Alejandro Meola is an engaging, eloquent individual, and absolutely incredible live (saw him play the same weekend as this interview was recorded). Keep reading to find out about haunted recording rooms, gospel Sundays, and locksmith characters. 
Watch the video for the latest single of Alejandro Meola & Robinsones -  ”Black Feathered Angels” here

where are you from?

I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was born here - in Miami, Florida, but I was raised in Buenos Aires for pretty much my whole life, and now I moved to New York. 

in what way did growing up in Buenos Aires shape you?

I lived there for twenty five years, so absolutely - in many ways, the people, the streets, everything. I definitely have Buenos Aires in me, in every step that I take. If tomorrow I start singing in, say, Russian, it will still be Buenos Aires. As every place that you spend a lot of time in - especially those formative years - it has been a huge influence on me.

why New York?

It’s a very nice place to be for music. To do music, there’s a lot of things happening, the scene is very nice, it’s a great place to be for that. It was a decision that I had made a while ago, and I had some records going on in Buenos Aires. So when I was finished with them, I just packed the bags, and came here. One way ticket and all. I was curious about the city, too, it was magnetic, I had to come and check it out.

and what was the first thing you did when you came here?

I went to Harlem to hear a gospel. I loved it, it was the number one thing on my list. Actually, it was the only one thing on my list. It’s very early in the morning on Sunday, and it was just, wow, amazing.

when did you first start getting into music?

Very young. I must have been about 12 years old. I found a guitar under the bed, and I was so curious about it. I took it, and I started strumming it with a coin - at the time, I wasn’t even aware what a pick was. And I never let it go from there, it has been with me ever since.

so when you were a kid, did you want to be a musician, or were there ever other fantasies - astronaut, Spiderman, and such?

I definitely wanted to be an astronaut, I think that was the first. But music was there, too. Whether it was good or bad, I don’t know, but it was like a reflex - I started, and eventually, as you grow up, it grows up with you. And one day you realize that you’ve been doing this thing for fourteen, fifteen years. It’s your thing. 

do you think in Spanish, English, or both?

Right now, both. It depends. If I get too angry, I definitely speak in Spanish. I’ve been in New York for almost a year and a half, and at the moment I think pretty much completely in English. I’m writing songs in English, and I think it has to do with the environment. Writing songs, at some level, is like being a sponge - you absorb from your surroundings. All the songs I’ve written in the last year are in English, and it has a lot to do with thinking in it. I have my Spanish records from back in Buenos Aires, and I think that this is a nice cycle going on, and a different one beginning.

do you like performing in venues, or do you busk on the streets, or subways as well?

No, I’m doing venues. We played in Rockwood Music Hall recently, and it was fantastic. It’s a nice place, it’s very crowded. We did the Paper Box as well, that was nice. Now in the summer, we’re doing a series of shows, and I’m getting to know all these venues - a lot of them, my first time seeing them is when I actually go to play. I’m still getting around. So far my favourite has been Rockwood.

how would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard a single song of yours?

I think it’s very blues-y, a mix of rock and blues for sure, and very melodic. Very song format, clear melodies. Very straightforward.

who are your biggest influences? who do you listen to?

Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James. Also, I grew up being a major fan of Oasis - I was super into it, that type of fanatism that you have when you are a teenager, just once in your life. The Doors. The Beatles. The Velvet Underground. Dylan is one of my favourites. Neil Young, Tom Petty. It’s a very big map, but I’m pretty much listening to the same 300 songs, they suit any mood I have. But also, literature is very important to me as an influence. Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, I love them. It’s all over the place, it’s very hard to list influences.

out of those 300 songs, are there any embarrassing ones that you wouldn’t want people to know you listen to?

I would have to check, I haven’t thought about it. Maybe, taste is relative. It happens to me every now and then, I will be listening to a song from the fifties that I think is absolutely amazing, and someone would be.. No, actually, no - I really like all the songs I listen to, and if somebody doesn’t like them, I will confuse the guy, I will prove to him that they’re good. I’m very proud of all of them.

describe your songwriting process.

It’s very fast. I’m very symbiotic with music and lyrics, they come at the same time. It’s very rare that I start with one and then I sit down again in two weeks and try to reconnect with the idea. It starts with a melody that has a word or two in it already, and from there, you pull the string, get it out, write the lyrics. That’s the raw stuff though, the rough draft, or the sketch - and once you have that, you need to spend more hours thinking how to develop that idea. The producing aspect takes me a week, ten days to be happy with it - but the original kickstart is a melody, just walking in the street, and you start mumbling this melody with a couple words in it, wherever they come from. 

has there ever been a weird gig? something that didn’t come out right, or was just odd?

I do remember one story. It wasn’t a gig, but once in the same rehearsal several things happened. The drummer lost the cymbals before he came in. Then the rhythm guitar player opens his case and the guitar was broken. And when I called the rehearsal off, my guitar broke down as well. This all happens within a half an hour period. So all of us were there, thinking, what is happening, what is the energy of this place? The bass player was the only one who hadn’t had any trouble, and he was saying, “Hey man, I’m driving, why don’t I smash the bass against the wall or something, or I’m going to die in the street or something.” I talked to the owner of the place, I told him, “you have to do something, bring a priest, I don’t know.” Weird vibes. But after the whole thing a good friend of mine who knew what was going on knocked on my door and gave me a guitar as a present. Brand new beautiful guitar, and I’m using it still.

tell me about the music video shoot. was it the first one you’ve done in New York?

In New York, yeah. I met Morgan, the director, and he’s from France, and he studied here in a film school in Brooklyn. I met him in a bar when I was doing a gig with the band. We started talking, and I knew that by February-March I would have the recording done, and that eventually we would want to have a video as well. I sent an e-mail to him, thinking we would do a low-key video on a low-key budget. He replied to me with a screenplay. “Hey, you know, I have a lot of cameras, and lights, and all that stuff from my school.” And the day of the shooting, he comes with all this gear, and an amazing crew of like, 25 people. It was fantastic, it was like a film set. We shot it in a warehouse, on 16mm. It’s amazing, you meet someone, you just click, and the idea doubles up, grows to the level that you originally didn’t even have in mind. Also, the acting is hard for me. You have a camera in your face, and you’re singing - when you’r just playing music, it’s cool, because it’s what you do - but when you have to be more actor-y in a way, it gets tricky. 

what has been the most surreal moment of your life?

I would say that one, the one I was telling you, the rehearsal. Very surreal, surreal enough. 

favourite thing about being a musician?

Many things. What I like most is the fact that, and I think any artist has the same thing, wether he is a painter, a writer, or - as a musician, you are able to make these recordings, and they are like bubbles, bubbles of time. It’s like a photo - you take it, and it is there, and it will remain like that over the years. You create a time capsule. Even if you change, if a lot of things change around you, that is going to stay fixed, and you are at that point in your life inside that time capsule.

and the least favourite?

Maybe the struggle? But I like it, too. It depends on the day, it depends on the mood. It takes a lot of endurance, and that’s what, in the long run, makes or breaks musicians - and really, all artists. 

tell me about your band.

I met all the guys here, but I’ve always been playing with a band. I never did the acoustic singer-songwriter, even though I love it - but I felt the songs needed more, some rock, electric, two-three guitars, I couldn’t put it together with just one acoustic guitar. 

and why the name, the Robinsones?

It’s something that I read in a book a long time ago. I remember thinking at the time, “Oh, this is a great name for a band. Eventually, in a couple of years, that will be a nice way to go.” It’s been seven years since I have started with this project, and there has always been a band, and the band needed a name. But in the end, whether it’s a band or a solo project, it comes down to five guys talking to each other on the stage. It’s a social thing to play music for me, you’re talking a lot.

do you get nervous before playing on stage?

Yes, I get a kick, this rush before getting up. I really hope not to ever lose it. When that happens, it means you’re getting bored, or that what you’re playing doesn’t move you. You’re exposing yourself to another person, a group of people, so there’s always a mix of things, a mix of feelings. But once you’re on stage, you just play, you forget about everything. That’s the best time in the world, when you’re playing on stage, live.

what would be your spirit animal?

Tiger. I like them, they’re very fierce and strong. Talking about endurance and all, I don’t see tigers pulling back.

outside of music, what do you like to do?

I read a lot, and eventually, it would be nice to sit down and write. I love writing songs, but it’s a very narrow space for writing, I can’t really write paragraphs. I like the idea of not thinking about melody or rhyme, and just writing freely, but I think it takes time. I don’t know if this is true or not, but for me, I feel that you need to know a little bit of everything in order to write. Say, you have a character, this guy, and he’s a locksmith. You have to know what a locksmith does, and how he does it. Those things take time. I take music very seriously, but I would like to do writing as a side thing, just for me, private.

who would you want to open for?

The Black Keys, that would be amazing. Noel Gallagher. That would be a full circle. Smokey Robinson. Any of the big blues guys really, that would be such a privilege.

imagine three, four hundred years from now, people find just one song of yours, and it’s the only thing they know you by. what do you reckon they’ll think of it?

I hope that it will show them a period of time, a certain person living and trying to express it in a song. I think that would be a nice thing in three hundred years - okay, this guy was here, in this city, in this time, and he wrote this, why? Those questions that may pop up in their head.

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*photo by Carlos Detres
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Alejandro Meola is an engaging, eloquent individual, and absolutely incredible live (saw him play the same weekend as this interview was recorded). Keep reading to find out about haunted recording rooms, gospel Sundays, and locksmith characters. 

Watch the video for the latest single of Alejandro Meola & Robinsones -  ”Black Feathered Angels” here

where are you from?

I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was born here - in Miami, Florida, but I was raised in Buenos Aires for pretty much my whole life, and now I moved to New York. 

in what way did growing up in Buenos Aires shape you?

I lived there for twenty five years, so absolutely - in many ways, the people, the streets, everything. I definitely have Buenos Aires in me, in every step that I take. If tomorrow I start singing in, say, Russian, it will still be Buenos Aires. As every place that you spend a lot of time in - especially those formative years - it has been a huge influence on me.

why New York?

It’s a very nice place to be for music. To do music, there’s a lot of things happening, the scene is very nice, it’s a great place to be for that. It was a decision that I had made a while ago, and I had some records going on in Buenos Aires. So when I was finished with them, I just packed the bags, and came here. One way ticket and all. I was curious about the city, too, it was magnetic, I had to come and check it out.

and what was the first thing you did when you came here?

I went to Harlem to hear a gospel. I loved it, it was the number one thing on my list. Actually, it was the only one thing on my list. It’s very early in the morning on Sunday, and it was just, wow, amazing.

when did you first start getting into music?

Very young. I must have been about 12 years old. I found a guitar under the bed, and I was so curious about it. I took it, and I started strumming it with a coin - at the time, I wasn’t even aware what a pick was. And I never let it go from there, it has been with me ever since.

so when you were a kid, did you want to be a musician, or were there ever other fantasies - astronaut, Spiderman, and such?

I definitely wanted to be an astronaut, I think that was the first. But music was there, too. Whether it was good or bad, I don’t know, but it was like a reflex - I started, and eventually, as you grow up, it grows up with you. And one day you realize that you’ve been doing this thing for fourteen, fifteen years. It’s your thing. 

do you think in Spanish, English, or both?

Right now, both. It depends. If I get too angry, I definitely speak in Spanish. I’ve been in New York for almost a year and a half, and at the moment I think pretty much completely in English. I’m writing songs in English, and I think it has to do with the environment. Writing songs, at some level, is like being a sponge - you absorb from your surroundings. All the songs I’ve written in the last year are in English, and it has a lot to do with thinking in it. I have my Spanish records from back in Buenos Aires, and I think that this is a nice cycle going on, and a different one beginning.

do you like performing in venues, or do you busk on the streets, or subways as well?

No, I’m doing venues. We played in Rockwood Music Hall recently, and it was fantastic. It’s a nice place, it’s very crowded. We did the Paper Box as well, that was nice. Now in the summer, we’re doing a series of shows, and I’m getting to know all these venues - a lot of them, my first time seeing them is when I actually go to play. I’m still getting around. So far my favourite has been Rockwood.

how would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard a single song of yours?

I think it’s very blues-y, a mix of rock and blues for sure, and very melodic. Very song format, clear melodies. Very straightforward.

who are your biggest influences? who do you listen to?

Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James. Also, I grew up being a major fan of Oasis - I was super into it, that type of fanatism that you have when you are a teenager, just once in your life. The Doors. The Beatles. The Velvet Underground. Dylan is one of my favourites. Neil Young, Tom Petty. It’s a very big map, but I’m pretty much listening to the same 300 songs, they suit any mood I have. But also, literature is very important to me as an influence. Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, I love them. It’s all over the place, it’s very hard to list influences.

out of those 300 songs, are there any embarrassing ones that you wouldn’t want people to know you listen to?

I would have to check, I haven’t thought about it. Maybe, taste is relative. It happens to me every now and then, I will be listening to a song from the fifties that I think is absolutely amazing, and someone would be.. No, actually, no - I really like all the songs I listen to, and if somebody doesn’t like them, I will confuse the guy, I will prove to him that they’re good. I’m very proud of all of them.

describe your songwriting process.

It’s very fast. I’m very symbiotic with music and lyrics, they come at the same time. It’s very rare that I start with one and then I sit down again in two weeks and try to reconnect with the idea. It starts with a melody that has a word or two in it already, and from there, you pull the string, get it out, write the lyrics. That’s the raw stuff though, the rough draft, or the sketch - and once you have that, you need to spend more hours thinking how to develop that idea. The producing aspect takes me a week, ten days to be happy with it - but the original kickstart is a melody, just walking in the street, and you start mumbling this melody with a couple words in it, wherever they come from. 

has there ever been a weird gig? something that didn’t come out right, or was just odd?

I do remember one story. It wasn’t a gig, but once in the same rehearsal several things happened. The drummer lost the cymbals before he came in. Then the rhythm guitar player opens his case and the guitar was broken. And when I called the rehearsal off, my guitar broke down as well. This all happens within a half an hour period. So all of us were there, thinking, what is happening, what is the energy of this place? The bass player was the only one who hadn’t had any trouble, and he was saying, “Hey man, I’m driving, why don’t I smash the bass against the wall or something, or I’m going to die in the street or something.” I talked to the owner of the place, I told him, “you have to do something, bring a priest, I don’t know.” Weird vibes. But after the whole thing a good friend of mine who knew what was going on knocked on my door and gave me a guitar as a present. Brand new beautiful guitar, and I’m using it still.

tell me about the music video shoot. was it the first one you’ve done in New York?

In New York, yeah. I met Morgan, the director, and he’s from France, and he studied here in a film school in Brooklyn. I met him in a bar when I was doing a gig with the band. We started talking, and I knew that by February-March I would have the recording done, and that eventually we would want to have a video as well. I sent an e-mail to him, thinking we would do a low-key video on a low-key budget. He replied to me with a screenplay. “Hey, you know, I have a lot of cameras, and lights, and all that stuff from my school.” And the day of the shooting, he comes with all this gear, and an amazing crew of like, 25 people. It was fantastic, it was like a film set. We shot it in a warehouse, on 16mm. It’s amazing, you meet someone, you just click, and the idea doubles up, grows to the level that you originally didn’t even have in mind. Also, the acting is hard for me. You have a camera in your face, and you’re singing - when you’r just playing music, it’s cool, because it’s what you do - but when you have to be more actor-y in a way, it gets tricky. 

what has been the most surreal moment of your life?

I would say that one, the one I was telling you, the rehearsal. Very surreal, surreal enough. 

favourite thing about being a musician?

Many things. What I like most is the fact that, and I think any artist has the same thing, wether he is a painter, a writer, or - as a musician, you are able to make these recordings, and they are like bubbles, bubbles of time. It’s like a photo - you take it, and it is there, and it will remain like that over the years. You create a time capsule. Even if you change, if a lot of things change around you, that is going to stay fixed, and you are at that point in your life inside that time capsule.

and the least favourite?

Maybe the struggle? But I like it, too. It depends on the day, it depends on the mood. It takes a lot of endurance, and that’s what, in the long run, makes or breaks musicians - and really, all artists. 

tell me about your band.

I met all the guys here, but I’ve always been playing with a band. I never did the acoustic singer-songwriter, even though I love it - but I felt the songs needed more, some rock, electric, two-three guitars, I couldn’t put it together with just one acoustic guitar. 

and why the name, the Robinsones?

It’s something that I read in a book a long time ago. I remember thinking at the time, “Oh, this is a great name for a band. Eventually, in a couple of years, that will be a nice way to go.” It’s been seven years since I have started with this project, and there has always been a band, and the band needed a name. But in the end, whether it’s a band or a solo project, it comes down to five guys talking to each other on the stage. It’s a social thing to play music for me, you’re talking a lot.

do you get nervous before playing on stage?

Yes, I get a kick, this rush before getting up. I really hope not to ever lose it. When that happens, it means you’re getting bored, or that what you’re playing doesn’t move you. You’re exposing yourself to another person, a group of people, so there’s always a mix of things, a mix of feelings. But once you’re on stage, you just play, you forget about everything. That’s the best time in the world, when you’re playing on stage, live.

what would be your spirit animal?

Tiger. I like them, they’re very fierce and strong. Talking about endurance and all, I don’t see tigers pulling back.

outside of music, what do you like to do?

I read a lot, and eventually, it would be nice to sit down and write. I love writing songs, but it’s a very narrow space for writing, I can’t really write paragraphs. I like the idea of not thinking about melody or rhyme, and just writing freely, but I think it takes time. I don’t know if this is true or not, but for me, I feel that you need to know a little bit of everything in order to write. Say, you have a character, this guy, and he’s a locksmith. You have to know what a locksmith does, and how he does it. Those things take time. I take music very seriously, but I would like to do writing as a side thing, just for me, private.

who would you want to open for?

The Black Keys, that would be amazing. Noel Gallagher. That would be a full circle. Smokey Robinson. Any of the big blues guys really, that would be such a privilege.

imagine three, four hundred years from now, people find just one song of yours, and it’s the only thing they know you by. what do you reckon they’ll think of it?

I hope that it will show them a period of time, a certain person living and trying to express it in a song. I think that would be a nice thing in three hundred years - okay, this guy was here, in this city, in this time, and he wrote this, why? Those questions that may pop up in their head.

website // twitter // bandcamp // instagram // facebook // youtube

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*photo by Carlos Detres

Maya Felder
I ended up at a house party by pure chance back around March or so. In that tiny crowded apartment, I was obsessed with the photo prints hung up right above the couch - photographs that happened to be taken by Maya. A couple weeks later we met in a doughnut shop on 23rd street, and now, about three months later, this interview has finally made its way onto Pudge. Keep reading to find out about black&white street photography, dreams of being a mermaid, and memories of mountain climbing when drunk.
where are you from?
I grew up in Westchester, but I’ve been travelling back and forth from Israel for most of my life, and I identify myself more Israeli than American.
how did you end up in NYC?
Well, growing up, I always dreamed of living in New York. It was my utmost fantasy. I went to UMass Amherst for a little bit, and I was studying Political Science&Communications, but I felt I needed to be here, and, well, I came here.
Why SVA?
Honestly, SVA had the easiest application. I got lazy halfway through, and they accepted me, but also I was talking to the photo director of Glamour about two years ago, and she told me that I should go to SVA. At the time, I really wanted to work for Glamour, and I was like, “okay, you said SVA, SVA it is then.”  I love it, and I’m, so happy I chose it.
is it something you want to do in the long term, work for a fashion magazine?
I think so. Right now it’s what I enjoy most. I thought about being an art therapist, but taking pictures makes me happy.
when did you start getting into photography?
Um, I got into it in my freshman year of high school, and then in my sophomore year, I took a darkroom class, and I really got into film. Up until maybe two months ago, I was only shooting film. And then for school, I couldn’t keep up with the cost of film, so I switched to digital. I definitely prefer shooting film though.
It’s interesting - your black&whites are usually more candid, whereas your colour shots tend to be more posed.
I guess it’s the pre-notion that I have towards black&white and film. I feel that black&white is meant to be more candid. I’m not sure why that is, I guess it comes from looking at old photographers - that’s kind of the course of photography. I feel that street photography belongs in black&white. It doesn’t always, and there’s beautiful work in colour, but…
I saw just the other day that you started experimenting with double exposure. How do you like it, how is it going so far?
With the flowers? I have this new series in mind where it’s portraits with an overlay of their favourite things, their favourite places, stuff like that. So I did a series with the projector, images from when she was a child, from when I was a child - I want to do something like that, with memories and childhood. Not in a dark and heavy sense though, make it still light and enjoyable.
have you always thought of photography as sort of a life path?
When I was younger, yes. I was so set on doing this. I would argue with my mom, asking her to give me more allowance because I wanted to develop more film. And she would be like, “Maya, this is stupid, no.” “I want to be a photographer, you just wait and see when I grow up!”  I love people, and I want to work with people, but I want photography to always be a part of my life.
what inspires you?
Sitting in class. Everyone has such amazing work, I am always convinced I need to do better. We are in this class, and a few weeks back, I did not take it seriously at all. I did a project on a pizza box, and it was such shit. It was just bad, a mixed media, things cut up the night before, and everyone worked so hard on theirs. People came in with the most amazing stuff. And every week since then, I’ve been pushing myself. It sounds cheesy, but everyone around me inspires me. You see everybody else’s amazing work, you want to be better.
do you find that, being in a class with other photographers, you influence one another in your work?
Oh, for sure. I used to hate working in a studio. It overwhelmed me, and scared me a bit, and I liked to shoot environmental portraits, stuff like that. So many people in my class do just studio, I felt that I had to do just studio. For a while, I felt that it was what I should be doing, and I was trying to conform, but now that I’ve done that, and I’m more comfortable in the studio, I’ve realized that my work doesn’t need to be like everybody else’s, that’s kind of the whole point, that’s how I got here.
outside of photography, what are you interested in?
I love fashion. I have a bit of a shopping problem. I love animals a lot. I want to start working in an animal shelter, and I am in an everyday argument with my roommate over when we should get a dog. She wants a tiny little thing, and I like bear dogs, but my apartment’s so small, I don’t think a big dog is going to happen. 
you’ve got a lot of people coming to your apartment for parties and such. have there ever been any weird things that happened?
How appropriate. Besides the continuous breaking of glasses… The door broke, the window broke, it fell on somebody once. One night, a lot of people were over, and I had no idea who they were. I’m pretty sure my friend picked these guys off the street, because she didn’t know them, and she brought them. In total, they all invited their friends, and it was like thirty strangers that I had never met before. And then my friend ended up sleeping with like, four of them that night. And I was in a serious relationship at the time, just sat there like, “So, who wants to get out of my house? No? No one’s going to listen to me? Okay.”
did they leave eventually?
They left the next morning. I ended up locking myself in my room. “You deal with this, you brought them, you figure it out, I’m going to sleep.” I woke up, I went outside, and there were a bunch of naked older men. There was this forty-year old guy covered in tattoos, laid in my couch. But the thing is, I’m not a very convincing person when I get mad. And I was like, “Who are you? Out, now.” But he thought I was joking, and he replied with, “Ha ha, who are you?” He looked at me like it was his place, and I had walked in on him and his freedom to be naked on my couch.
what has been the most surreal moment of your life?
Honestly, one of my favourite moments was when I was in Israel, and me and my friends were hiking in Negev, and we were on the top of some huge mountain. We had to rock climb there, and we were piss drunk. We were screaming, we were so happy, and life couldn’t get better than this. Warm weather, you’re with your best friend, and an amazing view. 
how do you describe your photography to people who have never seen your work?
I take photos of my friends. I want to photograph people being themselves, and that’s when I feel they are at their most beautiful. They’re posed to an extent, yes, but I don’t want them to be too much like, “oh, I am a model”. Them being them. Candid, but still a little posed, that type of thing. Life, too. Right now I’m doing a project about depression, and about dealing with animosity and anger. 
what do you think is the best platform to showcase your work?
Tumblr and Flickr. When I was younger, I did a lot of zines, and I had a posting, a feature on the Urban Outfitters blog when I was sixteen, and that got me a lot of views. 
have you ever felt that you were not taken seriously because of what you do?
I feel like a lot of people don’t take me seriously when they ask me what I do, and I say that I am a photographer. “Ha, yeah, okay.” There are many different levels of being a photographer, many types of work you can do, and it’s not all about the commercial aspect of it. At this stage of my life, it’s more important for me that people see my work than for me to get paid. 
when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably a mermaid. I still think it’s a plausible option. I used to do a lot of musical theater, and then I started smoking cigarettes, so that all went to hell. 
self-portraiture for you, is it also a way to understand yourself, your own character? Kind of a journey into not just photography, but into finding out more about your own person?
Yeah. A lot more thought goes into it than for anything else. I’ve definitely sat there and thought about what it is that I am trying to say, and you have to look upon yourself to do that. And also how is it that you want to portray yourself, too. I got into an argument with my mom when I took nude photos of myself. They’re artistic, but it’s my mom, so she just went, “no no no, what are you doing, no!” And I told her that if I post photos of other girls, why is it not okay for me to post photographs of myself, especially if I’m feeling comfortable to do so? “But Maya, how do you want people to perceive you?” It’s a lot more of a serious idea when you’re posing for yourself than for other people. When you’re posing for other people, it is their art, and you’re kind of just standing there, they’re shaping you. But then when you’re shaping yourself, it’s a whole other ballgame.
what do you think is the strongest point in your work?

I would say how much the models, the people I am photographing enjoy the process. I don’t know if that’s actually true, that might be a ton of bullshit. But I think they do, and I love that.
website // instagram //facebook // flickr
ZoomInfo
Maya Felder
I ended up at a house party by pure chance back around March or so. In that tiny crowded apartment, I was obsessed with the photo prints hung up right above the couch - photographs that happened to be taken by Maya. A couple weeks later we met in a doughnut shop on 23rd street, and now, about three months later, this interview has finally made its way onto Pudge. Keep reading to find out about black&white street photography, dreams of being a mermaid, and memories of mountain climbing when drunk.
where are you from?
I grew up in Westchester, but I’ve been travelling back and forth from Israel for most of my life, and I identify myself more Israeli than American.
how did you end up in NYC?
Well, growing up, I always dreamed of living in New York. It was my utmost fantasy. I went to UMass Amherst for a little bit, and I was studying Political Science&Communications, but I felt I needed to be here, and, well, I came here.
Why SVA?
Honestly, SVA had the easiest application. I got lazy halfway through, and they accepted me, but also I was talking to the photo director of Glamour about two years ago, and she told me that I should go to SVA. At the time, I really wanted to work for Glamour, and I was like, “okay, you said SVA, SVA it is then.”  I love it, and I’m, so happy I chose it.
is it something you want to do in the long term, work for a fashion magazine?
I think so. Right now it’s what I enjoy most. I thought about being an art therapist, but taking pictures makes me happy.
when did you start getting into photography?
Um, I got into it in my freshman year of high school, and then in my sophomore year, I took a darkroom class, and I really got into film. Up until maybe two months ago, I was only shooting film. And then for school, I couldn’t keep up with the cost of film, so I switched to digital. I definitely prefer shooting film though.
It’s interesting - your black&whites are usually more candid, whereas your colour shots tend to be more posed.
I guess it’s the pre-notion that I have towards black&white and film. I feel that black&white is meant to be more candid. I’m not sure why that is, I guess it comes from looking at old photographers - that’s kind of the course of photography. I feel that street photography belongs in black&white. It doesn’t always, and there’s beautiful work in colour, but…
I saw just the other day that you started experimenting with double exposure. How do you like it, how is it going so far?
With the flowers? I have this new series in mind where it’s portraits with an overlay of their favourite things, their favourite places, stuff like that. So I did a series with the projector, images from when she was a child, from when I was a child - I want to do something like that, with memories and childhood. Not in a dark and heavy sense though, make it still light and enjoyable.
have you always thought of photography as sort of a life path?
When I was younger, yes. I was so set on doing this. I would argue with my mom, asking her to give me more allowance because I wanted to develop more film. And she would be like, “Maya, this is stupid, no.” “I want to be a photographer, you just wait and see when I grow up!”  I love people, and I want to work with people, but I want photography to always be a part of my life.
what inspires you?
Sitting in class. Everyone has such amazing work, I am always convinced I need to do better. We are in this class, and a few weeks back, I did not take it seriously at all. I did a project on a pizza box, and it was such shit. It was just bad, a mixed media, things cut up the night before, and everyone worked so hard on theirs. People came in with the most amazing stuff. And every week since then, I’ve been pushing myself. It sounds cheesy, but everyone around me inspires me. You see everybody else’s amazing work, you want to be better.
do you find that, being in a class with other photographers, you influence one another in your work?
Oh, for sure. I used to hate working in a studio. It overwhelmed me, and scared me a bit, and I liked to shoot environmental portraits, stuff like that. So many people in my class do just studio, I felt that I had to do just studio. For a while, I felt that it was what I should be doing, and I was trying to conform, but now that I’ve done that, and I’m more comfortable in the studio, I’ve realized that my work doesn’t need to be like everybody else’s, that’s kind of the whole point, that’s how I got here.
outside of photography, what are you interested in?
I love fashion. I have a bit of a shopping problem. I love animals a lot. I want to start working in an animal shelter, and I am in an everyday argument with my roommate over when we should get a dog. She wants a tiny little thing, and I like bear dogs, but my apartment’s so small, I don’t think a big dog is going to happen. 
you’ve got a lot of people coming to your apartment for parties and such. have there ever been any weird things that happened?
How appropriate. Besides the continuous breaking of glasses… The door broke, the window broke, it fell on somebody once. One night, a lot of people were over, and I had no idea who they were. I’m pretty sure my friend picked these guys off the street, because she didn’t know them, and she brought them. In total, they all invited their friends, and it was like thirty strangers that I had never met before. And then my friend ended up sleeping with like, four of them that night. And I was in a serious relationship at the time, just sat there like, “So, who wants to get out of my house? No? No one’s going to listen to me? Okay.”
did they leave eventually?
They left the next morning. I ended up locking myself in my room. “You deal with this, you brought them, you figure it out, I’m going to sleep.” I woke up, I went outside, and there were a bunch of naked older men. There was this forty-year old guy covered in tattoos, laid in my couch. But the thing is, I’m not a very convincing person when I get mad. And I was like, “Who are you? Out, now.” But he thought I was joking, and he replied with, “Ha ha, who are you?” He looked at me like it was his place, and I had walked in on him and his freedom to be naked on my couch.
what has been the most surreal moment of your life?
Honestly, one of my favourite moments was when I was in Israel, and me and my friends were hiking in Negev, and we were on the top of some huge mountain. We had to rock climb there, and we were piss drunk. We were screaming, we were so happy, and life couldn’t get better than this. Warm weather, you’re with your best friend, and an amazing view. 
how do you describe your photography to people who have never seen your work?
I take photos of my friends. I want to photograph people being themselves, and that’s when I feel they are at their most beautiful. They’re posed to an extent, yes, but I don’t want them to be too much like, “oh, I am a model”. Them being them. Candid, but still a little posed, that type of thing. Life, too. Right now I’m doing a project about depression, and about dealing with animosity and anger. 
what do you think is the best platform to showcase your work?
Tumblr and Flickr. When I was younger, I did a lot of zines, and I had a posting, a feature on the Urban Outfitters blog when I was sixteen, and that got me a lot of views. 
have you ever felt that you were not taken seriously because of what you do?
I feel like a lot of people don’t take me seriously when they ask me what I do, and I say that I am a photographer. “Ha, yeah, okay.” There are many different levels of being a photographer, many types of work you can do, and it’s not all about the commercial aspect of it. At this stage of my life, it’s more important for me that people see my work than for me to get paid. 
when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably a mermaid. I still think it’s a plausible option. I used to do a lot of musical theater, and then I started smoking cigarettes, so that all went to hell. 
self-portraiture for you, is it also a way to understand yourself, your own character? Kind of a journey into not just photography, but into finding out more about your own person?
Yeah. A lot more thought goes into it than for anything else. I’ve definitely sat there and thought about what it is that I am trying to say, and you have to look upon yourself to do that. And also how is it that you want to portray yourself, too. I got into an argument with my mom when I took nude photos of myself. They’re artistic, but it’s my mom, so she just went, “no no no, what are you doing, no!” And I told her that if I post photos of other girls, why is it not okay for me to post photographs of myself, especially if I’m feeling comfortable to do so? “But Maya, how do you want people to perceive you?” It’s a lot more of a serious idea when you’re posing for yourself than for other people. When you’re posing for other people, it is their art, and you’re kind of just standing there, they’re shaping you. But then when you’re shaping yourself, it’s a whole other ballgame.
what do you think is the strongest point in your work?

I would say how much the models, the people I am photographing enjoy the process. I don’t know if that’s actually true, that might be a ton of bullshit. But I think they do, and I love that.
website // instagram //facebook // flickr
ZoomInfo
Maya Felder
I ended up at a house party by pure chance back around March or so. In that tiny crowded apartment, I was obsessed with the photo prints hung up right above the couch - photographs that happened to be taken by Maya. A couple weeks later we met in a doughnut shop on 23rd street, and now, about three months later, this interview has finally made its way onto Pudge. Keep reading to find out about black&white street photography, dreams of being a mermaid, and memories of mountain climbing when drunk.
where are you from?
I grew up in Westchester, but I’ve been travelling back and forth from Israel for most of my life, and I identify myself more Israeli than American.
how did you end up in NYC?
Well, growing up, I always dreamed of living in New York. It was my utmost fantasy. I went to UMass Amherst for a little bit, and I was studying Political Science&Communications, but I felt I needed to be here, and, well, I came here.
Why SVA?
Honestly, SVA had the easiest application. I got lazy halfway through, and they accepted me, but also I was talking to the photo director of Glamour about two years ago, and she told me that I should go to SVA. At the time, I really wanted to work for Glamour, and I was like, “okay, you said SVA, SVA it is then.”  I love it, and I’m, so happy I chose it.
is it something you want to do in the long term, work for a fashion magazine?
I think so. Right now it’s what I enjoy most. I thought about being an art therapist, but taking pictures makes me happy.
when did you start getting into photography?
Um, I got into it in my freshman year of high school, and then in my sophomore year, I took a darkroom class, and I really got into film. Up until maybe two months ago, I was only shooting film. And then for school, I couldn’t keep up with the cost of film, so I switched to digital. I definitely prefer shooting film though.
It’s interesting - your black&whites are usually more candid, whereas your colour shots tend to be more posed.
I guess it’s the pre-notion that I have towards black&white and film. I feel that black&white is meant to be more candid. I’m not sure why that is, I guess it comes from looking at old photographers - that’s kind of the course of photography. I feel that street photography belongs in black&white. It doesn’t always, and there’s beautiful work in colour, but…
I saw just the other day that you started experimenting with double exposure. How do you like it, how is it going so far?
With the flowers? I have this new series in mind where it’s portraits with an overlay of their favourite things, their favourite places, stuff like that. So I did a series with the projector, images from when she was a child, from when I was a child - I want to do something like that, with memories and childhood. Not in a dark and heavy sense though, make it still light and enjoyable.
have you always thought of photography as sort of a life path?
When I was younger, yes. I was so set on doing this. I would argue with my mom, asking her to give me more allowance because I wanted to develop more film. And she would be like, “Maya, this is stupid, no.” “I want to be a photographer, you just wait and see when I grow up!”  I love people, and I want to work with people, but I want photography to always be a part of my life.
what inspires you?
Sitting in class. Everyone has such amazing work, I am always convinced I need to do better. We are in this class, and a few weeks back, I did not take it seriously at all. I did a project on a pizza box, and it was such shit. It was just bad, a mixed media, things cut up the night before, and everyone worked so hard on theirs. People came in with the most amazing stuff. And every week since then, I’ve been pushing myself. It sounds cheesy, but everyone around me inspires me. You see everybody else’s amazing work, you want to be better.
do you find that, being in a class with other photographers, you influence one another in your work?
Oh, for sure. I used to hate working in a studio. It overwhelmed me, and scared me a bit, and I liked to shoot environmental portraits, stuff like that. So many people in my class do just studio, I felt that I had to do just studio. For a while, I felt that it was what I should be doing, and I was trying to conform, but now that I’ve done that, and I’m more comfortable in the studio, I’ve realized that my work doesn’t need to be like everybody else’s, that’s kind of the whole point, that’s how I got here.
outside of photography, what are you interested in?
I love fashion. I have a bit of a shopping problem. I love animals a lot. I want to start working in an animal shelter, and I am in an everyday argument with my roommate over when we should get a dog. She wants a tiny little thing, and I like bear dogs, but my apartment’s so small, I don’t think a big dog is going to happen. 
you’ve got a lot of people coming to your apartment for parties and such. have there ever been any weird things that happened?
How appropriate. Besides the continuous breaking of glasses… The door broke, the window broke, it fell on somebody once. One night, a lot of people were over, and I had no idea who they were. I’m pretty sure my friend picked these guys off the street, because she didn’t know them, and she brought them. In total, they all invited their friends, and it was like thirty strangers that I had never met before. And then my friend ended up sleeping with like, four of them that night. And I was in a serious relationship at the time, just sat there like, “So, who wants to get out of my house? No? No one’s going to listen to me? Okay.”
did they leave eventually?
They left the next morning. I ended up locking myself in my room. “You deal with this, you brought them, you figure it out, I’m going to sleep.” I woke up, I went outside, and there were a bunch of naked older men. There was this forty-year old guy covered in tattoos, laid in my couch. But the thing is, I’m not a very convincing person when I get mad. And I was like, “Who are you? Out, now.” But he thought I was joking, and he replied with, “Ha ha, who are you?” He looked at me like it was his place, and I had walked in on him and his freedom to be naked on my couch.
what has been the most surreal moment of your life?
Honestly, one of my favourite moments was when I was in Israel, and me and my friends were hiking in Negev, and we were on the top of some huge mountain. We had to rock climb there, and we were piss drunk. We were screaming, we were so happy, and life couldn’t get better than this. Warm weather, you’re with your best friend, and an amazing view. 
how do you describe your photography to people who have never seen your work?
I take photos of my friends. I want to photograph people being themselves, and that’s when I feel they are at their most beautiful. They’re posed to an extent, yes, but I don’t want them to be too much like, “oh, I am a model”. Them being them. Candid, but still a little posed, that type of thing. Life, too. Right now I’m doing a project about depression, and about dealing with animosity and anger. 
what do you think is the best platform to showcase your work?
Tumblr and Flickr. When I was younger, I did a lot of zines, and I had a posting, a feature on the Urban Outfitters blog when I was sixteen, and that got me a lot of views. 
have you ever felt that you were not taken seriously because of what you do?
I feel like a lot of people don’t take me seriously when they ask me what I do, and I say that I am a photographer. “Ha, yeah, okay.” There are many different levels of being a photographer, many types of work you can do, and it’s not all about the commercial aspect of it. At this stage of my life, it’s more important for me that people see my work than for me to get paid. 
when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably a mermaid. I still think it’s a plausible option. I used to do a lot of musical theater, and then I started smoking cigarettes, so that all went to hell. 
self-portraiture for you, is it also a way to understand yourself, your own character? Kind of a journey into not just photography, but into finding out more about your own person?
Yeah. A lot more thought goes into it than for anything else. I’ve definitely sat there and thought about what it is that I am trying to say, and you have to look upon yourself to do that. And also how is it that you want to portray yourself, too. I got into an argument with my mom when I took nude photos of myself. They’re artistic, but it’s my mom, so she just went, “no no no, what are you doing, no!” And I told her that if I post photos of other girls, why is it not okay for me to post photographs of myself, especially if I’m feeling comfortable to do so? “But Maya, how do you want people to perceive you?” It’s a lot more of a serious idea when you’re posing for yourself than for other people. When you’re posing for other people, it is their art, and you’re kind of just standing there, they’re shaping you. But then when you’re shaping yourself, it’s a whole other ballgame.
what do you think is the strongest point in your work?

I would say how much the models, the people I am photographing enjoy the process. I don’t know if that’s actually true, that might be a ton of bullshit. But I think they do, and I love that.
website // instagram //facebook // flickr
ZoomInfo
Maya Felder
I ended up at a house party by pure chance back around March or so. In that tiny crowded apartment, I was obsessed with the photo prints hung up right above the couch - photographs that happened to be taken by Maya. A couple weeks later we met in a doughnut shop on 23rd street, and now, about three months later, this interview has finally made its way onto Pudge. Keep reading to find out about black&white street photography, dreams of being a mermaid, and memories of mountain climbing when drunk.
where are you from?
I grew up in Westchester, but I’ve been travelling back and forth from Israel for most of my life, and I identify myself more Israeli than American.
how did you end up in NYC?
Well, growing up, I always dreamed of living in New York. It was my utmost fantasy. I went to UMass Amherst for a little bit, and I was studying Political Science&Communications, but I felt I needed to be here, and, well, I came here.
Why SVA?
Honestly, SVA had the easiest application. I got lazy halfway through, and they accepted me, but also I was talking to the photo director of Glamour about two years ago, and she told me that I should go to SVA. At the time, I really wanted to work for Glamour, and I was like, “okay, you said SVA, SVA it is then.”  I love it, and I’m, so happy I chose it.
is it something you want to do in the long term, work for a fashion magazine?
I think so. Right now it’s what I enjoy most. I thought about being an art therapist, but taking pictures makes me happy.
when did you start getting into photography?
Um, I got into it in my freshman year of high school, and then in my sophomore year, I took a darkroom class, and I really got into film. Up until maybe two months ago, I was only shooting film. And then for school, I couldn’t keep up with the cost of film, so I switched to digital. I definitely prefer shooting film though.
It’s interesting - your black&whites are usually more candid, whereas your colour shots tend to be more posed.
I guess it’s the pre-notion that I have towards black&white and film. I feel that black&white is meant to be more candid. I’m not sure why that is, I guess it comes from looking at old photographers - that’s kind of the course of photography. I feel that street photography belongs in black&white. It doesn’t always, and there’s beautiful work in colour, but…
I saw just the other day that you started experimenting with double exposure. How do you like it, how is it going so far?
With the flowers? I have this new series in mind where it’s portraits with an overlay of their favourite things, their favourite places, stuff like that. So I did a series with the projector, images from when she was a child, from when I was a child - I want to do something like that, with memories and childhood. Not in a dark and heavy sense though, make it still light and enjoyable.
have you always thought of photography as sort of a life path?
When I was younger, yes. I was so set on doing this. I would argue with my mom, asking her to give me more allowance because I wanted to develop more film. And she would be like, “Maya, this is stupid, no.” “I want to be a photographer, you just wait and see when I grow up!”  I love people, and I want to work with people, but I want photography to always be a part of my life.
what inspires you?
Sitting in class. Everyone has such amazing work, I am always convinced I need to do better. We are in this class, and a few weeks back, I did not take it seriously at all. I did a project on a pizza box, and it was such shit. It was just bad, a mixed media, things cut up the night before, and everyone worked so hard on theirs. People came in with the most amazing stuff. And every week since then, I’ve been pushing myself. It sounds cheesy, but everyone around me inspires me. You see everybody else’s amazing work, you want to be better.
do you find that, being in a class with other photographers, you influence one another in your work?
Oh, for sure. I used to hate working in a studio. It overwhelmed me, and scared me a bit, and I liked to shoot environmental portraits, stuff like that. So many people in my class do just studio, I felt that I had to do just studio. For a while, I felt that it was what I should be doing, and I was trying to conform, but now that I’ve done that, and I’m more comfortable in the studio, I’ve realized that my work doesn’t need to be like everybody else’s, that’s kind of the whole point, that’s how I got here.
outside of photography, what are you interested in?
I love fashion. I have a bit of a shopping problem. I love animals a lot. I want to start working in an animal shelter, and I am in an everyday argument with my roommate over when we should get a dog. She wants a tiny little thing, and I like bear dogs, but my apartment’s so small, I don’t think a big dog is going to happen. 
you’ve got a lot of people coming to your apartment for parties and such. have there ever been any weird things that happened?
How appropriate. Besides the continuous breaking of glasses… The door broke, the window broke, it fell on somebody once. One night, a lot of people were over, and I had no idea who they were. I’m pretty sure my friend picked these guys off the street, because she didn’t know them, and she brought them. In total, they all invited their friends, and it was like thirty strangers that I had never met before. And then my friend ended up sleeping with like, four of them that night. And I was in a serious relationship at the time, just sat there like, “So, who wants to get out of my house? No? No one’s going to listen to me? Okay.”
did they leave eventually?
They left the next morning. I ended up locking myself in my room. “You deal with this, you brought them, you figure it out, I’m going to sleep.” I woke up, I went outside, and there were a bunch of naked older men. There was this forty-year old guy covered in tattoos, laid in my couch. But the thing is, I’m not a very convincing person when I get mad. And I was like, “Who are you? Out, now.” But he thought I was joking, and he replied with, “Ha ha, who are you?” He looked at me like it was his place, and I had walked in on him and his freedom to be naked on my couch.
what has been the most surreal moment of your life?
Honestly, one of my favourite moments was when I was in Israel, and me and my friends were hiking in Negev, and we were on the top of some huge mountain. We had to rock climb there, and we were piss drunk. We were screaming, we were so happy, and life couldn’t get better than this. Warm weather, you’re with your best friend, and an amazing view. 
how do you describe your photography to people who have never seen your work?
I take photos of my friends. I want to photograph people being themselves, and that’s when I feel they are at their most beautiful. They’re posed to an extent, yes, but I don’t want them to be too much like, “oh, I am a model”. Them being them. Candid, but still a little posed, that type of thing. Life, too. Right now I’m doing a project about depression, and about dealing with animosity and anger. 
what do you think is the best platform to showcase your work?
Tumblr and Flickr. When I was younger, I did a lot of zines, and I had a posting, a feature on the Urban Outfitters blog when I was sixteen, and that got me a lot of views. 
have you ever felt that you were not taken seriously because of what you do?
I feel like a lot of people don’t take me seriously when they ask me what I do, and I say that I am a photographer. “Ha, yeah, okay.” There are many different levels of being a photographer, many types of work you can do, and it’s not all about the commercial aspect of it. At this stage of my life, it’s more important for me that people see my work than for me to get paid. 
when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably a mermaid. I still think it’s a plausible option. I used to do a lot of musical theater, and then I started smoking cigarettes, so that all went to hell. 
self-portraiture for you, is it also a way to understand yourself, your own character? Kind of a journey into not just photography, but into finding out more about your own person?
Yeah. A lot more thought goes into it than for anything else. I’ve definitely sat there and thought about what it is that I am trying to say, and you have to look upon yourself to do that. And also how is it that you want to portray yourself, too. I got into an argument with my mom when I took nude photos of myself. They’re artistic, but it’s my mom, so she just went, “no no no, what are you doing, no!” And I told her that if I post photos of other girls, why is it not okay for me to post photographs of myself, especially if I’m feeling comfortable to do so? “But Maya, how do you want people to perceive you?” It’s a lot more of a serious idea when you’re posing for yourself than for other people. When you’re posing for other people, it is their art, and you’re kind of just standing there, they’re shaping you. But then when you’re shaping yourself, it’s a whole other ballgame.
what do you think is the strongest point in your work?

I would say how much the models, the people I am photographing enjoy the process. I don’t know if that’s actually true, that might be a ton of bullshit. But I think they do, and I love that.
website // instagram //facebook // flickr
ZoomInfo
Maya Felder
I ended up at a house party by pure chance back around March or so. In that tiny crowded apartment, I was obsessed with the photo prints hung up right above the couch - photographs that happened to be taken by Maya. A couple weeks later we met in a doughnut shop on 23rd street, and now, about three months later, this interview has finally made its way onto Pudge. Keep reading to find out about black&white street photography, dreams of being a mermaid, and memories of mountain climbing when drunk.
where are you from?
I grew up in Westchester, but I’ve been travelling back and forth from Israel for most of my life, and I identify myself more Israeli than American.
how did you end up in NYC?
Well, growing up, I always dreamed of living in New York. It was my utmost fantasy. I went to UMass Amherst for a little bit, and I was studying Political Science&Communications, but I felt I needed to be here, and, well, I came here.
Why SVA?
Honestly, SVA had the easiest application. I got lazy halfway through, and they accepted me, but also I was talking to the photo director of Glamour about two years ago, and she told me that I should go to SVA. At the time, I really wanted to work for Glamour, and I was like, “okay, you said SVA, SVA it is then.”  I love it, and I’m, so happy I chose it.
is it something you want to do in the long term, work for a fashion magazine?
I think so. Right now it’s what I enjoy most. I thought about being an art therapist, but taking pictures makes me happy.
when did you start getting into photography?
Um, I got into it in my freshman year of high school, and then in my sophomore year, I took a darkroom class, and I really got into film. Up until maybe two months ago, I was only shooting film. And then for school, I couldn’t keep up with the cost of film, so I switched to digital. I definitely prefer shooting film though.
It’s interesting - your black&whites are usually more candid, whereas your colour shots tend to be more posed.
I guess it’s the pre-notion that I have towards black&white and film. I feel that black&white is meant to be more candid. I’m not sure why that is, I guess it comes from looking at old photographers - that’s kind of the course of photography. I feel that street photography belongs in black&white. It doesn’t always, and there’s beautiful work in colour, but…
I saw just the other day that you started experimenting with double exposure. How do you like it, how is it going so far?
With the flowers? I have this new series in mind where it’s portraits with an overlay of their favourite things, their favourite places, stuff like that. So I did a series with the projector, images from when she was a child, from when I was a child - I want to do something like that, with memories and childhood. Not in a dark and heavy sense though, make it still light and enjoyable.
have you always thought of photography as sort of a life path?
When I was younger, yes. I was so set on doing this. I would argue with my mom, asking her to give me more allowance because I wanted to develop more film. And she would be like, “Maya, this is stupid, no.” “I want to be a photographer, you just wait and see when I grow up!”  I love people, and I want to work with people, but I want photography to always be a part of my life.
what inspires you?
Sitting in class. Everyone has such amazing work, I am always convinced I need to do better. We are in this class, and a few weeks back, I did not take it seriously at all. I did a project on a pizza box, and it was such shit. It was just bad, a mixed media, things cut up the night before, and everyone worked so hard on theirs. People came in with the most amazing stuff. And every week since then, I’ve been pushing myself. It sounds cheesy, but everyone around me inspires me. You see everybody else’s amazing work, you want to be better.
do you find that, being in a class with other photographers, you influence one another in your work?
Oh, for sure. I used to hate working in a studio. It overwhelmed me, and scared me a bit, and I liked to shoot environmental portraits, stuff like that. So many people in my class do just studio, I felt that I had to do just studio. For a while, I felt that it was what I should be doing, and I was trying to conform, but now that I’ve done that, and I’m more comfortable in the studio, I’ve realized that my work doesn’t need to be like everybody else’s, that’s kind of the whole point, that’s how I got here.
outside of photography, what are you interested in?
I love fashion. I have a bit of a shopping problem. I love animals a lot. I want to start working in an animal shelter, and I am in an everyday argument with my roommate over when we should get a dog. She wants a tiny little thing, and I like bear dogs, but my apartment’s so small, I don’t think a big dog is going to happen. 
you’ve got a lot of people coming to your apartment for parties and such. have there ever been any weird things that happened?
How appropriate. Besides the continuous breaking of glasses… The door broke, the window broke, it fell on somebody once. One night, a lot of people were over, and I had no idea who they were. I’m pretty sure my friend picked these guys off the street, because she didn’t know them, and she brought them. In total, they all invited their friends, and it was like thirty strangers that I had never met before. And then my friend ended up sleeping with like, four of them that night. And I was in a serious relationship at the time, just sat there like, “So, who wants to get out of my house? No? No one’s going to listen to me? Okay.”
did they leave eventually?
They left the next morning. I ended up locking myself in my room. “You deal with this, you brought them, you figure it out, I’m going to sleep.” I woke up, I went outside, and there were a bunch of naked older men. There was this forty-year old guy covered in tattoos, laid in my couch. But the thing is, I’m not a very convincing person when I get mad. And I was like, “Who are you? Out, now.” But he thought I was joking, and he replied with, “Ha ha, who are you?” He looked at me like it was his place, and I had walked in on him and his freedom to be naked on my couch.
what has been the most surreal moment of your life?
Honestly, one of my favourite moments was when I was in Israel, and me and my friends were hiking in Negev, and we were on the top of some huge mountain. We had to rock climb there, and we were piss drunk. We were screaming, we were so happy, and life couldn’t get better than this. Warm weather, you’re with your best friend, and an amazing view. 
how do you describe your photography to people who have never seen your work?
I take photos of my friends. I want to photograph people being themselves, and that’s when I feel they are at their most beautiful. They’re posed to an extent, yes, but I don’t want them to be too much like, “oh, I am a model”. Them being them. Candid, but still a little posed, that type of thing. Life, too. Right now I’m doing a project about depression, and about dealing with animosity and anger. 
what do you think is the best platform to showcase your work?
Tumblr and Flickr. When I was younger, I did a lot of zines, and I had a posting, a feature on the Urban Outfitters blog when I was sixteen, and that got me a lot of views. 
have you ever felt that you were not taken seriously because of what you do?
I feel like a lot of people don’t take me seriously when they ask me what I do, and I say that I am a photographer. “Ha, yeah, okay.” There are many different levels of being a photographer, many types of work you can do, and it’s not all about the commercial aspect of it. At this stage of my life, it’s more important for me that people see my work than for me to get paid. 
when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably a mermaid. I still think it’s a plausible option. I used to do a lot of musical theater, and then I started smoking cigarettes, so that all went to hell. 
self-portraiture for you, is it also a way to understand yourself, your own character? Kind of a journey into not just photography, but into finding out more about your own person?
Yeah. A lot more thought goes into it than for anything else. I’ve definitely sat there and thought about what it is that I am trying to say, and you have to look upon yourself to do that. And also how is it that you want to portray yourself, too. I got into an argument with my mom when I took nude photos of myself. They’re artistic, but it’s my mom, so she just went, “no no no, what are you doing, no!” And I told her that if I post photos of other girls, why is it not okay for me to post photographs of myself, especially if I’m feeling comfortable to do so? “But Maya, how do you want people to perceive you?” It’s a lot more of a serious idea when you’re posing for yourself than for other people. When you’re posing for other people, it is their art, and you’re kind of just standing there, they’re shaping you. But then when you’re shaping yourself, it’s a whole other ballgame.
what do you think is the strongest point in your work?

I would say how much the models, the people I am photographing enjoy the process. I don’t know if that’s actually true, that might be a ton of bullshit. But I think they do, and I love that.
website // instagram //facebook // flickr
ZoomInfo
Maya Felder
I ended up at a house party by pure chance back around March or so. In that tiny crowded apartment, I was obsessed with the photo prints hung up right above the couch - photographs that happened to be taken by Maya. A couple weeks later we met in a doughnut shop on 23rd street, and now, about three months later, this interview has finally made its way onto Pudge. Keep reading to find out about black&white street photography, dreams of being a mermaid, and memories of mountain climbing when drunk.
where are you from?
I grew up in Westchester, but I’ve been travelling back and forth from Israel for most of my life, and I identify myself more Israeli than American.
how did you end up in NYC?
Well, growing up, I always dreamed of living in New York. It was my utmost fantasy. I went to UMass Amherst for a little bit, and I was studying Political Science&Communications, but I felt I needed to be here, and, well, I came here.
Why SVA?
Honestly, SVA had the easiest application. I got lazy halfway through, and they accepted me, but also I was talking to the photo director of Glamour about two years ago, and she told me that I should go to SVA. At the time, I really wanted to work for Glamour, and I was like, “okay, you said SVA, SVA it is then.”  I love it, and I’m, so happy I chose it.
is it something you want to do in the long term, work for a fashion magazine?
I think so. Right now it’s what I enjoy most. I thought about being an art therapist, but taking pictures makes me happy.
when did you start getting into photography?
Um, I got into it in my freshman year of high school, and then in my sophomore year, I took a darkroom class, and I really got into film. Up until maybe two months ago, I was only shooting film. And then for school, I couldn’t keep up with the cost of film, so I switched to digital. I definitely prefer shooting film though.
It’s interesting - your black&whites are usually more candid, whereas your colour shots tend to be more posed.
I guess it’s the pre-notion that I have towards black&white and film. I feel that black&white is meant to be more candid. I’m not sure why that is, I guess it comes from looking at old photographers - that’s kind of the course of photography. I feel that street photography belongs in black&white. It doesn’t always, and there’s beautiful work in colour, but…
I saw just the other day that you started experimenting with double exposure. How do you like it, how is it going so far?
With the flowers? I have this new series in mind where it’s portraits with an overlay of their favourite things, their favourite places, stuff like that. So I did a series with the projector, images from when she was a child, from when I was a child - I want to do something like that, with memories and childhood. Not in a dark and heavy sense though, make it still light and enjoyable.
have you always thought of photography as sort of a life path?
When I was younger, yes. I was so set on doing this. I would argue with my mom, asking her to give me more allowance because I wanted to develop more film. And she would be like, “Maya, this is stupid, no.” “I want to be a photographer, you just wait and see when I grow up!”  I love people, and I want to work with people, but I want photography to always be a part of my life.
what inspires you?
Sitting in class. Everyone has such amazing work, I am always convinced I need to do better. We are in this class, and a few weeks back, I did not take it seriously at all. I did a project on a pizza box, and it was such shit. It was just bad, a mixed media, things cut up the night before, and everyone worked so hard on theirs. People came in with the most amazing stuff. And every week since then, I’ve been pushing myself. It sounds cheesy, but everyone around me inspires me. You see everybody else’s amazing work, you want to be better.
do you find that, being in a class with other photographers, you influence one another in your work?
Oh, for sure. I used to hate working in a studio. It overwhelmed me, and scared me a bit, and I liked to shoot environmental portraits, stuff like that. So many people in my class do just studio, I felt that I had to do just studio. For a while, I felt that it was what I should be doing, and I was trying to conform, but now that I’ve done that, and I’m more comfortable in the studio, I’ve realized that my work doesn’t need to be like everybody else’s, that’s kind of the whole point, that’s how I got here.
outside of photography, what are you interested in?
I love fashion. I have a bit of a shopping problem. I love animals a lot. I want to start working in an animal shelter, and I am in an everyday argument with my roommate over when we should get a dog. She wants a tiny little thing, and I like bear dogs, but my apartment’s so small, I don’t think a big dog is going to happen. 
you’ve got a lot of people coming to your apartment for parties and such. have there ever been any weird things that happened?
How appropriate. Besides the continuous breaking of glasses… The door broke, the window broke, it fell on somebody once. One night, a lot of people were over, and I had no idea who they were. I’m pretty sure my friend picked these guys off the street, because she didn’t know them, and she brought them. In total, they all invited their friends, and it was like thirty strangers that I had never met before. And then my friend ended up sleeping with like, four of them that night. And I was in a serious relationship at the time, just sat there like, “So, who wants to get out of my house? No? No one’s going to listen to me? Okay.”
did they leave eventually?
They left the next morning. I ended up locking myself in my room. “You deal with this, you brought them, you figure it out, I’m going to sleep.” I woke up, I went outside, and there were a bunch of naked older men. There was this forty-year old guy covered in tattoos, laid in my couch. But the thing is, I’m not a very convincing person when I get mad. And I was like, “Who are you? Out, now.” But he thought I was joking, and he replied with, “Ha ha, who are you?” He looked at me like it was his place, and I had walked in on him and his freedom to be naked on my couch.
what has been the most surreal moment of your life?
Honestly, one of my favourite moments was when I was in Israel, and me and my friends were hiking in Negev, and we were on the top of some huge mountain. We had to rock climb there, and we were piss drunk. We were screaming, we were so happy, and life couldn’t get better than this. Warm weather, you’re with your best friend, and an amazing view. 
how do you describe your photography to people who have never seen your work?
I take photos of my friends. I want to photograph people being themselves, and that’s when I feel they are at their most beautiful. They’re posed to an extent, yes, but I don’t want them to be too much like, “oh, I am a model”. Them being them. Candid, but still a little posed, that type of thing. Life, too. Right now I’m doing a project about depression, and about dealing with animosity and anger. 
what do you think is the best platform to showcase your work?
Tumblr and Flickr. When I was younger, I did a lot of zines, and I had a posting, a feature on the Urban Outfitters blog when I was sixteen, and that got me a lot of views. 
have you ever felt that you were not taken seriously because of what you do?
I feel like a lot of people don’t take me seriously when they ask me what I do, and I say that I am a photographer. “Ha, yeah, okay.” There are many different levels of being a photographer, many types of work you can do, and it’s not all about the commercial aspect of it. At this stage of my life, it’s more important for me that people see my work than for me to get paid. 
when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably a mermaid. I still think it’s a plausible option. I used to do a lot of musical theater, and then I started smoking cigarettes, so that all went to hell. 
self-portraiture for you, is it also a way to understand yourself, your own character? Kind of a journey into not just photography, but into finding out more about your own person?
Yeah. A lot more thought goes into it than for anything else. I’ve definitely sat there and thought about what it is that I am trying to say, and you have to look upon yourself to do that. And also how is it that you want to portray yourself, too. I got into an argument with my mom when I took nude photos of myself. They’re artistic, but it’s my mom, so she just went, “no no no, what are you doing, no!” And I told her that if I post photos of other girls, why is it not okay for me to post photographs of myself, especially if I’m feeling comfortable to do so? “But Maya, how do you want people to perceive you?” It’s a lot more of a serious idea when you’re posing for yourself than for other people. When you’re posing for other people, it is their art, and you’re kind of just standing there, they’re shaping you. But then when you’re shaping yourself, it’s a whole other ballgame.
what do you think is the strongest point in your work?

I would say how much the models, the people I am photographing enjoy the process. I don’t know if that’s actually true, that might be a ton of bullshit. But I think they do, and I love that.
website // instagram //facebook // flickr
ZoomInfo
Maya Felder
I ended up at a house party by pure chance back around March or so. In that tiny crowded apartment, I was obsessed with the photo prints hung up right above the couch - photographs that happened to be taken by Maya. A couple weeks later we met in a doughnut shop on 23rd street, and now, about three months later, this interview has finally made its way onto Pudge. Keep reading to find out about black&white street photography, dreams of being a mermaid, and memories of mountain climbing when drunk.
where are you from?
I grew up in Westchester, but I’ve been travelling back and forth from Israel for most of my life, and I identify myself more Israeli than American.
how did you end up in NYC?
Well, growing up, I always dreamed of living in New York. It was my utmost fantasy. I went to UMass Amherst for a little bit, and I was studying Political Science&Communications, but I felt I needed to be here, and, well, I came here.
Why SVA?
Honestly, SVA had the easiest application. I got lazy halfway through, and they accepted me, but also I was talking to the photo director of Glamour about two years ago, and she told me that I should go to SVA. At the time, I really wanted to work for Glamour, and I was like, “okay, you said SVA, SVA it is then.”  I love it, and I’m, so happy I chose it.
is it something you want to do in the long term, work for a fashion magazine?
I think so. Right now it’s what I enjoy most. I thought about being an art therapist, but taking pictures makes me happy.
when did you start getting into photography?
Um, I got into it in my freshman year of high school, and then in my sophomore year, I took a darkroom class, and I really got into film. Up until maybe two months ago, I was only shooting film. And then for school, I couldn’t keep up with the cost of film, so I switched to digital. I definitely prefer shooting film though.
It’s interesting - your black&whites are usually more candid, whereas your colour shots tend to be more posed.
I guess it’s the pre-notion that I have towards black&white and film. I feel that black&white is meant to be more candid. I’m not sure why that is, I guess it comes from looking at old photographers - that’s kind of the course of photography. I feel that street photography belongs in black&white. It doesn’t always, and there’s beautiful work in colour, but…
I saw just the other day that you started experimenting with double exposure. How do you like it, how is it going so far?
With the flowers? I have this new series in mind where it’s portraits with an overlay of their favourite things, their favourite places, stuff like that. So I did a series with the projector, images from when she was a child, from when I was a child - I want to do something like that, with memories and childhood. Not in a dark and heavy sense though, make it still light and enjoyable.
have you always thought of photography as sort of a life path?
When I was younger, yes. I was so set on doing this. I would argue with my mom, asking her to give me more allowance because I wanted to develop more film. And she would be like, “Maya, this is stupid, no.” “I want to be a photographer, you just wait and see when I grow up!”  I love people, and I want to work with people, but I want photography to always be a part of my life.
what inspires you?
Sitting in class. Everyone has such amazing work, I am always convinced I need to do better. We are in this class, and a few weeks back, I did not take it seriously at all. I did a project on a pizza box, and it was such shit. It was just bad, a mixed media, things cut up the night before, and everyone worked so hard on theirs. People came in with the most amazing stuff. And every week since then, I’ve been pushing myself. It sounds cheesy, but everyone around me inspires me. You see everybody else’s amazing work, you want to be better.
do you find that, being in a class with other photographers, you influence one another in your work?
Oh, for sure. I used to hate working in a studio. It overwhelmed me, and scared me a bit, and I liked to shoot environmental portraits, stuff like that. So many people in my class do just studio, I felt that I had to do just studio. For a while, I felt that it was what I should be doing, and I was trying to conform, but now that I’ve done that, and I’m more comfortable in the studio, I’ve realized that my work doesn’t need to be like everybody else’s, that’s kind of the whole point, that’s how I got here.
outside of photography, what are you interested in?
I love fashion. I have a bit of a shopping problem. I love animals a lot. I want to start working in an animal shelter, and I am in an everyday argument with my roommate over when we should get a dog. She wants a tiny little thing, and I like bear dogs, but my apartment’s so small, I don’t think a big dog is going to happen. 
you’ve got a lot of people coming to your apartment for parties and such. have there ever been any weird things that happened?
How appropriate. Besides the continuous breaking of glasses… The door broke, the window broke, it fell on somebody once. One night, a lot of people were over, and I had no idea who they were. I’m pretty sure my friend picked these guys off the street, because she didn’t know them, and she brought them. In total, they all invited their friends, and it was like thirty strangers that I had never met before. And then my friend ended up sleeping with like, four of them that night. And I was in a serious relationship at the time, just sat there like, “So, who wants to get out of my house? No? No one’s going to listen to me? Okay.”
did they leave eventually?
They left the next morning. I ended up locking myself in my room. “You deal with this, you brought them, you figure it out, I’m going to sleep.” I woke up, I went outside, and there were a bunch of naked older men. There was this forty-year old guy covered in tattoos, laid in my couch. But the thing is, I’m not a very convincing person when I get mad. And I was like, “Who are you? Out, now.” But he thought I was joking, and he replied with, “Ha ha, who are you?” He looked at me like it was his place, and I had walked in on him and his freedom to be naked on my couch.
what has been the most surreal moment of your life?
Honestly, one of my favourite moments was when I was in Israel, and me and my friends were hiking in Negev, and we were on the top of some huge mountain. We had to rock climb there, and we were piss drunk. We were screaming, we were so happy, and life couldn’t get better than this. Warm weather, you’re with your best friend, and an amazing view. 
how do you describe your photography to people who have never seen your work?
I take photos of my friends. I want to photograph people being themselves, and that’s when I feel they are at their most beautiful. They’re posed to an extent, yes, but I don’t want them to be too much like, “oh, I am a model”. Them being them. Candid, but still a little posed, that type of thing. Life, too. Right now I’m doing a project about depression, and about dealing with animosity and anger. 
what do you think is the best platform to showcase your work?
Tumblr and Flickr. When I was younger, I did a lot of zines, and I had a posting, a feature on the Urban Outfitters blog when I was sixteen, and that got me a lot of views. 
have you ever felt that you were not taken seriously because of what you do?
I feel like a lot of people don’t take me seriously when they ask me what I do, and I say that I am a photographer. “Ha, yeah, okay.” There are many different levels of being a photographer, many types of work you can do, and it’s not all about the commercial aspect of it. At this stage of my life, it’s more important for me that people see my work than for me to get paid. 
when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Probably a mermaid. I still think it’s a plausible option. I used to do a lot of musical theater, and then I started smoking cigarettes, so that all went to hell. 
self-portraiture for you, is it also a way to understand yourself, your own character? Kind of a journey into not just photography, but into finding out more about your own person?
Yeah. A lot more thought goes into it than for anything else. I’ve definitely sat there and thought about what it is that I am trying to say, and you have to look upon yourself to do that. And also how is it that you want to portray yourself, too. I got into an argument with my mom when I took nude photos of myself. They’re artistic, but it’s my mom, so she just went, “no no no, what are you doing, no!” And I told her that if I post photos of other girls, why is it not okay for me to post photographs of myself, especially if I’m feeling comfortable to do so? “But Maya, how do you want people to perceive you?” It’s a lot more of a serious idea when you’re posing for yourself than for other people. When you’re posing for other people, it is their art, and you’re kind of just standing there, they’re shaping you. But then when you’re shaping yourself, it’s a whole other ballgame.
what do you think is the strongest point in your work?

I would say how much the models, the people I am photographing enjoy the process. I don’t know if that’s actually true, that might be a ton of bullshit. But I think they do, and I love that.
website // instagram //facebook // flickr
ZoomInfo

Maya Felder

I ended up at a house party by pure chance back around March or so. In that tiny crowded apartment, I was obsessed with the photo prints hung up right above the couch - photographs that happened to be taken by Maya. A couple weeks later we met in a doughnut shop on 23rd street, and now, about three months later, this interview has finally made its way onto Pudge. Keep reading to find out about black&white street photography, dreams of being a mermaid, and memories of mountain climbing when drunk.

where are you from?

I grew up in Westchester, but I’ve been travelling back and forth from Israel for most of my life, and I identify myself more Israeli than American.

how did you end up in NYC?

Well, growing up, I always dreamed of living in New York. It was my utmost fantasy. I went to UMass Amherst for a little bit, and I was studying Political Science&Communications, but I felt I needed to be here, and, well, I came here.

Why SVA?

Honestly, SVA had the easiest application. I got lazy halfway through, and they accepted me, but also I was talking to the photo director of Glamour about two years ago, and she told me that I should go to SVA. At the time, I really wanted to work for Glamour, and I was like, “okay, you said SVA, SVA it is then.”  I love it, and I’m, so happy I chose it.

is it something you want to do in the long term, work for a fashion magazine?

I think so. Right now it’s what I enjoy most. I thought about being an art therapist, but taking pictures makes me happy.

when did you start getting into photography?

Um, I got into it in my freshman year of high school, and then in my sophomore year, I took a darkroom class, and I really got into film. Up until maybe two months ago, I was only shooting film. And then for school, I couldn’t keep up with the cost of film, so I switched to digital. I definitely prefer shooting film though.

It’s interesting - your black&whites are usually more candid, whereas your colour shots tend to be more posed.

I guess it’s the pre-notion that I have towards black&white and film. I feel that black&white is meant to be more candid. I’m not sure why that is, I guess it comes from looking at old photographers - that’s kind of the course of photography. I feel that street photography belongs in black&white. It doesn’t always, and there’s beautiful work in colour, but…

I saw just the other day that you started experimenting with double exposure. How do you like it, how is it going so far?

With the flowers? I have this new series in mind where it’s portraits with an overlay of their favourite things, their favourite places, stuff like that. So I did a series with the projector, images from when she was a child, from when I was a child - I want to do something like that, with memories and childhood. Not in a dark and heavy sense though, make it still light and enjoyable.

have you always thought of photography as sort of a life path?

When I was younger, yes. I was so set on doing this. I would argue with my mom, asking her to give me more allowance because I wanted to develop more film. And she would be like, “Maya, this is stupid, no.” “I want to be a photographer, you just wait and see when I grow up!”  I love people, and I want to work with people, but I want photography to always be a part of my life.

what inspires you?

Sitting in class. Everyone has such amazing work, I am always convinced I need to do better. We are in this class, and a few weeks back, I did not take it seriously at all. I did a project on a pizza box, and it was such shit. It was just bad, a mixed media, things cut up the night before, and everyone worked so hard on theirs. People came in with the most amazing stuff. And every week since then, I’ve been pushing myself. It sounds cheesy, but everyone around me inspires me. You see everybody else’s amazing work, you want to be better.

do you find that, being in a class with other photographers, you influence one another in your work?

Oh, for sure. I used to hate working in a studio. It overwhelmed me, and scared me a bit, and I liked to shoot environmental portraits, stuff like that. So many people in my class do just studio, I felt that I had to do just studio. For a while, I felt that it was what I should be doing, and I was trying to conform, but now that I’ve done that, and I’m more comfortable in the studio, I’ve realized that my work doesn’t need to be like everybody else’s, that’s kind of the whole point, that’s how I got here.

outside of photography, what are you interested in?

I love fashion. I have a bit of a shopping problem. I love animals a lot. I want to start working in an animal shelter, and I am in an everyday argument with my roommate over when we should get a dog. She wants a tiny little thing, and I like bear dogs, but my apartment’s so small, I don’t think a big dog is going to happen. 

you’ve got a lot of people coming to your apartment for parties and such. have there ever been any weird things that happened?

How appropriate. Besides the continuous breaking of glasses… The door broke, the window broke, it fell on somebody once. One night, a lot of people were over, and I had no idea who they were. I’m pretty sure my friend picked these guys off the street, because she didn’t know them, and she brought them. In total, they all invited their friends, and it was like thirty strangers that I had never met before. And then my friend ended up sleeping with like, four of them that night. And I was in a serious relationship at the time, just sat there like, “So, who wants to get out of my house? No? No one’s going to listen to me? Okay.”

did they leave eventually?

They left the next morning. I ended up locking myself in my room. “You deal with this, you brought them, you figure it out, I’m going to sleep.” I woke up, I went outside, and there were a bunch of naked older men. There was this forty-year old guy covered in tattoos, laid in my couch. But the thing is, I’m not a very convincing person when I get mad. And I was like, “Who are you? Out, now.” But he thought I was joking, and he replied with, “Ha ha, who are you?” He looked at me like it was his place, and I had walked in on him and his freedom to be naked on my couch.

what has been the most surreal moment of your life?

Honestly, one of my favourite moments was when I was in Israel, and me and my friends were hiking in Negev, and we were on the top of some huge mountain. We had to rock climb there, and we were piss drunk. We were screaming, we were so happy, and life couldn’t get better than this. Warm weather, you’re with your best friend, and an amazing view. 

how do you describe your photography to people who have never seen your work?

I take photos of my friends. I want to photograph people being themselves, and that’s when I feel they are at their most beautiful. They’re posed to an extent, yes, but I don’t want them to be too much like, “oh, I am a model”. Them being them. Candid, but still a little posed, that type of thing. Life, too. Right now I’m doing a project about depression, and about dealing with animosity and anger. 

what do you think is the best platform to showcase your work?

Tumblr and Flickr. When I was younger, I did a lot of zines, and I had a posting, a feature on the Urban Outfitters blog when I was sixteen, and that got me a lot of views. 

have you ever felt that you were not taken seriously because of what you do?

I feel like a lot of people don’t take me seriously when they ask me what I do, and I say that I am a photographer. “Ha, yeah, okay.” There are many different levels of being a photographer, many types of work you can do, and it’s not all about the commercial aspect of it. At this stage of my life, it’s more important for me that people see my work than for me to get paid. 

when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Probably a mermaid. I still think it’s a plausible option. I used to do a lot of musical theater, and then I started smoking cigarettes, so that all went to hell. 

self-portraiture for you, is it also a way to understand yourself, your own character? Kind of a journey into not just photography, but into finding out more about your own person?

Yeah. A lot more thought goes into it than for anything else. I’ve definitely sat there and thought about what it is that I am trying to say, and you have to look upon yourself to do that. And also how is it that you want to portray yourself, too. I got into an argument with my mom when I took nude photos of myself. They’re artistic, but it’s my mom, so she just went, “no no no, what are you doing, no!” And I told her that if I post photos of other girls, why is it not okay for me to post photographs of myself, especially if I’m feeling comfortable to do so? “But Maya, how do you want people to perceive you?” It’s a lot more of a serious idea when you’re posing for yourself than for other people. When you’re posing for other people, it is their art, and you’re kind of just standing there, they’re shaping you. But then when you’re shaping yourself, it’s a whole other ballgame.

what do you think is the strongest point in your work?

I would say how much the models, the people I am photographing enjoy the process. I don’t know if that’s actually true, that might be a ton of bullshit. But I think they do, and I love that.

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David Uzochukwu
where are you from? I was born in Innsbruck, Austria and lived there for the first six years of my life. It is surrounded by mountains, and every time they appear on the horizon I feel at home. 
where are you right now? I’m living in Luxembourg. It’s a really quiet place. I used to describe it as dead, but as I’m about to leave it I feel myself having grown attached to it. I’m also in a very​​ strange transition phase and trying to hold my life together. 
where do you want to be? Where I really want to be right now is on the road, with my camera and a friend. 
website // facebook // tumblr // flickr
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David Uzochukwu
where are you from? I was born in Innsbruck, Austria and lived there for the first six years of my life. It is surrounded by mountains, and every time they appear on the horizon I feel at home. 
where are you right now? I’m living in Luxembourg. It’s a really quiet place. I used to describe it as dead, but as I’m about to leave it I feel myself having grown attached to it. I’m also in a very​​ strange transition phase and trying to hold my life together. 
where do you want to be? Where I really want to be right now is on the road, with my camera and a friend. 
website // facebook // tumblr // flickr
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David Uzochukwu
where are you from? I was born in Innsbruck, Austria and lived there for the first six years of my life. It is surrounded by mountains, and every time they appear on the horizon I feel at home. 
where are you right now? I’m living in Luxembourg. It’s a really quiet place. I used to describe it as dead, but as I’m about to leave it I feel myself having grown attached to it. I’m also in a very​​ strange transition phase and trying to hold my life together. 
where do you want to be? Where I really want to be right now is on the road, with my camera and a friend. 
website // facebook // tumblr // flickr
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David Uzochukwu
where are you from? I was born in Innsbruck, Austria and lived there for the first six years of my life. It is surrounded by mountains, and every time they appear on the horizon I feel at home. 
where are you right now? I’m living in Luxembourg. It’s a really quiet place. I used to describe it as dead, but as I’m about to leave it I feel myself having grown attached to it. I’m also in a very​​ strange transition phase and trying to hold my life together. 
where do you want to be? Where I really want to be right now is on the road, with my camera and a friend. 
website // facebook // tumblr // flickr
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David Uzochukwu
where are you from? I was born in Innsbruck, Austria and lived there for the first six years of my life. It is surrounded by mountains, and every time they appear on the horizon I feel at home. 
where are you right now? I’m living in Luxembourg. It’s a really quiet place. I used to describe it as dead, but as I’m about to leave it I feel myself having grown attached to it. I’m also in a very​​ strange transition phase and trying to hold my life together. 
where do you want to be? Where I really want to be right now is on the road, with my camera and a friend. 
website // facebook // tumblr // flickr
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David Uzochukwu
where are you from? I was born in Innsbruck, Austria and lived there for the first six years of my life. It is surrounded by mountains, and every time they appear on the horizon I feel at home. 
where are you right now? I’m living in Luxembourg. It’s a really quiet place. I used to describe it as dead, but as I’m about to leave it I feel myself having grown attached to it. I’m also in a very​​ strange transition phase and trying to hold my life together. 
where do you want to be? Where I really want to be right now is on the road, with my camera and a friend. 
website // facebook // tumblr // flickr
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David Uzochukwu
where are you from? I was born in Innsbruck, Austria and lived there for the first six years of my life. It is surrounded by mountains, and every time they appear on the horizon I feel at home. 
where are you right now? I’m living in Luxembourg. It’s a really quiet place. I used to describe it as dead, but as I’m about to leave it I feel myself having grown attached to it. I’m also in a very​​ strange transition phase and trying to hold my life together. 
where do you want to be? Where I really want to be right now is on the road, with my camera and a friend. 
website // facebook // tumblr // flickr
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David Uzochukwu
where are you from? I was born in Innsbruck, Austria and lived there for the first six years of my life. It is surrounded by mountains, and every time they appear on the horizon I feel at home. 
where are you right now? I’m living in Luxembourg. It’s a really quiet place. I used to describe it as dead, but as I’m about to leave it I feel myself having grown attached to it. I’m also in a very​​ strange transition phase and trying to hold my life together. 
where do you want to be? Where I really want to be right now is on the road, with my camera and a friend. 
website // facebook // tumblr // flickr
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David Uzochukwu
where are you from? I was born in Innsbruck, Austria and lived there for the first six years of my life. It is surrounded by mountains, and every time they appear on the horizon I feel at home. 
where are you right now? I’m living in Luxembourg. It’s a really quiet place. I used to describe it as dead, but as I’m about to leave it I feel myself having grown attached to it. I’m also in a very​​ strange transition phase and trying to hold my life together. 
where do you want to be? Where I really want to be right now is on the road, with my camera and a friend. 
website // facebook // tumblr // flickr
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David Uzochukwu
where are you from? I was born in Innsbruck, Austria and lived there for the first six years of my life. It is surrounded by mountains, and every time they appear on the horizon I feel at home. 
where are you right now? I’m living in Luxembourg. It’s a really quiet place. I used to describe it as dead, but as I’m about to leave it I feel myself having grown attached to it. I’m also in a very​​ strange transition phase and trying to hold my life together. 
where do you want to be? Where I really want to be right now is on the road, with my camera and a friend. 
website // facebook // tumblr // flickr
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David Uzochukwu

where are you from? I was born in Innsbruck, Austria and lived there for the first six years of my life. It is surrounded by mountains, and every time they appear on the horizon I feel at home. 

where are you right now? I’m living in Luxembourg. It’s a really quiet place. I used to describe it as dead, but as I’m about to leave it I feel myself having grown attached to it. I’m also in a very​​ strange transition phase and trying to hold my life together. 

where do you want to be? Where I really want to be right now is on the road, with my camera and a friend. 

website // facebook // tumblr // flickr

Renee Ackerman
where are you from? Willoughby, Ohio USA
where are you right now? In my home, getting ready to end the day
where do you want to be? in a forest with sunlight on my skin, surrounded by the ones I love, laughing and admiring the beauty around.
I wanted to absorb all the mystery and longing that surrounds me.
website // flickr // facebook
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Renee Ackerman
where are you from? Willoughby, Ohio USA
where are you right now? In my home, getting ready to end the day
where do you want to be? in a forest with sunlight on my skin, surrounded by the ones I love, laughing and admiring the beauty around.
I wanted to absorb all the mystery and longing that surrounds me.
website // flickr // facebook
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Renee Ackerman
where are you from? Willoughby, Ohio USA
where are you right now? In my home, getting ready to end the day
where do you want to be? in a forest with sunlight on my skin, surrounded by the ones I love, laughing and admiring the beauty around.
I wanted to absorb all the mystery and longing that surrounds me.
website // flickr // facebook
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Renee Ackerman
where are you from? Willoughby, Ohio USA
where are you right now? In my home, getting ready to end the day
where do you want to be? in a forest with sunlight on my skin, surrounded by the ones I love, laughing and admiring the beauty around.
I wanted to absorb all the mystery and longing that surrounds me.
website // flickr // facebook
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Renee Ackerman
where are you from? Willoughby, Ohio USA
where are you right now? In my home, getting ready to end the day
where do you want to be? in a forest with sunlight on my skin, surrounded by the ones I love, laughing and admiring the beauty around.
I wanted to absorb all the mystery and longing that surrounds me.
website // flickr // facebook
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Renee Ackerman
where are you from? Willoughby, Ohio USA
where are you right now? In my home, getting ready to end the day
where do you want to be? in a forest with sunlight on my skin, surrounded by the ones I love, laughing and admiring the beauty around.
I wanted to absorb all the mystery and longing that surrounds me.
website // flickr // facebook
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Renee Ackerman
where are you from? Willoughby, Ohio USA
where are you right now? In my home, getting ready to end the day
where do you want to be? in a forest with sunlight on my skin, surrounded by the ones I love, laughing and admiring the beauty around.
I wanted to absorb all the mystery and longing that surrounds me.
website // flickr // facebook
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Renee Ackerman
where are you from? Willoughby, Ohio USA
where are you right now? In my home, getting ready to end the day
where do you want to be? in a forest with sunlight on my skin, surrounded by the ones I love, laughing and admiring the beauty around.
I wanted to absorb all the mystery and longing that surrounds me.
website // flickr // facebook
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Renee Ackerman
where are you from? Willoughby, Ohio USA
where are you right now? In my home, getting ready to end the day
where do you want to be? in a forest with sunlight on my skin, surrounded by the ones I love, laughing and admiring the beauty around.
I wanted to absorb all the mystery and longing that surrounds me.
website // flickr // facebook
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Renee Ackerman
where are you from? Willoughby, Ohio USA
where are you right now? In my home, getting ready to end the day
where do you want to be? in a forest with sunlight on my skin, surrounded by the ones I love, laughing and admiring the beauty around.
I wanted to absorb all the mystery and longing that surrounds me.
website // flickr // facebook
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Renee Ackerman

where are you from? Willoughby, Ohio USA

where are you right now? In my home, getting ready to end the day

where do you want to be? in a forest with sunlight on my skin, surrounded by the ones I love, laughing and admiring the beauty around.

I wanted to absorb all the mystery and longing that surrounds me.

website // flickr // facebook

Ronny Garcia
where are you from? I’m from Barranquilla, Colombia
where are you right now? Now i’m living in Santiago, Chile, around 4 years ago i moved here. Now i’m working in my 365 Days project, i’m in the 52nd picture of the project so a lot of work to do, and thousand of things to learn and improve.
where do you want to be? Well honestly first of all i would love to finish the project knowing that i improved my skills enough, work for some clients, and make an exhibition. But on top of all keeping myself on  what i love with the same passion and feeling that i have now.
tumblr // flickr // facebook // instagram
 
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Ronny Garcia
where are you from? I’m from Barranquilla, Colombia
where are you right now? Now i’m living in Santiago, Chile, around 4 years ago i moved here. Now i’m working in my 365 Days project, i’m in the 52nd picture of the project so a lot of work to do, and thousand of things to learn and improve.
where do you want to be? Well honestly first of all i would love to finish the project knowing that i improved my skills enough, work for some clients, and make an exhibition. But on top of all keeping myself on  what i love with the same passion and feeling that i have now.
tumblr // flickr // facebook // instagram
 
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Ronny Garcia
where are you from? I’m from Barranquilla, Colombia
where are you right now? Now i’m living in Santiago, Chile, around 4 years ago i moved here. Now i’m working in my 365 Days project, i’m in the 52nd picture of the project so a lot of work to do, and thousand of things to learn and improve.
where do you want to be? Well honestly first of all i would love to finish the project knowing that i improved my skills enough, work for some clients, and make an exhibition. But on top of all keeping myself on  what i love with the same passion and feeling that i have now.
tumblr // flickr // facebook // instagram
 
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Ronny Garcia
where are you from? I’m from Barranquilla, Colombia
where are you right now? Now i’m living in Santiago, Chile, around 4 years ago i moved here. Now i’m working in my 365 Days project, i’m in the 52nd picture of the project so a lot of work to do, and thousand of things to learn and improve.
where do you want to be? Well honestly first of all i would love to finish the project knowing that i improved my skills enough, work for some clients, and make an exhibition. But on top of all keeping myself on  what i love with the same passion and feeling that i have now.
tumblr // flickr // facebook // instagram
 
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Ronny Garcia
where are you from? I’m from Barranquilla, Colombia
where are you right now? Now i’m living in Santiago, Chile, around 4 years ago i moved here. Now i’m working in my 365 Days project, i’m in the 52nd picture of the project so a lot of work to do, and thousand of things to learn and improve.
where do you want to be? Well honestly first of all i would love to finish the project knowing that i improved my skills enough, work for some clients, and make an exhibition. But on top of all keeping myself on  what i love with the same passion and feeling that i have now.
tumblr // flickr // facebook // instagram
 
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Ronny Garcia
where are you from? I’m from Barranquilla, Colombia
where are you right now? Now i’m living in Santiago, Chile, around 4 years ago i moved here. Now i’m working in my 365 Days project, i’m in the 52nd picture of the project so a lot of work to do, and thousand of things to learn and improve.
where do you want to be? Well honestly first of all i would love to finish the project knowing that i improved my skills enough, work for some clients, and make an exhibition. But on top of all keeping myself on  what i love with the same passion and feeling that i have now.
tumblr // flickr // facebook // instagram
 
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Ronny Garcia
where are you from? I’m from Barranquilla, Colombia
where are you right now? Now i’m living in Santiago, Chile, around 4 years ago i moved here. Now i’m working in my 365 Days project, i’m in the 52nd picture of the project so a lot of work to do, and thousand of things to learn and improve.
where do you want to be? Well honestly first of all i would love to finish the project knowing that i improved my skills enough, work for some clients, and make an exhibition. But on top of all keeping myself on  what i love with the same passion and feeling that i have now.
tumblr // flickr // facebook // instagram
 
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Ronny Garcia
where are you from? I’m from Barranquilla, Colombia
where are you right now? Now i’m living in Santiago, Chile, around 4 years ago i moved here. Now i’m working in my 365 Days project, i’m in the 52nd picture of the project so a lot of work to do, and thousand of things to learn and improve.
where do you want to be? Well honestly first of all i would love to finish the project knowing that i improved my skills enough, work for some clients, and make an exhibition. But on top of all keeping myself on  what i love with the same passion and feeling that i have now.
tumblr // flickr // facebook // instagram
 
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Ronny Garcia

where are you from? I’m from Barranquilla, Colombia

where are you right now? Now i’m living in Santiago, Chile, around 4 years ago i moved here. Now i’m working in my 365 Days project, i’m in the 52nd picture of the project so a lot of work to do, and thousand of things to learn and improve.

where do you want to be? Well honestly first of all i would love to finish the project knowing that i improved my skills enough, work for some clients, and make an exhibition. But on top of all keeping myself on  what i love with the same passion and feeling that i have now.

tumblr // flickr // facebook // instagram

 

Manon Paradis
where are you from? Spent most of my life in a little town in the French west coast, i’m now studying in Nantes since three years.
where are you right now? I’m at my apartment, listening to some music.
where do you want to be? I wish I could be in Montréal right now, because it’s a city I really want to discover. Hopefully i’ll travel there soon.
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Manon Paradis
where are you from? Spent most of my life in a little town in the French west coast, i’m now studying in Nantes since three years.
where are you right now? I’m at my apartment, listening to some music.
where do you want to be? I wish I could be in Montréal right now, because it’s a city I really want to discover. Hopefully i’ll travel there soon.
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Manon Paradis
where are you from? Spent most of my life in a little town in the French west coast, i’m now studying in Nantes since three years.
where are you right now? I’m at my apartment, listening to some music.
where do you want to be? I wish I could be in Montréal right now, because it’s a city I really want to discover. Hopefully i’ll travel there soon.
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Manon Paradis
where are you from? Spent most of my life in a little town in the French west coast, i’m now studying in Nantes since three years.
where are you right now? I’m at my apartment, listening to some music.
where do you want to be? I wish I could be in Montréal right now, because it’s a city I really want to discover. Hopefully i’ll travel there soon.
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Manon Paradis
where are you from? Spent most of my life in a little town in the French west coast, i’m now studying in Nantes since three years.
where are you right now? I’m at my apartment, listening to some music.
where do you want to be? I wish I could be in Montréal right now, because it’s a city I really want to discover. Hopefully i’ll travel there soon.
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Manon Paradis
where are you from? Spent most of my life in a little town in the French west coast, i’m now studying in Nantes since three years.
where are you right now? I’m at my apartment, listening to some music.
where do you want to be? I wish I could be in Montréal right now, because it’s a city I really want to discover. Hopefully i’ll travel there soon.
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Manon Paradis
where are you from? Spent most of my life in a little town in the French west coast, i’m now studying in Nantes since three years.
where are you right now? I’m at my apartment, listening to some music.
where do you want to be? I wish I could be in Montréal right now, because it’s a city I really want to discover. Hopefully i’ll travel there soon.
flickr
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Manon Paradis
where are you from? Spent most of my life in a little town in the French west coast, i’m now studying in Nantes since three years.
where are you right now? I’m at my apartment, listening to some music.
where do you want to be? I wish I could be in Montréal right now, because it’s a city I really want to discover. Hopefully i’ll travel there soon.
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Manon Paradis

where are you from? Spent most of my life in a little town in the French west coast, i’m now studying in Nantes since three years.

where are you right now? I’m at my apartment, listening to some music.

where do you want to be? I wish I could be in Montréal right now, because it’s a city I really want to discover. Hopefully i’ll travel there soon.

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Terrie Ng
where are you from? I’m from Hong Kong. Technically I was born in Canton, China, then I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was, 14 maybe? At first it was pretty hard to adapt to a new environment since Hong Kong at that time was very posh to people from the Mainland. It took me a couple of years to feel that I belonged to this tiny land and when people ask me where I come from, I’d say proudly, Hong Kong it is.
where are you right now? I’m currently in Hong Kong again. I was in France last year though. There’s a long story behind the reason why I went there and have come back to Hong Kong (we’ll go back to it if we have enough time). 
where do you want to be? I want to be in a bright, cozy room all day. Muahahaha! Or further, returning to France perhaps. I feel like there’s a lifetime ahead waiting for me in Europe. I’m accumulating audacity every time I step into this amazing continent. Most of the time I just forgot to take photos but appreciated every corner of the streets. I like to look into details. 
flickr // twitter // tumblr // cargo
 
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Terrie Ng
where are you from? I’m from Hong Kong. Technically I was born in Canton, China, then I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was, 14 maybe? At first it was pretty hard to adapt to a new environment since Hong Kong at that time was very posh to people from the Mainland. It took me a couple of years to feel that I belonged to this tiny land and when people ask me where I come from, I’d say proudly, Hong Kong it is.
where are you right now? I’m currently in Hong Kong again. I was in France last year though. There’s a long story behind the reason why I went there and have come back to Hong Kong (we’ll go back to it if we have enough time). 
where do you want to be? I want to be in a bright, cozy room all day. Muahahaha! Or further, returning to France perhaps. I feel like there’s a lifetime ahead waiting for me in Europe. I’m accumulating audacity every time I step into this amazing continent. Most of the time I just forgot to take photos but appreciated every corner of the streets. I like to look into details. 
flickr // twitter // tumblr // cargo
 
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Terrie Ng
where are you from? I’m from Hong Kong. Technically I was born in Canton, China, then I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was, 14 maybe? At first it was pretty hard to adapt to a new environment since Hong Kong at that time was very posh to people from the Mainland. It took me a couple of years to feel that I belonged to this tiny land and when people ask me where I come from, I’d say proudly, Hong Kong it is.
where are you right now? I’m currently in Hong Kong again. I was in France last year though. There’s a long story behind the reason why I went there and have come back to Hong Kong (we’ll go back to it if we have enough time). 
where do you want to be? I want to be in a bright, cozy room all day. Muahahaha! Or further, returning to France perhaps. I feel like there’s a lifetime ahead waiting for me in Europe. I’m accumulating audacity every time I step into this amazing continent. Most of the time I just forgot to take photos but appreciated every corner of the streets. I like to look into details. 
flickr // twitter // tumblr // cargo
 
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Terrie Ng
where are you from? I’m from Hong Kong. Technically I was born in Canton, China, then I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was, 14 maybe? At first it was pretty hard to adapt to a new environment since Hong Kong at that time was very posh to people from the Mainland. It took me a couple of years to feel that I belonged to this tiny land and when people ask me where I come from, I’d say proudly, Hong Kong it is.
where are you right now? I’m currently in Hong Kong again. I was in France last year though. There’s a long story behind the reason why I went there and have come back to Hong Kong (we’ll go back to it if we have enough time). 
where do you want to be? I want to be in a bright, cozy room all day. Muahahaha! Or further, returning to France perhaps. I feel like there’s a lifetime ahead waiting for me in Europe. I’m accumulating audacity every time I step into this amazing continent. Most of the time I just forgot to take photos but appreciated every corner of the streets. I like to look into details. 
flickr // twitter // tumblr // cargo
 
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Terrie Ng
where are you from? I’m from Hong Kong. Technically I was born in Canton, China, then I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was, 14 maybe? At first it was pretty hard to adapt to a new environment since Hong Kong at that time was very posh to people from the Mainland. It took me a couple of years to feel that I belonged to this tiny land and when people ask me where I come from, I’d say proudly, Hong Kong it is.
where are you right now? I’m currently in Hong Kong again. I was in France last year though. There’s a long story behind the reason why I went there and have come back to Hong Kong (we’ll go back to it if we have enough time). 
where do you want to be? I want to be in a bright, cozy room all day. Muahahaha! Or further, returning to France perhaps. I feel like there’s a lifetime ahead waiting for me in Europe. I’m accumulating audacity every time I step into this amazing continent. Most of the time I just forgot to take photos but appreciated every corner of the streets. I like to look into details. 
flickr // twitter // tumblr // cargo
 
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Terrie Ng
where are you from? I’m from Hong Kong. Technically I was born in Canton, China, then I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was, 14 maybe? At first it was pretty hard to adapt to a new environment since Hong Kong at that time was very posh to people from the Mainland. It took me a couple of years to feel that I belonged to this tiny land and when people ask me where I come from, I’d say proudly, Hong Kong it is.
where are you right now? I’m currently in Hong Kong again. I was in France last year though. There’s a long story behind the reason why I went there and have come back to Hong Kong (we’ll go back to it if we have enough time). 
where do you want to be? I want to be in a bright, cozy room all day. Muahahaha! Or further, returning to France perhaps. I feel like there’s a lifetime ahead waiting for me in Europe. I’m accumulating audacity every time I step into this amazing continent. Most of the time I just forgot to take photos but appreciated every corner of the streets. I like to look into details. 
flickr // twitter // tumblr // cargo
 
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Terrie Ng
where are you from? I’m from Hong Kong. Technically I was born in Canton, China, then I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was, 14 maybe? At first it was pretty hard to adapt to a new environment since Hong Kong at that time was very posh to people from the Mainland. It took me a couple of years to feel that I belonged to this tiny land and when people ask me where I come from, I’d say proudly, Hong Kong it is.
where are you right now? I’m currently in Hong Kong again. I was in France last year though. There’s a long story behind the reason why I went there and have come back to Hong Kong (we’ll go back to it if we have enough time). 
where do you want to be? I want to be in a bright, cozy room all day. Muahahaha! Or further, returning to France perhaps. I feel like there’s a lifetime ahead waiting for me in Europe. I’m accumulating audacity every time I step into this amazing continent. Most of the time I just forgot to take photos but appreciated every corner of the streets. I like to look into details. 
flickr // twitter // tumblr // cargo
 
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Terrie Ng
where are you from? I’m from Hong Kong. Technically I was born in Canton, China, then I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was, 14 maybe? At first it was pretty hard to adapt to a new environment since Hong Kong at that time was very posh to people from the Mainland. It took me a couple of years to feel that I belonged to this tiny land and when people ask me where I come from, I’d say proudly, Hong Kong it is.
where are you right now? I’m currently in Hong Kong again. I was in France last year though. There’s a long story behind the reason why I went there and have come back to Hong Kong (we’ll go back to it if we have enough time). 
where do you want to be? I want to be in a bright, cozy room all day. Muahahaha! Or further, returning to France perhaps. I feel like there’s a lifetime ahead waiting for me in Europe. I’m accumulating audacity every time I step into this amazing continent. Most of the time I just forgot to take photos but appreciated every corner of the streets. I like to look into details. 
flickr // twitter // tumblr // cargo
 
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Terrie Ng
where are you from? I’m from Hong Kong. Technically I was born in Canton, China, then I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was, 14 maybe? At first it was pretty hard to adapt to a new environment since Hong Kong at that time was very posh to people from the Mainland. It took me a couple of years to feel that I belonged to this tiny land and when people ask me where I come from, I’d say proudly, Hong Kong it is.
where are you right now? I’m currently in Hong Kong again. I was in France last year though. There’s a long story behind the reason why I went there and have come back to Hong Kong (we’ll go back to it if we have enough time). 
where do you want to be? I want to be in a bright, cozy room all day. Muahahaha! Or further, returning to France perhaps. I feel like there’s a lifetime ahead waiting for me in Europe. I’m accumulating audacity every time I step into this amazing continent. Most of the time I just forgot to take photos but appreciated every corner of the streets. I like to look into details. 
flickr // twitter // tumblr // cargo
 
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Terrie Ng

where are you from? I’m from Hong Kong. Technically I was born in Canton, China, then I moved to Hong Kong with my family when I was, 14 maybe? At first it was pretty hard to adapt to a new environment since Hong Kong at that time was very posh to people from the Mainland. It took me a couple of years to feel that I belonged to this tiny land and when people ask me where I come from, I’d say proudly, Hong Kong it is.

where are you right now? I’m currently in Hong Kong again. I was in France last year though. There’s a long story behind the reason why I went there and have come back to Hong Kong (we’ll go back to it if we have enough time). 

where do you want to be? I want to be in a bright, cozy room all day. Muahahaha! Or further, returning to France perhaps. I feel like there’s a lifetime ahead waiting for me in Europe. I’m accumulating audacity every time I step into this amazing continent. Most of the time I just forgot to take photos but appreciated every corner of the streets. I like to look into details. 

flickr // twitter // tumblr // cargo

 

Lisa-Marie Kaspar
where are you from? I am from a town near Würzburg, Germany.
where are you right now?  I am sitting in my room at home, with damp hair, hiding from the sun and the hot temperatures outside and procrastinating my work for uni.
where do you want to be? What I hope for is being appreciated as an artist one day. I do not hope for much fame, but to make people feel something about my work.
flickr // facebook // wordpress
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Lisa-Marie Kaspar
where are you from? I am from a town near Würzburg, Germany.
where are you right now?  I am sitting in my room at home, with damp hair, hiding from the sun and the hot temperatures outside and procrastinating my work for uni.
where do you want to be? What I hope for is being appreciated as an artist one day. I do not hope for much fame, but to make people feel something about my work.
flickr // facebook // wordpress
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Lisa-Marie Kaspar
where are you from? I am from a town near Würzburg, Germany.
where are you right now?  I am sitting in my room at home, with damp hair, hiding from the sun and the hot temperatures outside and procrastinating my work for uni.
where do you want to be? What I hope for is being appreciated as an artist one day. I do not hope for much fame, but to make people feel something about my work.
flickr // facebook // wordpress
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Lisa-Marie Kaspar
where are you from? I am from a town near Würzburg, Germany.
where are you right now?  I am sitting in my room at home, with damp hair, hiding from the sun and the hot temperatures outside and procrastinating my work for uni.
where do you want to be? What I hope for is being appreciated as an artist one day. I do not hope for much fame, but to make people feel something about my work.
flickr // facebook // wordpress
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Lisa-Marie Kaspar
where are you from? I am from a town near Würzburg, Germany.
where are you right now?  I am sitting in my room at home, with damp hair, hiding from the sun and the hot temperatures outside and procrastinating my work for uni.
where do you want to be? What I hope for is being appreciated as an artist one day. I do not hope for much fame, but to make people feel something about my work.
flickr // facebook // wordpress
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Lisa-Marie Kaspar
where are you from? I am from a town near Würzburg, Germany.
where are you right now?  I am sitting in my room at home, with damp hair, hiding from the sun and the hot temperatures outside and procrastinating my work for uni.
where do you want to be? What I hope for is being appreciated as an artist one day. I do not hope for much fame, but to make people feel something about my work.
flickr // facebook // wordpress
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Lisa-Marie Kaspar
where are you from? I am from a town near Würzburg, Germany.
where are you right now?  I am sitting in my room at home, with damp hair, hiding from the sun and the hot temperatures outside and procrastinating my work for uni.
where do you want to be? What I hope for is being appreciated as an artist one day. I do not hope for much fame, but to make people feel something about my work.
flickr // facebook // wordpress
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Lisa-Marie Kaspar
where are you from? I am from a town near Würzburg, Germany.
where are you right now?  I am sitting in my room at home, with damp hair, hiding from the sun and the hot temperatures outside and procrastinating my work for uni.
where do you want to be? What I hope for is being appreciated as an artist one day. I do not hope for much fame, but to make people feel something about my work.
flickr // facebook // wordpress
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Lisa-Marie Kaspar

where are you from? I am from a town near Würzburg, Germany.

where are you right now?  I am sitting in my room at home, with damp hair, hiding from the sun and the hot temperatures outside and procrastinating my work for uni.

where do you want to be? What I hope for is being appreciated as an artist one day. I do not hope for much fame, but to make people feel something about my work.

flickr // facebook // wordpress

Natalie Fong
where are you from? Originally, I was born in Taipei. That’s where my parents met, but we moved to Hawaii when I was six and I lived there until I finished high school so that’s where I consider home to be.
where are you right now? Currently, I am back in Hawaii for summer break but during the school year, I live in NYC. I am studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
where do you want to be? To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I know that God has a plan for me. For now, I think I’m right where I need to be for what I love to do, and that’s New York City.
website // flickr // tumblr // photo diary // facebook // instagram
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Natalie Fong
where are you from? Originally, I was born in Taipei. That’s where my parents met, but we moved to Hawaii when I was six and I lived there until I finished high school so that’s where I consider home to be.
where are you right now? Currently, I am back in Hawaii for summer break but during the school year, I live in NYC. I am studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
where do you want to be? To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I know that God has a plan for me. For now, I think I’m right where I need to be for what I love to do, and that’s New York City.
website // flickr // tumblr // photo diary // facebook // instagram
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Natalie Fong
where are you from? Originally, I was born in Taipei. That’s where my parents met, but we moved to Hawaii when I was six and I lived there until I finished high school so that’s where I consider home to be.
where are you right now? Currently, I am back in Hawaii for summer break but during the school year, I live in NYC. I am studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
where do you want to be? To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I know that God has a plan for me. For now, I think I’m right where I need to be for what I love to do, and that’s New York City.
website // flickr // tumblr // photo diary // facebook // instagram
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Natalie Fong
where are you from? Originally, I was born in Taipei. That’s where my parents met, but we moved to Hawaii when I was six and I lived there until I finished high school so that’s where I consider home to be.
where are you right now? Currently, I am back in Hawaii for summer break but during the school year, I live in NYC. I am studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
where do you want to be? To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I know that God has a plan for me. For now, I think I’m right where I need to be for what I love to do, and that’s New York City.
website // flickr // tumblr // photo diary // facebook // instagram
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Natalie Fong
where are you from? Originally, I was born in Taipei. That’s where my parents met, but we moved to Hawaii when I was six and I lived there until I finished high school so that’s where I consider home to be.
where are you right now? Currently, I am back in Hawaii for summer break but during the school year, I live in NYC. I am studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
where do you want to be? To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I know that God has a plan for me. For now, I think I’m right where I need to be for what I love to do, and that’s New York City.
website // flickr // tumblr // photo diary // facebook // instagram
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Natalie Fong
where are you from? Originally, I was born in Taipei. That’s where my parents met, but we moved to Hawaii when I was six and I lived there until I finished high school so that’s where I consider home to be.
where are you right now? Currently, I am back in Hawaii for summer break but during the school year, I live in NYC. I am studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
where do you want to be? To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I know that God has a plan for me. For now, I think I’m right where I need to be for what I love to do, and that’s New York City.
website // flickr // tumblr // photo diary // facebook // instagram
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Natalie Fong
where are you from? Originally, I was born in Taipei. That’s where my parents met, but we moved to Hawaii when I was six and I lived there until I finished high school so that’s where I consider home to be.
where are you right now? Currently, I am back in Hawaii for summer break but during the school year, I live in NYC. I am studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
where do you want to be? To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I know that God has a plan for me. For now, I think I’m right where I need to be for what I love to do, and that’s New York City.
website // flickr // tumblr // photo diary // facebook // instagram
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Natalie Fong
where are you from? Originally, I was born in Taipei. That’s where my parents met, but we moved to Hawaii when I was six and I lived there until I finished high school so that’s where I consider home to be.
where are you right now? Currently, I am back in Hawaii for summer break but during the school year, I live in NYC. I am studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
where do you want to be? To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I know that God has a plan for me. For now, I think I’m right where I need to be for what I love to do, and that’s New York City.
website // flickr // tumblr // photo diary // facebook // instagram
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Natalie Fong
where are you from? Originally, I was born in Taipei. That’s where my parents met, but we moved to Hawaii when I was six and I lived there until I finished high school so that’s where I consider home to be.
where are you right now? Currently, I am back in Hawaii for summer break but during the school year, I live in NYC. I am studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
where do you want to be? To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I know that God has a plan for me. For now, I think I’m right where I need to be for what I love to do, and that’s New York City.
website // flickr // tumblr // photo diary // facebook // instagram
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Natalie Fong
where are you from? Originally, I was born in Taipei. That’s where my parents met, but we moved to Hawaii when I was six and I lived there until I finished high school so that’s where I consider home to be.
where are you right now? Currently, I am back in Hawaii for summer break but during the school year, I live in NYC. I am studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
where do you want to be? To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I know that God has a plan for me. For now, I think I’m right where I need to be for what I love to do, and that’s New York City.
website // flickr // tumblr // photo diary // facebook // instagram
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Natalie Fong

where are you from? Originally, I was born in Taipei. That’s where my parents met, but we moved to Hawaii when I was six and I lived there until I finished high school so that’s where I consider home to be.

where are you right now? Currently, I am back in Hawaii for summer break but during the school year, I live in NYC. I am studying photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

where do you want to be? To be honest, I don’t know for sure, but I know that God has a plan for me. For now, I think I’m right where I need to be for what I love to do, and that’s New York City.

website // flickr // tumblr // photo diary // facebook // instagram

Igor Pjörrt
where are you from? I was born in the portuguese island of Madeira.
where are you right now? At home, in my bedroom.
where do you want to be? I think that throughout my life all I’ve dreamt of was to find myself in an environment where people shared my ideals and interests but lately I’ve discovered that I am really the happiest and most inspired amidst a wide variety of personalities with distinct visions. Where I want to be isn’t any longer a particular place but rather a crowd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60897726@N08/
http://igorpjorrt.tumblr.com/
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Igor Pjörrt
where are you from? I was born in the portuguese island of Madeira.
where are you right now? At home, in my bedroom.
where do you want to be? I think that throughout my life all I’ve dreamt of was to find myself in an environment where people shared my ideals and interests but lately I’ve discovered that I am really the happiest and most inspired amidst a wide variety of personalities with distinct visions. Where I want to be isn’t any longer a particular place but rather a crowd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60897726@N08/
http://igorpjorrt.tumblr.com/
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Igor Pjörrt
where are you from? I was born in the portuguese island of Madeira.
where are you right now? At home, in my bedroom.
where do you want to be? I think that throughout my life all I’ve dreamt of was to find myself in an environment where people shared my ideals and interests but lately I’ve discovered that I am really the happiest and most inspired amidst a wide variety of personalities with distinct visions. Where I want to be isn’t any longer a particular place but rather a crowd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60897726@N08/
http://igorpjorrt.tumblr.com/
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Igor Pjörrt
where are you from? I was born in the portuguese island of Madeira.
where are you right now? At home, in my bedroom.
where do you want to be? I think that throughout my life all I’ve dreamt of was to find myself in an environment where people shared my ideals and interests but lately I’ve discovered that I am really the happiest and most inspired amidst a wide variety of personalities with distinct visions. Where I want to be isn’t any longer a particular place but rather a crowd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60897726@N08/
http://igorpjorrt.tumblr.com/
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Igor Pjörrt
where are you from? I was born in the portuguese island of Madeira.
where are you right now? At home, in my bedroom.
where do you want to be? I think that throughout my life all I’ve dreamt of was to find myself in an environment where people shared my ideals and interests but lately I’ve discovered that I am really the happiest and most inspired amidst a wide variety of personalities with distinct visions. Where I want to be isn’t any longer a particular place but rather a crowd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60897726@N08/
http://igorpjorrt.tumblr.com/
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Igor Pjörrt
where are you from? I was born in the portuguese island of Madeira.
where are you right now? At home, in my bedroom.
where do you want to be? I think that throughout my life all I’ve dreamt of was to find myself in an environment where people shared my ideals and interests but lately I’ve discovered that I am really the happiest and most inspired amidst a wide variety of personalities with distinct visions. Where I want to be isn’t any longer a particular place but rather a crowd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60897726@N08/
http://igorpjorrt.tumblr.com/
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Igor Pjörrt
where are you from? I was born in the portuguese island of Madeira.
where are you right now? At home, in my bedroom.
where do you want to be? I think that throughout my life all I’ve dreamt of was to find myself in an environment where people shared my ideals and interests but lately I’ve discovered that I am really the happiest and most inspired amidst a wide variety of personalities with distinct visions. Where I want to be isn’t any longer a particular place but rather a crowd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60897726@N08/
http://igorpjorrt.tumblr.com/
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Igor Pjörrt
where are you from? I was born in the portuguese island of Madeira.
where are you right now? At home, in my bedroom.
where do you want to be? I think that throughout my life all I’ve dreamt of was to find myself in an environment where people shared my ideals and interests but lately I’ve discovered that I am really the happiest and most inspired amidst a wide variety of personalities with distinct visions. Where I want to be isn’t any longer a particular place but rather a crowd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60897726@N08/
http://igorpjorrt.tumblr.com/
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Igor Pjörrt
where are you from? I was born in the portuguese island of Madeira.
where are you right now? At home, in my bedroom.
where do you want to be? I think that throughout my life all I’ve dreamt of was to find myself in an environment where people shared my ideals and interests but lately I’ve discovered that I am really the happiest and most inspired amidst a wide variety of personalities with distinct visions. Where I want to be isn’t any longer a particular place but rather a crowd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60897726@N08/
http://igorpjorrt.tumblr.com/
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Igor Pjörrt
where are you from? I was born in the portuguese island of Madeira.
where are you right now? At home, in my bedroom.
where do you want to be? I think that throughout my life all I’ve dreamt of was to find myself in an environment where people shared my ideals and interests but lately I’ve discovered that I am really the happiest and most inspired amidst a wide variety of personalities with distinct visions. Where I want to be isn’t any longer a particular place but rather a crowd.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/60897726@N08/
http://igorpjorrt.tumblr.com/
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Igor Pjörrt

where are you from? I was born in the portuguese island of Madeira.

where are you right now? At home, in my bedroom.

where do you want to be? I think that throughout my life all I’ve dreamt of was to find myself in an environment where people shared my ideals and interests but lately I’ve discovered that I am really the happiest and most inspired amidst a wide variety of personalities with distinct visions. Where I want to be isn’t any longer a particular place but rather a crowd.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/60897726@N08/

http://igorpjorrt.tumblr.com/

Marta Lozo
where are you from?  i’m from zagreb, croatia.
where are you right now? right now i’m in a café in zurich, preparing a summer workshop while waiting for the internet in the new apartment…
where do you want to be?  i’d like to go on a road trip through montenegro. 
http://www.martalozo.com/
http://paralelni.tumblr.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/martalozo/
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Marta Lozo
where are you from?  i’m from zagreb, croatia.
where are you right now? right now i’m in a café in zurich, preparing a summer workshop while waiting for the internet in the new apartment…
where do you want to be?  i’d like to go on a road trip through montenegro. 
http://www.martalozo.com/
http://paralelni.tumblr.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/martalozo/
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Marta Lozo
where are you from?  i’m from zagreb, croatia.
where are you right now? right now i’m in a café in zurich, preparing a summer workshop while waiting for the internet in the new apartment…
where do you want to be?  i’d like to go on a road trip through montenegro. 
http://www.martalozo.com/
http://paralelni.tumblr.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/martalozo/
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Marta Lozo
where are you from?  i’m from zagreb, croatia.
where are you right now? right now i’m in a café in zurich, preparing a summer workshop while waiting for the internet in the new apartment…
where do you want to be?  i’d like to go on a road trip through montenegro. 
http://www.martalozo.com/
http://paralelni.tumblr.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/martalozo/
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Marta Lozo
where are you from?  i’m from zagreb, croatia.
where are you right now? right now i’m in a café in zurich, preparing a summer workshop while waiting for the internet in the new apartment…
where do you want to be?  i’d like to go on a road trip through montenegro. 
http://www.martalozo.com/
http://paralelni.tumblr.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/martalozo/
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Marta Lozo
where are you from?  i’m from zagreb, croatia.
where are you right now? right now i’m in a café in zurich, preparing a summer workshop while waiting for the internet in the new apartment…
where do you want to be?  i’d like to go on a road trip through montenegro. 
http://www.martalozo.com/
http://paralelni.tumblr.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/martalozo/
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Marta Lozo
where are you from?  i’m from zagreb, croatia.
where are you right now? right now i’m in a café in zurich, preparing a summer workshop while waiting for the internet in the new apartment…
where do you want to be?  i’d like to go on a road trip through montenegro. 
http://www.martalozo.com/
http://paralelni.tumblr.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/martalozo/
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Marta Lozo
where are you from?  i’m from zagreb, croatia.
where are you right now? right now i’m in a café in zurich, preparing a summer workshop while waiting for the internet in the new apartment…
where do you want to be?  i’d like to go on a road trip through montenegro. 
http://www.martalozo.com/
http://paralelni.tumblr.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/martalozo/
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Marta Lozo
where are you from?  i’m from zagreb, croatia.
where are you right now? right now i’m in a café in zurich, preparing a summer workshop while waiting for the internet in the new apartment…
where do you want to be?  i’d like to go on a road trip through montenegro. 
http://www.martalozo.com/
http://paralelni.tumblr.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/martalozo/
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Marta Lozo
where are you from?  i’m from zagreb, croatia.
where are you right now? right now i’m in a café in zurich, preparing a summer workshop while waiting for the internet in the new apartment…
where do you want to be?  i’d like to go on a road trip through montenegro. 
http://www.martalozo.com/
http://paralelni.tumblr.com/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/martalozo/
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Marta Lozo

where are you from?  i’m from zagreb, croatia.

where are you right now? right now i’m in a café in zurich, preparing a summer workshop while waiting for the internet in the new apartment…

where do you want to be?  i’d like to go on a road trip through montenegro. 

http://www.martalozo.com/

http://paralelni.tumblr.com/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/martalozo/