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Chloé Gassian was born, grew up and still lives in Paris, France. Raised in a environment full of images and music, she studied Graphic Design for four years and developed a passion for Typography and layout. Upon completing her studies as a Graphic Designer, she decided to finish with 2 complimentary years of photography at the university of Gobelins in Paris “l’école de l’image in Paris”. She is now a freelance photographer consolidating graphic design with photography.

www.chloegassian.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

My father is a photographer, so I learned to love the craft in my childhood. I can’t really remember when the interest came, it’s always been there. For me it’s something natural, obvious.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

I shoot with a Canon 5D, a Canon EOS 1. And a Olympus Stylus Epic in my pocket.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

There are many kinds of art which inspire me…video, graphic design, working with other artists, and obviously light!

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I’m just beginning so I am still able to manage my work with my personal projects.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

I’m pleased when I go into shooting sessions with a real idea in my head, a concept. Most of the time I work within a series, and I search for a narrative link between images. I love shooting people, but it’s paradoxical especially because in my work, faces are frequently hidden…

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I’m currently working with a french band on their visuals, and I plan on traveling to Colombia for a few weeks. I hope to be posting some interesting things on the Diary of my website.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I always try to have a conceptual idea and attempt to put a touch of madness and absurdity in my images.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

I would loved to photograph Boris Vian (a french polymath mostly known for his novels) because of his amazing universe.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

I’d love to travel across the United States from east to west by car, a bit of a “cliche”, yes – but it would be amazing.

what’s your post production process?

For digital and film, I use Photoshop, using curves and colors layers.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

a few months ago I went to the mountains in the south of France for a photograph-taking walk. This was an incredible moment for me within the wilderness (or nearly…) and I had a Hasselblad loaned to me by my school.
It wasn’t the first time I used medium format but it was at this moment, in this geographic and personal situation that I truly appreciated the medium.
So I would buy a hasselblad.

who are your favorite photographers?

I don’t really have a favorite…I really like the work of Billy and Hells, and Søren Solkær Starbird.
But my favorite artists comes from the art video scene, the pictoral scene. I really admire Chris Cunningham,
Robert Longo…

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far?

Probably, one of the first times that my work was published full page in a magazine or book…

It’s great to see your photograph in the library. I will have one of my favorite photographs on a cover of a novel coming out in February, I’m very impatient to see the result.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

I think that it is very important to take an active interest in other kinds of art, not exclusively photography…

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

For now, while editing I listen to Rapunzel from Dave Matthews Band, the live one is the best.
And the Clash!

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

My new apartment.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Noodles with pesto sauce are the best with red wine to celebrate!

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

©ChloéGassian


This is my favorite because it embodies most of what I search for in creating a photograph.
Lines, perspectives, a touch of color and a strange situation.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

©RichardAvedon


I don’t really have a favorite one… The last one that impressed me a lot was Charlene van Tighem’s portrait by Richard Avedon from the series “In the American West“. I stood ‘stuck’ in front of a huge print of this image.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning pro?

Not really, I don’t think that it could change… Only for the better I hope!

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I just need to be comfortable. The friend who assists me is very important too.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Probably more a nerd…

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)

I’m a crab. (cancer)

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Salva López, a Spanish photographer. I don’t know him but I really like his work!




©Chloé Gassian

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Born in Dallas, Texas on November 29, 1982, Nadyia enjoyed painting and photography as a child and young adult, and in high school, became interested in graphic design. She studied fine art photography and majored in graphic design at school and recently has started to explore video production, which she hopes to incorporate into her photography.

www.nadyia.net

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

My father sparked my interest in photography when I was fairly young. He’s an amazing underwater photographer and taught me a lot about what I know now.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Canon 40D and Canon 5D, and on occasion, film.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

This is hard to pinpoint because I draw inspiration from so many different things. But I guess with photography, it’s people. I try to bring to life what makes a person beautiful, sexy, or sometimes, vulnerable. Sometimes I like to shoot someone in a way no one else has, just for the purpose of making and exposing something different.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Definitely. Sometimes my job gets incredibly busy and I just don’t have time to shoot my personal work. But it’s important to me that I have that outlet, so I try not to go too long without it.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

My favorite is definitely conceptual photography. I like to actually think and plan a shoot or even a specific shot. I love seeing ideas I have become real. I also love collaborating with other artists, models, etc and making something amazing.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I just moved to Austin and I’m incredibly grateful at how welcoming other photographers and artists have been here so far. I’m already planning and scheduling shoots with another photographer for a collaborative mixed media project. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to see what comes of it.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I don’t know if it makes my work unique, but I pay close attention to detail, so much so that it annoys me sometimes.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

My grandmother when she was my age, because she helped raise me and because she was a really beautiful, genuine person.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

Spain, just because it’s the one place I’ve always wanted to go to that I haven’t yet.

what’s your post production process?

I bring the raw images into Lightroom then do most of the editing in Photoshop.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I’d probably stick with what I have and just get more lenses. I don’t have enough and I’m always borrowing some from other photographers.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

My father, of course. Also an amazing man named A.Kaye, he’s been my main mentor and a really wonderful friend. He started out as a sports photographer for professional sports and is now photographing for a project, Heart of Women, to raise money for women who have suffered domestic abuse. I also really love Mark Sink, all of his work is really interesting but I’m fascinated most by what he does with wet plates.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

Being published in several magazines and publications. That’s always a good thing.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

Make sure it’s a passion of yours before you jump into it. It sounds mean, but I don’t like being in the same industry with people who don’t care and are only doing it because it seems like a cool thing to do. Also, remember that most photography is a collaborative effort, and being able to respect those that you work with is essential.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

When it comes to music, I’m all over the place. But when I’m editing, a majority of the time I’m listening to David Bowie, Bjork, or Saul Williams.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

I don’t have one favorite spot. I like trying out new places, especially in Austin because there is so much here.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Usually something light like a salad so I can still be pretty active. And if I’m celebrating, probably Makers or Bulleit.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?


I have so many favorites, but this one I just love because the image I had in my head came out exactly as how you see it in the photograph.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

I can’t pick just one photo, but go here and check out the photos in his wet plate galleries.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

No, but the direction I’m going definitely has.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

Not really. As long as it’s comfortable, I’m good to go.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Both!

what’s your sign?

Sagittarius

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Anyone I’ve already mentioned, also maybe J Woods (who does amazing photo composites) or Hutch MuselessMime (talented photographer/videographer in Dallas). I have worked with all of them and really admire their work.

Angela Ryan


Ivy


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©NadyiaMarshal

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Maleonn
1972
Born in Shanghai

1984-1995
Shanghai Huashan Art School
Attached High School to Fine Art College of Shanghai University
Graduated from Fine Art College of Shanghai University, Major in Graphic Design

1995-2003
Engaged in commercial film as Art director and Director

2004-
Engaged in independent Creation of Art
Lives and works in Shanghai, China

www.maleonn.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

Since 2004, I started to work on my own artwork in 2004, bought the camera, and fell in love with photography.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Mostly digital cameras, before I used CANON 20D, now it’s CANON 1DS MARK iii. Sometimes i also use a film camera like MAMIYA RB-67

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Reading and watching films, and chatting with funny people.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I always devoted all my time to the creation, so I’m not that rich. But some kind people help me, sometimes they support my exhibition, sometimes they collect my work. The money is enough for my simple life.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot?

conceptual

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I have a solo exhibition soon in Singapore, another one in Spain.

If you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

Myself. But more handsome than I am now, and less sensitive.

What’s your dream photo field trip?

Wild grass, abandoned city, the space where once people lived and left, where we can see obligation and time.

What’s your post production process?

Mainly photoshop, sometime I hand paint.

If you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I would buy the top digital camera. I don’t like traditional cameras. But sometimes the camera I use right now is still cheap. The work isn’t as perfect as those taken by film. Not necessarily like film, but with more details and color.

What has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

When I decided to buy the camera, I quite hesitated because I had never touched a camera before. And the camera was expensive. I’m wasn’t sure if it would be able to help me to find myself.

Do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

There are too many details in the techniques. Lots of interesting things can be done, but try not to only being addicted to all that. To a good photographer the most important thing is to find out one unique angle to look at the world. But that needs consideration, various experiments. I rarely used a camera. only after I thought about that clearly, I decided to take the camera and try to complete my ideal image.

What’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

All kinds of cello music. I only like the cello. Recent two years all like that.

Will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

self portrait


If you ask the reason why this is my favorite, I can only say that I feel everyone’s works are self portraits, shooting ourselves or our generation. This picture contains me, my illustration and my sadness. But also a little bit of unbroken hope inside. The growth of our generation all in this instance, in our spiritual world.

Has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

No, I’m still passionate, I just have fewer works, because I don’t want to repeat myself.

Do you have a favorite or lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I have a necklace that brings me luck, sometimes I need it to bless me 🙂 I often use it when I take pictures.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Definitely not camera gangsta.










©Maleonn

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subject: Art Star
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One of our very first featured Art Stars, Dallas artist Dylan Hollingsworth is having an exhibition of past works titled “The End of the Beginning (2007-2010)” at the Magnolia Gallery, located inside the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village, 3699 McKinney Avenue in Dallas April 13– May 25, 2010. The Artist Reception is TOMORROW, Thursday, April 15th from 8-10 PM. Admission to the reception is free and the art is available for viewing or purchase during regular theater hours, or by contacting Scott Horn at magnoliagallery@gmail.com, or visit magnoliagallerydallas.com for more info.

Dylan says, “I am a photographer and artist who focuses on organic and manufactured moments and ideas that touch on human and other living conditions: Birth, death, waking, sleeping, being lost, being found, all the spaces in between.

This installment marks the 3 year anniversary of when i first was introduced to the camera and is a formal farewell to artistic infancy. I have been able to capture a lot of life in a short time and have chosen some of what I think are the more engaging and meaningful images for this show. The road is becoming more narrow as my concepts and ability to translate them matures, so this will be the last time I show some of this work. However, I honor it all and am proud to share them with you. This is a wide range of what I’ve seen, who I’ve been and glimpses of life, the universe and everything as I understand them. It marks the end of the beginning and I think these efforts allude to a valid and necessary body of work that is to come. Enjoy.”

P.S. I will also be unveiling new work at the show that will interest some of you. Come see.”

visit Dylan at dylanhollingsworthphotography
watch this video by Hal

thumbnail image for Daisy YokleyDaisy Yokley specializes in artistic photography, mixed media paintings, and children/women/family portraiture. She loves to explore.

www.worldofdaisy.com

When and how did you become interested in photography?

I’ve been taking classes since high school, but my passion for photography truly took shape while I was in college in San Marcos, TX. The process of printing in the darkroom became such a fascination. And I had a wonderful tight-knit group of classmates, which really encouraged my love of photography.

What gear do you mainly use?

Right now I am LOVING my Yashicamat 124G twin lens reflex. I love square format. I use a Canon Rebel xti for my digital work – hoping to upgrade at some point but it works for now! I occasionally play around with my Holga and Lomo Action Sampler.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, and end up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Funny, lately I have struggled with this. I’m working a seasonal full-time job at the moment, and it’s been more difficult to find time for personal work. I just try to keep things balanced as best I can, and make it a priority to shoot for myself at least a few times a week, and sometimes this means giving up things like social events or cleaning the house. (I refuse to give up sleep!!)

What inspires you?

Nature. I am always noticing the beautiful colors in trees and skies and water and tall grass….and I immediately imagine a photograph with someone jumping around in that scene, or I see it as a great background for a portrait session.

What is your favorite genre?

I’m an artist at heart, so I love doing conceptual work. I also love portraiture, but it definitely still has an artistic angle.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I am very excited about an ongoing project of mine, documenting women and girls of all ages. The goal is to explore self-image of women in our culture. This is a big undertaking for me, I’m working on black and white film images as well as color digital, so it will be some time before it is exhibited, but I will be posting updates on my blog – and you can follow the work I’m doing! worldofdaisyphoto.blogspot.com

I will also be exhibiting in July 2010 with a group of wonderful women artists at the Firehouse Gallery in Del Rio, Texas – look for the show entitled “Wild Undergrowth.”

http://delrioarts.com/futureexhibit.aspx

What is one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

It is important for me to always maintain positive energy. I think this echoes in my work, and I think people are drawn to that. I like to encourage excitement and playfulness and freedom – and people want to feel those things.

If you could photograph anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I’d love for my current personal work to evolve and reach women outside my comfort zone – everyday women of all ages and cultures, women who work hard yet go unnoticed. I think a lot of women in this world tend to suppress their feelings and dreams, and I would love to give them a voice through images and stories.

What’s your dream photo field trip?

Ohhhh, there are so many. Right now I’m drawn to the U.S. west coast and the Pacific northwest, hoping to explore out that way soon. I am very curious about Portland, I keep hearing about the art scene out there.

If you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

My oh my. These questions are exciting!! I seem to have fallen in love with Mamiya cameras. I’d love something medium format, with a waist-level viewfinder, with the option of a digital or film back. Is that possible to have all those things together? The first time I used a waist-level viewfinder, I was in heaven. It takes a bit of pressure off your subject and it’s just more fun to use. And I always want the option of digital or film, there are some images I capture with film that I can’t seem to pull off with digital.

Who are your favorite shooters and why?

I am very inspired by Lauren Greenfield, her work raises some very important questions about vanity and materialism in the U.S. Studying her work inspired my current goals. Some portrait photographers I love: Deb Schwedhelm, Denise Lynette Andrade (“Boho Girl”), Katie Sokoler (“Color Me Katie”) – all very uplifting women who create beautiful, unique images.

Sample’s of Daisy Yokely’s Work

4.30.09 holding grapes

09.21.09 joey playing 2

10.16.09 la la la