We are having a crush on Alina Lee alias ohthumbelina for a few years already. Her self-portraits are somehow different. Not smoothly polished, but multidimensional. Melancholic, profound, thoughtful and always simply beautiful. We are happy to see that she released her first self-portrait book and sat down with her to talk about true freedom, imperfections as another marketing tool and finding happiness.
” I started bringing my camera with me everywhere just in case there’s an opportunity to take an interesting photo. I don’t even know what it is exactly that I think is interesting, but it’s usually something unexpected and possibly overlooked by others. It’s an organized artistic crime. It’s a subtle form of rebellion to embrace eccentric interests in creating, what I perceive to be, beautiful images.”
I met him during my travels this summer in France. I was staying in a tiny village outside of Paris and he was living at the house I stayed at. We explored Monet’s garden together and something began to kindle. Back at the house he told me to put a record on and asked me to dance. It felt like old-fashioned romance and fireworks. We ended up spending the next two weeks together.
When I was 15, I had my first taste of freedom, as I concert-toured and sang my way through Australia that summer. My first break from a toxic environment that I’d been stuck in for the longest time. Even though it was just a short-lived summer, it was the happiest time of my life, for a very long time.
If you ask me to describe the whole year and all things I learned during it I’d choose the word “responsibility”. It’s quite funny that the more the world develops nowadays and becomes more dynamic, the distance between a “kid” and an “adult”, “childhood” and “adulthood” becomes larger and the transition between them harder and more tangible.
“My most recent project, Divine Light, centres around the concept that we live in a world where technology has become the new religion.” explains recently graduated photographer Ruby Steele about her new series what will make you think.
always wonder what will remain of this very moment? Of this photo I took? Of me? I have the dreams from my childhood, since then I know what I want to pursue but will I succeed? Will I be able to live from it? I don’t mind doing corporate jobs as a a video editor or photographer, they pay the bill, but I want more.
One of my agents used to ask me, “who is your audience?” when talking about social media and I would brush her off. “Who is my audience?” I’d say it over and over before shrugging my shoulders and posting my next image, not caring too much as to who I was reaching or who was trying to reach me. Until it got away. My audience? Jesus, was I writing a college application essay?
Do people remember the documentaries that Penelope Spheeris made? I remember The Decline of Western Civilization III about punk rock culture. Where the line between homelessness and punk rock is blurred, the aesthetic of the movie is the loneliness and survival it shows the unforgiving side of society.
I love traveling, and I used to travel a lot. But taveling in many ways has almost become like a capitalist monster, never full, until it has eaten up all around it. Seeing how crazy the whole world has gone about traveling, masses of people invading places sucking out their charming authenticity and leaving a trace of rubbish and disregard for the locals, Does that mean I can never travel again?
“I’ve been thinking for months now how to dive deeper within myself to reflect in my art. With that, I have asked myself a range of questions, tried to step out of myself to really see other’s perspective and really just allowed myself the space to remain honest about my process. One of the biggest questions I receive from my audience is, “why women?”
French beauty Pauline shares some intimate thoughts and images with us. Photographed by her soulmate and lover Guillaume Gaubert we get a deep insight into her way of thinking while spreading her gorgeous naturalness, confidence and sense for sensuality.
Today for some reason I feel that I should think about my artistic journey. I try my best not to focus on the growth and mainly focus on developing, because the world is ever changing and so is art. ““I completely forgot how personal art is and if you loose yourself, you can loose what art means to you.”
With our new series “An artist´s life.” we want to share the stories of the people behind the art. “An artist´s life.” The stories of the people behind the art…
How is modern art appreciated these days? How do we place value on art in this generation? Is art still art when nobody sees it? Or when hardly anyone gives it a “like”? Is art always dependent on being seen, being evaluate or being admired. And is art now just all about social media popularity? A kind of ranking through social media? And why have likes and the number of followers become so incredibly important?