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undressed: hannah lee davis

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My name is Hannah Lee Davis, I am a photographer, writer, literary lover, and student of the world. I am currently residing in Philadelphia. I am drawn to people and one’s natural beauty, I think thats what drives my interest. I have always loved capturing people in their natural state. I find a portrait of someone can tell a story full of a thousand words, that to me is the allure of photography. 

What I love most about film is the raw and organic style of it. Even with shooting digital one cannot perfectly replicate the purity of an image film produces. I also find film a lot easier because it is less about technology and more about composition and talent, film challenges a photographer because they have less gadgets to work with. 

People I follow on social media and people I know personally have all really inspired me to shoot film. Muses such as, Lauryn Holmquist, Alexandra Spencer, Stevie Dance, Camille Rowe, Melodi Meadows are all people I admire and adore and one day hope to work with. Other photographers challenge my work, a good friend of mine is a very talented film photographer, his work is brilliant and seeing it only makes me want to work harder and create even better pictures. Photographers such as Brydie Mack, Hannah Hiller, Davy Kesey I adore greatly. Steve McCurry’s work is what I look up to most, he has the ability to tell that story and capturing a moment, a feeling, is what I aspire to do with my work. 

I am really excited to work on some shoots in places and with people I’ve been dying to work with. I constantly have creative ideas but it is a challenge to get everything perfectly in place and have a shoot. Over the next fews months I will be working on developing my #girlsonfilm page and producing that idea on a bigger level with beautiful girls and awesome people. 

 

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undressed: edie sunday

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Edie Sunday is featured this week for her lovely work that evokes an alien invasion of the prettiest variety. 

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Tell me a little about yourself!
I am a lady artist who has officially been alive for a quarter of a century as of last week. I live in Austin, TX with my boyfriend and three cats. I’ve always made art in multiple mediums, but my primary focus in the past few years has been in traditional (and experimental) analog photography. My work in photography lives very much in the realm of “art” as opposed to “commercial.” It is often abstract and not always easily accessible, although my subjects are almost always the beautiful women in my life. I don’t have any goals of shooting look books or anything like that, and I prefer to work one-on-one, just myself and another artist: my muse for that moment. Ninety percent of the time, the other female I’m working with is a dear friend who happens to be very talented at channeling her creative energy via intimate self-expression in front of my camera. I’m also a PhD student who studies psychology and researches depression and emotion regulation. I’ve been in the program for 2.5 years and I have 2.5 to go, then I imagine my 9-5 will be working in a primary care hospital with people who are suffering both physically and psychologically. Believe it or not, working full time will actually leave me with more time to create than I have now! Other than this, the only important things to know about me are that I love road tripping the southwest, being alone, and things that smell good.

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How did you get into photography?
This is always the long response, so I apologize in advance! I grew up mostly with my grandmother, who always kept a Polaroid camera and an impressive film stash nearby to document my early existence. When I was five or six, I decided to turn the camera on her and she became my first model. I know “grandmother” brings about an image of an older lady in a rocking chair, but my grandmother was in her 40s in the 1990s and she looks absolutely killer in all of the photos I took of her! I also started taking self-portraits, which of course I just called “taking pictures of myself,” around this time. I have some pretty golden selfies circa 1995-1998. I think I mainly wanted the Polaroids for my journals that I kept (and still do), because I think my little brain was just trying to make time slow down, or at least to remember moments of my life because I was painfully aware that everything ends. 
When I was about 14, my dad gifted me his Canon Rebel (35mm) that he had previously used for wildlife photography (he’d gotten into video by this time). So I documented high school that way—my camera was like the wall I put between myself and the world and I liked it that way. I was always with groups of friends, but having a camera in front of your face is a very easy way to hide your severe social anxiety from yourself and everyone else. At some point around this time I acquired a Polaroid Land Camera Model 100, and thankfully Polaroid was still manufacturing pack film then I did have the luxury of learning with the real thing. I got pretty artsy around this time (as opposed to straight forward documentation) and I’ll always wonder what I would have created in the following years if I hadn’t stopped. I think Polaroid discontinued their film the same year that I went to college, and somehow I quit taking photos entirely, I actually quit doing everything creative aside from writing, which was more of a way of processing through my intense emotions during that time.
To make a long story short, I did nothing for four years besides party like an idiot and try to get into graduate school. I was going through a profound depression, and although it lifted from time to time, it was never for long enough for me to realize that I’d abandoned a deeply important part of my soul, the artist part. It wasn’t until I had graduated college and started seeing/falling in love with a painter that I was once again inspired to take photos. I had like a year long learning curve, because I realized I wanted to do more than take photos—I wanted to make art that was intimate, real, and meaningful. For the first time, I wanted to connect with the rest of the world. I learned the ins and outs of traditional analog photography on my own and with the help of a mentor, which was like starting from square one and could definitely get frustrating. After this year of struggle and technical BS that I’m really glad I know now, I started experimenting, and here we are! 


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What do you have in store for the rest of the year and the near future?
In the nearest future, my boyfriend and I are putting on our first collaborative exhibition at Little Pink Monster Gallery (Canopy Studios) in Austin, TX on February 14. The show is called “idiosyncrasies” and emphasizes our own unique visions and techniques, but also the unconscious way in which we influence one another and are collaborating even when we’re unaware of it.

Right now I believe one or more of my pieces are up at Grace, London as part of the condensed ‘Ritual’ exhibition that World Wide Women put on last month. The exhibition was such a success that a few other galleries wanted to pick it up as well, and I’m incredibly thankful to have been chosen as one of the eight artists for this last pop-up. We’ll see what happens next!

World Wide Women will also be putting on an exhibition (or a few) in Paris, etc. in the spring that will include my work. I believe a book (an anthology of sorts) will come out around this time as well, but don’t quote me on that. I don’t have a functional memory.

(Hopefully) I’ll be part of an artist residency somewhere in Europe this summer that will be turned into an exhibition in 2016, but more details on that later!

OH. I finally saved enough money (and with the help of my family for Christmas) for a very nice 16mm video camera. My goal is to have a full film based on a series of recurring dreams I’ve had completed by the end of the year, and a friend of mine is going to score music to the film once it’s done. We want to show it in a gallery space on a bunch of white walls and trip people out in a really pleasant way. It’s going to be a big, long, collaborative project and I can’t even imagine it being complete but I know that it will be, one day. Shooting 16mm films will teach me an entirely different breed of patience.


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If you could photograph anyone, who would you choose?
I think I’ve been asked this question before and I just don’t know! I feel like I’ve already had the privilege of photographing some of the most beautiful souls in the world and there’s nothing I really long for in that way. I’d love to do album covers for my favorite bands (ehem, War Paint or Beach House… hi!) Maybe I wish I could photograph my mother & grandmother before I was born, before I can remember them. I don’t know though, like I said, I’m so grateful for the people I’m able to work with on a regular basis that it’s not something I think about. <3

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undressed: sarah eiseman

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Featuring another super talented Texan, Sarah Eiseman, and I am beginning to believe that Texas is just one big state full of talent. Her photos are equal parts dreamy and brooding and it doesn't take much to realize that she is a very special person. 

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  I'm a 25 year old ENFP /// Virgo-Pisces-Aries (If that means anything to anyone). I'm originally from Florida but pioneered my way across the states to Texas, about four years ago. I have a degree in Science and during the daytime I do physical therapy with elderly patients. I love spending any free time I can, outside connecting with my surroundings, reading books about artists I admire from the past or far away places, and spending quality time with people I care about+my dogs or by myself properly working on improving my self awareness. 

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I became interested in photography at a very early age. My mom had a really old polaroid 600 and we used to buy disposable cameras all the time. I remember some of my first images being of my stuffed animals, family members, and abstract pieces of sky and flowers. My photographs then showed no skill or composition, yet I look back through my mother's memory boxes of film now and can't help but be inspired by the old smells and look of the film type back then in general and the moments that were forever saved. I got lost in between the years of school and didn't care too much about photography besides photographing people I knew and days we spent at the beach or outside. 
  It wasn't until I moved to Austin, that I seriously picked back up photography. I didn't know what kind of photography I would be interested in but I felt a sense of freedom and difference in Austin and decided that I needed to start documenting my life and the changing world around me. 
  I first bought a digital canon rebel camera, for the first year I photographed everything. I tried every technique, did a 365 day project where I photographed myself everyday, and watched a million tutorials. I taught myself ultimately anything I felt like learning. After a while I started getting bored with shooting digital, I didn't feel like there was enough feeling in it for me. I started shooting again with a polaroid 600 which was gifted to me, and from there my love for film was reignited. I searched out and thrifted for as many film cameras and different kinds of film as I could. Now I have a full on obsession with shooting film. I have a hard time not looking at ebay for old film and cameras, I'm at the local camera store almost everyday, and my baby camera goes with me in my purse everyday,everywhere. If I'm not out shooting film, I'm home drawing, painting, and crafting with photos to make them into something else I envision. 


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 I'm not sure what I have in store for the rest of the year. My friend and I are planning a collaborative project in the following month which is something I am most excited about but can't give away too many details about that. I also hope to do a few shows here and there but ultimately I just hope to continue being inspired and learning as much as I can about film. 

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There are so many people I would love to shoot. If I had to name a few it would be Tilda Swinton because she is so darn interesting looking and Amanda Seyfriend (which my friend and I were just talking about!) because she is utterly beautiful in such a delicate and simple way. She looks like she was kidnapped from another era. But really, I love the chance to photograph anyone that I connect with. 

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undressed: sam rogers

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Sam Rogers is a 20 year old photographer, based in New York. Her dreamy photos tell a really special story and I am over the moon to share some of her work and story.

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How did you get into photography?
I got into photography when I was around 12-13. I was really into making my own websites and graphic designs. I decided I wanted to take my own photos to use in my designs, so I borrowed my mom's little digital camera to do that. It started out as me taking pictures of things like flowers, grass, and my sneakers, and then I started taking pictures of my sister where I realized how much I preferred taking photos of people. During this time, I somehow came across the website Flickr, where I discovered a lot of other photographers around my age taking what I thought were the most incredible photos that I had ever seen. It opened my eyes to a whole bunch of possibilities that I had never thought of when it came to photography, and I strived to be like them. I continued photography as I began high school and pretty much abandoned graphic design completely, becoming really serious about it when I was a sophomore.


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What do you have in store for the near future?
The rest of the year pretty much entails completing my junior year of college! Each semester comes along with new sets of challenges for me, for example, sometimes it can be hard to balance shooting for school assignments and making personal work, but usually I manage to shoot personal work for school assignments. I plan to make as much work as I can (even during the winter, where it can be a struggle to shoot while battling the weather conditions/creative ruts that can get into) and keep improving my photography as I go along, hopefully getting my name out there as much as possible. 


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If you could choose anyone, who would you photograph?
There's tons of people I would love to photograph but if I had to choose one, I would choose Devon Aoki. I think she has the most amazing look and it would be a dream come true to work with her! 



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undressed: jacqueline foss

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Jacqueline Foss is a photographer from Woodbridge, Virginia. (not too far from where I grew up!) I love the color that she captures in her work and was happy to learn about some of her thought process.


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I took an interest in photography when I was 16 years old. I was browsing the internet when some of the photographs that caught my eye lead me back to Flickr. From that point, I saw so many talented artists, and thought, I can do this too. I got my first camera which was a Nikon d3000 and taught myself how to use it. I have grown a lot since then, however, I will never forget my first camera or the community of Flickr which inspired me to create visually pleasing works of art


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To challenge myself, I plan on creating a project that relates to human communication.
I went into Baltimore, MD for Halloween this year and saw all the colorful people outside interacting with each other, getting in fights, and strangers laughing together. That event inspired me to start up a project where I will take photographs at different events/festivals to convey how strangers act in unfamiliar environments. Besides that, I have been interning in D.C which has given me a great opportunity to learn the ropes of studio lighting as opposed to what I primarily use, natural. I am excited to see where that takes me as I gain more experience in the studio!

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If I could photograph anyone, I would choose William Eggleston. He was a pioneer for color photography. I love how color can be conveyed to evoke a certain emotion. In addition, his work is very inspiring as he was just taking photographs of ordinary life that was around him.