One of the most striking photos on photographer Shayan Asgharnia’s website is of a prisoner with his back turned to the camera. One of his hands is laced around his wrist as if it were a handcuff and the other holds a dog’s leash. Recently, Asgharnia’s series Rescued featured the participants of Marley’s Mutt Pawsitive Change, a program that asks select prisoners to take care of rescued dogs.
Fashion has always been a way to express individual identity and culture to the world. At first glance, an outfit can express a lot about a person however, rarely do we think about the way a garment was made. In a world of fast fashion, clothes are produced at a rapid speed from all over the world. Fashion designer Lujin Zhang however, chooses to express her culture through the production of each garment.
It’s not everyday that we’re confronted with the idea of legacy. Sure, we’re taught that actions have consequences and that what we do matters, but when was the last time you thought long and hard about legacy? When was the last time you reflected on your role in the larger world? Have you taken the time to consider how the heritage of your ancestors determined so much of who you are today? These are the questions painter and artistic director Jarvares “J.Q.” Franklin encourages us to ask ourselves.
With eyes trained over the edge of water, you may witness a swimmer in a moment of suspended balance. The second where their body is a weightless, floating object; their guarded breath escape in bubbles that distort their head’s swirling image. Any swimmer knows this moment, the quiet break from gravity’s bonds where you are for an instant captured by the pull of water.
As a fashion-obsessed preteen, I always begged my mom to take me to the mall. There, I could see my favorite runway looks in person--an experience I often compared to meeting a celebrity. But, the experience was two-sided, I loved seeing the work made by the artists I considered my kin.