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THE DUALITY ISSUE VOLUME 2 | ISSUE 3 | FEBRUARY 2014

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Duality FROM LEFT, BY COLUMN TOP TO BOTTOM: 1 Selma Gurbuz 2 Alia Smallwood Thomas 3 Fulvio Ga 4 Kathleen Frank 5 Maria Scherlies 6 Anny To

7 Paulina Jarzembska 8 Kira Koop 9 Orlando Pelagio 10 Jessica Eickmann 11 Bella Mente Photography 12 Josephine Peneff

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S TA F F EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Sarah Nieman

MANAGING EDITOR Holly Kerchner

ART DIRECTOR Ashley Garner

COPY EDITOR Maria Kaffa

ONLINE EDITOR Daniel Adams

STAFF WRITER Ashley Garner Teri Hofford

GRAPHIC DESIGN Sarah Nieman

SOCIAL MEDIA Asher Lilley Anna Neubauer

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS Karin flickr.com/karinandthecamera Carlotta Bartolotto facebook.com/carlottabartolottoportfolio Melinte Bianca biancamelinte.carbonmade.com Tenebra Domina facebook.com/tenebradomina Teri Hofford facebook.com/terihoffordphotography Shawn Magill shawnmagill.net Connie McDonald Danielle Pearce daniellepearce.com Amanda Pham amandapham.4ormat.com Janice Qujano Irvin Rivera graphicsmetropolis.com Audrey Simper audreysimper.com Sameep Singh sameepsinghphotography.com Ludovica Tofanelli http://ludovicat.weebly.com/ Paul Warren flickr.com/pauldphotos Lauren Wisnewski flickr.com/laurenrw

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DEAR READERS, We are now into the new year and I hope for all of you that it is a great one. 2013 started a lot of great things, both personally for myself and for the magazine. I am not here to talk about myself however, but about this great thing that we all have created. 2013 held Quiescent’s One Year Issue, many great memories and friendships started across the Flickr-verse that I myself was able to experience. I want to say to you all that if you have not yet been to a gathering of artists, attend one as soon as you possibly can. They are the most inspiring thing and they change you as a person, completely for the better. Duality, the theme of this issue, is definted as an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something. It is something that perfectly fits the issue that crosses over the years, I think; two years, two different and unique things. I hope your 2014 is as different from your 2013 as 2013 was from 2012. I hope you create glorious artwort and wonderful, lasting memories.

Photograph by Grace Walton

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On the Cover: From Zen’s Garden

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14 by Tenebra Domina 40 Haunting Change 46 Apples and Skin 50 by Teri Hofford 64 by Shawn Magill 74 Elevé 86 Duality

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Paul Warren Connie McDonald

Editorials

16 Undisclosed Souls 30 Everything is Golden 68 Kaleidoscope 90 Two-Toned Superstar

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22 Interview with Janice Qujano 36 Duality 56 Making Fashion: The Tension Between Past and Future 78 Why I Stopped Looking at Photographs

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FROM ZEN’S GARDEN

Ph: Sameep Singh Model: Jessie Chau @ Velocci Models Stylist: Salvina Lauricella MUA: Danielle Schleese Hair: Charise Bauman

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Model: Lisa Zhang Ph, MUA, Hair, & Styling: Carlotta Bartolotto

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Janice Qujano Interview by Ashley Gardner.

You are a jack of all trades when it comes to photo shoots, working not only as the photographer but also often the stylist, art director, hair and makeup artist and sometimes even the model. How has this made you a stronger artist? I see all sides to the show... I can relate and acknowledge strengths and weaknesses - need not apply expectancies and move on to what is really gonna work. It’s great.  I rarely have stressful shoots, and if I am stressing then I shouldn’t be shooting.  There is also the possibility of someone canceling out at last minute, which in that case I take on the task, now if its the model canceling that’s a different story, it just wasn’t the day to work.   DUALITY 023


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There are some people out there who feel as though if you work as the photographer and makeup artist and stylist you can’t ever be great at one of them because you are spread too thing. What are your thought on this? lol! Story of my life... But what is an ‘artist’ if he can only consume one concept....  All of my traits I’ve learned by learning about myself, how I see colors, texture, and light.  Now.... I believe in applying yourself.  We live at free will, and my free will is to acquire and appreciate all that I enjoy to do.  I feel sorry for the society that we live in brainwashed to believe you can only focus on one thing.  When recession hit, so many people lost their jobs and couldn’t adapt, some were forced to reinvent themselves. I wasn’t out of a job because I had  traits to offer.  So where the wheel was once strong and now weak, my other wheels continued to spin maintaining me as my own proprietor. Besides if society can applaud Justin Timberlake for wearing his many hats why can a none sociallite wear his/her hats.... Also, why are the critics worried about what I need to focus on when my clients amongst my many traits love what I do.   What is duality to you? Daulity in my head my bubble my universe is a concept of adaptation.  Not one state of mind or doing.  Living amongst universes   Many people seem to look at duality as these complete opposite forces working together to complete a person however according to its definition duality actually means a symmetry within a mathematical system that remains valid if certain objects, relations or operations are interchanged. To me that definition seems to describe your work so well, would you agree? Yea I agree with you, I view my work as interchangeable... for a while I had a hard time with this because it all looks so different and I kept telling myself to find a common denominater (everyone else had one, I thought).  I realized later as my work progressed and evolved that I am a Duality and the common denominator was I.  That everything created was a perspective, inspiration, ideas that swim in my head and are pushed out into reality to manifest.  I don’t have a linear perspective, either I’ve tracked many lives unto my work or I’m inspired by a plethora of things... The only thing linear is me and my camera. Which is cool and not cool cause in a way I don’t know my placement if I even have one.  Its rare I create the same style twice because every story to me has a different energy and light and in a 026 QUIESCENT MAGAZINE

world where everything is so stereotype to a genre this sordof leaves me out and misunderstood. lol! ay Dios! hopefully someday I too shall conquer... How did you begin your career in the fashion industry? Were you always interested in working in a variety of mediums or did you progressively grow interested in each one? ‘It Happen’.  I just started doing it. First came makeup / wardrobe, then later photography.. I just started adapting myself, and clients, directors, and photographers that I had worked with in the past just liked or loved the ideas and what I had to offer which brings me to where I am now.  As per fashion, history will tell you that personally I wanted nothing to do with fashion.  I was always somehow pulled into it either by the fashion director at my college or whomever I was dating at the time which was all too bazaar to me.  I swore I was a graphic student my thoughts were people in fashion are to crazy, serious, it’s ok i’ll pass.  It wasn’t till I landed a gig with a graphic design firm who delt with teams did I begin to apply myself in the industry. That’s when everything else that was told to me that I didn’t comprehend began to become clear as day, and I gave it an opportunity and haven’t left since.  ‘It’ will not let me go, fashion and I have an understanding... The mediums are me, I just put them to work cause I didn’t want to do a job that didn’t feel like me.   When you look at the work you produce as just the photographer versus work where you had a role in many different aspects of the photo do you see a different in how you feel about the strength of the photo? Its all a development phase.  If you can understand that then you will evolve into the next project.  Everyone that I’ve worked with all encounter a phase along with their style, and I am happy to have been able to be a part of that cynergy to assist in a vision. The work will always continue to evolve I can always look back and see how much i’ve grown.  The strength is in every shot the good the bad and yessss the ugly.  Those are the moments that make us i’m not judging it. As a photographer I can’t compare myself with the likes of my fellow photographers in which i’ve worked with, because before I knew anything about photography, I enjoyed their projects, as I now enjoy my own. Did I have a different vision yes! and that’s what had me pursue the ‘dream’.  


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Ph: Amanda Pham Model: Melanie Blankenship @ Modelogic Wilhelmina Stylist: Farah Alimi MUA: Sidory Perri Clothing: Zoubeck Boutique

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Duality: The life of a fine art student with a fashion medium Written by Ashley Garner Can fashion and art be synonymous to each other? Is it possible for art be fashionable and the way that we get dressed with clothing or make it be an art? I for one think so and ended up finding myself going to Florida International University in Miami, FL for fine art trying to make a thesis about how the way that I get dressed IS my art. To be nice about it I was not well received. Though many of my peers were wary at first about a girl that used to model trying to come to their school and bring all of this shallow fashion materialism aka “not serious art” into it but by the time I had reached graduation I found out that I had actually inspired a lot of them to change their mind on how they saw clothing. To me I have never seen a difference between fashion and art. I never was really into fashion and I never was really into art until I had reached high school and became passionate about expressing myself through my outfits each day after going to a uniform school for three years. Eventually I was lead into fashion designers, blogs, hair and makeup artists, models, magazines and of course photography. Then I learned about the great fashion photographers of our time and the people that worked with them or sometimes even we’re them aka the fine artists of our time. Man Ray, Erwin Blumenfeld, Richard Avedon, Marcel Duchamp, Elsa Schiaparreli, Tim Walker and so on and so forth. All of these people are such significant names in the fashion and fine art worlds and when I went into art school I thought my professors would understand that. It turned out I was very very wrong.

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In a nutshell I was photographing my outfits and daily life and trying to find correlations between the two whilst also writing about why I wore my outfits or what I felt/had experienced after wearing them on a daily public blog. What I came to find out was that many people in the gallery world are still very biased against fashion or even clothing beyond a specific cultural significance deserving a place in the white box. I obviously think this is completely absurd because we use clothing to express ourselves just as much as we create a painting or take a photograph or write a novel. It is simply another medium of expression that some people use and other’s don’t. I was held back one semester and felt betrayed by my art community because I was truly passionate about art history as well going as far as to double major in it. I had worked so hard to get past the obvious shallow connotations that fashion had and spent grueling months and years trying to find and explain it’s deeper significance in our lives but I was still misunderstood. But by the time I neared graduation things finally took a turn for the best and my work seemed to finally begin to get attention for it’s treatment of my own personal style as an art just as good as any oil painting. To say the least I was ecstatic and still am to this day as I would never stop creating my work just because I’m no longer in school. What I was most proud of though after this whole grueling experience was not that I had gotten a pat on the back but for sticking to my beliefs and staying true to myself. As cheesy and Chicken Soup for the Soul that sounds I honestly can’t express it enough. To me duality means that no matter how many things you believe in or do it’s all about how you find that balance and harmony to make seemingly opposite things to one person be perfectly fit puzzle pieces for you.

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Photographs byBianca Melinte

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That continuous tension between two opposites, between two apparently irreconcilable principles, which may unexpectedly be part of the same essence, represents the duality. In fashion this dualistic tension underlies most of the inspiring concepts, in that endless cross-reference between the past world, what the greats have done before us, including the history of styles and designers, and the future world, which constantly looks elsewhere, trying to find the innovation beyond what we have in front of our eyes. By this way trends and styles come back, in a continual recurrence of ideas, which are, however, always enriched with something new, looking to the future and adding something that was not there before. The traditional is enriched with new tools and new concepts, making sure that what we see refers to the past, but is always projected into the future. By this way the present is only that moment in which the object and the idea become visible to us. Just think of the work of designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, who, maneuvering between the different collections of some of the biggest Maison, as Fendi and Chanel, is able to maintain each brand in its particular characterization, but enriching them with something you would never expect. This is the creative genius, one who lives on the edge of this dualistic tension between past and future, always drawing from the first and facing to the second, pouring all of this in a moment, through the creation of something which will never be equaled in nothing else.

Making fashion: the tension between past and future Written by Ludovica Tofanelli

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Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative couple of Valentino, have perfectly succeeded in order to transpose a brand with a classic allure in the avant-garde direction, maintaining the characteristic elements, such as elegance, romance and the famous red, giving a new vision, thanks to special manufacturing and particular details which make the difference, creating garments that recall the classic, but are perfectly placed in the contemporary world.


Photograph by Anamaria Tatu

What about Hedi Slimane? He has actually upset Yves Saint Laurent, giving it the new name of Saint Laurent. This could look like a detachment from the past, but when you analyze his collections, you can see that what he does is a new interpretation of Yves heritage, an enrichment of it, maintaining the classical codes, but adding his glam-rock touch. Yves Saint Laurent was a revolutionary and this is what Hedi got from him, reversing all his creativity in the creations of garments, which are part of the brand’s history.

This dualism of fashion is felt in the encounter between tradition and innovation, craft and experimentation, including the use of materials, prints and logos, which characterize the different brands, along with all the new techniques used for their realization.

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1. Side 2 Dressy Bessy 2. Inside and Out Feist 3. Polar Opposites Modest Mouse 4. Turn! Turn! Turn! Karl Blau 5. 2 Becomes 1 The Byrds 6. The Other Side of Your Face Twin Sister 7. You Won't Be Missing That Part of Me Melody's Echo Chamber 8. On The Other Side The Strokes 9. Honey and Salt Bailey Glass 10. I'll Be Your Mirror The Velvet Underground & Nico

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Kaleidoscope Ph: Audrey Simper Model: Danielle Maddox Stylist: Bre Collins MUA: Becky Smith Hair: Alex Jankowski

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danielle pearce “Dancers live dual lives, but the movements and emotion they learn to express through their body is embedded within them forever.�

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my creativity. Here are a few of the different ways to get inspired and rejuvenate your passion for the art of photography:

Why I Stopped Looking at Photographs Written by Teri Hofford

Have you ever hopped onto your Facebook page and scrolled through your newsfeed, looking at the work that other photographer’s do? How about “liking” the pages of your competition with the sole purpose of watching their page and compare your work/pricing/business model to theirs? If you have answered yes to the above, congratulations, you are a photographer of this decade! Every day we are constantly bombarded with images, gifs, magazines, videos, and other visual stimuli that make us go insane thinking we either aren’t as good as other people or we need to do something completely outrageous just to get noticed. I am victim to this just as much as any other photographer. It’s a catch-22: I don’t want to succumb to the black hole that is Facebook, Flickr, and other social media websites because I compare myself to other photographers, but I can’t cut off the internet because it’s my main source of advertising. I found that this issue was creating a huge roadblock for me, not only in the business sense, but also in my creativity. I would get anxious when I would see another photographer’s achievement or I would smugly sit back and say “why do they get so much attention when my work is just as good, if not better?” My attitude was just breeding more and more negativity and finally one day I realized the reason why my business was suffering was because I was spending so much energy focusing on other photographers and silently criticizing them for achieving what I wanted. Once I came to this realization, I threw myself into my work. I shot every day. If I couldn’t find a model, I would do a self-portrait. One of the most important things that I did, however, was step away from the computer. I knew I had to do something different and even though it was hard, I came up with a variety of different sources other than photography to help inspire 078 QUIESCENT MAGAZINE

Art Museums and illustrations: Is it weird that I have never ever ventured into an art museum until this year even though I have been shooting since 2006. I looked at colors, patterns, angles, textiles, sculptures, materials. I was inspired by mixed media art and that totally transformed how I have been shooting. In fact, inspired by the December submission of duality, I chose it as an opportunity to combine inkblot art with my photography to create some awesome artistic work. Music: Everyone likes some sort of music and the reason is because it makes us feel something. Is that not what our photography/art should be doing for people? Now, when listening to a song I will imagine which colors fit the mood, the scenario that I imagine being played out, the outfits that would work, etc. It’s kind of a fun car game to play. Another thing I will do, is click through Youtube. Find one song that you like, then look on the right hand side for suggested music and continue to play that game…I have found a number of different artists that had a unique sound that inspired an image. The image I have chosen here was inspired by sci-fi soundtracks. Nature: Seriously. Get outside and go somewhere quiet. Clear your mind and use all your senses. Feel the wind, listen to the birds, touch the textures, etc. I believe most artists thrive when they get into nature and have their “quiet” time. In 2014, I am actually going to be hosting a photography camp for this specific reason. Get people away from the computers and out into nature. The image I show here is a double exposure of BC landscape with my lovely pregnant model, Adri. There is nothing more natural than the concept of birth and nature, so I thought it was a lovely fit. Books: Read fiction! Get inspired by quotes, by poetry, by story passages and characters. The reason why books are always better than the movie is because our minds are incredibly vivid. They bring out the worst villains, the most beautiful princesses, the darkest situations, etc. Use those images! The image I have chosen here was inspired by the quote “If you live your life fully, you will only die once. But if you are scared to live, fear will kill you day after day.” by Paulo Coelho. I had become quite stagnant with my shooting and then remembered that the book The Alchemist (by Mr. Coelho) had changed my life and so would it re-inspire my photography? I started my self portraits this year, simply by taking his quotes and then interpreting them.


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Dream: Sometimes our subconscious makes up some really wicked stories that may or may not make any sense. It is the one place where we have no control over our brain and it can produce some pretty awesome, trippy images from which to draw inspiration. If you remember them, write them down! I am fortunate to have an overactive imagination and always have nightmares and vivid dreams, and the best part is, I usually remember them!! Not an easy task, but the interesting thing is that if you can recreate exactly what you see in your mind, you can be pretty much guaranteed that it will be something unique to you! The image I have included for this is one titled “entrapment” because often I will dream of being in a situation I cannot get out of, even though I can see the exit. Creepy, right? Once you have your inspiration, it’s time to shoot! My rule is that once you know the rules, you can break the rules. I put things in front of my lens, shoot through fabrics, put my tripod in the bush and shoot a voyeuristic approach, do creative blur, light with whatever items are available, and so on. There is no limit to what you can do but the main thing is that it makes you excited and passionate for photography. More importantly, when you are shooting and editing your own work, you have a lot less time to worry about what other people are doing. There was a point in my life when I hadn’t picked up my camera for about 3 months because I had lost all creative juices. So I started a 366 day project (it was a Leap year!) And finally I began to enjoy waking up, getting excited, and creating. Every day had to be a new adventure, a new project, a new style, etc. And it really helped open me up to the possibility of trying different things. I would suggest a 365 project or even a 52-project for people wanting to get inspired. It is an amazing way to get your creative juices flowing and just like negativity breeds negativity, creativity breeds creativity. These are just a few of the ways to get inspired on a daily basis and this is why I stopped looking at other photographs and started looking elsewhere for my inspiration. You don’t need to critique other photographers’ work or spend precious time and energy vowing to “beat” the competition. Basically, stop brooding and thinking “I wish I had done that.” Instead of thinking it, just do it.

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Two-toned superstar Ph: Irvin Rivera Assistant Photographer: Francis Gum Model: Jordan Stratman @ Vision LA Styling: Ali Levine

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