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This photo is symbolic of the way that my brain was feeling for quite some time. The sense of falling or sinking. When I’m feeling lost or frustrated I like to create things to help me express the way that I feel and this image came from those emotions, feeling like I was struggling and that after a while you just end up sinking to the bottom. Even though you hit the bottom, there is always the chance to swim back to the top.
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Joel Robison Cathline Dickens Ashlee Elle Brooke Shaden
Previous Page: About the cover, by Joel Robison
Dearest Reader, Some are more scared of their pasts than of their futures. But one day, there will be no horizon to comfort writers and poets, nor to remind us all of the beauty of the world. To prepare ourselves, we must use our minds, pencils, and paint brushes, and of course we must use our cameras.
-Terri C. Burns, Editor
This photograph is entitled “Catch It If You Can,” part of Joel’s phantasmagoric Harry Potter series.
Artist/Photographer Joel Robison shot our cover photograph. Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joel_r 1. Three sentences about photography. -Photography is never stagnant, it grows and changes every day. -Photography is something that provides me with an artistic way to express myself. -Seeing the world through a camera lens has changed the way I see the world. 2. What do you fear? Aside from birds? I fear not knowing what I want to do with my life. I tend to stay away from making long-term plans and while I think it helps me live in the moment, it also fuels the fear that I don’t know where I’m headed. 3. Turn to your left. Describe what you see. I see my messy desk that has some prints that I recently received in the mail from some of my favorite artists; it has small photo props as well as a few too many empty coffee cups. I have some art hanging on the wall as well as a stack of mail that I keep forgetting to send anyway!
4. What inspires you? The world around me in every way. I am inspired by nature and how nature can be manipulated. I’m inspired by popular culture and how I can interpret it’s messages into a different idea. I’m inspired by my own thoughts, by the conversations I have, and by the dreams that fill my brain. I tend to be inspired by simple words of concepts and then I try to build upon them and put my own spin on them.
There's a big tree with about 30 birds on it just singing their lives away while the branches are swaying from the wind…
Photography is a soul captivating, heart wrenching, and thought-filled journey.
Photographer: Cathline Dickens Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/people/londonscene
1. Three sentences about photography. I'd like to say photography is a never ending way to express your true feelings and dreams in a thousandth of a second. Photography is a soul captivating, heart wrenching, and thought-filled journey. No photographer is the same, and that's what makes photography so beautiful; every time you see a photograph it's always done a little bit different. 2. What do you fear? What do I fear? Needles or slimy bugs, yuck. Photography-wise? I think I just fear that my photographs won't be good enough for my fans. However I think every photographer fears that. 3. Turn to your left. Describe what you see. I'm looking out a window. There's a big tree with about 30 birds on it just singing their lives away while the branches are swaying from the wind, and there are mundane townhouses on the other side of the road. 4. What inspires you? I am hugely inspired by dream-like states of existence and fantasy based movies or books. I think my biggest inspirations have to be books like Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The Grimm Brothers grotesque view really intrigues me.
I am inspired by dark art that is so beautiful that you forget it was dark in the first place.
Photographer: Brooke Shaden Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookeshaden/
1. Three sentences about photography. They say that the eyes are a window to the soul, but a photograph is a window to a whole new world. Photographers can make those worlds into anything imaginable, and that is what I try to do with my photography. I create the worlds I wish we lived in where secrets are out in the open and where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. 2. What do you fear? On the most basic level, I fear whales. It is sad, but true. I have a horrible fear of whales more so than any other thing, even sharks! My biggest regret would be to lose sight of my imagination, so in turn my biggest fear is losing my imagination. 3. Turn to your left. Describe what you see. I see a ceramic volcano that my husband made in high school. A print of mine, "My Little Bluejay", hanging on my wall. A book: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. Two jars of tea, both decaffeinated, one herbal and one black; a cat scratching post and a keyboard as well. 4. What inspires you? I am inspired by the fleeting, in-between moments of darkness and beauty. I am inspired by the the act of seeing something differently than I had previously. I am inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painters as well as brush strokes in paintings. I am inspired by dark art that is so beautiful that you forget it was dark in the first place.
I can look around me and become entirely inspired by everything in its true existence.
1. Three sentences about photography. Photography is a visual interpretation of my honest emotions. Photography has become a part of my life and I truly cannot imagine existing without it. Photography, it breathes right on through me. 2. What do you fear? I honestly fear never accomplishing my aspirations, my dreams, the beautiful things that I would love to achieve for the rest of my life. I would never want to look back upon my life and say, "I wish I had done that.." that wholeheartedly frightens me. 3. Turn to your left. Describe what you see. I perceive a pile of unread books, hardback, paperback, all discoveries awaiting my sight and mind. 4. What inspires you? To be honest, everything inspires me though that sounds pretty wide open. Moreover, the dreams I hold, the dreams I have, lovely strangers, lively music, moving words.. I can look around me and become entirely inspired by everything in its true existence.
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