Friday, September 30, 2016

Dawn L. Hall


Image Courtesy Of Dawn L. Hall 

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I am located in MD, DMV area. I was born in Washington D.C. and lived in this area most of my life. I have also lived in Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MOST PERFECT CHILDHOOD MEMORIES?
I was born in Washington D.C. I was an army brat and I lived in the army housing. Starring in my elementary school musical was a great childhood memory. I got satisfaction from performing. I didn’t start acting for many years after that highlight.

HOW DID YOU COME TO BE AN ARTIST/CREATOR?
I was always a writer, but kept my writings private until a couple of years ago. I was giving my best attempt to a normal life, and I became depressed and unable to conform to the demands of society. I began acting in independent films to express myself. My writings were very vulnerable and mostly poetry, so it took a while for me to accept this as my style and move forward to creating visuals. I started developing projects in my own vision to highlight my individualism rather than be just an actor for the some movie. I wanted to let go of inhibition and rules and that was a wonderful feeling for me, so growing in that feeling for me became a way of life.

HOW DID YOU TRAIN FOR YOUR LINE OF WORK?
I am a passionate student advancing through experimentation and self-study. Training is jumping right in and making a project from the here and now, each project I use my available resources and develop opportunities through the chaos. I try to be well versed in key skills of film, continually learning cinematography, editing and producing. I started photography to understand what can be possible for film within the past two years. I research the technology and techniques that I can use independently.

WHAT THEMES DO YOU PURSUE?
I pursue themes with personal meaning and universal meaning. My interests are philosophical and edgy untapped subject matter that confronts hard truths.I also pursue themes around other artists and musicians.

WHAT HAS BEEN A SEMINAL EXPERIENCE?
Shooting my first film “Parallel Shift” was intensely moving for me and it opened the door for my newer work. The process and personal experience of creating the film was pivotal to my artistry.

WHAT IS “TESTAMENT OF THE SHADOW” ABOUT “THE IDEALISM OF LOVE”, ABOUT?
“Testament of the Shadow” is a film about the idealism of love according to the Jungian Shadow aspect. The film is about confronting the dark and hidden aspects of my personality so that I can be wholly liberated through the act. It is about suffering and healing within the psyche.

HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR THE ROLE AND CREATIVE PROCESS?
Preparation was constant since receiving the vision, the story is told through body language, so I would dance and do yoga to keep my body fluid. I practiced being honest with my emotions so that I could identify and work from a sincere space.

HOW DOES YOUR AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER AREAS OF YOUR LIFE?
I would say I have a constantly developing aesthetic. I am mostly minimalist but also nostalgic and I have also been called romantic. I like to make the best with what I have. I shop at the thrift store and enjoy nature. I enjoy strange and unusual.

ON AN OFF-DAY?
I like to cook, rest and listen to music. But ultimately I'm a workaholic and will get some work done each day. I like to spend uninterrupted time alone as much as possible.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Perfect Fall Look

Photographed By Nganji Mutiri

It's all about the lips.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Honey B. Fly

Photo Courtesy Of Farah Fahad 

The Egyptians do it better, and Tutankhamun looks pretty good for a 3 000-year-old dude, no?

OK, I'm talking about honey (what were you thinking?). There's a library of literature pertaining to the health (and beauty) benefits of this sugar-rich liquid. They knew it in the ancient civilizations, too. And I know it. But, I've never tried a home remedy mask using manuka honey. Farah Fahad's convinced me. The price is up there. However, this stuff has no expiration date. You can literally carry it on into the afterlife.

Farah Fahad


Photo Courtesy Of Farah Fahad 

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
I was born and raised in Kuwait. Growing up I really had no idea what I wanted to be. Even in college it wasn't until my third year that I chose to study nutrition. I think it's very important not to put pressure on kids growing up and allow them to explore different activities to really find what they are passionate about.

WHAT ARE THE THREE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE CITY WHERE YOU LIVE?
I live in Los Angeles. The three best things are the weather, my favorite grocery store called Erewhon, and the beautiful hiking trails.

WHY DIETITIAN?
I decided to become a dietitian, because I love health and wellness, I love helping people and making them feel better.

WHEN DID YOU START THE FARAH EFFECT?
I started The Farah Effect earlier this year. I decided it was time to have an online platform that everyone had access to- that had useful nutrition knowledge including recipes. There is a lot misinformation regarding nutrition online and I wanted to create a space that came from a credible source. But at the same time I wanted the imagery to be beautiful.

HOW DID YOU ACQUIRE THE EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE?
Through school and work. I have a Bachelor of Science in nutritional science, master of arts in clinical psychology, master of science in nutrition and a registered dietitian license.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS TO WORK WITH?
Anything coconut! Coconut milk, coconut butter, coconut water, coconut flour, coconut oil.

DETOX DIETS, YAY OR NAY?
Only for short periods and not to be used as a way to control weight. I don't recommend extreme dieting, I believe moderation is the key to health in all areas of life not just food.

PROTEINS VERSUS CARBOHYDRATES?
Both - the body needs both to function. Carbohydrates from unrefined sources like fruits and vegetables.

WHAT BEAUTY ESSENTIALS CAN EASILY BE WHIPPED UP IN ONE’S KITCHEN?
Face masks. I use this manuka honey one all the time.

HOW DO YOU GET LIT OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I love concerts. The last one I saw was Adele. Her voice is out of this world.

WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT?
Veggie pizza, with a side of vegetables and green juice. I eat a lot of vegetables!

The Farah Effect

Photographed By Farah Fahad

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pandemonia Panacea


Photo Courtesy Of Christina Georgiadou

IS LIFE IN PLASTIC FANTASTIC?
On the surface, it’s all glossy and fabulous. Inside, it's a little claustrophobic.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
London. I still live in central London. It's very handy for popping up at all those fashion and art shows.

WHAT WERE YOUR CHILDHOOD DREAMS?
To be an outlaw.

WHY ARTIST?
It's the only occupation that allows you to explore our existence, while engaging in conversation with the world.
 
IN WHAT GENRE WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR ART?
Digital technology and social media is changing our world. The categories for art are changing. My work is concerned with the collective myths and the inter-subjective world we all inhabit. At present my work is not defined to one specific category or genre.

ARE YOU A PRAGMATIST OR A FANTASIST?
I think there is something in the pragmatic philosophy of Peirce and Dewey: what works works. I see myself as more of a realist. My work exists squarely in this world.

WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS AND WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION?
As an anonymous artist I pass through the city unnoticed observing the culture and people in it. I use the good old sketch book to place drawings and notes. I get a lot of inspiration from the mass media. I also read a lot of books.

WHO DESIGNS YOUR COSTUMES?
I do. I design and make all my work. Eventually I would like to have a team help me make so I can realize greater possibilities.

IS ANONYMITY UNDERRATED?
Totally! People are giving everything away for convenience. In the analogue age your personal life was precious.

SILENCE OR NOISE?
Living in the city silence is a thing of rare beauty.

The Marketability Of Desire

Photo Courtesy Of Pandemonia Panacea

Futile.