Issuu on Google+

ISSUE SEVEN 2014


yume magazine ISSUE SEVEN | JULY 2014

WARNING: This magazine may contain traces of nudity.


IN THIS ISSUE:

06

ON THE COVER 08

Daniel Choe 10

Emma Armstrong 12

Gaia Alari 14

Brandon Ancone 16

Steve Tierney 20

Ben Horton 24

Alexander Saladrigas 28

Tyrone Lavigne 32

Levon Muradian 36

Terrance Williams 40

John Ellis 136

CREDITS

44

atomic element Angel Alfaro

50

muselyfe Brittany Ann Ryan

56

Skinbyrds & Bootboys Ming Nomchong

70

NINE TO FIVE Nikki Krecicki

80

MIND MISCHIEF Drew Wheeler

88

CANDY SUNDAYS Kwabena Appiah-Nti

96

HOME SWEET home Sarah Lovrien

108

Charmlee Benjamin Smith

116

ENCHANTED Steve Fan

124

SKIN & BLISTER Studio Flamingo


10

16

44

56

70

116


Welcome!

ON THE COVER:

We almost couldn’t believe our eyes when we received this submission from photographer Nikki Krecicki and stylist Franklin Headen of Savannah, Georgia USA. The photography was the perfect amount of sexy and cool. Styling, exquisite. Hair and make-up, by Katherine Taylor, on point. And the model, Alyssa Arce, an absolute bombshell!

Can you tell us a bit about this incredible shoot with Alyssa?

Yes that’s right, Alyssa “Playboy Playmate of the Month July 2013” Arce. Having worked with world renowned photographers such as Nando Esparza, Carlos Nunez and Terry Richardson and of course her stunning centerfold editorial by Sasha Eisenman in Playboy last year, we were absolutely thrilled to recieve this submission from Nikki and Franklin and honored to have her grace our cover. Nikki and Franklin actually flew out to Miami for the shoot, where I’m sure they turned heads as they made magic along the streets of South Beach. Check out our interview with the young photographer and stylist to the right. Of course we also have some of the finest up and coming artists and photographers as well as some already established creatives from all over the world. As usual the standard of work keeps getting better and better with each issue and we just want to give a big thank you to everyone that submitted their work and have supported Yume along the way. Keep up the wonderful work everybody!

6

YUME

Franklin: Alyssa has inspired me

for years. We both started our careers in the Carolina’s and I’ve been following her work since she modeled nude for Nando Esparza in 2011. I definitely consider her a muse of mine. I love her chill, confident demeanor and seductive, high-fashion look. Nikki, Katherine, and I wanted to play that up and do a shoot that was feminine and glamorous, yet extremely provocative. We wanted to show off Alyssa’s natural beauty and jaw-dropping body as much as possible so I styled her in garments that showcased all of her assets in the best way possible. I mean, why not, right? There are very few chances where you get a model who is brave enough to walk the streets of South Beach in sheer lingerie and shamelessly pose for the camera. She’s so sweet, down to Earth, and loves her dogs so much! Nikki: Shooting with Alyssa was an honor. She is a woman very confident in herself and the shoot went off effortlessly. We strolled through the streets of Miami having fun, eating cake and turning heads. My goal was to capture her in a sophisticated and feminine way. As a current Playboy Playmate the male gaze is prominent in the way she has been photographed. I feel a strong bond when shooting female models because the vibe tends to be more relaxed, and the atmosphere empowers rather than forces the female form. It looks like you two have worked together on a few shoots in recent times. Can you describe each other in 10 words or less? Nikki: 10 words is not enough to

describe Franklin Headen, I could easily write a novel to answer this question! Our relationship goes beyond a work level making beautiful editorials because he is one of my best friends. We have been through some incredibly tough personal times together, and we are able to pick each other up, get through it and come out stronger than were we were before. From the beginning, I’ve said he was one of the most passionate, talented people I have ever met! I’m blessed to have

a friend who pushes me to be a better artist, person and to dream big and accomplish my goals. Franklin: Nikki’s the most awkward and inspiring person I’ve ever met. We are so opposite on so many different levels but we collaborate and make it work. It’s great working with a photographer who follows designers and all of the fashion weeks almost as close as I do and knows exactly what I’m talking about when I mention a campaign, editorial, or collection. She’s my hard-working, passionate, smart, helpful, genuine and beautiful best friend. How did you guys first get into your respective fields of work? Franklin: I’ve wanted to work

in fashion for as long as I can remember. When my male peers began curling 20-pound weights after school, I was carrying 20pounds of international fashion magazines to take home and decorate the walls of my room. I apprenticed Oscar de la Renta’s lead stylist and fashion show producer when I was 16 and found a new appreciation and love for well-made garments, models, and fashion photography. Not long after that experience I was approached by a few models and photographers who asked me to style shoots for them. I had no idea what I was doing! I basically pulled gowns and statement necklaces from boutiques, dressed the models in those pieces, and called it styling. Thank God I don’t do that anymore! My aesthetic and eye for styling has developed over the years thanks to a number of industry professionals who have inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and stay fashionforward. Today I follow trends closely and put my own spin on them to make it “Headenistic” style. Nikki: I fell into photography by chance, but retrospectively have always been surrounded by it. When I was 10 years old, I worked in my Uncle’s photography studio stuffing proof books in return for going out to lunch. I was always drawn to art especially painting and I borrowed my Uncle’s camera for a high school class. I took a series of photographs of my grandmother for a painting reference and


when I see my work in magazines that I read on a regular basis is amazing. Photographers and models are typically the ones that get the most credit so (as simple as it may sound) it’s so amazing to hear “I loved your styling in that editorial!” or getting texts saying “Where can I buy the swimsuit that you just posted on Instagram?” Nikki: There is nothing like creating the scenario I’ve dreamed about in my head and seeing it come to life. To capture a moment and immortalize it in light forever. I know the moment that we have struck gold and I turn to my team and say “dead” and we all take out our iPhones out to Instagram it. You guys are both still in college and have already worked for or been featured by a few notable companies. What’s on your wish list for the rest of 2014 and beyond? Franklin: This industry can be

Photography: Nikki Krecicki / Stylist: Franklin Headen Model: Alyssa Arce (Wilhelmina Miami) / Hair & Make-Up: Katherine Taylor Hat: Vintage, Sunglasses: Vintage / Bodysuit: American Apparel Blouse: Christopher John Rogers

through a NATGEO contest one of the images was purchased by Intel for a international TV commercial. I kinda ignored photography as a career and chose to attend a liberal arts school to study marine biology. I took a photo workshop in the fall and I knew I wanted to study photography. My parents supported my passion and need to attend an art school. Transferring colleges was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made because I was willing to risk it all, taking the harder path. I currently attend Savannah College of art and Design where I am majoring in photography.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/stylist? Franklin: Working with passionate

and creative people who can fulfill my vision is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. Collaborating with photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists, set designers, fashion designers, boutique owners, art directors, editors, and models truly inspires me to do my best and achieve my potential. As a personal stylist, I always feel like a mom seeing her daughter before prom when I see my clients in their outfits before a big event. The emotions that I feel

unpredictable so I’m not sure what to expect! I’ll be a sophomore Fashion Design major at Savannah College of Art and Design next year and Nikki will be a senior Photography major so we’ll be in school fulltime. We’ll still be traveling and shooting a lot, though. I’d love to style more covers and editorials, as well as more runway collections. I’m styling a few shows at Swim Week in Miami this year and hope to do more runway collaborations with some of my favorite designers. SCAD has an amazing Fashion program so hopefully I’ll be able to showcase some young, up-andcoming designers to the world by using their pieces in my shoots! I try not to think too far ahead but I think the ultimate goal for me is to become a Fashion Editor for an internationally distributed magazine with a huge circulation or become a womenswear designer and produce my own fashion line of staple pieces, trendy evening wear, swimsuits, and lingerie. Nikki: 2014 has been a monumental year but I really am anxious and excited for 2015! It will be a entire year of changes, endings and new beginnings. Next year, my goal is to take this incredible passion, graduate and move to New York or London and start working in the industry. That is my dream! YUME

7


Daniel Choe Sacramento, USA limeflavorednoms.com

A Nurturing Remembrance Mixed media

8

YUME


Vacancy in Thought Mixed media

YUME

9


Emma Armstrong Geelong, Australia facebook.com/emscornerart

Beatrix Graphite and acrylic on wood, 30 x 42cm

10

YUME


Kawasol Graphite and acrylic on wood, 30 x 42cm

YUME

11


Gaia Alari Milan, Italy marie-esther.artworkfolio.com

Loose Ropes, Still Tied Knots Mixed media, 297 x 420mm 12

YUME


Slowly We Unfurl Mixed media, 297 x 420mm YUME

13


Brandon Ancone Philadelphia, USA cargocollective.com/brandonanconepaints

14

YUME

Landscape No. 11 Mixed media on stretched paper, 36 x 24 inches


YUME

15


Steve Tierney Sydney, Australia teaguesart.com

On Top Of It Paper collage on wooden board, 20 x 25cm

16

YUME


Ghost In The Machine Paper collage on wooden board, 25 x 35cm

YUME

17


Steve Tierney Sydney, Australia teaguesart.com

Did You Find What You Were Looking For? Paper collage on wooden board, 20 x 25cm

18

YUME


She Bangs The Drum Paper collage on wooden board, 20 x 25cm

YUME

19


Ben Horton Los Angeles, USA benhorton.biz

20

YUME

Model: Chelsea Freeborn (Photogenics LA) Hair and Make-Up: Julie Figueroa


YUME

21


Ben Horton Los Angeles, USA benhorton.biz

22

YUME

Model: Chelsea Freeborn (Photogenics LA) Hair and Make-Up: Julie Figueroa


YUME

23


Alexander Saladrigas Los Angeles, USA alexandersaladrigas.com

24

YUME

Model: Rachel Yampolsky (Photogenics LA)


YUME

25


Alexander Saladrigas Los Angeles, USA alexandersaladrigas.com

26

YUME

Model: Rachel Yampolsky (Photogenics LA)


YUME

27


Tyrone Lavigne Los Angeles, USA tyronelavigne.com

28

YUME

Model: Hannah Landberg (Aston Models)


YUME

29


Tyrone Lavigne Los Angeles, USA tyronelavigne.com

30

YUME

Model: Hannah Landberg (Aston Models)


YUME

31


Levon Muradian Los Angeles, USA lmurad.com

32

YUME

Model: Chanel Urban


YUME

33


Levon Muradian Los Angeles, USA lmurad.com

34

YUME

Model: Chanel Urban


YUME

35


Terrance Williams Washington DC, USA tmichaelalexander.com

36

YUME

Model: Kylie S.


YUME

37


Terrance Williams Washington DC, USA tmichaelalexander.com

38

YUME

Model: Kylie S.


YUME

39


John Ellis Miami, USA johnellismedia.com

40

YUME

Model: Mika Lovely


YUME

41


John Ellis Miami, USA johnellismedia.com

42

YUME

Model: Mika Lovely


YUME

43


Q &A

ATOMIC ELEMENT You’ve probably seen his intimate, edgy and just plain awesome photography all over the internet, not to mention in previous issues of Yume too. You’ve also probably seen his cool street inspired artwork around too. But unless you did a bit of research you probably didn’t know that LA based Angel Alfaro is both Delta Element the photographer and Atomic Element the artist and graphic designer. We caught up with the man of many talents to discuss his more artistic side and how photography helped influence his signature style.

44

YUME


YUME

45


46

YUME


Hi Angel, it’s been a long time since we last spoke! We’ve featured your photography in our magazine and website a few times since then under your photography handle ‘Delta Element’. However a lot of people may not know that you are also an artist and graphic designer and under a different name ‘Atomic Element’. Can you tell us which came first for you, Atomic or Delta?

Atomic Element came first. That has always been my main love, design and illustration. I’ve been drawing since I was five. Nowadays, would you say you’re mainly a designer that also photographs, a photographer that also designs, or is it fairly 50/50?

I would say that I’m mainly a designer who photographs. I don’t call myself a professional photographer. It’s merely a hobby that takes my mind off some of the stress that comes with my 9-to-5 job. Your art pieces feature a lot of mixed mediums, in particular photography and graffiti/street art inspired elements. In your own words how would you describe your art?

I would describe it as raw / enticing / urbanized / graphic / gritty / street art. With all the different mediums going on in your artwork, can you briefly describe the process you go through in bringing all these components together?

First I print and strip most of images of its main components and hand draw some of the subjects to recreate the image. Scan that image back into the computer. Create some digital inkings of the image. Reprint it. Then create some paint splatters and mash-ups followed by scanning the image again and adding some digital work, extra detailing, manipulate some of the colors and then it’s good to go! In our last interview you mentioned that being a graphic designer has given you a different eye when it comes to photographing models or environments. Does it work the other way too, ie. when you are designing or creating something do you feel that also being a photographer can give you a certain edge or different outlook in that field?

Oh yes most definitely. It makes me think of lighting, perspective, image manipulation and layouts. It also has shown me how to attack some of my designs in different angles of how I would originally do it.

YUME

47


What were your art and design influences growing up?

Graffiti artists from FUTURA to DELTA,INC to architects like Frank Gehry to Santiago Calatrava, to designers like Massimo Vignelli and Lance Wyman and current artists like FATOE / RETNA and Jose Parla How important has the internet and social media been for you as a person in the creative industry?

I’m not going to lie, I have always been a late adopter when it comes to social media. But nowadays it has gotten me connected to people who enjoy my art and I get to share with them directly which is great. It also expands your horizon of the number of people you can share with. Once one retweet, reblog or repost happens and someone else likes it then it spreads like fire. It’s very intriguing. We’ve been glad to see a lot of your photography on various blogs, websites and magazines recently. Now that you’re getting more and more exposure as a photographer, what does the future hold for you as an artist and photographer?

Trying to shed more light on my visual arts and illustration work. Mash-up more of my photos and art together. And potentially building a solo art show to present some of the new creations I’ve built. Lastly, what is your favourite thing about being an artist, versus your favourite thing about being a photographer?

As an artist I get to break rules and create new things that no one has a say about. There is no set line I have to follow, I can do whatever I want. As a photographer sometimes society expects a specific engagement of the photo if it doesn’t fit that box it can start causing controversy. There can be a lot of grey blurry lines in photography.

SEE MORE WONDERFUL WORK AT atomic-element.com

48

YUME


YUME

49


Q &A

MUSELYFE Brittany Ann Ryan is no ordinary model. In fact it’s unfair to box this stunning LA artist into one single archetype when she’s got so many other creative outlets and ventures going on. One of those ventures is MuseLyfe, a new movement and subculture created with business partner Bekka Gunther. Captured here by LA based photographer Moisnomois, we spoke with Brittany about how her creative fire was lit as a child, to the inception of MuseLyfe and beyond.

50

YUME


Hi Brittany, it’s a pleasure to speak with you! I want to ask how your interest in modelling came about, in particular the type of art you produce which is more sensual and emotive?

The pleasure is all mine! Thank you for having me. I had an interest in modelling when I was a little girl but never classified it as “modelling” to me it was more so being creative. Some fond memories that come to mind were when my Mother would take my sister and I to Goodwill in downtown Seattle and we would find props and cool vintage clothes to shoot in. My mother had a film camera and would hang up a white sheet using thumbtacks, setting the stage for my sister and I to create, express and be emotive. Experiencing that as a child created an addiction within me to document, to create scenarios and act them out using my body, eyes and energy. My Mother emanates a empowering, dominating, sensual, and emotive personality. I guess as children we are all like sponges and we tend to soak up everything around us whether sub conscious or conscious. I did just that. So thanks Mom. You show a fair amount of skin in some of your work. For most people the thought of exposing oneself in front of a camera can be quite intimidating. Have you always been comfortable in front of a camera and with your body? 

For me, it’s like I have this constant itch that needs to be scratched. I need to express, my body and soul yearn for it. Like an artist needs to create, he needs to break out his pastels and get his hands dirty, express his emotion, his pain. I too, need that, my medium just happens to be different. I need to be a part of the process all the way through though, label me controlling, but directing gets me off too. You’ve described yourself as more of an artist, not just a model. When did this realisation come about?

Everything I have done and am developing into has pushed me more into that category. I just have too many mediums to be boxed in as a “model” My passion runs deep for the creative process, whatever that my be, writing, photography, art direction, or modelling.

YUME

51


Recently, you’ve created a movement with fellow model/ artist Bekka Gunther called ‘MuseLyfe’. Can you tell us what this is and how it came about?

MuseLyfe, my little diamond, was curated while I was living in China last year. Inspired while I was living abroad, around hundreds of “Muses” from all over the world. Their way of lyfe inspired me and there birthed MuseLyfe. When I returned to California, Bekka came over for a sleepover to catch up on each others lives, there I began to speak about MuseLyfe and she was instantly turned on and did not miss a beat. We were up all night having what we call “Brain Sex”, giving each other Braingasms. Perfecting our diamond and all of it’s facets. A lot of people ask me what MuseLyfe is and what it is supposed to be, I’ve long prepared myself for these kinds of questions. To be honest, I refuse to box MuseLyfe in. I want MuseLyfe to have free range to develop into whatever it longs to be. The energy it emanates just screams passion, empowerment, sex, art, and pain. Bekka and I will continue to perfect and nurture it. What sort of plans or projects can we expect from MuseLyfe in the near future?

We have a pretty incredible line up of curators who are riding the MuseLyfe train with us. We are currently shooting a short film and producing an exhibition in London this Fall. Anyone interested in the exhibition, please email us at info@muselyfe.com. Stay tuned with us on social media (Instagram @themuselyfe and @brittanyannryan) to not miss a beat. Finally, a muse is typically a woman that can be a source of inspiration for an artist. As an artist yourself what inspires you?

Power, domination, sex, secrets, destruction and creation.

SEE MORE WONDERFUL WORK AT muselyfe.com

52

YUME


YUME

53


Photos by: Moisnomois

moisnomois.com


Skinbyrds & Bootboys Photography: Ming Nomchong Models: Sarah Holt & Jian Gregory Location: Byron Bay, Australia

56

YUME


YUME

57


58

YUME


YUME

59


60

YUME


YUME

61


62

YUME


YUME

63


64

YUME


YUME

65


66

YUME


YUME

67


68

YUME


Byron Bay, Australia is infamous and influential in its style and fashion. Trends seem to start here and flourish and then infiltrate into mainstream society. Just look at things like the beard for instance. While people in the city were still clean cut and slick, the kids of Byron were bare foot and beard full. Fast forward a few years and the bearded men of the city seem to be taking over the streets, city style with their manicured facebush, balm and combs. The hippie go lucky lifestyle and fashion of the bay with its bohemian roots, peace signs, kimonos, crochet and ripped jeans has rippled down into city life and the little once sleepy coastal town is now a style and inspiration epicenter for a lot of Australia and overseas. Just look at some of our talented and now uber-famous local designers like Spell Designs, Tallow, Arnhem and Afends to name just a few. They all draw on the Byron, coastal, carefree, bohemian, lifestyle for their inspiration and designs that make the rest of the population cry out for more. But the last few months especially, I’m seeing a complete come back of 90’s fashion. I’m seeing more and more sunflowers on dresses, chokers, mood rings and overalls than there are surfers at the pass on a 2-3ft day. So this shoot is an attempt to leave the typical Byron fashion behind and delve deeper into the up and coming underground grunge current of a revival of the 90’s with inspiration pulled from the English subculture of skinheads, 90’s fashion and movies like This is England and Reality Bites. We moved away from the beaches, the long grass, sunlit afternoons and the health conscious green juices and started thinking late nights, bad attitudes and lots of denim. Our models for this shoot, Jian and Sarah, were visiting from New York. Sarah is a full time model and Jian runs a cafe in Manhattan. They are the epitome of cool with just the right mix of New York/ English grunge/bohemian street style. They live in Brooklyn and have the coolest flat faced cat called Paul. So the fashion for this shoot wasn’t far from their normal style. Most of the clothes were found in their wardrobes (or mine) and getting into character was like slipping on a pair of well worn Doc Martins... Words by Ming Nomchong

SEE MORE WONDERFUL WORK AT mingnomchong.com

YUME

69


NINE TO FIVE Photography: Nikki Krecicki Stylist: Franklin Headen Model: Alyssa Arce (Wilhelmina Miami) Hair & Make-Up: Katherine Taylor Location: Miami, USA

70

YUME


YUME

71


72

YUME

Body Suit: Love Haus, Blazer: Ann Taylor, Shoes: Steve Madden Necklace: Playboy (custom made for Alyssa, Playmate of the Month July 2013)


YUME

73


74

YUME

Bra & Skirt: Love Haus, Shoes: Steve Madden Necklace: Playboy (custom made for Alyssa, Playmate of the Month July 2013)


YUME

75


THIS PAGE: Coat: BCBG, Bra: Victoria’s Secret Necklace: Playboy (custom made for Alyssa, Playmate of the Month July 2013) NEXT PAGE: Hat: Vintage, Sunglasses: Vintage, Bodysuit: American Apparel Blouse: Christopher John Rogers, Shoes: Steve Madden

YUME

77


SEE MORE WONDERFUL WORK AT nikkikrecicki.com & franklin-headen.com


80

YUME


MIND MISCHIEF Photography & Styling: Drew Wheeler Model: Rhiannon Tragear-Ragg (Vicious) Hair & Make-Up: Annika Bowen Location: Melbourne, Australia YUME

81


YUME

83


YUME

85


SEE MORE WONDERFUL WORK AT drewwheeler.net

YUME

87


CANDY SUNDAYS Photography: Kwabena Appiah-Nti Model: Vivian Hoorn Make-Up Artist & Stylist: Nathalie Zoeteweij Location: Lelystad, Netherlands

88

YUME


YUME

89


90

YUME


YUME

91


92

YUME


YUME

93


94

YUME


SEE MORE WONDERFUL WORK AT sekyi.4ormat.com

YUME

95


HOME SWEET home Photography: Sarah Lovrien Model: Katherine LaPrell (Wilhelmina LA) Location: Seattle, USA

96

YUME


YUME

97


98

YUME


YUME

99


100

YUME


YUME

101


102

YUME


YUME

103


104

YUME


YUME

105


SEE MORE WONDERFUL WORK AT sarahlovrien.com


108

YUME


Charmlee Photography: Benjamin Smith Model: Ashley Rogers Make Up: Talya Boz Hair: Brittany Sugrue Location: Los Angeles, USA

YUME

109


110

YUME


YUME

111


112

YUME


YUME

113


114

YUME


SEE MORE WONDERFUL WORK AT rogue.photos YUME

115


ENCHANTED Photography: Steve Fan Model: Beth Location: Los Angeles, USA

116

YUME


YUME

117


SEE MORE WONDERFUL WORK AT stevefan.com


SKIN AND BLISTER Photography: Studio Flamingo Stylist: Amber Olsen (Pretty Boy) Models: Ruby & Steph (Paramount Models Australia) Special thanks: Miranda Lee Intimates Location: Gold Coast, Australia

124

YUME


YUME

125


126

YUME


YUME

127


128

YUME


YUME

129


134

YUME


SEE MORE WONDERFUL WORK AT studioflamingo.com.au

YUME

135


Co-Founder Art Director:

James Dulce Co-Founder Photographer:

Luke Saliba Contributors:

Alexander Saladrigas Atomic Element Ben Horton Benjamin Smith Brandon Ancone Brittany Ann Ryan Daniel Choe Drew Wheeler Emma Armstrong Franklin Headen Gaia Alari John Ellis Kwabena Appiah-Nti Levon Muradian Ming Nomchong Moisnomois Nikki Krecicki Sarah Lovrien Steve Fan Steve Tierney Studio Flamingo Terrance Williams Tyrone Lavigne

Published by James Dulce and Luke Saliba. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publishers. The views of the contributors do no necessarily reflect those of Yume Magazine. All rights reserved. Yume Magazine is a bi-annual independent arts and photography magazine based in Geelong, Australia.


yume mag.net Check us out online at yumemag.net for more wonderful art and photography and find out how your work could be featured online or in our next issue!

facebook.com/yumemag | instagram @yumemag | yumemag.tumblr.com

#yumemag


see more wonderful work at yumemag.net


Yume Magazine #7