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“We felt the imprisonment of being a girl, the way it made your mind active and dreamy, and how you ended up knowing which colors went together. We knew that the girls were our twins, that we all existed in space like animals with identical skins, and that they knew everything about us though we couldn’t fathom them at all. We knew, finally, that the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them.”
― Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

“A love story can never be about full possession. The happy marriage, the requited love, the desire that never dims–these are lucky eventualites but they aren’t love stories. Love stories depend on disappointment, on unequal births and feuding families, on matrimonial boredom and at least one cold heart. Love stories, nearly without exception, give love a bad name.

We value love not because it’s stronger than death but because it’s weaker. Say what you want about love: death will finish it. You will not go on loving in the grave, not in any physical way that will at all resemble love as we know it on earth. The perishable nature of love is what gives love its importance in our lives. If it were endless, if it were on tap, love wouldn’t hit us the way it does.

And we certainly wouldn’t write about it.”
― Jeffrey Eugenides, My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead

As Summer fades with Samie Robinson.

© mel tjoeng

.burn baby burn.

Model: Alana Russell

m e o w

model: fran

The Transition.

I want to talk about my transition from documentary photography to fashion photography. Not because I feel like everyone needs an explanation but more because I have to understand it for myself. I thought that documentary work would always be my main focus and other areas would be supplementary and solely for work purposes.

I never much understood the fashion world. Sure, I loved buying clothes as much a the next girl but I didn’t relate to the pressure that the industry put on young women and men. I resented it. I found it to be unhealthy and superficial and I had painted the whole industry and everyone in it with the same brush. It wasn’t until I did a shoot several months ago with two models that I realised how creative fashion photography can be. Sure, there are definitely things I don’t like about the industry but then when I thought about it, there are things I don’t like about every industry. But then I really thought about it and if I am good at fashion photography and like doing it, who is to say that I don’t have the capabilities to influence the industry in a positive way one day? I will endevour to shoot all kinds of men and women because there is no one ideal or standard of beauty. Everyone and everything has beauty.

And you know what? Since I decided that, I have met some absolutely wonderful souls. I get to be creative every day and I have had a lot of positive feedback. I know that if I keep shooting in this industry that I’ll experience more things I don’t like but I’ll also encounter positive things as well. But you always have to take the good with the bad.

I know this sounds lame but I kind of feel like Ugly Betty; I’ve stumbled into something I never thought I would like and yet it turns out, the shoe actually fits.

Little Star

model: Chelsea Waddell

.The Wonder Years.

Light Of my Life. Fire of my loins. My Sin. My Soul.

“Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture. Everything is blooming. Everything is flying. Everything is screaming, choking on its screams. Laughter. Running. Let-down hair. That is all there is to life. ” ― Vladimir Nabokov



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