NM: Where are you from in Canada, and what has brought you to your current residence in Portugal? How have these locations inspired your work?
JS: I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. I came to Portugal for love and ended up just staying and making it my home base. I started taking photos in Calgary as a way of escaping my reality, where I felt restless. I made a few trips to really beautiful places nearby like the mountains of Alberta and Drum Heller (a very strange place that looks like Mars), and those trips with friends led me to having a love affair with photos as a means of adventure and capturing something in time with those important to me. The rush of getting film developed was a kind of magic thing too. When I came to Portugal I was still taking pictures but became a but disenchanted with that process. I had a lot of alone time and a more sleepy lifestyle, so I started painting. The is...
A: What’s your name?
V: My name is Asmavee Marma. But my nickname is Vee.
A: Where were you born? - What is it like there?
V: I was born in Bangkok. I have many close friends in Bangkok. Thats one of the major reasons why I love this city so much!
A: What is the earliest memory you have from your childhood?
V: I remember hanging out with my friends and riding our bikes around the windy streets of Bangkok. We would explore new places and meet new groups of friends.
A: Back then when you were a child, did you dream of travelling around the world one day like you do now?
V: My dream place to go was England, mostly because I wanted to watch a live football match!
A: Is there something you really miss from your old place?
V: Well I miss what most people probably miss. When we were younger our time was infinite. But now as we get older, we cant do all the things we wan...
Timeless and Personal.NATURAL
NM: In your exclusive for Aserica, you chose to shoot with black and white film. Is this your usual medium? Why did you choose film?
DL: Film always! I always shoot with film. It’s better. I have been shooting exclusively with black and white film recently because I’m better at scanning black and white film. I know that’s not a very romantic answer! I just discovered this scanning technique that I love and I’m sticking with it for a while.
NM: Why did you shoot your model, Ashely, nude? What about humans natural form inspires you?
DL: Nudity is timeless and personal. When photographed respectfully and comfortably, I believe a person feels more sincere when they are nude. Clothing puts a date on a photo. Clothing has a certain fit and style. The human form is the most beautiful and honest presence. Two people can wear the same outfit, but they can never wear the same skin.
NM: The tone and mood of this seri...
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