A note from editor Leeta Harding:
We live in a radically different time. How much of our day is experienced online? We meet people, share our lives, shop, exchange personal information, get news in pop-ups, listen to music, and spend way too much time on social media. At least I do! I’m an unabashed Instagram junkie. So when Elizabeth asked me to be the art editor & director at PLM, I went straight to Instagram to find images from people I’ve been following for years.
The selection of artists for this issue is far reaching from rural North Carolina to the United Arab Emirates with New York and Brooklyn in between. The divide is great, but the imagery shares a common bond of identity and the search for meaning in an ever-changing world.
By Tom Brennan
Today my students have nice DSLRs, plus their phones have really high-end cameras, filters, special effects, and all kinds of post-processing power. It’s incredible. I tell them to pay attention to the most important things—light, exposure, and subject matter. I want them to pay attention to the light of the day, what they are trying to capture with the subject, and composition. It’s a pretty simple concept, but then again so are most things…it’s just a matter of practice. Having a camera doesn’t make you a photographer, just like having Microsoft Word doesn’t make you a writer.
By Flemi Fleming
Something I enjoy in art and photography is capturing candid moments, moments others might pass by without glancing twice, and finding unexpected beauty in my surroundings.
by Olivia Froudkine-Lévy
My work is about stillness and movement: the images are either a moment stolen in time or the beginning of a new story. It shows the visible-invisible limit, fit or unfit to be seen, the real borders of what we see from what we can’t see.
By Jennifer Williams
What My Daughter Wore captures the offbeat and whimsical sartorial choices of girls in the fleeting years between childhood and young adulthood. The project is inspired by my daughter Clementine her friends, who regularly hang out in our NYC loft.
By Annie Woodruff
I create characters—personas—based on my expression and dress. Some days I look like an overworked alcoholic housewife, other days I look like that bitch who stole your best friend in high school.