VOLUME 1 | ISSUE 3 | SPRING 2013
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PASSION In order from top left: Lauri Laukkanen Emily Brown James Thomas Jessica Prautzsch Selma Gurbuz Grace E Jones Sophia Kahlenberg Nienta Nixon Brandi Douglas Thomas Cole Simmonds Lill-Veronica Skoglund
Cover Photograph by Hannah Laamoumi Cover Logo by Mary-Joy Ashley
STAFF Sarah Nieman EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Megan Cooper GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Eduardo Acierno EDITOR
Amber Thompson WRITER / EDITOR
Maria Kaffa WRITER / EDITOR
Savannah Daras WRITER
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Dear Readers Paved Paradise by Hannah Laamoumi Callan Kapush Lyka Crystalized Walden
Andrea Peipe Precocious Dreamer
by Emily Greene
by Charoula Stamatiadou
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Corryn Goldschmidt Kaitlyn Ferris Fallen Unicorn by Luca Morfino Billy Lam Marie Ducker An Occasional Dream
Sam Stambaugh Caught in Public by Adrianna Keczmerska Derek Fernandes Untitled
by Renata Dominik
When a friend of mine suggested Passion as the next theme for Quiescent, it struck a chord with me. Passion is what fuels us, fuels what we do with our lives, our time, our being. It is such an important part of life, and a lot of the time we think nothing of it. Sometimes I see people that have such a talent but no passion, or vice versa. And then there are people such as Joel Robison, Sarah Ann Loreth, Brooke Shaden. People who have talent, but even more so, they have such an incredible passion to do what they do, no matter what else they have going on in their lives. These are the people I aim to be like. These are the people that are such an inspiration to others, and in saying that, there is a clue to the next theme. For now, I hope you enjoy this issue, and I hope you let your passion guide you forward.
PAVED PARADISE Photographer Model Styling
Hannah Laamoumi Lauren Greif Hannah Laamoumi + Lauren Greif
CALLAN KAPUSH NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
How did you first start getting into photography? My interest in photography stemmed from my love of going to concerts. I would always bring my little point and shoot camera to shows and try to get the best pictures I was able to get. I was constantly snapping away. I would go on Flickr or Tumblr and search my favorite music photographers. It was because of related searches on those sites that I stumbled upon the work of Alex Stoddard and Karrah Kobus. After discovering their work, my only interests were related to fine art photography. Luckily, I was close to graduating high school at that time so I had a lot of time to work on improving myself and learning techniques. Would you like to pursue photography professionally in any area? I would love to pursue photography professionally in area! I would love to be able to continue doing fine art or conceptual pieces, but I would also love to do photography commercially. Photography is something I love! To be able to do it in anyway as a professional would be the greatest job in the world! 020
What is your favourite season? Does it influence your work or how often you do shoots? My favorite season is Autumn. I am from New York. So the weather isn’t to hot or too cold, and there is almost no humidity! I think that Autumn has the greatest skies out of every season. The clouds just look awesome all the time! Also, the colors of Autumn are just perfect! All the colors and beautiful landscapes that we get during the Fall season definitely inspire me more! I also think I am better at executing shoots and concepts during Fall because the weather is so perfect. I do not have to worry about freezing to death or dying of heat stroke. This definitely helps me to not rush my photoshoots. I can take my time and work out all the details. I try to get a shoot in at least once a month, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but as a college student school gets pretty hectic. Do you prefer to shoot alone, or do you ever have someone as your right hand? I usually do most of my shoots with my sister as my right hand. Most of my self portraits, however, are done completely by myself. I always feel awkward taking self portraits with other people around, because to them I feel like I just look like a lunatic posing in weird positions, but to me it all makes sense. My dad has recently been accompanying me on my shoots. He makes fun of me (in a playful manner) the entire time, but he is great for carrying things!
Does music help you visualise what you’re looking to get as an outcome during a shoot? Music definitely helps me visualize what I’m looking to get as an outcome during a shoot. During the shoot, I’m usually at the park so I cannot play music, but I always have music on during the editing process. If I want the mood of a photo to be dark or sad, I might listen to some slow, quiet, or sad songs. If I want a bright, happy mood I might put on some fast, upbeat songs. Music helped me get into photography so I definitely use it to its fullest extent. If you could recreate any famous photograph, which photo would that be? I would recreate anything by Annie Leibovitz. She is so talented at creating surreal and fairytalelike scenes. Her photos are everything I want mine to be!
CRYSTALIZED HAMBURG, GERMANY
WA L D E N
Photographer: Meghan Garven Model: Lesley @ Maggie Inc
Can you tell us a little about yourself? My name is Andrea Peipe, I am 32 years old and I live in Munich, Germany.Â I am a fine art photographer, but I don't like to limit myself to that because there are so many fields in photography that I find interesting and fascinating. I love traveling, meeting new people and getting to know new cultures. Photography is a huge part of my daily life because I have my own business and enjoy working in that field at lot!
Has your upbringing had any influence on your work? I am sure my upbringing had an influence on my work! Both of my parents are excellent photographers and in particular my dad has worked with cameras for many years. When I started really getting into photography a few years ago, he was the one who could explain concepts like aperture to me. My entire family is very supportive of my work and have always given me their honest opinion on photos when I ask them. It’s evident that you go at great lengths to achieve a photo. What’s the most extreme experience you’ve had trying to get the perfect shot? That’s a tough one...I have always believed in having to suffer to a certain extent to get great photos so I started off by lying on the ground in the pouring rain and then in the freezing snow in the winter. I think the next step was lying in the ocean wearing a dress with my camera on a very unstable rock close to the water and people passing by looking at me like I’m crazy. But the most extreme experience would be...basically every meetup that I have attended in the last last six months! We were talking about this a little while ago and it seems like the suffering increases every time! There was the time where I didn’t feel my feet anymore for half an hour or so because they were so cold, when I was covered in fake snow and swallowed way too much to be healthy, the time in the freezing waterfall in November, the long posing times in the freezing cold in winter, swallowing smoke for photos, getting soaked and the like. The things you do for a perfect shot! On the other hand, like any other photographer, do you have any “off” days? How do you overcome artist’s block? Oh, I most definitely have “off” days too! I try not to force creativity and have learned to accept that there are times when you don’t have a great concept in your head and that that’s ok too. I try to overcome artist’s block by editing photos I have taken weeks or even months ago to basically be inspired by my own work to create new photos. If that doesn’t work, I browse through the so-called inspiration folder on my computer. I put scans of advertisement or magazine photos and basically anything that I find inspiring in here to be able to look at them on my uninspired days. 038
Do you feel guilty or disappointed after a shoot that just didn’t go right? I definitely feel disappointed when a shoot didn’t work out the way I wanted! Or sometimes when you have everything planned and then the weather is not good enough and you just cannot do it. In particular with self portraits in the beginning, I tried around a lot by trial and error and sometimes when I didn’t hit the focus in more than a few photos I got quite angry with myself. I guess you have to learn that sometimes concepts don’t work out the way you planned, be it because of technical error or the weather or simply because it looked so much better in your head. Then again many times you will be in a situation where you take a fantastic photo that wasn’t planned. But yes, I am not happy when a shoot didn’t go right, that’s for sure! I never felt guilty though. Are you emotionally attached to any of your equipment? I used to be very attached to my first DSLR, my Nikon D5000, which I used almost every day for about 2.5 years. I called it my “Black Beauty” and I wouldn’t even let anybody else touch it. I have gotten much more relaxed with regard to my current camera and also my other equipment by now although I am still very careful who I give my equipment to, be it for a short time or a longer while.
It means standing in the ice cold winter weather wearing only a dress for as long as it takes to create a good photo. It means lying in the cold water on a chilly day just to create something that you will love afterwards. It means going outside to take photos, no matter what the weather, be it rain, be it snow or be it in the middle of a storm. It means posing for friends in clothes that will make people's heads turn when they walk by. It means getting up at the break of dawn just to see the sun rise and get that one shot that you dream of. It means traveling around the world to meet up with people who think the same way. It means editing for hours on end until you are happy with your art. That is passion to me.
PRECOCIOUS DREAMER Photographer Model MUA
Emily Greene Emaleigh Kelly Sarah Foley
Photographer : Charoula Stamatiadou Models: Elina Paida, Maya Cossette Styling: Hara Vitalioti (My.Name.Is.Sue) MUA: Angelopoulou Chrisoula (Angels Make-up) Jewelry: Cat Black
CORRYN GOLDSCHMIDT Florida, United States
How did you first start getting into photography? I have had a camera in my hands since I was two years old. I think it all started with a little canon film camera, and simply evolved from there. While growing up I experimented different creative outlets including art, theater, and video. I found that photography was the creative outlet that I could truly connect with. Do you enjoy working with both film and digital photography? I enjoy working with both mediums. Digital has it’s advantages, as you can see what you are producing immediately. I think it’s wise to embrace the changes in photography. However, I still prefer to shoot with film.
What are the advantages of film photography? Personally, shooting with film allows me to slow down and appreciate what is in front of my lens. It allows me to focus on my intention, rather than constantly clicking the shutter. I love the quality film renders. The light is so magical, and the colors are rich. What is your most precious piece of equipment, in any sense of the word? I think communication is so precious. Photography is expression, and communication. I love sharing how unique a subject is or communicating an idea. If you could recreate any famous photograph, which photo would that be? I love the work of Sally Mann. I enjoy being inspired by other photographs, but I try to steer clear from completely recreating a particular photograph. I wish I could have personally witnessed some of the beautiful moments in the most famous images recorded. If you could photograph anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Oh! This list could go on! I think I would want to photograph an incredibly talented photographer such as Richard Avedon or Vivian Maier. They are such interesting looking subjects, and I think it would have been fascinating to interact with and learn from them.
KAITLYN FERRIS NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
FA L L E N U N I C O R N Photographer Stylist + Editor Hair Makeup Model
Luca Morfino Giulia Turrini Omar Turrini Silvia Isalburti Monica Boin
MINA ART DRESS MINA ART SKIRT VINTAGE BIB MAY SHOES
THE MOUNTAIN T-SHIRT CALZEDONIA SOCKS UNFAMOUSE SNEAKERS
MINA ART DRESS ALICE + OLIVIA T-SHIRT CALZEDONIA SOCKS
BILLY LAM CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
Tell us how you first got into photography. I first got into photography after I visited a temple in Laos when I was in Middle School. I guess I found photography on “accident” because I vividly remember taking, what I felt like, was my first “real” photograph. If I can recall, it was a photograph of Buddha statues sitting in rows. I also remember pointing out to my mom how the statues (in the photo) look like it’s leading your eyes to a certain point in the photograph. Years later did I realized that I was using “leading lines” without even realizing it. From then on, everywhere I went, I always had to bring some sort of camera with me, whether it’s a film camera or even my cell phone! Photography is a true passion that could only be pursued by those who are seriously determined to achieve artistically. Would you like to pursue it as a profession? I would love to pursue photography as a profession, but I also have another passion for Science. Photography, to me, is an outlet to express my creativity, but I wouldn’t necessarily see it as a stable profession since there are so many talented photographers out there who will eventually have to compete with one another in order to stay on top of their game. Other than that, I see photography as a hobby that I will stick to, until I die.
Some of your photos have a clear cinematic character. Do you find that some films have had an influence on your work? If someone had to describe me in one word (and by someone, I mean my 6th grade English teacher), he or she would probably say “melodramatic”. I must confess, I am a dramatic person when it comes to expressing my creativity. I like my photographs to express a kind of emotion that will evoke some sort of hidden comportment within the viewer, and by doing so, I am able to tell my story to the viewer, rather than having them trying to figure out the idea behind my photographs. I myself am a movie fanatic. I love watching all sorts of movies, from classics to indie. I draw inspiration from the minute details in the movie; details that are often times oversaw by the viewers. If I have to name a couple of films, it would probably be: any movies directed by Lars von Trier (cofounder of the Dogme 95 movement), Alfred Hitchcock, and Wes Anderson (okay, maybe not a couple…). Each director has a great influence on the way I shape the concept of my photographs, and even the tone and coloring (which evidently helps to set the mood for my story). Do you create storyboards of your ideas before you have a shoot? I do! I write them on sticky notes, and stick them all over my wall. I then step back, and slowly take down ideas that could be used for a different project (or ones that won’t work). And as a result, I am left with the sticky notes that will determine my upcoming concept. By doing this, I am able to come up with unique ideas that are distinguishable from others. The downside to my method is that it’s basically a trial and error process. I can tell you that at times, I’ve forced myself to delete an entire album of photographs, just because it didn’t feel so right to me and I knew I could’ve done better. 078
Would you be interested in doing travel photography, if given the opportunity? I can’t image any photographers who will say no to this question! Of course I would go, I mean, how could anyone miss such a great opportunity like this? I love travelling and experiencing new cultures. Growing up and studying at an international school, (when I was living in Vietnam), I was exposed to numerous cultures at an early age, and I guess ever since then I learned to appreciate other’s differences. What’s your favourite memory? Have you ever found it useful when working on concepts? That’s a pretty tough question, since I have so many favorite memories. One of my most favorite memories was probably the summer I spent in Vietnam after junior year (11thgrade). Everywhere I went, I always saw something nostalgic. Nostalgia, for me especially, is a comforting feeling that always put me at ease, but at times it can also make me sad. Yet, because of this juxtaposing emotion, I was able to be inspired to create more concepts that will capture this unconventional essence of time and memory.
MARIE DUCKER A U S T R I A
AN OCCASIONAL DREAM Photographer Photographer Assistent Model MUA and Hair Styling
Manuela Iodice Feliciana Leone Deborah@Esprit Sabina Pinsone Bruno Michael Manfuso
THE ART OF HAPPINESS IS TO SERVE ALL by Sam Stambaugh, 1.21.11
Mixolydian drones inside my haven as snow falls endlessly outside, collecting on the electrical fixtures and cables strewn across the city like trapeze wires. All that’s missing is a suicidal acrobat balancing atop one of them, praying to no God that he gets struck by lightening or loses his balance, only to soar through the thin air of January like a falcon with a clipped wing. You see, he can not jump of his own free will because it goes against all of his beliefs and he knows he would be missed. It would hurt others too much. He has too much love inside him. Somewhere an old man is looking out at this same scene from inside a warm toned cavern, surrounded by the silent ghosts of his thoughts and former lovers all of which are egging him on, pushing him out the door, telling him to accomplish what he is most afraid of but wants more than anything else in the world. Finally he gives in and puts on his old pair of military boots, which he found waiting in the back of his closet under a blanket of dust and cobwebs glittering seductively. He takes them, a long beige overcoat, and a light blue scarf made for him by his former lover, into the kitchen. Sits down in his favorite chair, pulls on the old boots. The old leather creaks and wheezes like his joints as they feel the warmth they haven’t felt in decades. He stands up and slides into the heavy beige overcoat. The tails of it brush a photograph sitting on a buffet, knocking it onto the floor. He doesn’t bother to pick it up, actually, he doesn’t even notice what he knocked over. He strangles himself with the light blue scarf, accidentally pulling it too tight around his neck. He loosens it quickly, huffing and puffing, lungs working overtime to replenish the lost oxygen. He climbs the fire escape stairs right outside his front door to the grate platform high above and looks out, over the miserable city, upon the ant-like figures traveling in and out of their respective homes. He whimpers a little as he sees his downstairs neighbor and his girlfriend, arm and arm. She’s shivering uncontrollably. He can hear her teeth chattering, as the sound echoes up through the iron grates. Watches as her gray peacoat and orange ear muffs vanish around the corner.
The tears freeze on his cheeks and he takes out a cigarette. Lights it, contemplates the Lucky Strike logo between his fingertips. Holds the smoke inside of him for a long time, wondering if it will eventually become one with his body, and forget to drift out of his nostrils. The smoke slowly makes its final escape route through his red nose. He drags again. Coughs, sputters, coughs again. The smoke bursts out violently. A car crashes through the building across the street. The sound of glass shattering and people screaming lingers in the air with the cigarette smoke. He throws the cigarette over the railing, watches it fall down three stories, landing in some bum’s lap. The bum looks at it curiously. Then takes a very thankful drag. Sirens rush to the scene of the accident. The old man looks ahead of him at the telephone wire, imagining it as a tightrope. Imagining where it would take him. He hobbles up onto the railing, teetering dangerously in his old military boots. His hands shoot up and grab onto the roof overhang directly above his head. Steadies himself carefully. Everything is perfectly still. He looks down blankly at the black telephone wire. It beckons to him like a tightrope. He says, “I’m finished here, I’ve made it, I’ve won this damn war.” And steps onto the tightrope. His first few steps are successful, exhilarating, and terrifying. He smiles, his arms spread eagle, balanced on this telephone wire, in limbo. its kind of a performance piece. i recite and play guitar over it. sort of like, half sung.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ABIGAIL WRIGHT
Adrianna Keczmerska Sara Zaloga & Demi Abbott
CAUGHT IN PUBLIC
DEREK FERNANDES SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Photographs by Melania Andreea Aranghel
Photographer / Renata Dominik Model / Joanne Teunissen Stylist / Joanne Teunissen Designer / FireHosiery MUA / Joanne Teunissen
Photograph by Victoria Ann Craft
contributors Melania Andreea Aranghel melangees.deviantart.com Lyka Crystalized lyka-crystalized.de Renata Dominik facebook.com/photographybyrenata Marie D端cker marieduecker.com Derek Fernandes derekfernandes.com Kaitlyn Ferris kaitlynferris.com Meghan Garven meghangarven.com Corryn Goldschmidt bcorryng.tumblr.com Emily Greene emilycharlottegreene.com Manuela Iodice cargocollective.com/manuelaiodice Callan Kapush flickr.com/callanloves Adrianna Keczmerska adriannakeczmerska.4ormat.com Hannah Laamoumi hannahlaamoumi.tumblr.com Billy Lam facebook.com/billylamphotography Andrea Peipe cap-photography.com Charoula Stamatiadou charoulastamatiadou.com
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