Norbert Thiemann of Cinespire Photography (NSFW)

I have admired Norbert Thiemann’s work for quite some time. In fact, every time I saw one of his photographs I thought it would be perfect for Furies. He might be one of the reasons I came back to Furies; to be able to bring attention to local talent like him and work like his.

I was lucky that he reached out to me to be the first interview for the rehash of Furies Magazine.

Cinespire Photography - 0293-02What inspired you to start taking pictures?
Both of my California cousins took still photographs before they became immersed in creating motion pictures. Seeing their different styles and approaches was very inspiring. It helped a lot that they are both so talented.

They also influenced my appreciation for watching fine films. The name Cinespire Photography came from my realization that the photographs would in some way be influenced by things I had witnessed on the big screen. Not surprisingly, I also gravitate toward the art and photos of times past.

When did you get your start as a photographer?
My plunge into photography started somewhere around 2006 or 2007. Initially, I bought the camera with the intention of producing works in stop motion, in conjunction with film making. After a few sessions with models I was simply hooked on taking stills.

Cinespire Photography - 0272-02How would you describe your work?
I would say it is earthed in minimalism, with a hint of dark and somber notes.  I think it also strives toward creating a faux realism.

How does today’s politically correct obsessed culture effect your content and the people who model for you?
Some of the work is erotic, but the majority is not confined to that definition.  I aim for my work to be both body and sex positive.  It can become empowering for those who seek it.  I’ve essentially witnessed two types of feminism, which are sex positive and sex negative. One just seems more healthy and inclusive.

Do you plan out your shoots ahead of time or do you let the subject inspire you?
It turns out to be a combination of both.  I generally have various loose ideas for a shoot, but I stay open to my subject, location and potential props.  A lot of my photographs were spontaneously created out of an inspired moment.

Cinespire Photography - 0232-01I notice that a lot of your work is black and white or has very subtle use of color. Why is that?
Great phrasing of this question, because I had to pause and think about it. I love everything about black and white, especially mingling in the shadows. It’s my opinion that black and white aids in making experiences more universal, instead of being solely about one specific person.

Although we had color TV’s when I was young, we still had the odd black and white portable model.  In the early years, it was rare for us to go to the movie theater, however we did frequent the drive-in. I’m sure I was influenced by all the black and white and muted colors from when I was growing up.  Watch some great classics and movies from the 1970’s to get my drift.

Cinespire Photography - 0113-01Are there any local artists that you’re inspired by?
For local, I would be remiss not to acknowledge Bill Steber.

What are your goals as an artist?
Recognition is big for every artist I’m sure. I mainly wish to be more prolific, and to keep growing.

If you could shoot anything/anyone you wanted, what/who would it be?
Beauty comes in many forms, and variety is so important. For some time I have been drawn to the presence of an international model who has gained notoriety for being utterly unique. Her name is Melanie Gaydos, and she has done some very fine work.

Actually, I’m happy to keep shooting with lots of different people, because of the importance I place in variety, and beauty in all it’s forms.

You can see more of Norbert’s work on his website (or the more safe-for-work photography on Instagram). If you like his work leave a comment and go like his facebook page to show your support.

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Furies UNfiltered: Joseph Anzaldua

LuxWhen did you get your start as an artist?

I got my start as a teen. I took band in middle school throughout my first years at college and played the trombone as well as piano. I used to enjoy drawing when I was younger and began writing back in 2007. Around that time I discovered photography. I never took any formal classes on drawing, creative writing or photography but was just driven by my own interest. I would spend hours just reading up on the subjects that interested me, then when I was able to get the tools and motivation, I would execute my vision.

Is art hereditary in your family?

I didn’t know art was hereditary! My mother was always a crafty and creative person so I guess it is then. There are other members of my family that are creative as well, but of everyone in my family, I’m the one that takes art way too serious.

Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?

I wouldn’t call it work because it’s something I enjoy doing. I always force myself to work and create, because if I don’t, it’s just an idea left in my head. The more ideas I actually execute, the more inspired I become.

DSC_0096Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration?

There are several things I look to for inspiration. Specifically and most importantly I look at portraits and artwork by Anton Corbijn, a Dutch photographer. I own some books of his photographs and artwork and no matter how much I look at it, I still find what I need.

What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re working?

Depeche Mode. Their music, mood, and visual output (which is done by Anton Corbijn) just puts me in the right spirit. Before a shoot, I watch music videos and then I usually play their music for my models. They have 13 albums from 4 different decades. Because of my brother (who is 12 years older than me and introduced the band to me when I was 4) I practically grew with the band.

What is your work space like?

Being a photographer, I work on location a lot. I don’t like studio work so much, so my work space varies. Once it was a gas station at midnight with the temperature being 14 degrees. Another time it was railroad tracks at 2pm with heat being 103 degrees. At home, where I do all my edits, it’s just a clean desk, a desktop computer and a trashcan filled with water bottles, Dr. Pepper cans, or Shiner beer bottles.

o1What do you need to focus?

I need music and massive amounts of Dr. Pepper.

Has your work ever interfered with your personal life?

I try not to let the work I create get in the way of my personal life. However, there was a point when I was working on directing my first film this past year. I set a deadline for myself and the people I was working with and because of that, it did get in the way.

What current projects are you working on?

I am currently working on a short film. I just finished writing the script, and now I start principal photography very soon. Also, I’m working on developing a name for myself and creating websites for the different types of work.

What are your future plans?

As far as art goes, I’m just going to continue doing what I do. Take pictures, write scripts, and make video. Soon, I’m going to start working on creating video projections for a EDM artist.

Follow Joseph on facebook, check out his website or see the plethora of images he has for you on his flickr

Furies UNfiltered: Amanda Trowell

Furies UNfiltered brings you artists whose submissions were not screened in any way. The features are edited for grammar and spelling. Otherwise, these creatives sent in their own interview answers, their own links, and their own pictures.

_MG_3653When did you get your start as an artist?

My mom inspired me at a young age to be creative. I’ve been creating for as long as I can remember.

Is art hereditary in your family?

Somewhat. My mom is very creative, and my sister. That’s about it.

Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?

A little bit of both. I think sometimes we all have to force it to meet deadlines, but we wait to the last minute for it to come to us.

Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration? 

I try to draw from every source that speaks to me. Time alone in nature is a big help. Looking at other artist’s work that I love and I also use a few specific websites such as PetaPixle.com and At-Edge.com.

What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re working?

A little of everything. Pandora Radio is the best for my wide range of musical taste and is usually playing while I’m shooting.

Jordan11What is your workspace like?

My own work space is in my very small Nashville apartment for now. My whole space is covered in creative inspiration and tools/props to use when shooting.

What do you need to focus?

I need to be alone, or at least have a good amount of alone time. Plus some jamming music to help drive my energy.

Has your work ever interfered with your personal life?

Wait…those are two different things? I eat, sleep, and breath photography.

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What current projects are you working on?

I’m in school so right now a lot of time is being spent on final semester projects. I just bought a set of lights so I’ve also been doing a lot of experimental work with them.

What are your future plans?

My biggest plan for the future is to graduate with my Bachelor’s of Photography and Videography and then I intend on going on to higher level of education. Closer future plans are to get my work seen everywhere. I want to be in galleries, magazines, anything! It’s time to get my name out there.

Be sure to follow Amanda on facebook and twitter

Featured Artist: Stephanie Thomas

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Furies Magazine: When did you get your start?

Stephanie Thomas: I got my start as a Photographer when I bought my first film camera at age 15 for an art class. Film Photography quickly became my favorite medium due to the mystifying chemistry of the development process. There’s just something that’s really undeniably amorous about the whole thing.

FM: Is art hereditary in your family?

ST: Absolutely not. I’m from a long line of Jewish doctors and lawyers. If the females don’t become nurses and marry doctors…there’s something wrong with them. The fact that I’m interested in art makes me a black sheep of the family.

FM: Does your family support your interest in photography?

ST: To me the word “support” means something along the lines of “providing assistance for something.” In that case, I am supported. I have two lovely sisters who’ve been putting my photographs up on their walls since I first started shooting. Thus, I print and produce tangible work. My sisters have always demanded that my camera be on me at all times. Thus, I consistently attain more skill. My sisters request that I be the one to capture the integral moments of their lives. I am honored with a natural form of “support” and it’s all I’ve ever needed to artistically flourish.

thephotographerFM: Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?

ST: I live my life strapped to a camera. I make it a point to bring one with me wherever I go, no matter what. But I don’t often plan out my photographs… I wait and watch. I just make sure I’m prepared if I see something special. If my camera dies on me, my temper is exceptionally fierce.

FM: Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration?

ST: For me, photography is intensely personal. All it takes for me to get inspired is to go on a walk, look closely at the leaves, watch a woman descend a staircase, talk to an elderly stranger. Life as an “observer” grants me ability to appreciate every little thing. I gain inspiration by simply letting the world infiltrate my imagination. I stay open to everything and capture what strikes me.

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ST: Music is essential when I edit, develop and sometimes when I shoot. I try to keep my work playlist cerebral, melodic and abstract. Some of my favorite artists to work to are Moby, Beethoven (anything classical really), Animal Collective/Panda Bear, Ella Fitzgerald, Jeff Buckley, Antony and the Johnsons, Blur, Yo La Tengo, Fleet Foxes, Bebel Gilberto, Tom Waits… I could go on forever. I am infatuated with  the music that I love.

FM: What is your work space like?

ST: Organized chaos. An assortment of coffee and tea mugs, camera lenses, old cameras, broken cameras, film cartridges, chords, memory cards, paper, poems and scribbles everywhere. And not an inch of wall space…I’ve covered all my white walls with photographs. Some are mine, some are cut out of my Photography books. (some think this a sin, but I’d rather be able to look at them anytime on my walls then try to find them in a book)

thistle1FM: What do you need to focus?

ST: Black coffee and an early morning, maybe some rain thrown in there. And my bed needs to be made… that’s mandatory.

FM: What are your future plans?

ST: I’m going to go to law school, start running again, set-up my own dark-room and learn to work a sewing machine.

FM: Why sewing?

ST: Well this is how I look at it, I mean how much of our hard-earned money is spent on items we could make ourselves if we just learned? I say that we’ve all been convinced that the necessities of life must be bought with money. I believe that self-sufficiency is a beautiful thing. I don’t know…maybe I’m just a little Jewish girl that would love the satisfaction of making my own curtains for $7.00 and some time.

You can find more of Stephanie’s work on her tumblr and on her flickr. You can also show your support by liking her facebook page

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Featured Artist: Najat Jellab

Let us introduce you to Najat Jellab – digital artist.

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FM: When did you get your start as an artist?

NJ: When I was in high school I started exploring photography and was part of an amateur theater troupe, then later I went to film school and really started becoming serious about it about eight years ago.

FM: Is art hereditary in your family?

NJ: None of my family members are artists, or they may just not be aware of their artistic skills. However, they all are very passionate about whatever they do, so we have that in common. I think art is one of those things that you never stop learning, so it’s not something anyone is born with,  it’s more like learning to read. You start with stick figures and work your way up.

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FM: Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?

NJ: I do not force anything, I may work on a deadline whether it’s a festival, a presentation or a meeting, and then   run into the same issues that every artist runs into once in a while I would just not “feel it”. Then I would take a break and wait until the cycle of creativity is back on the upswing.

FM: Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration? Is there a book, a movie?

NJ: I do not lack of inspiration but I would say sometimes I just need to charge my brain batteries again.  In that case I turn to philosophy, which I find relaxing. 

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FM: What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re working?

NJ: It really depends on my mood.usually it’s either classical music or electro or jazz, 

music has a great influence on me. 

FM: What is your workspace like?

NJ: My computer is in my living room. There’s a big window in front of me and the lights are always on,  I love bright lights.

FM: What do you need to focus?

NJ: I need to extract myself from everyday life, which is quite difficult because there’s always something going on… 

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FM: Has your work ever interfered with your personal life?

NJ: My work is my personal life…I have a hard time separating professional from personal, and it may end up creating conflicts but I made choices. 

FM: What current projects are you working on?

NJ: I am currently working on a film project and still exploring where I can get with my photography and digital artwork.

FM: What are your future plans?

NJ: More of the same!

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 You can find more of Najat’s work on her website. Go like her facebook page and show our artists some support.

Moxie Love – Cheesecake Preview pt.2

Are you ready, Ladies and Gents, for Moxie Love’s second appearance? Because here she is!

photography by Marco Patino

Save some of that drool for the next preview on August 4th. 

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Find Moxie Love on facebook and tumblr!

Marco Patino, the photographer, is also on facebook!

Featured Artist: S. N. Jacobson

Let us introduce you to S. N. Jacobson – photographer. (Some pictures NSFW)

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Furies Magazine: Do you wait for inspiration or do you just push out the work?

S.N. Jacobson: My best work comes from opportunity rather than waiting for inspiration or making detailed plans for a shoot.

FM: Is there a particular theme that you keep going back to?

SN: No… there are some ongoing projects that I work on, such as Burning Man, or my 15 Minutes on the Cross.

FM: Are you a recluse or are you a networking artist?

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SN: As a photographer I need people for my portraits, no? I love working with creative souls with their own concepts and ideas. A model without a brain might as well be a manikin, but then again manikins don’t ask if the yellow hemp ropes make their butt look big.

I am always looking for models….

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FM: Have you ever killed anyone?

SN: G-d forbid, at least I hope not.

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You can look at more of S.N. Jacobson’s work on his website.

He also has a tumblr here. You should follow it.