Three Photographs

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‘The Topsham Bank,’ Photography, 2016

 

KODAK Digital Still Camera

‘Footpath,’ Photography, 2016

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‘Railbridge,’ Photography, 2016


NYRI A. BAKKALIAN is a queer Armenian-American and adopted Pittsburgher. A military historian by training, she’s an artist and writer whose work has appeared on Inatri, Metropolis Japan, Gutsy Broads, and Queer PGH. She has a soft spot for local history and unknown stories, preferably uncovered during road trips. When not hunting for unknown history, Nyri can most often be found sketching while enjoying a good cup of Turkish coffee. Check out her blog at sparrowdreams.com, and come say hello on Twitter at @riversidewings.

Artwork by Margaret Lu and William Higgins

Presenting artwork by Art and Photography Editors, Margaret Lu and William Higgins.


MARGARET LU

Artist Statement: “My art seeks to make the world soften around the edges- to become a liquid mirror onto which lights and colors bleed. The world becomes softly blurred, melting me right into it. It’s those sweet-sharp tidbits, the overlooked mirage of moments past. That is what exhilarates me the most: being enthralled by new ideas, being intoxicated by the romance of the unknown.”

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“Lackadaisical Euphoria”

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“Amazon Blues”

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“Eclectic Ennui”

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“Whimsical Bliss”

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“Our Daily Bread”


William Higgins 

Artist Statement: “Three of these photos were taken in Los Angeles. The other two were taken in New York.

I’m mainly influenced by pop art and nature photography. These two blend better in LA than they do in New York. Comic book colors are everywhere all the time. The Southwestern U.S. sky is one of the sharpest blues there is. And then the city has this uneasy relationship with nature. It’s shocking to see skyscrapers against blurred mountains everyday. Suburbs bump up against parks and forests, both state and national. A combination of pop and nature fits the city.

            I also feel like focusing on smaller details in LA. The city doesn’t seem to fit together with itself the same way New York does. There’s a depth and unity in Manhattan’s cityscape that grounds it as an actual city. Shots have to be layered, you can’t dissect it piece by piece. LA doesn’thave a similar vista — except maybe the Hollywood sign — that unites the city the same way Manhattan does. Put in a bad analogy: New York is like an oil portrait,  LA is like a comic, paneled.”

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Maggie(2).png MARGARET LU is a rising junior at Waubonsie Valley High. Her art and writing have been recognized with gold, silver, and honorable mentions in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In addition, she is a YoungArts finalist in creative non-fiction, has been recognized in the New York Times as a finalist for editorial cartooning, and writes for the Chicago Tribune’s teen division, The Mash. When not writing or painting, Maggie can be found obsessing over Studio Ghibli films, attempting to sing Spanish songs, or stargazing.

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WILLIAM HIGGINS is a writer and photographer. His work has been published by several magazines, including Glass Kite Anthology and Textploit. He previously attended the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying creative writing and literature. In the fall he will start at University College Dublin to study law and philosophy.

Bedewed

Artist Statement: ‘Bedewed’ was photographed after the first downpour of the advancing monsoon season, maybe two years ago, in my hometown, Vellore. I was ambling around the terrace of my house, relishing the sweet petrichor emanating from the trees and flower pots around me. I noticed the water that had settled so insecurely on the leaves of all the plants and trees after the rain; it was beautiful how they adorned the verdant vegetation like priceless gems.

I ran for my camera and photographed as many pictures as I could, but my favourite is this one. I love how precariously the water is perched on the papaya leaf, as though resisting the earth’s gravity just to stay a little longer on this leaf which, God knows, has seen enough of the sun.


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Photography, 2012


BETSY is from South India. She is tall, lanky and obsessive. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Missing Slate, Page and Spine, The Tishman Review, Quail Bell and Polyphony H.S, among others.

Heavy Lighting on the Bowery, NYC

Artist Statement: I practice Forensic Foraging, an emerging photography technique developed in conjunction with  my colleague in Sydney, Australia,  poet & lensman, Jim Provencher. It is a minimalist, throw back style of photography that was more prevalent during the days of film photography before digital technology took over. It features basic techniques such a creative framing, high color saturation and contrast, creative use of natural light, and funky subject matter at times.

Forensic Foraging is based, in part, on old fashion crime scene photography. We travel to an area and sift through everything in a plodding, sifting manner. We shoot everything we find just as it is attempting to reveal the unnoticed beauty in the trite, trivial, & mundane. Our most recent projects involved Nevada ghost towns and the streets of New York City. Every day I shoot a few shots in W-S. We endeavor to create eye candy for the viewer out of the most mundane scenes and subjects.

We hope that our images cause the the viewer to see a mundane scene or object in a different, expanded way. We strive to create eye candy out of nothing unusual. However, if we come across the spectacular, we ain’t afraid to shoot it in our unique style. 
I have a website, ForensicForaging.com which is under construction to open in late September. My work is now readily available on the Internet by googling ” William C. Crawford & Forensic Foraging”. I also operate a reverse photo blog which any one may receive by sending their email address to me at bcraw44@ gmail.com.

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Photography, 2016


WILLIAM C. CRAWFORD is a writer & photographer based in Winston-Salem, NC. He was a combat photojournalist in Vietnam. He has published extensively in various formats including fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, book reviews, and essays. His new book is highlighted elsewhere on this site. He had a parallel career as a social worker and community organizer. There, he wrote biting editorials on behalf of the powerless such as abused children, the frail elderly, and victims of enforced state sterilizations. He is known as Crawdaddy to his Yellow Lab, Scout.

Children of Kashmir

Artist Statement: “I developed interest in photography about  four years ago. I was experimenting with my mother’s DSLR and slowly, photography became my passion. My work, over the years, has seen significant improvement. Even though most of my work consists of street photography, I have never set boundaries for myself and have always been keen on experimenting.

As is known, human emotions are constantly changing and need an outlet. Photography has become a platform for my emotions and a channel through which I express myself. 

My interest in street photography developed because of this very idea, for I love to capture human emotions in their rawest form. Because of that, I have been inspired by photographers like Steve McCurry, Raghu Rai, Ketaki Sheth and Dayanita Singh.

I plan to continue working towards my passion, that has provided me comfort in the darkest times. I also hope to use this very form of art to bring about a change in the world, one picture at a time.”


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Children of Kashmir by Manya Sinha
Photography Ι 2336 x 3504 Ι 2014

MANYA SINHA is a seventeen year old Radiohead and Queen fan living in Chandigarh, India. She hopes to bring about a difference in the world through her art, one picture at a time.

As Evening Closes In

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As Evening Closes In by Miranda Sun
Photography Ι 2592 X 1936 Ι 2015

MIRANDA SUN is sixteen years old and lives in Illinois. She loves to read, write, draw, take cool photographs, and drink lychee bubble tea (although not all at once). She has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and has been published in Creative Kids magazine, where she serves as a Senior Contributor, as well as other places, such as Glass Kite Anthology and Blue Marble Review.

Sylvia

Artist Statement: “Even though I prefer photography as a medium to capture happier emotions, I turn to my camera when writing my heart out isn’t enough. This self-portrait serves as testimony to my undying love for Sylvia Plath, and to a semester that almost brought me to ruins, and to survival.”


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Sylvia by Aayushi Deshpande
Photography Ι 3740 X 2494 Ι 2016

AAYUSHI writes poetry for the lack of prose-ac. She loves quizzing and Tumblr, and her choice of weapon is her Canon 400D. She believes that art as an agent and expression of empathy has the capacity to transform individuals and make a difference in this world. She has a recessive musical gene, and her spirit song is ‘Vienna’ by Billy Joel.