Artem Nadyozhin (1984) was born in Sverdlovsk, Ukraine but raised in Pervomaysk. This small industrial city in Southern Ukraine used to be a large missile center in Ukraine but after the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances in 1994 its fame has faded and the manufacturers have closed. He remembers his childhood among broken down factories and abandoned quarries in which he used to swim. ‘The weather normally was calm and foggy so the landscape always seemed to be blurred. Maybe that’s where my photography style comes from. I do not like to use bright colors or saturation and contrast effects. I tend to monochromatic pictures, muted and subdued colours as if the picture has already faded.’ he states.
His most recent photo series stems from his love of exploring old and abandoned locations.
AM: What’s your name?
TN: My name is Takuya Nakamura. People call me "Taku" so I often use it as my modelling name.
AM: Where were you born? What is it like there? Try to describe a little bit what it feels like to be in your hometown.
TN: I am from Japan. Born in Shizuoka city which is between Tokyo and Osaka. Close to "the Mt. Fuji", the highest mountain in Japan. It's almost 4000 meters high. Near by the sea and a famous lake. I guess growing up in this environment made me love the wilderness.
AM: What is the earliest memory you have from your childhood?
TN: My earliest memory from childhood is when I was four years old. I was on the beach with my parents and our neighbor’s family. We were enjoying our day but suddenly a big wave hit me and I almost drowned. I can still remember being under the water, seeing the shining blue sky. Normally when these kind of things happen at a young age, th...
Julian Besson, a passionate photographer mainly based in Paris, captured the hectic streets and lives of New York. His series ‘Kids from the Hood’ revolves around representations of bike kids in Rivington St. His work reveals a certain level of trust between him and his subjects. His subjects sit confidently on their bikes, a sense of pride is present in every facial expression and every body posture. A pride that arises in the comfort of belonging to an identity beyond oneself, an identity shared through friendship and the act of biking. Julian often captures themes of youth in his photographic projects stating that, he wanted to capture the ‘Youthful vibe’ inherent to the city. When asked about his choice to shoot his series in black and white, he responds that he loves the timeless feeling it creates. And that black and white functions partially as an ode to the New York of the 80’s and the emergence of hip hop culture. ‘Kids fro...
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