Marine Toux is a French photographer and video maker based in Paris, whose work often features narratives and stories. Her colorful fragments and portraits of young people are simultaneously melancholic, sensual, and self-assured. We had the opportunity to speak with this talented artist about her photography, influences and creative process.
“The older I’ve grown, I have certainly realised the importance of unapologetically being yourself.” Amidst the busy streets and endless concrete lies a certain charm that captivates the eye of the beholder. The model Kerry O’May of Colours Agency stands out in this urban landscape, her energy breathing life into the background. Her features are captivating, her gaze intense, and her aura exudes an allure that is hard to resist. Photographer Alan Morgan recognized her beauty the moment they met at a record store and cafe in Glasgow.
“I met Rafa on one sunny day in Lisbon in a clothing store, she was working there, and I was just looking around when I saw her. She immediately made an impression on me – so vibrant, so open and positively charged. I always get drawn to people like that and I know that I just need to approach them. So I did.”
“…. we humans tend to seek comfort in conformist behavior. We often choose to give up the ultimate freedom we may have, as it holds certain responsibilities and risks that often cannot be predicted in advance.”
Embedded within our daily routine with so many duties, rules, standards, expectations, I think that most of us have this longing for freedom, that seems like an endless ocean and abducts us out of our small world for a few moments. But what kind of freedom and how much of it do most people really want?
“As I was using Instagram ‘wrong’ for many years, I started to have a bad relationship with food and my body… and when I unfollowed those fitness creators I slowly came “back to live”. I would say, that this was the turning point.” concludes Lea when we speak to her about the moment when she decided to use instagram in a more authentic way rather than a “place” where we have to perform and that ultimately weakens our vital energy for all the reason most of us know already.
“It’s about finding balance these days.” 5 minutes with Ella. A series photographed by Andrey Tarasov starring Ella Guo of LA Models.
“Inspired by the sober colors and architecture of the streets of Amsterdam in the early hours of the day, making you feel like you’ve gone back in time.” A series starring Afra van Ooijen photographed by Suzy Zeylmaker.
But let me tell you, I will not forget who I was before and where the world could be and will always speak up for freedom and never give up hope for what is good and believe in the power of creative force of humans for a good cause. And one day the tide will have turned again.
Savannah Angela is an artist and photographer based in Barcelona, Spain. Her projects revolve around consciousness and sustainability; touching on themes of embodiment and connection to our material world through a connection to nature, creation of habitat, and the mystery of the creative process.
Maybe it’s time to get a little more quiet, to take a step back sometimes. And to become a little more we instead of only me. I turn my head and look at the countless tiny, twinkling stars that look like they are being swallowed up soon by the pitch-black evening sky and fall asleep.
« I bring you to my life. You will see the life I had, the friends that I met. » And so, you took me down this road. Walking around Montreal to discover this charm that kept you from coming back. From Le Plateau to the Mont-Royal, following this piece of life that I didn’t know about you.
“My self-portrait work is mostly driven by the need to obtain memory about specific times and about the pain caused by the impermanence of everything, the ephemerality of life and my interaction with this world. An act of reaffirmation, perhaps of a search for identity, the internal, existential and possibly eternal identity. It then becomes a living to recognize me.”
I had this nice profound conversation with a friend yesterday. About life, about if your small actions can actually really change something. About if it’s worth or wrong to convince someone else about what you believe in. I thought that, even though I try to do certain things to contribute to make a positive impact to the world, at the end it is useless. As the world is so big, and each of us is just such a small part of it so things will never change.
With our series “An artist´s life.” we want to share the stories of the people behind the art. “War teaches! And teaches all the most important! If earlier “to live for today” was considered recklessness and a frivolous approach to life, today it is the right decision once and for all – to live here and now! After all, you may not have tomorrow. It is obvious.”