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BROWNIE Magazine Vol.1 Human Connections is a bi-lingual (English/Chinese) publication on photography and the invisible connections that make us human. 180 pages of personal stories, in-depth interviews and reflections on photography accompanied by stunning and carefully curated images.

The inaugural issue features contributions from Tereza Červeňová, Rebecca Toh (previous on Nope Fun here), Lee Chang MingGabriel Gauffre and Paul Chu, amongst others. The magazine also comes with a fruity 24 page photo zine by Ting Cheng titled “I Am Your Follower”, with sculptural and playful imagery.

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“The Universal Mundane” is a self-published photo zine by Singapore-based photographer Lee Chang Ming. Consisting of 40 pages of full-colour images, the A5 publication is an aesthetic exercise which focuses on the beauty of ordinary and locationally nondescript visual situations found across the globe.

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Stolen Ground no.3 - Ease is a 40 page zine features contributions of 30 photographers on their interpretations of the theme “ease”. Published by the good guys of Montreal-based independent/DIY publishers Stolen Ground, featuring photographers like Wes Frazer, Fabien Vilrus, Lee Chang Ming, amongst others.

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Interview #401: Mark Harless

Based in Madison, USA, Mark Harless creates evocative and conceptual images. Specializing in fine art and fashion photography, his pictures are at once intimate and enchanting.

q: What got you started in photography?
a: Mark Harless: I just got out of a long relationship and needed to fill my time with something new. I’ve always been infatuated with photography but just never made that leap to buy a camera and go out to take pictures.

q: Your series “Fertilizer” shows people in plastic bags, what’s the concept behind it?
a: Honestly, most of my photos don’t have a deeper meaning that what you see. They’re very shallow and paper thin. I feel like most artists base their works off of a concept and build around it. I’ll think of something visually appealing, take the picture then find meaning in it after. So for “Fertilizer” I’m thinking that putting dead people in bags is pretty interesting, so I do it. It’s not until I’m finding a title for the series that I come up with the meaning. That death isn’t just the end. It’s not the beginning either. It’s just part of the life cycle. Show me the beginning and end of a circle. After we die our bodies will decompose and the plants and animals will feed off of us in the same fashion a bag of fertilizer would.

q: Do you like seafood? What’s your favorite kind?
a: I was raised on an itty bitty island in the Pacific where everyone knew each other. So, naturally, I love seafood. I have an affinity for ahi and unagi the most, though.

q: What do you like or not like about photography as a medium?
a: Photography has allowed me to become the artist I never was. I can make one hell of a stick figure but anything more than that is sad and makes everyone around me really sad.

q: Photographic equipment?
a: I use a Nikon D600, 50mm 1.8, 24-70mm 2.8 and a disposable camera.

q: Any new music to recommend?
a: New to me:
The Wheel - SOHN
Brain - Banks
Drop the Game - Flume
Purple Yellow Red and Blue - Portugal. The Man

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