long time ago and have been in a very steady, loving relationship. It’s taught me how to grow, how to be tamed but also how to think wildly. Photography has opened my eyes to new situations, and taught me how to handle them. It has held my hand when I needed it the most and pushed me away so I could learn the hard way. It has definitely become who I am. QM: Anything you would like to leave with the readers? KG: Live well, laugh lots, appreciate what you have and aim for what you want, love unconditionally and forever grow. QM: What defines home to you? KG: Home is where my heart is. It’s the place that defines me, I could never define it. It’s the place where I feel safe and cosy, where I can curl up and rest and also where I can be myself and dance my jigs with no one seeing. Home is ever growing with love.
Photograph by Evan Booth
Home: A Playlist 1. Casimir Pulaski Day - Sufjan Stevens 2. Slow Lights- Sin Fang 3. Undertow- Warpaint 4. Home- Lisa Hannigan 5. Fake Palindromes- Andrew Bird 6. Excuses- The Morning Benders 7. The Season- The Dodos 8. Big Bird In A Small Cage- Patrick Watson 9. I Canâ€™t Even Lift My Head- Sufjan Stevens 10. Crystal Clear- Opus Orange 11. 5 Years Time- Noah and The Whale 12. Teeth- Lex Croucher 13. Big Red Machine- Justin Vernon & Aron Dessner 14. Wait- M83 15. Open Season- High Highs 16. Hold On-Angus and Julia Stone 17. Give Me Love- Ed Sheeran 18. If She Wants Me- Belle and Sebastian 19. Home- Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros 20. West Coast- Coconut Records 21. This Must Be The Place- The Talking Heads 22. Welcome Home by Radical Face 23. Summertime Clothes- Animal Collective 24. Food Is Still Hot- Karen O And The Kids
Answers a few questions about visualisation, expression, and inspiration.
Quiscent Magazine: What is your name and age and where are you from? Bliss Braoudakis: My name is Bliss (real name) Braoudakis, age 21 and living between Florida and Chicago QS: How and when did you start photographing? Has it changed for you since then? BB: I grew up having the blessing of being able to travel a lot and I always found my way to have a camera in my hands. It didn’t truly interest me until age 13 but I pursued it at age 15. By the time I turned 17, I had major magazine offers and was being paid for my photographs. Since then many things have changed in great ways as far as confidence and photographic style goes. I’ve learned so much since then and continue to always. QS: Who or what is your greatest inspiration? BB: My greatest inspiration is God. I don’t think I could create what I do without my faith. I am
also inspired by the spot in my heart to travel where I’ve yet to be. I love the Earth. I love mountains, deserts, fashion and lack of it at the same time. People’s souls, they make me wanna keep shooting ever and ever. QS: Which is your favorite camera to use? BB: My favorite camera to use is my Polaroid Land Camera. The images turn out as a surprise every time with light leaks and unique color tone, and using double exposure is too fun. Film holds a spot in my life that no digital camera could fill the same. Although, I truly admire and appreciate my 5DMKii every day, but when I’m shooting film I feel more accomplished and original.
QS: What do you try to express through your work? BB: I (try, sometimes fail) to express the human mind. It’s secretive and messy but I blend it into something of color, setting and composure. It’s what the viewer makes of it, but I know when I look at it I’ll know exactly what I was feeling and that the imperfection was expected and hoped for at times. I don’t shoot just for people’s feedback or possible exposure, I shoot what I feel and what I feel led to create, not what the blogging world wants. When I shoot musicians live I want to capture their sound into a frame. When I photograph a person I want to convey the things no one else sees that makes them (them). I’m not one of copying trends so people see my face. I don’t want my face to be in print, I want my photographs to be. QS: What does photography mean to you? BB: For my own life, photography means pursuing my dream of creating visual feelings and going after each and every calling I feel led to. Sitting with a model talking about her personal life and pain, or pushing myself in the last 60 seconds of a concert to capture the perfect expression on a fan’s face in the crowd, and listening to a friend’s band on my headphones a long ride to a new city is what photography means to me. As long as I have a camera in my hands daily I am living my dream. As a whole, photography in it’s entirety is simply capturing a moment that no one else in the world did at the same time, allowing it to stay on this Earth forever. That’s artistic. QS: Want to leave us with any last words? BB: Whoever reads this, thank you. You are beautiful. The end.
“As long as I have a camera in my hands daily, I am living my dream”
Photography by Baohien Ngo Models: Gaby Martinez and Marissa Liana Wardrobe: Gaby Martinez, Marissa Liana, and Baohien Ngo
Taya Iv Quiescent Magazine: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Taya Iv: Well hello first of all! My name is Taya, I am 15 years of age, and I live in Cyprus. I suppose a little summary of myself would just end up in three word: cats, hair, pictures. I like people, shadows, and light. My life is a whirlwind of confusing thoughts and emotions, and yet they all mix up and form something called life. QM: How and when did you get into photographing? What has changed about it since then? TI: I started loving photography at 12 years of age without really realizing it that much at first. I used to fawn over photographs of other girls and boys taken from their mobile phones or cheap cameras showing their hair, make-up (for girls of course), and clothes. I fell in love with that and wanted to re-create everything in my own pictures, so using my mobile phone’s camera I started shooting myself with different hairstyles and make-up, so that’s where it all started. After a while I got a 5 mega pixel camera with which I started shooting conceptual photographs about make-up and life itself. From then on I found a website called DeviantArt where artists shared their artwork. I could call it my place of escape and picture paradise. There I met the most amazing artists that I still admire now as they have encouraged me to continue on with my work and not give up just because I didn’t have the same cameras and lenses as them before. I spent every day of my life shooting and wanting to become better and better. I was given a 10 mega pixel camera soon after my 13th birthday and with it I started shooting other people, which opened up my eyes to the lives of others and how different everybody is. What has changed about it since then? Everything changed; my attitude, my view of the world, the way I acted and spoke. I started realizing that loving others is special and being myself is special too, and by finding myself I have found my own little path to walk on. QM: What keeps you motivated as an artist? TI: Other people motivate me a lot, especially the artists I used to look up to 3 years ago when I started photography. Sometimes all you need for motivation is a ‘you can do it’ note from your favourite photographer. Other times it’s just a hug from mum or dad telling me that they’ll always support me no matter what. That’s what motivates me; people and their urgency to live and breathe and help others. These people make me want to live and shoot everything around me, because that’s special and that’s right. QM: What is your favorite word? TI: Honestly (I always use it, honestly)
QM: What do you want to come across in your photographs? What do you want the viewers to feel? TI: I want the viewers to have shivers and goosebumps on their skin and for a moment feel nostalgic, or remember a memory that I will never be able to see, only them, their own little secrets. I want people to feel the effect of my pictures, especially the ones I like most; I want them to be inspired and understand something they have never understood. I suppose I want that because others have done that to me and changed my life completely, so I can only hope to do the same for others. QM: Do you think photography will always be a part of your life? TI: Yes, always. I could not possible live a week without holding a camera in my hands and photographing the things I love. It just doesn’t seem sane or logical to me. Call it addiction if you wish, but it’s a nice kind of addiction; the one that won’t harm you if you don’t want it to. QM: Describe your ideal perfect day. TI: A walk in the woods with my friends bundled around me, huddling in the cold and having a bonfire night. The sparks are like stars and we all laugh at the jokes that make no sense because it is midnight and nothing matters anymore because we are together and that is perfect. QM: Do you have a favorite photograph that you have taken? Why is it your favorite?
TI: To be honest, I do not have a favourite because my favourites depend on my moods and the time of day and just by how inspired I feel, so no favourites! QM: Why do you create? TI: I create because it makes me whole; fills a space in my whole self that stops me from wondering who I really am and doubting myself. It’s a lovely feeling, creating and then looking at the finished work. Makes me all fluttery and inspired to do more work. QM: Do you believe that anyone can be a photographer? TI: If that ‘anyone’ wants to be a photographer, then sure. We all have no limits to what we create, if only we believe. What stops people from loving their dreams is the judgement of others and that is why many are left dreamless and hopeless. That shouldn’t happen. Go on with living, dreaming, creating, and take with you any critique you can get, but not horrid judgement given by people who are jealous. So yes, I believe anyone can become a photographer if they have inspiration, motivation, and patience. QM: Anything you would like to leave with the readers? TI: Live life simply because you deserve to, and remember to never listen to horrible words for they are meaningless. Continue on and never give up, because everyone is special and everyone has a spark in them that they will sooner or later find out if they seek it. When you find what you love, nothing will stop you.
Adél Borbély Quiescent Magazine: Tell us about yourself. Adél Borbély: My name is Adél Borbély, I am 19 and I live in Nyíregyháza, in Hungary. QM: What keeps you motivated as an artist? AB: I go to a secondary school of art, so I spend my everydays with artist. In the school I learn painting, I’m so interested in the beauty of a body, and the beauty of women. QM: Why do you create? AB: I always want to create something new and one of my mainly purposes is to make people take attention on art. I think people should take some rest sometimes and go to an exhibiton, or just watch a beautiful picture. QM: What do you try to express through your work? AB: My works don’t want to change the world, they just want to give some colour and some beauty to their viewers’ day. They may want to say a big NO to the society’s idea of beauty.
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Quiescent Magazine: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Danielle Pearce: My name is Danielle Pearce and I am 17 years old. I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia where I have lived for my whole life. I grew up as a dancer, so music is a huge inspiration to me! QM: How and when did you get into photographing? What has changed about it since then? Also, how has photography impacted your life? DP: How I got into photography is sort of a funny story... When I was 13, in the summer before 8th grade, I became obsessed with the internet and youtube as most teenagers do. I started watching videos by Mitchell Davis and fell in love with his creative video productions. This caused me to join photography club with my friends, where my passion began to sky rocket. Our first assignment was to take 10 pictures of one object. To do the assignment i used my mom’s Nikon D40 (it was my first time ever picking up a DSLR) and the pictures turned out pretty well. When I took it back to the teacher he was astounded by how amazing the pictures were. He actually used them as an example for the rest of my peers. Having this support was what allowed me to prosper in my talent. Since 8th grade, some things have changed about photography for me. I still have the same support from everyone that I know, but my style and goals have changed dramatically. Now, instead of wanting to take self portraits and picture of objects, I direct myself to do more portraits, fashion, and creative shoots! Photography flipped my world upside down in a matter of months. Before I stumbled upon my dreams, I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life and I focused all of my time and energy on ballet class. Since then I have actually quit ballet to focus on taking pictures. Not only that, but people tend to refer to me as the photo girl :) Which is something I learned to get used to. QM: What defines home to you? DP: Home is not a place or a thing, it is more of a feeling. To me, home is anywhere that has a comforting memory to it; anything that will leave a smile eternally in my heart. For instance, even though I often dread it, school is a sort of home to me because of the memories that have been created there. QM: What keeps you motivated as an artist? DP: Many things spawn my motivation as an artist. My dreams and goals as a photographer keep me pushing forward as an artist. I know that this is what I want to do with my life, which makes me never want to give up. Looking at other people›s work also motivates me by giving me inspiration. QM: Describe your style. DP: What is my style? Well this is such a hard question for me to answer because I feel like I am still discovering it. I love to shoot people in creative ways and I love to use a lot of contrast between shadows and light. I don›t know, I guess I have a hard time pinpointing my style because I feel like its always transforming.
QM: Do you have a favorite photograph that you have taken? Why is it your favorite? DP: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uremyraincloud/7342985534/ This is one of my favorite pictures that I have taken. It’s not edited because it is film, which I feel should never be altered. The memories behind this photo make it one of my favorites. I also love the light and colors. Every time I look at it I can remember the actual gardens which were incredibly beautiful. QM: Do you believe that everyone can be a photographer? DP: I think that anyone can do anything if they set their heart on it. I have devoted endless hours on photography, so I think that anyone who is that in love with photography can prosper in it! QM: Why do you create? DP: I create because I feel empty when I am not creating. New ideas are constantly popping into my head, which forces me to keep creating! QM: Anything you would like to leave with the readers? DP: All that I can say is if you have any hint of interest in something, you should try it out because you never know what could happen! My slight interest transformed into a life changing passion :)
Speaks with us about what photography means to him
Quiescent Magazine: What is your name and age and where are you from? Greg Ponthus: My name is Greg Ponthus, I’m 19 and I’m from Lyon in France. QM: How and when did you start photographing? Has it changed for you since then? GP: I started photography when I was pretty young, nearly at 12. I did what we all did, I used to steal my parents’ camera. But I take photos regurlarly for three years now. Some things have changed since then. I remember I was always experimenting with the medium, trying to create a personal style which wasn’t mine.
QM: Who or what is your greatest inspiration? GP: This will sound pretty dumb but I’m mainly inspired by nature (branches, lights, water, wood...) and all the lines which define it. I discovered a few months ago Minkkinen’s work and it has been quite a big revelation. QM: What do you try to express through your work? GP: I always wanted to express silence in my work. I try to make people “feel” the light through my photograph, I want them to feel what the subject is feeling, the sun on a face, the floor under your feet, the grass between your fingers... etc etc. QM: What does photography mean to you? GP: There are lots of things which don’t need words to be told and it is at that point photography begins. Photography is the best way to express yourself and become confident with the world surrounding you. It permits me to find beauty where it doesn’t seem to be. QM: Want to leave us with any last words? GP: Start shooting when you don’t have anything to say anymore.
I always wanted to express silence in my work
Asher Lilley Quiescent Magazine: Tell us a little about yourself. Ashey Lilley: My name is Asher Lilley I’m 17 years old and i live in Australia, I love to shoot conceptual photographs, but of recent i have been getting more and more into fashion. I love to write, listen to music and of course take photographs. I’m currently in my last year of schooling (yay) and deciding on what i want to do with my life. QM: Why does photography mean to you? AL: Photography is one of the biggest things in my life. I always loved art, having and artistic father and a passionate mother does that to you. I would spend days just looking at art books, imagining the people in the paintings and photographs. I always loved to draw, but i was never any good. When i came across the works of Nirrimi Hakanson (Firebrace) i was drawn to this thought of capturing a moment, capturing a moment of beauty, chaos, peace, love, friendship, hate, sadness and keeping that moment forever. At first it was a hobby, it started off with a point and shoot camera and my sister in high heels and friends in a tyre swing, then as the years past i got more and more serious. I went through a time where everything was dark and i was just so alone, i would say thats when i first started getting passionate, when i realised my photographs could tell a story, my story or any story that i wanted to tell. I could create what i wanted and what i felt. Now i can’t imagine my life without photography, i can’t imagine my life with out creating. QM: Who or what inspires you? AL: So much inspires me. My family and music are big ones, songs that just capture my heart and become so much apart of me are such big influences in my work. Emotions like love, heartbreak, hate, loneliness and freedom also inspire me. QM: What do you try to express through your work? AL: I try to express so much, i just want my work to be relatable to people. I mainly try to express heartbreak, loneliness and freedom. QM: What is home to you? AL: To me home is where the heart is, of late i have been wanderlusting, wanting to travel everywhere and meet new people and just take photographs forever. But i know no matter what, my home will always be with the people i love. Home is where i feel loved, accepted, happy and content, home is wherever i make it.
floral bath Photography by Eduardo Acierno Model: Jessica Blanco MUA: U&M Makeup & Hairstyle Styling/Clothing: Lina Vargas
tArtwork h e andh photographs u m a nby cKeyana a nTahmaseb vas â€œI have always been fascinated by photography, painting, humans, and art history. I love how this project creatively combines all four to make a whole new art form that is not usually seen. The process is also unlike anything else; when you are no longer painting on an inanimate object you become more conscious of things you normally wouldnâ€™t on a regular paper canvas. I enjoy the challenge and the feel of painting on tender, warm skin. Knowing there is a Being under it who is breathing, has a beating heart, and is willing to physically put themselves into a real art work invigorates me. There is a lot of dedication, trust, and artistic ability involved in this series and I love how it truly puts me to the test while producing a beautiful one-of-a-kind work of art.â€?
Photograph by Emilia Nejatbakhsh
Words by Lane Hansen. “Where were you?” Her voice came from the kitchen. The words traveled through the house as soon as he placed one foot inside the front door. They hung suspended in the air between his body and hers. An accusation. A curse. A thickness clinging to the oxygen he tried so hard to pull into his lungs. Thickness created by the depth of her sorrow, by the tears she cried into his pillow at night, the mornings that stole through the window; too bright for her bloodshot eyes. Harsh – like the curses that rolled off her tongue, alcohol weighing down her body. Stinging – like the vomit at the back of her throat, bringing her hurtling back to reality. Back into the big ol’ lonely home on 12th street. Back into a room filled with his weary t-shirts and unwashed socks, his dress pants hanging in the closet like locked away memories, the white button down shirts swinging like ghosts. Her words cut rivers in his ears, rushing past his blood, heading straight for his heart. They nestled there like knives, cutting him apart with everything she hadn’t yet said; everything he’s imagined and hoped for. I love you. I missed you. They circled through his body, forming a prison. Drugging him. Holding him in place. One foot through the door, a hand on the knob, eyelids heavy with sleepless nights. He searched for his voice, deep in his throat, hiding from the fear and pain and unshed tears digging their way deeper into his body. “I was trying to find my way home.”
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