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Bryan Chapman
Bryan Chapman

We first came across Bryan Chapman earlier this year through his Ekanta Vasa EP released on his own label Monotony. The music and the titles he used resonated with us, it had meaning, substance and felt as though it was linked to a higher purpose. Through the wonder of social media we got in touch with Bryan and found out he also channels his creative energy into creating abstract photographs, some of which are displayed within this article. We spoke with Bryan about the past year, asking him the same set of questions we’ve asked everyone this issue and he’s also taken time to record a very special mix for us, full of songs that inspired him as a youngster. So click play on the embed below, immerse yourself in Bryan’s amazing photographs and read all about his 2017 experiences…

Firstly, tell us about the concept behind your art please.
The appeal of nature to me is simply: “Nature is the truest form of creation and its beautifully sobering that mankind isn’t natures architect”. Edward Witten conjectured about the existence a unified version of superstring theory which he called ‘M Theory’. M Theory would require 11 dimensions be needed to fully comprehend the entirety of our universe from beginning to middle and its end.

What the universe would look like and how it would be viewed in 7 dimensions more than we currently have is something that no one can fully comprehend or ever start to and is an impossibly massive idea to ponder. But to think on an question knowing full well there is no answer is massively appealing to me. In that thought there are no boundaries or limitations and this is where creative freedom can be like setting a wild horse free to run endlessly forever and the results can be hugely intriguing to explore. This is where I came up with the concept of trying to create art that would show what nature would look like when viewed from a higher dimension. My vision for these pieces (all original nature photos in origin) are not what nature would look like from 11 dimensions but merely 1 dimension up from where we currently exist, how would nature as we currently view it look like if viewed by a four dimensional being living in five dimensions?…

2017 has been another crazy year on planet Earth, what have been some of your own personal highlights?
As an artist it’s been a year of growth for sure, launching my own label and writing music only for the purpose of self-release has given me a level of creative freedom that I’ve never had before. All boundaries and restrictions evaporated when I removed the pressure of ever needing to get those tracks signed.

Another highlight was Vice wrote an article about my art which was pretty special. I’m on the Vice website most days and have been following them for years, so to have a publication as massive and respected as them want to write about my art was crazy.

Bryan's photography
Bryan’s photography
Bryan's photography
Bryan’s photography

Which news stories (positive or negative) have really impacted on your life this year?
There are very few places I check for news: Vice, The Verge and phys.org being the main ones, so it’s mostly tech and science orientated. Vice always throws in some mad stuff too, they have a good balance. What Elon Musk is doing is intriguing. Using his skills and wealth to try and encourage humanity to live fully sustainably and think about living beyond this planet stands out. Plus anything that highlights inequality across the board is much needed.

Have you discovered any new countries, town or cities? If so, tell us about where you went please.
North Wales, driving with a view from maybe 20 miles away with the sun breaking through the clouds and hitting Snowdonia was like something out of Lord of the Rings. A truly beautiful part of the world with a huge amount of it still relatively untouched by mankind. The nature there is something else, it’s the perfect place for some downtime.

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Bryan’s photography
Bryan's photography
Bryan’s photography

Did you start the year with any clear goals? If so, what were they and have you managed to achieve them?
My only goal for 2017 was to launch my label, Monotony. That happened in April and the only plan for the label at its launch was a concept that bound the first four releases together. The first three are out and the fourth is due early 2018. The support and feedback has been phenomenal so far, from having Luke Slater and Blawan playing tracks to Mixmag reviewing the releases, running the label has been a joy.

What have you learned this year: a) About yourself? B) About the world/life in general?
Space and moments of nothingness. As a person and an artist I’ve learnt the importance of silence, living a mindful existence has become key to an inner calmness. Finding a way to take this knowledge and put this into my music and art has had a big effect. Musically it has helped my sound become (for the lack of a better word) fuller. In using silence and letting frequencies enter that space even momentarily, new possibilities arise.

As for the world, there have been so many negative events happen this year, the positive aspect has been how resilient we are as a species and the compassion, unity and genuine desire to help each other in the aftermath of such bad times. It gives hope.

Bryan's photography
Bryan’s photography
Bryan's photography
Bryan’s photography

Would you call 2017 a good or a bad year, and why?
Good, for sure. As I said earlier 2017 has been a massive year of growth. Being creative without boundaries and restrictions has had such a liberating effect on me as an artist, it’s filtered into real life as well. Living with true freedom and waking up to that reality, not much beats that.

Now that 2017 is almost over, what are your plans up until the end of the year?
I’ve just finished the fourth EP for Monotony which will be out early next year. I started writing my debut album a while ago so the rest of the year will be filled with me writing and finishing the album. It has started to consume everything, so I’ve just gone with it and let it consume.

Finally, can you recommend an album or a musician or a visual artist you’ve discovered this year?
Sarah Davachi – All My Circles Run. The first time I heard that album I was lost for words, ‘for voice’ had an effect on me  that I’ve never experienced before (and still does), not just from music but from anything. Spellbinding.

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Bryan's photography
Bryan’s photography

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© Don't Lose The Magic
© Don't Lose The Magic

To celebrate the launch of our Photo Issue, we’ve selected a few of our own photographs taken over the past year or so at various events and locations around the world; from Beirut to east London, Amsterdam to Ibiza, Berlin and more. From gigs and club events, to adventures overseas and the odd things we see along the way, these are just a few of the photos that summarise DLTM’s first year of existence.

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© Andrew Gillman
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See more of Andrew’s work via his Instagram here –> www.instagram.com/neaz___y

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1. Aska Rollercoaster, Nara, Japan, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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2. Nephews in Paris, accidental double exposure, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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3. Shisa kanko, bullet train, Osaka, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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4. Ceviche and bowling, Elephant and Castle, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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5. Paris Blocks, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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6. Tomcat’s basket, Copenhagen, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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7. Wavey warriors, London, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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8. Maëva, Shibuya, Tokyo, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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9. Reflections, Chelsea, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman
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10. Pirate radio material, South London, 2016 – © Andrew Gillman

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© Beth Crockatt - featured in Don't Lose The Magic Photo Issue
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Beth Crockatt is a stalwart of music and events photography. She’s been around for a few years, making a living by documenting an industry she loves and adores. Beth’s has a knack of catching good times as they happen, transferring the energy of an unforgettable night into her images with panache.

Name? Beth Crockatt.

Age? 33.

From/Location? I’m a bit of nomad but currently live in London.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Working in clubs and the music industry since I was 15 and regularly for various publications for the past 10 years.

Camera of choice? Nikon D4.

Specialist area of expertise? Portraits, PR and badly lit places…

Inspirations? Martin Parr and David LaChapelle.

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? I have been lucky enough to travel around the world to attend some amazing parties and experience once in a lifetime moments, which I am forever grateful for. This said, as a photojournalist no matter how beautiful (and sometimes bizarre) the situations I was thrown into were, I always seemed to come back to the close up images – the personal shots of people just lost and dancing rather than the destination, the main booking, or whatever. Club events look right until you get down to the bare bones of the night and the people, and I have tried to reflect that in my selection here.

Where can our readers see more of your work? www.bethcrockatt.com

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© DaddysGotSweets
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DaddysGotSweets is also known by her real name Beth, a spirited photographer from Wales but now residing in London. Her work is based mainly around documenting nightlife – an industry that she is extremely passionate about, with music on of the fundamentals of her life. Beth’s photos reflect her deep, unwavering love for clubs and electronic music.

Name? Beth.

Age? 29.

From/Location? Wales.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? I’ve been saying five years for at least three years now, so probably about eight years. Although I guess it was only after three years that I thought, “Yeah, I can do this.” So five years. Or eight.

Camera of choice? Nikon (d600).

Specialist area of expertise? Parties and peoples.

Inspirations? Marc De Groot and Nick Ensing for me were the pioneers of party photography. It was never a conscious, “Wow I want to do that” but I definitely remembered taking an interest in what they do. Also an amazing book called ‘Last Nights Party’, the photos were naughty and raw and it really made me realise that photos can be real instead of just glamourised and polished.

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? The photos I’ve chosen don’t have so much of a theme, they’re just images that stuck out to me. I never wanted to be a photographer, for me I’m a raver, I love music and partying, the photography is a by-product of that. So the images aren’t so much “Wow incredible crowd shot of amazing production” because that’s never what I set out to do, I prefer images that convey an emotion, tell a story or encourage the viewer to create a story in their own imagination.

Where can our readers see more of your work? daddysgotsweets.carbonmade.com and www.instagram.com/daddysgotsweets

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We’ve known Kenrick Nembhard for nearly 25 years. Adept with a camera, as well as paintbrushes, pencils and much more, (plus digital software too), Kenrick has a strong visual identity throughout all his work. His photographs here are from his days working the night shift (and sometimes day shift) as a paparazzo in London.

Name? Kenrick Nembhard.

Age? 36.

From/Location? South-east London.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Since 2010/2011 when I first started at Smart Pictures, the photo agency.

Camera of choice? Canon 500D as it was my first camera that I learned on, however I do love my Canon 1D Mark3 and I have had a Canon 1D Mark2. My smart phone is my daily driver as I use it all the time to take photos and do time lapses, which have become a staple of my work recently.

Specialist area of expertise? I would say time lapse, night time long exposures and street photography (but night time long exposures are my favorite).

Inspirations? Can’t say I’m inspired by any one thing in particular but I do look at a lot of other photographer’s work, and then try to do my thing.

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? This is just some of the work I carried out when I covered events for Smart Pictures – just a collection of pictures of some people you may or may not know.

I also wanted to add that I don’t Photoshop my images. Not because I don’t know how to use Photoshop but I think everyone is over-editing these days, and then calling themselves a photographer – when you should use a real set up and take a photo using your skills with the camera. Not post-editing to correct/enhance them.

Where can our readers see more of your work? www.youtube.com/user/kenrick91 and www.instagram.com/kenricknembhard

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© Jasmin Bell
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We met Jasmin Bell in Belfast at the AVA Festival, where she was working hard to catch all the action during the event’s second year. Her work has a lascivious streak, with crisp, bold colours, alluring activity and clandestine behaviour all captured by her keen eye.

Name? Jasmin Bell.

Age? 26.

From/Location? From Belfast, based in London.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Six years.

Camera of choice? Canon 6D.

Specialist area of expertise? People!

Inspirations? Colour, 16th century art, Stanley Kubrick, Instagram, subcultures, France…

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? These photos were taken on nights out in London at clubs, festivals and house parties. I particularly like the faceless images, it leaves an air of mystery.

Where can our readers see more of your work? jasminbell.com and www.instagram.com/jasminbell_

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Marc Sethi is a versatile photographer, who does everything from festival reportage to portraits. We love his crisp style, with composition and eye for detail/character at the centre of his lovely photographs.

Name? Marc Sethi.

Age? 38.

From/Location? London, UK.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Nearly seven years, but realistically only six professionally.

Camera of choice? Depends on the job, but I’m shooting a lot of personal work with the Mamiya 7 II at the moment. I love the finish on the images.

Specialist area of expertise? I’m a bit all over the shop. I love documentary and portraiture, but I’m known for music and commercial work, too.

Inspirations? From all over really. I’m constantly looking for inspiration, but a lot comes from my friends and family, constantly listening to music, and getting involved in as much as possible.

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? I decided to put in a variety of music shots from the last few of years. Some portraits which I was fond of from a residency in Ibiza this year, and a few from my early works with Clash magazine. I used to shoot a series where I would visit music artists in their studios, and the one of TEED was always one of my faves. And then there’s the MOAT. Arguably one of the finest music venues in the world. Hope you like them!

Where can our readers see more of your work? www.instagram.com/marcsethi

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© Michaela McLucas
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We met Micaela McLucas at our friend Rob Lang’s exhibition last year. A mutual friend of ours, we approached her to join the Photo Issue and really impressed with her vibrant images. Micaela is an adventurer and her camera is an extension of herself, recording her antics around the world.

Name? Micaela McLucas.

Age? 28 (going on 17).

From/Location? From Los Angeles – now based in the polar opposite, London.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? There was never any question since my childhood that I was, and would be forever, some ridiculous over the top artist. That bubble burst when I moved to New York at 21 but it did guide my accidental career path into photography – so I guess I’ve been dedicating my life to photography for the past seven years but I’ve been zigzagging on this crazy road my whole life.

Camera of choice? I’ve always been a dedicated Canon supporter but having recently started shooting on Hasselblad. Nothing else compares.

Specialist area of expertise? Getting weird (weirder and weirder). I’ve definitely made it my niche speciality to weave dreams out of my surroundings, my projects, my lovers. It comes out in my work very loudly – I’m known for my use of color and composition in taking each project beyond a typical portrait.

Inspirations? Spirit, music, love, the sun, and most importantly, the ocean.

Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? This is a collection from the year 2016 – it’s been a million times more beautiful than I could have ever dreamed…

Where can our readers see more of your work? micaelamclucas.com, micaelamclucas.tumblr.com and instagram.com/micaelamclucas

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© Nick Ensing
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Nick Ensing is one of the resident photographers at world-leading nightclub, fabric. He has been involved in photographing London’s club nights for a long time now and is considered by many to be a legend and inspiration. His work here is all shot without a flash, giving his images a depth, warmth and sincerity that holds true to the scenes unfolding before him.

Name: Nick Ensing.

Age: Rave Generation.

How long have you considered yourself a photographer? 10 years.

Camera of choice? Sony A7s.

Area of expertise? Portraiture.

Inspirations? Edward Weston and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Tell about your selection of photos? These are all photos from 2016 at fabric – all in natural light with little, if any, adjustment. Obviously last year was a poignant time and hopefully these images will help to show that fabric is like no other venue in the UK if not the world.

Where can we see more of your work? www.instagram.com/nickensingphoto

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