So, the party friday was amazing, thank you all for showing up. (Here are some photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.610776805677984.1073741827.320949584660709&type=1) But let’s not forgot what this was all about; the release of ISSUES Magazine #3! The theme for ISSUES #3 is ‘Sin’ and features work by Luca Knegtering, Florine van Rees, Marc Nolte, Stacii Samidin, Carlijn Jacobs, Milan Boonstra, Zahra Reijs, Marc Haers and Marvin de Monte. Let us know what you think about it and who your favourites are. Here’s a preview of the magazine. We got a few left, so get in touch if you want to order one: info@issues-magazine.com

photography | MILAN BOONSTRA

We have presented all photographers of the third edition of ISSUES magazine over the last of couple of weeks. Besides a lot of new faces we will be featuring some of the photographers you’ve seen in the previous two editions of ISSUES as well. We’ll conclude with Milan Boonstra, one of the founders of ISSUES magazine, who shot Sabrina, a pornstar Sabrina who has sin written all over her. Literally.

photography | MARVIN DE MONTE

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The last couple of weeks we have presented you the photographers featured in ISSUES Magazine #3, which will be released on february 28th at the Arminius church in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. We’ve asked nine local photographers to shoot a series, and the theme for this ISSUES is ‘Sin’. Today we present you the last of these nine photographers; Marvin de Monte, so let’s ask him about his sins and the work he made for ISSUES.

ISSUES: Tell us something about yourself. Who are you, what do you do?
My name is Marvin de Monte, I’m 26 years old and born and raised in the south side of Rotterdam. I’m a photographer and art student at WDKA and in my final year. My main themes in my photographic work are intimacy and sexuality. And I am currently working on an installation about private space, intimacy and the self-representation.

The theme for this edition of ISSUES Magazine is ‘Sin’. How did you implement this in your shoot?
A sin is relative to the environment you live in. My intention was not to make images about sin but to make images that trigger the minds of the watcher. I want them to think about the person that they see: Do they see a person who is feeling sexy and looks horny? Or do they see a person that feels awkward and shy? I don’t want my images to dictate what the viewer will see but I want my images to come alive in the mind of the viewer.

What are these pictures about?
The images are a recaptured presentation about 7 girls. When I did the shoots I wanted to know the person. At home I made a selection of 7 images that captured the shoot and the feeling I had during our meeting. With those images I made a fast slideshow on my computer, I took a picture of that moving slideshow and that’s how the all pictures of this shoot were created. My goal with the images was to recreate an expression of an intimate moment, with visual references.

Since ‘Sin’ is this ISSUES’ theme, let’s discuss the 7 sins and see how sinful you are;

Vanity. Are you vain? What’s your vanity, don’t be shy, tell us what’s great about yourself :)
I think that I can create what I want. Not only in art, but also in life. I grew up with the thought that we create our own reality. So if you believe you are a sad person, you will become one. And if you believe you are happy and content with life, you will be.

Sloth. Tell us about your laziness. What do you forget to do. Do you like to sleep? Exercise? Hate photoshopping?
I like sleeping as much as being awake, I have been practising lucid dreaming, and keeping a dream journal. Because I want to control my dreams, I use my dreams as inspiration. (In our dreams we rearrange memories of information we gain while awake). And by writing down my dreams, I get to new interests.

Glutony. Tell us about your favourite food. What are you having when you really want to indulge yourself?
Vegetarian roti, ‘broodje tempe’ and a yellow fernandes. And if I combine this with weed, I am having the time of my life.

Greed. What’s on your wishlist? Even if it’s unrealistic.. And photographywise; are you a gearfreak?
I want to create an archive of sexuality, and for that I always want more models and couples. I don’t know how much people I need, but I do know that I want more.
Photography wise I am not that greedy, I do keep myself posted on the newest technologies. I don’t work from my equipment, but the equipment has to work for me. For some projects I used crappy webcam’s to make images. And blew them up to 100cm x100cm. I don’t mind the pixels, because it was about Internet intimacy. And if I need a big print with crisp quality, I just rent a camera.

Envy. What do you wish you possessed? Ever get envious looking at someone else’s work?
No not really, if I see something that I like I only have respect for the creator and use it as an inspiration.

Wrath. Give us a list of things that piss you off.
The endless discussion about different photographers (or visual artists). On all blogs you see the brainless comments on images. By random people who think they are the only and the best photographers. I agree that if you claim to be a photographer you need to know the technical aspects of what you are doing. But the people who rage the most, are the simple souls that can’t think out of the box. It’s the same discussion about different painters: there are artistic people who use paint as a medium and there are painters who paint houses.

Lust. Tell us a secret.
Once you go red, you’ll never regret

How was it for you to work in black and white?
Most of my work is in black and white, it gives more space to the imagination of the viewer. Color reveals to much.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
I really don’t plan that far, but I probably will be older and married, and I will have finished my Urge project. I am currently documenting intimacy in Rotterdam ( 2012 – 2024 ). For this project I photograph couples having sex ( don’t be confused with pornography ). I am always looking for more couples. 18 and older, Straight, bi or gay and living in or around Rotterdam, mdmo@marvindemonte.com.

Was there a specific image that popped into your mind when you thought about sin?

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Who are your heroes? Photography, art, lifestyle, whatever.
Berlinde de Bruyckere, Sanne Sannes, Gerard Petrus Fieret, and Andy Tan

Where did you get your inspiration from?

From life, everyone has questions about who we are, why we are here. And I like to research the questions that pop up in my mind. And thank god for internet and Google, because if you really want to know something you can start by Googeling it. After some hits you can find ways to filter it to reliable sources. Internet is a gigantic source of essays, papers, documentaries, and books. You only have to know how to articulate the question that you have. And stay neutral. (Critical thinking)

Send us an image /photo you like that is about ‘Sin’.
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What can you tell us about the pictures that you normally take? Do you think that they fit the theme “SIN” as well?
My work is always about intimacy, so there is a lot of sex involved. But I don’t think it’s a sin. Everybody has sex, and I like to document the shapes and forms of it.

Check out Marvin’s work at: http://www.marvindemonte.com

photography | ZAHRA REIJS



The upcoming weeks we will be presenting you the photographers featured in ISSUES Magazine #3. It will be released on february 28th at the Arminius church in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. We’ve asked nine local photographers to shoot a series, and the theme for this ISSUES is ‘Sin’. So, let’s ask the photographers about their sins and the work they made for ISSUES. This week it’s Zahra Reijs, who was featured in ISSUES #1 as well.

ISSUES: Tell us something about yourself. Who are you, what do you do?
I’m Zahra, 21 years old. I’m a photographer.

The theme for this edition of ISSUES Magazine is ‘Sin’. How did you implement this in your shoot?
At first i wanted to shoot in Las Vegas but I’ve learned that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Then i met this woman who inspired me a lot. She used to work in nightclubs and stuff like that 40 years ago so i decided to photograph her 40 years back in time. The way i saw her in my head when she told me about that time of her life.

What can you tell us about these pictures? Did you shoot them in the USA or was it based on something you experienced while you were over there?
These photo’s i shot back home. Based on something I’ve experienced

Who’s the girl that you shot?
Awesome Priscilla from Rocket Garage

Since ‘Sin’ is this ISSUES’ theme, let’s discuss the 7 sins and see how sinful you are;

Sloth. Tell us about your laziness. What do you forget to do. Do you like to sleep? Exercise? Hate photoshopping?
I forget a lot… but i’m working on that. If you see my computer now it’s full of ‘to do’ post its. I love to sleep, but i also love to work out so i guess that’s quite a good combination.

Oh and i HATE photoshopping.

Gluttony. Tell us about your favorite food. What are you having when you really want to indulge yourself?
I’ve been dreaming about the STOUT burgers and sweet potato fries we used to get in LA a lot… unfortunately I’m not in LA.

Greed. What’s on your wish list? Even if it’s unrealistic.. And photography wise; are you a gear freak?
A greencard, a private jet which i would probably fly myself, a Vineyard in France and a mustang gt500 1967. Photographywise i’m not a gearfreak but i do have a lot of stuff i don’t really use.

Envy. What do you wish you possessed? Ever get envious looking at someone else’s work?
No, i probably get inspired but definitely not envious.

Wrath. Give us a list of things that piss you off.
Me forgetting my keys again.

Lust. Tell us a secret.
A secret is a secret.

How was it for you to work in black and white?
Horrible! I’m not much of a black and white person. I think in color and it’s so hard for me not to think in color. Even this time when I knew the photo’s had to be in color unconsciously I put this color palette in the series which I think made the series.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Everywhere but in the Netherlands.

Was there a specific image that popped into your mind when you thought about sin?
Not 1 image, but the movie Leaving Las Vegas popped into my mind.

Who are your heroes? Photography, art, lifestyle, whatever.
I’m not sure who I’d call my hero. But I love Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Jean Luc Godard, Harmony Korine, Rineke Dijkstra etc.

Where did you get your inspiration from?
Lisa

Send us an image /photo you like that is about ‘Sin’.

 

How did you like the States? Would you like to move there? Any other plans for the future?
I loved it and i would love to live there. It would be totally different tho… We were living the life. Mansion in the Hollywood hills… Big ass car, fancy lunches and diners with our diamond dealing BFF every day. But I guess I wouldn’t mind living in Silver Lake either.
Next up; Moscow and New York.

Check out Zahra’s work at: http://www.zahrareijs.com/

photography | STACII SAMIDIN



The upcoming weeks we will be presenting you the photographers featured in ISSUES Magazine #3. It will be released on february 28th at the Arminius church in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. We’ve asked nine local photographers to shoot a series, and the theme for this ISSUES is ‘Sin’. So, let’s ask the photographers about their sins and the work they made for ISSUES. This week we’ll introduce you to Stacii Samidin!

ISSUES: Tell us something about yourself. Who are you, what do you do?
I’m Stacii Samidin, 26 years old, born and raised in Rotterdam. I’m a documentary-photographer and I focus on people and group-identities. I love people, I’m fascinated by the variety of worlds within the world. Radicalism, stories about the unknown are my building blocks to create image.



The theme for this edition of ISSUES Magazine is ‘Sin’. How did you implement this in your shoot?


Sin, what is sin. The world around us decides for us whether something is a sin. My documentaries carry a story, and the image translates what goes beyond the stereotype.


What are your pictures about?
My photographs are about societies. I don’t care about the violence, the typical image of gangs and how they identify themselves to the world, I’m showing the world what it is like living in their world, within our known modern-day world.

These photos are awesome! Giving an insight in a world that’s normally really closed off. How did you manage to get so close?
I don’t judge, ever. I open up towards people.

Did you ever feel threatened while you were taking these photos?
Never. Photographs are only 25% of a documentary. 75% is the time you spend with them, and the bond you create. My own radicalism and fascination is my motive, and by respecting the people I photograph, I also gain their respect.

Since ‘Sin’ is this ISSUES’ theme, let’s discuss the 7 sins and see how sinful you are;

Vanity. Are you vain? What’s your vanity, don’t be shy, tell us what’s great about yourself :)
I’m Stacii. Tattoo’s, big ear-rings, gold teeth. I don’t really care.

Sloth. Tell us about your laziness. What do you forget to do. Do you like to sleep? Exercise? Hate photoshopping?


I can’t be lazy, I can’t even sit still for five minutes. My life exists in three worlds: WDKA, documentaries and my family. So glad to be awake for twenty hours, then I can get some sleep for like four hours ;). There is always chaos in my head, therefor I sometimes forget the world surrounding me.

Glutony. Tell us about your favourite food. What are you having when you really want to indulge yourself?
Saoto soup, moms nasi with chicken and a bottle of Jack.

Greed. What’s on your wishlist? Even if it’s unrealistic.. And photographywise; are you a gearfreak?
I’m greedy allright. I want to travel around the world with my camera, I want be THE Dutch gang photographer, I want my books to lay next to Estevan Oriol and Robert Yager. I want a shit load of money, I want to be talked about by the future generations of WDKA students, I want my images to be respected and preserved forever. I want to open a 24 hour gallery, I want to found an academy only for documentary photography. I want a good life for my son. It’s a good thing I can’t be lazy ;).
 
Envy. What do you wish you possessed? Ever get envious looking at someone else’s work?
Right now, all I really wish I possessed is enough money to make documentaries and push the boundaries to other group-identities in the world. I envy photographers who can live of their work, presented in museums, thick photo-books that people actually buy.
 
Wrath. Give us a list of things that piss you off.
The government, police, people who tell me what to do and people that are restricting freedom of the identity of the public.



Lust. Tell us a secret.
Haha;) “Ain’t sayin’ nuttin’.”
 

How was it for you to work in black and white?


I work in black and white more often than people know, and I love it. It makes the story more intriguing.
 
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
I travel around the world with my camera, I am THE Dutch gang photographer, my books lay next to Estevan Oriol and Robert Yager. I have a shit load of money, I’m talked about by the future generations of WDKA students, my images are respected and preserved forever. I own a 24 hour gallery and I founded an academy only for documentary photography. I made a good life for my son.


Was there a specific image that popped in your mind when you though about sin?



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Who are your heroes? Photography, art, lifestyle, whatever.
Estevan Oriol, Robert Yager, Peter Martens, Sally Mann, Helmut Newton. Maddoxx Elijah Samidin.

Where did you get your inspiration from?
People i meet, they create a world around me.


Send us an image /photo you like that is about ‘Sin’.
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Robert yager

Check out Stacii’s work at: http://imstacii.com/

photography | MARC NOLTE

We will be presenting the photographers of the third edition of ISSUES magazine over the next of couple of weeks. Besides a lot of new faces we will be featuring some of the photographers you’ve seen in the previous two editions of ISSUES as well. Marc Nolte for instance, one of the founders of ISSUES magazine, shot model Michelle van Dijk in a series based on a prayer called ‘Confiteor’.

photography | LUCA KNEGTERING

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The upcoming weeks we will be presenting you the photographers featured in ISSUES Magazine #3. It will be released on february 28th at the Arminius church in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. We’ve asked nine local photographers to shoot a series, and the theme for this ISSUES is ‘Sin’. So, let’s ask the photographers about their sins and the work they made for ISSUES. This week we’ll introduce you to Luca Knegtering!

ISSUES: Tell us something about yourself. Who are you, what do you do?
My name is Luca Knegtering, a photographer who likes to shoot at exotic trash dumps, subtropical swim paradises and classy strip clubs.  In 2012 I gratuated from the Willem the Kooning academy. During my studies I took off to Seoul for a 6 months exchange program. The place where my initial fascination for photography began. While hardly nobody spoke English and my Korean was far from fluent, the only thing left for me to do was wander around the streets with my camera. Like a typical tourist I was able to survive and indulge my culture shock by taking 10.000 photos each day. After Seoul I decided to be lost in translation once more and started to intern as the inhouse photographer for Nylon Indonesia. I am too restless to stay at the same place for too long that’s why I love to travel the world, and capture contrasting situations.

The theme for this edition of ISSUES Magazine is ‘Sin’. How did you implement this in your shoot?
I chose the most interesting sin; LUST. The sin that makes life interesting and complicated at the same time. I implemented this sin by showing the development of lust in a young girl. The age when girls start to discover how to seduce. A tribute to the Britney song ‘not yet a girl not yet a woman’. The illustrations from the Phoney club are a reference to Adam and Eve, who introduced sin to the world.

What are these pictures about?
My serie for ISSUES is called ‘Coming of Age’. It is the period when you turn from an innocent child, into a serious grown up. The age when you begin to explore your sins and the seductions of life. A raw feeling mixed with sexual intensity. This lolita feeling was what I wanted to capture in my series. The alienation of a minor girl in one of the most unsubtle places on earth; a brothel.

Milou Maass. Wow.
Yes working with Milou was really great! She is really pretty, has a unique face and was easy to work with. I love it when a model is comfortable in every place, even if she has to lay naked in brothel beds full of smudge. Oh ,and not to forget, she makes beautiful illustration work herself!

You did the shoot in a sexshop. Tell us more, how did  you come across it, were they open to it etc.
One month before the shoot for ISSUES, I had to  take photos of different sex-shops in Rotterdam.The sex-shop from this shoot is called; Taboe (Benthuizerstraat 45b, Rotterdam).
When I heard the theme for ISSUES this location popped up immediately in my mind. Because when you enter the shop you feel like you’re on a tropical island, surrounded by pretty girls and special toys. Their interior is real eyecandy. You should see it for yourself.

Since ‘Sin’ is this ISSUES’ theme, let’s discuss the 7 sins and see how sinful you are;

Vanity. Are you vain? What’s your vanity, don’t be shy, tell us what’s great about yourself :)
I think I score a little above the average if it comes to vanity. I have a little obsession with taking selfies at 03:00 am. But only one percent is for public and 99 precent is for my own private collection.

Sloth. Tell us about your laziness. What do you forget to do. Do you like to sleep? Exercise? Hate photoshopping
I can’t say I’m a lazy person but I can fall asleep literally everywhere. Quite dangerous sometimes, because it can also happen while I am driving a car. That’s why I lost my last one, while falling a sleep and crashing into an empty bus stop.
And yes I love the action of taking photos. But the photoshopping part afterwards is not my favourite. Luckily I have found my partner in crime Raelli Malawauw, who can’t get enough of it!

Glutony. Tell us about your favourite food. What are you having when you really want to indulge yourself?
COCONUT and truffle. A menu based on this flavours and you can marry me.

Greed. What’s on your wishlist? Even if it’s unrealistic.. And photographywise; are you a gearfreak?
a. More Greenpeace and Mother Theresa like characteristics.
b. Being a succesful photographer who travels every month to a different country,
 to capture contrasting situations all over the planet.
c. An oil sheik with a little harem, a private paradise and a personal jet.
 To finance my wishlist.

Envy. What do you wish you possessed? Ever get envious looking at someone else’s work?
Peace and a little patience.

Wrath. Give us a list of things that piss you off.
Hmm this list could be endless, depending on my mood.
Unfortunately I am short tempered, but at the same time easy to forgive.:)

How was it for you to work in black and white?
A little difficult but an interesting challenge at the same time.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
In ten years I will have a successful career, four houses, 1 palmtree, 2 swimmingpools or the sea next to my house, 4 kids and a little botox.

Was there a specific image that popped into your mind when you thought about sin?
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Black crack (Iran) by Aslon Arfa.

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The borderline of China-North Korea.     Image: Noran Bakrie

Who are your heroes? Photography, art, lifestyle, whatever.
Professor Dick Swaab for being able to read the human brain.
Britt Williams for her poetic talent.

Where did you get your inspiration from?
I found some old school Playboys in a club in Rotterdam called 26 and fell in love with the raw images and interesting poses.

Send us an image /photo you like that is about ‘Sin’.

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North Korea. Image: Reuters

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Holy Mary. Image: unknown

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Child being born in prison out of a child prostitute. Image: unknown

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Image: Nathal Perkel

ISSUES release party, three drinks and you’ll…..
lay under the table. This special genes in my body make me drunk after two glasses and passed out after three.. Cheers!

Check out Luca’s work at: http://www.lucaknegtering.com

photography | FLORINE VAN REES

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Over the upcoming weeks we will be presenting the participating photographers of ISSUES Magazine #3. This issue’s theme is ‘Sin’, so let’s ask the photographers about their own sins and the series they shot for the magazine. This week we would like to introduce you to the very talented Florine van Rees.

ISSUES: Tell us something about yourself. Who are you, what do you do?
As of now I work as a freelancer, mainly in photography. I graduated in fashion design a year and a half ago and always used photography in my design process. I work with 2D and 3D at the same time and try to find new things in the world of fashion and all things that come with that term.

The theme for this edition of ISSUES Magazine is ‘Sin’. How did you implement this in your shoot?
The last couple of months I have been working a lot with collages that I made with 3D objects and took pictures of afterwards. I immediately felt that I wanted to do a collage with food, because one of the sins, glutony, and make something rather dirty, something abstract.

Hey, is your model Michele van Vliet? Cool! Do you work together often?
That’s correct! We met each other in school and started working together there. We use each other as models, which is working pretty well since we understand each other as photographers. We supplement each other; Michele is a technical photographer who makes flawless fashion photography, while my work is more based on a certain atmosphere to which I add collage and other elements.

What are your pictures about?
As I already mentioned I wanted to work with food, and make it a filthy sin in the work process but capture it as a piece of abstract art. I got my inspiration from the ancient painted stills from the Rijksmuseum, which combine food, dead animals and jewellery while still remaining chique and classical paintings.


Since ‘Sin’ is this ISSUES’ theme, let’s discuss the 7 sins and see how sinful you are;

Vanity. Are you vain? What’s your vanity, don’t be shy, tell us what’s great about yourself :)
I don’t consider myself being vain. I think everyone is vain at times, just like they are insecure. I feel better about myself if I look different every day and I like changing my look with color of lipstick and wearing my hear in a different way. I must add to that that I don’t take too much time for that, I don’t even have a hairbrush, so maybe I’m not so vain at all..

Sloth. Tell us about your laziness. What do you forget to do. Do you like to sleep? Exercise? Hate photoshopping?
I am a different person during wintertime than I am during summertime. In winter I am lazy when it comes to sleeping and going out. When I come home after being on the road during the day it is easy for me to stay in. It’s the same with sports. I play tennis and run during the mornings every now and then, but when it’s cold, dark and rainy outside I just don’t go. I like photoshopping but when I don’t know how to achieve something I can push it forward because I know that I won’t be able to get it fixed in a short period of time.

Glutony. Tell us about your favourite food. What are you having when you really want to indulge yourself?
I don’t really have favourite food, I am pretty easy when it comes to food. Sometimes I really feel like having some cheese when other times I feel like having a piece of chocolate.

Greed. What’s on your wishlist? Even if it’s unrealistic.. And photographywise; are you a gearfreak?

I often dream about being able to travel all over the world for my work without thinking about money. I am not a gearfreak, I am not a technical photographer so I am not really occupied with new products that are on the market. I prefer having my analogue pocket camera with me and taking pictures of everything I see and consider interesting, and not having a heavy camera with me which isn’t camouflaging at all when it comes to take pictures of people on the street.

Envy. What do you wish you possessed? Ever get envious looking at someone else’s work?
Just like with vanity, I think that everyone gets envious at someone or something from time to time. When it comes to photography I can get envious when I see pictures that are technically perfect and have achieved to capture the right atmosphere as well. I can still learn a lot when it comes to the technical  side of photography.

Wrath. Give us a list of things that piss you off.
I can get really frustrated when I think about the money issue that is taking over fresh new artists. They have big dreams but are being limited because of money. As a photographer you want to have exhibitions, but the investment in prints and frames is too high when you know that photographs don’t get sold that easily. I would like to start a new fashion collection again, but thinking about how much time and money it will cost me in advance without knowing if it will come back one way or another afterwards keeps me from starting.

Lust. Tell us a secret.
I gave my boyfriend an A2 picture on foamboard for his birthday. The front side was to show to others, the back has a topless picture of me drinking slash pooring honey out of a whiskey class, taken by Zahra Reijs.

How was it for you to work in black and white?
I must say that I thought it was harder than I imagined it to be. Color normally plays a really important role in my work, that was something I had to skip this time. On the other hand, because I just didn’t have to think about it, the limitations made it easier for me. I can often make things hard for myself because I have so many options, this time it was black and white from the start. The final pictures are more classical and chique than if they would have been in color and actually have something mysterious and abstract about them, partly because of the use of black and white.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
That’s a hard question which has been asked before. Since I am still figuring out what I am actually doing now, it’s really blurry and vague what it’s going to be like in ten years. I hope that I will then be able to make a book whenever I feel like it, make a fashion collection whenever it feels right and keep taking the photographs I take for my personal work as well as for clients. I would also love to curate a collection in an influental museum in a city like New York or London. 

Was there a specific image that popped into your mind when you thought about sin?
Actually there was. Right before you guys asked me to make an editorial for Issues I went to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. I saw a painting from a still life of flowers and an open pomegrenate in the middle, which refers to the feminine sex. I thought it was powerful because it was so subtle .

Who are your heroes? Photography, art, lifestyle, whatever.
That’s quite a big list, let me just name some of them. I love the mysterious and unique photography of Francesca Woodman. When I’m out of inspiration and look at her work, and think about the things she had already achieved in photography so long ago, I get inspired again. I think that Patti Smith as a person is very inspiring. Her book, her pictures, her music and her poems, they are so real and personal that you can really feel their power. When it comes to fashion I think Diana Vreeland had a very clear view. She actually achieved to change the idea of fashion and show it as a mirror of the spirit of time.

Where did you get your inspiration from?
As cliche as it might sound, I find inspiration everywhere. I just have to keep my ears and eyes open to absorb everything around me. During that process I can’t feel limited in possibilities, otherwise the inspiration will never find it’s way.

You studied fashion, how did you start making photographs?
During my studies, I took the final pictures of my clothing myself. After a while I found out that every time the design process started, I was already looking forward towards the photography of the clothes that I still had to make and had a concept of that already. Slowly, photography started to influence my work in fashion more and more. I used pictures I made to make prints in fabric for dressed, tops and jackets. I graduated with a fashion collection as well as with a color research book. I made a book out of pictures I took during my travels, mostly in Los Angeles and Brasil. I made groups of pictures based on color and gave every group an official Pantone color chart. After graduation, Mausbird kids and baby clothing asked me to make a lookbook, which was my first commercial job.

Are you still doing alot of fashion as well?
I’m combining the skills I learnt in fashion school with my photography. I do think about making a new collection, but for now the photography is fast different every day, which makes it harder for me to actually stay in my studio and make clothing day in day out.
During summer I taught little girls in the south of France how to design. I went through all the steps with them, so that they could actually make something themselves, including the brainstorming/design/collage/patternmaking/sewing. Afterwards I was the one taking the pictures of the girls, being real proud,  wearing their self made piece of clothing, bag and bow.

Send us an image /photo you like that is about ‘Sin’.

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Check out Florine’s work at: http://www.florinevanrees.com/

photography | CARLIJN JACOBS

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The upcoming weeks we will be presenting you the photographers featured in ISSUES Magazine #3. It will be released on february 28th at the Arminius church in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. We’ve asked nine local photographers to shoot a series, and the theme for this ISSUES is ‘Sin’. So, let’s ask the photographers about their sins and the work they made for ISSUES. We started off with a fresh face last week, this week we present you Carlijn Jacobs, who already made a great series for ISSUES #2.

ISSUES: Tell us something about yourself. Who are you, what do you do?
Carlijn Jacobs, almost 23 and already got money to blow. Moved to Amsterdam (sorry guys, I swear Rotterdam has my heart) and I’m graduating at the Willem de Kooning academy.

Since the last ISSUES, what have you been up to?  We see your work all over the place!
Just on my way to fame.

The theme for this edition of ISSUES Magazine is ‘Sin’. How did you implement this in your shoot?
I chose the sin, in which I thought I had something in common with. I wanted to show the aesthetics of this kind of sin.

What are your pictures about?
I’ve always been inspired by strippers and prostitutes (who isn’t?) and wanted to bring strip/sex clubs to a higher level. Some people might think a club like this is not chic but I disagree. The ambience is so particular. While others commit sins, she feels nothing. And of course it was a good excuse to finally visit this beautiful stripclub.

Who’s the model and why did you pick her?
Nicky van Exel, a friend of mine who is extremely gorgeous. Her appearance is so mysterious and abstract, she could never get trashy.
 
Where did you do your shoot? How did you get permission to do your shoot there? Were they nice to work with?
Club Cinderella in Rotterdam, I contacted the owner of the club who had absolutely no problem with me photographing in his club. The nice owner served us drinks and we were allowed to go everywhere, even in the rooms where you could still smell the sex from the night before.

Since ‘Sin’ is this ISSUES’ theme, let’s discuss the 7 sins and see how sinful you are;


Vanity. Are you vain? What’s your vanity, don’t be shy, tell us what’s great about yourself :)
I sure am! My grandmother always tells me: “If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody believes in you!” So I think you definitely have to be vain. What’s great about me? My willpower and liveliness.

Sloth. Tell us about your laziness. What do you forget to do. Do you like to sleep? Exercise? Hate photoshopping?
I never work out.. but I also forget to eat when I’m stressy, so I guess it’s a good combination. But hmm real laziness.. I hate lazy people.

Greed. What’s on your wishlist? Even if it’s unrealistic.. And photographywise; are you a gearfreak?
To live in london or LA, having my own magazine, being ‘the body’ (ok maybe I should start working out), get loaded by photography, being sponsored by Prada, free weaves for life.. Omg, I’m so greedy!!!!

Envy. What do you wish you possessed? Ever get envious looking at someone else’s work?
No, I don’t get envious; I have respect for people that do great things. It’s good to compare yourself to other photographers. I think it’s important to look at others, so you can step up your game!

Wrath. Give us a list of things that piss you off.
You have time? I can talk all day about what pisses me of (ask my friends). So maybe it’s better to continue to the next question.

Lust. Tell us a secret.
Ain’t telling y’all none.

How was it for you to work in black and white?
Not a problem. But to be honest, I have the serie in colour on my Macbook.

Was there a specific image that popped into your mind when you thought about sin?

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Nathalie Portman in the movie Closer. A depressed stripper who has serious issues.

Who are your heroes? Photography, art, lifestyle, whatever.
My mother, she loves me unconditionally and is so fierce! A real businesswoman: smart and sexy! Love her.

Where did you get your inspiration from?
The movie: closer

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This image:  beautiful!

Send us a photo you like that is about Sin

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Helmut Newton,  1995, Vogue US

At the previous ISSUES release party, you dissapeared and somehow we got these photos in our possession, what happened ☺

imageWe thought it was a good idea to explore the hotel and go on an adventure. We stole cheese from the kitchen in the hotel and the security saw us so we ran like 10 rounds around the kitchen table with the security behind us. But he could laugh about it so we became friends. Oh, and we’ve also been in the hot tub on the 11th floor. Definitely the best launch I’ve ever been to hahaha.

Check out Carlijn’s work at: http://www.carlijnjacobs.com