By Mandy McGee
I am so excited I was able to sit down and chat up photographer April Eddleton. As a photographer myself I love picking the brains of other photographers. I have known April for a while now, she and I grew up in the same area, and I have been following her creative journey and am very proud of her and the work she has done.
(Photo of April Eileen by April Dorothea)
Mandy: How long have you been doing photography and how did you get started?
April: I’ve been doing photography professionally for a little over 2 years now. I started in high school by taking photo journalism. I really miss the dark room!
Mandy: How would you describe your style?
April: All over the place! I love to create! Lately I’ve been working on more and more headpieces and jewelry to go along with the shoots I’ve thought up. Lately I’ve been more in to editorial style photos, but I work with a lot of more alternative models, so people have come to know me for my more edgy styles.
Mandy: How did you learn photography school or self taught?
April: Well, I took photo journalism in high school. However, over the years I had forgotten most of what I had learned, as I didn’t really practice it until recently. So I had to re-learn everything. A lot was self taught via Google, as well as a few amazing friends giving me advice along the way. But mostly just from getting out there and just doing it. You’re going to make mistakes, and not every shoot will turn out the way you see it in your mind. But as they say, practice makes perfect! So getting out there and shooting, any chance you get, is the best teacher there is.
Mandy: Have you always wanted to do photography?
April: I’ve been taking pictures since I was in elementary school. As a child, I almost always had a disposable camera on me, or a bag full of film. But I never really thought of it as something I wanted to do for a living until I was forced to make a change in my career. I worked at Geico for a long time, but due to kidney failure, was forced to go on disability. The first few months were rough, going crazy sitting at home (I am forever on the go) so I decided to pick my camera back up and haven’t put it down since! The health issues are still here, I am still on dialysis, but I found the silver lining in it- I rediscovered my passion for photography and art. Now I am doing what I truly love for a living!
By Mandy McGee
Photographer Catharine Maloney was born in Austin, Texas in 1982 and currently lives in Delaware. She has an MFA from Yale School of Art and is in the band Teen Men (with members of Spinto Band). Her photographs have been featured on websites such as It’s Nice That, Serial Optimist, I Heart Photograph and Print Liberation and her work has been exhibited most recently at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia and Higher Pictures in New York City. Catharine’s style is playful and whimsical mixed with nostalgia and intentional awkwardness. I was super excited when she agreed to chat with me about her work.
Mandy- How long have you been doing photography and how did you get started?
Catharine- Thirteen years, I took a class in high school after failing out of theatre arts because I was bad a memorizing.
Mandy- How would you describe your style?
Catharine- Candy-colored, playful, men!
By Mandy McGee
Photographer Melanie Helms aka “Mehli Mayhem”, a resident of Richmond, VA, is a mom to two beautiful girls and is married to her middle school sweetheart. She started an alternative magazine, Deadly Dessert, about a year ago to show case amazing artists and takes beautiful alternative fashion photos. I have had the pleasure of photographing her as well as model for her. We had a chat recently about how she got her start in photography and where she plans on going with it.
Mandy- How did you get into photography?
Melanie- I have always admired art since I could remember of all kinds. I was a big tom boy growing up and didn’t know much about art and beauty but I wanted to learn. After I had my first child, I went to cosmetology school and decided to try my hand behind the camera because I always admired photography as well. I didn’t want to limit myself to one thing. I love learning things and am constantly pushing myself to be better at what I do.
I am self taught and have been doing photography for about 3 years. My husband bought me my first dslr valentines day of 2010. He knew how much I wanted to get into it. I started with pictures of my girls and friends and just did it for fun; had no clue about anything. In time, my friends and family told me I had a knack for it and should think about doing it more with it and actually charging people for my work.
By Mandy McGee
Through my interneting I have found some amazing artists and photographers to share with you.
Nicol Vizioli was a painter before she was a photographer; she gradually developed her passion for photography. Nicol pulls inspiration from mythology, the natural and animal world, literature and painting. Each series she does tells a story, and a few of the series are very haunting, dark and beautiful like my favourite series, Shadows on Parade.
By Mandy McGee
Vela Eyes is doing an Indiegogo to help fund their debut album. Currently there is about 50 hours left and they are so close to their goal. This San Fran based Indie Dream Pop band has definite potential. I am a huge advocate for shoegaze bands; some bands sound like carbon copies of Slowdive or MBV, but this band gives us a little more uniqueness away from the typical shoegaze sound. I absolutely love Vela Eyes’s sound. They are female fronted and combine shoegaze, post-punk and psych to create an ethereal and aggressive sound.
(Photo by Ryan Darcy)
Their debut EP, “The Pleasure Sunrise”, released today.
Check out their facebook for more updates and info.
Fine art photographer Antonio Martinez made a stop motion film called “Near the Egress” comprised of more than 800 dryplate tintype photos of a circus. This is incredibly amazing and stunning work.
The amazing paintings of Alice X. Zhang are both breathtaking and technically well illustrated. She recently did paintings of modern classic tv and movie characters. An installation of her work is now up at Bottleneck Art Gallery in Brooklyn until the 28th of June. Check out more of her work on her Tumblr and DeviantART pages.
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By Mandy McGee
I wanted to show off some photographers that I have been admiring for a while and some I have just discovered. I hope you will like them too.
Ever since I watched the documentary ”The Woodman’s”, Francesca Woodman’s work has made my creative wheel start turning again. I used to do a lot of self portraits in a somewhat similar style and I have begun doing those again. Without noticing some of her work has influenced a few of my recent photoshoots with other models. Her life and death is a mystery and has left beautifully haunted photos behind. She had a very short life but has made an impact in the art world years after.
Check out more of her work. She is all over the internet if you just type in her name. Some of my favourites are on this site.
I have been watching Danielle Tunsall’s work for a while and I like pretty much everything that her brain and camera produces. She is a horror photographer and Graphic Designer from the UK. Here is one of her newest photos which is so creepy but amazing!
Danielle on Facebook
Speaking of creepy and horror filled images, I recently discovered the work of Karen Jerzyk via Warren Ellis. She has a series of images up on her tumblr of various models at an abandoned asylum. Each is incredibly beautiful and some are downright creepy. She uses wide angle lenses to play with distortion (which is what I like to do) and it gives the images an added creepy feel just from that. The texture from all the decay in the location plays very nicely especially in the photos of the nude models.
Jyoti Sackett, a photographer from near my home town in Virginia, continues to amaze me with her images. They are so incredibly breath taking and ethereal. I hope one day I can model for her. Her photos pop up on Vogue Photo often. Watch out for her amazing work there and on facebook.