Author: KAPTURE

Lily Pagano: Her Creative Story

A little introduction to Lily: “I was born and raised in London, but have a very mixed heritage – my mother is Turkish and my father is Italian-Norwegian. I’m in the final year of my Masters course in Physics at UCL, so the past four years have been filled with studying whilst also trying to pursue photography more seriously.” Do you think living in London is helping you find inspiration for your photography? I’m lucky to live in a city filled with like-minded, creatively driven people, so there’s always an opportunity to find artists to collaborate with – whether that’s a fellow photographer or a musician. Being around so many people has an incubating effect.  It’s not as if I see someone on the street and suddenly get a burst of inspiration, but it might spark something that later comes into fruition. The constant hustle and bustle around me means I can strike a subconscious balance between input and output – an equilibrium.  What inspired you in the first place to start taking photographs and …

HOW WE CAN IMPROVE OUR MENTAL HEALTH WITH ART

Art is such an amazing tool that we can use to collectively improve our mental health. It is so easy to turn to the wrong things when we are not feeling our best. So why not use all that energy that’s eating at us and re-direct it into something productive like creating something. The longer we are sit in our negative emotions, the more time we waste, when we could be using it to create art and show ourselves some self love. Picking yourself up from depths of depression is definitely easier said than done, but creating art is something that can really help us understand our emotions as well as help us get ourselves back to a positive place. Creating – whatever that may mean for you, is a form of self love. Whether that be making music, doodling or taking photographs… whatever makes you feel alive and lost in the moment is something that you cannot neglect when you are feeling down, because that is one thing you can always rely on. It …

POLITICAL PIECES BY YOUNG ARTISTS YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO

A couple of years ago, you’d be spending quite some time to find more than a handful of musicians really investing time into talking about political issues, taboo subjects and subject matters that reflected a glaring critique of society. As professional musicians have begun getting younger and younger, the current political climate has had a huge impact on the way they are seeing the world, and in turn, the music they create. Polygraph Eyes, by Yungblud, really cemented his place in the music industry, as a young man, creating music that was worth listening to. He did so by taking aim directly at one of the issues he saw himself growing up, and that many of us may have witnessed or noticed, and the song portrays the story of young boys, preying on drunk girls on a night out, targeting them when they are in no shape to resist or give proper consent, and the repercussions that the boys don’t face, but the girls do. Polygraph Eyes is a blatant attack on the entire ‘lad’ …

PHOTO ESSAY: LONDON’S DEMONSTRATIONS – Trump’s Visit

1.     What did you feel when you were at the demonstrations? I think I should start by saying that I was not actually planning on going to the demonstration. I guess I was not really sure if I wanted to be somewhere with so many people. So instead, my friends and I went to the Portrait Gallery before the demonstration had started. However, when we went outside and everything had already began, I immediately took my camera out. I was captivated by how the resistance against Trump’s ideas was being shown in such a hopeful way. Although Trafalgar Square was as crowded as I had ever seen it, it definitely felt familiar and safe. 2.     How do you think the demonstration affected the people that were there? I would say it was more optimistic and hopeful than negative. However, I did see some banners that showed anger and sadness. I think those reminded everyone that although we may sometimes end up just making jokes and funny signs about Trump, we should not forget the damage he has …

TROYE SIVAN’S BLOOM ALBUM REVIEW

Troye Sivan came out with a new album – “Bloom”, and it’s breathtaking! The album includes songs that were previously released as singles, such as: My! My! My!, The Good Side and Dance To This feat. Ariana Grande. Troye stuck to his individual style and created magic, you can definitely tell that he’s consistently working on bettering his art and not losing himself in the process. All of the songs have meaningful lyrics, supposedly inspired by his own life, and that’s what makes them so beautiful. Bloom… The only song that has its own music video (for now) and the song that gave the whole album its name. We have already included Bloom in our May Inspiration post and here’s what we said – “(through) Bloom we can finally experience him in his truest, authentic and unapologetic essence, as all of the stereotypical expectations and barriers are erased.” This is still true; the music video to this song completely breaks down every single stereotype people have consciously or unconsciously labelled Sivan by. “Bloom” – the …

LGBT, Media and the Male Gaze

I am so grateful to grow up in a rapidly changing and increasingly accepting society where exploring your sexuality is mostly the norm and even perhaps encouraged…? As much as I love how nonchalantly people in western society bring up their same sex ex or how openly they talk about their kinks and fantasies, I am concerned about the intensity of it. It seems as if now, more than ever, that conversation is open which is fantastic, and we should celebrate that, but sometimes I feel as if it is being misunderstood and misrepresented, especially by the media. Music videos that claim to be LGBT inclusive glamourise lesbian sex by having two, young, half-naked girls making out on a bed but diminishing even the possibility of creating a more complex story line exploring the validity of their relationship. Are lesbian relationships even taken seriously by the media? Sometimes I feel like they’re only included for men’s amusement. This then creates a domino effect of fetishising lesbian relationships, and even though there is so much representativeness …

Photos That Will Make You Care About The Refugee Crisis

Everyday people have to escape their homes due to wars, prosecution, natural disasters and poverty. In 2016, over 5,000 people died or went missing whilst trying to enter Europe and more than 3,000 people lost their lives in 2017. The refugee crisis is incomprehensible for some of the people in the West because we have not been exposed to it. The news only shows us a tiny fraction of what’s actually going on and most of us, if we’re lucky enough, never had to go through what some are going through right now. However, not knowing anything about this crisis when you literally have the whole world on your fingertips is choosing ignorance… I will not be writing a lot in this post, because I don’t think any words can really grasp the intensity of what is happening in the world at this moment – but photos definitely can at least attempt to. So if you don’t feel connected to and/or uninterested in the current refugee crisis here are some photographers who might change your …