“resurface, revealed” by Soph Lucina

April 21, 2019

My name is Soph Lucina, and I’m 15. The photos I take are usually of my friends and are taken in my neighborhood. Being in Chicago, there’s a variety of locations to visit, making it easy to experiment with use of contrasting colors and abstract shapes. My goal for each photo is to convey a powerful message through the people I photograph, and I hope to continue to do so!

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“Monterey, CA” by Fulton Pace

April 20, 2019

“Monterey, CA” was written when I saw a beautiful girl on a beach while traveling north from Los Angeles to Eureka, CA when I stopped in Monterey to take in the scenery and I saw a young woman that I fell in love with at first sight and never saw again.

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"The Released Still" by Fulton Pace

April 19, 2019

“The Released Still” is about giving up my ego to the momentary environment and the fear of ego death that comes with it. Explaining the title would cheapen my art. I fear that if I give up my will and my ego that I might cease to exist, but in the last stanza I offer the idea that maybe that is the requirement of enlightenment—the risk one must take.

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"You Just Know When The Time Is Right" : An Interview with Karen Davis

April 14, 2019

In our interview with 20 year old artist Karen Davis, we discuss the beginnings of her journey with photography as well as how her creative process has grown and evolved. The interview is accompanied by a number of Karen's photos, taken mostly on 35mm film, and a few of her poems. Her very ethereal and femme photos are simply breathtaking, and we hope you will take a few minutes out of your day to check them out and to read on below for a closer look into her work.

To see more of Karen’s work, follow her on Instagram.

DISSOLVING FILM: When did you pick up your first camera? Did you always know you wanted to be a photographer?

KAREN DAVIS: I would say, I have always taken film photos since I was a young child. But the first time I actually planned and did a photo shoot I immediately fell in love with photography and each detail that goes into taking photos. But I was 5 or 6! I also got very inspired by this short film called "Blow Up My Town."

What or who do you find yourself drawing inspiration from? Has this changed as you have evolved as a person + artist/writer?

I draw most of my inspo from movies definitely! Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, so many directors inspire me. And art wise Gillian Wearing, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, and so many more inspire my work.

Your work has a very ethereal, intimate quality to it. How do you decide to document these moments?

Most of the time I will get inspired and just do a shoot, most of the time my shots are planned but I have a lot of personal photographs from special moments in my life that I admire just as much as my planned photos, you just know when the time is right!

What do you think your favorite photo you have ever taken is?

I have this photograph, it's for my book, it's my friend Lucy and she is posing with a horse and I think it is probably one of the most unique and beautiful photographs I have ever captured.

Could you tell us more about the photos you submitted?

Each photo I have submitted, even if it was a part of the same shoot, I feel tells its own story to the person who is looking.

I try not to describe too much detail until someone speaks about it.

Can you elaborate on what goes through your mind when trying to write poetry? How do you choose what photo(s) to pair with the certain poem?

Usually, like other writers, I get very inspired when I am going through a lot. Usually I find old family photos with my poetry cause I think it gives it something to look deeper into and what each poem will mean to someone else.

When I read others' poetry I like to imagine how I would feel or how this person would feel or be like so that's why I pair photographs with my poetry.

Interview by Zoë Bridgwater and Zoey Martinez

"Be The Cowboy: Mitski’s Sold-Out Show at the Columbus Athenaeum" by Tricia Stansberry

April 13, 2019

On a cold, rainy Saturday night I ventured downtown to catch Mitski’s sold-out show at the Columbus Athenaeum, a building that’s been around for over a century and also doubles as a wedding venue. I was immediately blown away by the sheer number of people who had been waiting in the rain for hours before doors opened. The camaraderie amongst these individuals warmed my heart, with people recounting past times they’ve seen Mitski and listing off their favorite songs. While we waited in the pit for Mitski to come out, there was a growing energy in the venue as every square inch of the large venue became occupied. I had never seen Mitski before so when I saw a table and chair being brought out as the stage was being prepared, I was curious how these elements would play a role in her set.

As Mistki walked slowly onto the stage, she began singing “There's nobody better than you / it took me a while till I knew,” and the crowd erupted as people began to sing along to “Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart,” the opening track from her 2013 album Retired from Sad, New Career in Business. Mitski took a seat at the table and began a passionate rendition of “Why Didn’t You Stop Me?” off of her beloved 2018 record Be The Cowboy. As she continued with tracks such as “Old Friend,” “Dan the Dancer,” and “I Don’t Smoke,” Mitski climbed atop the table and utilized this furniture in ways that can only be described as performance art. The energy in the crowd during favorites like “Geyser” was palpable. During “Nobody,” such a beautiful, melancholic feeling infiltrated the crowd as she sang “I know no one will save me / I'm just asking for a kiss / Give me one good movie kiss / and I'll be alright.” The lights grew blue as the crowd repeated every “nobody” back to her. It was a really beautiful moment and I’m glad I was there to witness it.

Mitski’s set at the Athenaeum was a longer one, much to my delight as well as everyone else around me. She treated us to a two-song encore. The first being “Two Slow Dancers,” which begins with the line “does it smell like a school gymnasium in here?,” to which Mitski gave a knowing smile as this auditorium built in 1896 really did smell like an old gymnasium! Everyone in the crowd laughed and enjoyed the last moments of this incredible set. The last song she performed was “Carry Me Out,” which was incidentally the last song I listened to before I arrived to the venue, as the lyrics “I drive when it rains / at night when it rains I drive / and the headlight spirits / they lead me down the styx” felt appropriate in the rainy, gloomy weather. When the set was over and I looked behind me to everyone else in the packed theater, I was blown away with the sheer number of people who fit into this old theater. But I was not surprised, because Mitski put on one of the absolute best shows I’ve ever been to.

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Editors' Letter

April 5, 2019

(photo by ?; graphic by Zoë Bridgwater)
April has begun which means that spring is well underway! Spring is always such a refreshing time of year when everything comes alive. We love everything about it!

In March, we had contributions to some ongoing columns of ours as well an interview with Elena Majecki and some beautiful photo sets. Coming up this month we are extremely excited to share with you another interview, an incredible photo series, and a special playlist! We always adore seeing the passion behind each and every submission we get and the uniqueness that each creator exudes.

As always, our inbox is open (dissolvingfilmmagazine@gmail.com) and we hope that you feel inspired to send in some of your own work. Your submission does not have to be part of a column on our site but can be any medium as long as it is centered around art and/or music.

Thank you all for the continuous support! We can never express enough gratitude for all that you do.

Zoë Bridgwater + Zoey Martinez (zb + zm)

P.S. If you have any suggestions or ideas for how we can improve, be sure to send them our way! We would love to hear your feedback.