Rising Up Magazine Issue 1

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The first issue of Rising Up Studios' art magazine, enjoy!

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Every story has a first chapter, and for Rising Up Studios, this is

certainly not it. It is though for our magazine, the very first issue you’re

not holding in your hands but rather reading it, born out of pixels, as

usual in this day and age.

Artists, as everyone else out there, need love, attention and most of all,

a connection to people. This is the reason Rising Up Magazine was born,

and while still flawed, ambitious and honest.

Send us your remarks, thoughts, critiques to magazine@rising-up-studios.

com. We’ll be happy to read them! Enjoy the magazine!

Mate ' ' Varga


Contents

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Who we are

Concert Photography of Stephen Jackson

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Street Elements by mate varga

Interview with Rinzi Ruiz

Interview with Dario Torre

Interview with Peter Kool

Interview with Jung Eul Sun

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Interview with Charalampos Kydonakis

Interview with Noisy Paradise

How to reach us + Free coupon


Who we are

I originally started Rising Up Studios to honor one of my best

friends that passed away way too soon, Rodger Swan. After meeting

other artists, of all mediums, around the world, I decided to form

it as a safe haven for artists that practice different mediums. I want

to help all artists around the world get the spotlight they deserve

for sacrificing so much. Rising Up Studios represents the desire

that all artists have; to achieve their goal of simply doing what they

love, learning that anything imaginable is possible, and to enhance

their style for an international audience. Myself, Stephen Jackson,

and Hungarian photographer, Máté Varga, want all artists to know

that they’ll always have a home at Rising Up Studios that’ll nurture

their style and open their minds to the reality that there is no glass

ceiling when it comes to any medium of art.

Stephen Jackson

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我 々は 誰 なのか

Rising Up Studiosを 結 成 したのは、 若 くして 亡 くなった 私 の 友 人

Rodger Swanのメモリアルです。

世 の 中 の 色 んなアーティスト、 色 んな 形 式 に 出 会 い、その 様 な 方 々

の 秘 密 基 地 にしようと 決 めました。 世 界 の 隅 々で 努 力 をし 続 けてい

るアーティストに、ふさわしい 脚 光 を 浴 びさせたいのです。

Rising Up Studiosは、 全 てのアーティストの 望 みを 表 現 します:

自 分 の 好 きなことが 出 来 て、 不 可 能 はないと 気 づくこと、そして 新

しい 知 識 を 得 て、 世 界 中 の 読 者 に 届 けられること。

私 、スティーブン·ジャクソンとハンガリーの 写 真 家 、ヴァルガ・

マーテーは、 全 てのアーティストに、このRising Up Studiosには

常 に 居 場 所 が 用 意 されている 事 を 知 って 頂 きたい。

自 分 のスタイルを 刺 激 し 心 を 開 けば、どの 芸 術 部 門 においても 無 限

大 であるのだから。

Stephen Jackson

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Concert Photography of

Stephen Jackson

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Taking photos of musicians is a natural high for me simply because you

get to see whomever is performing on stage in their natural habitat. It’s

their pain, struggle, happiness, love, and desire that make fans sway

like pedal in the wind. A foot stomping rocker, a swaying pedal, or a fist

pumping mindless being... all of these different types of fans give all the

energy to the band to then turn in to a force of nature that has no rules.

Capturing this in a camera is one of the most magical experiences I’ve

ever had, and I’ll continue to do this till the day I die.

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STREET

EMENTSMÁTÉ

by

VARGA


Rinzi


Ruiz


portfolio rinziruizphotography.com

Do you plan your photos more or are you

improvising usually?

I suppose there’s a bit of both but a bigger

part of it is improvising. I can plan what

camera and lens i might use, how I might

frame a shot or what time of day I want

to be at a location but, yes, mostly I’m

improvising. The more I shoot a certain area

the more I get to know the light, the way

people move around or interact and maybe

where I would place myself to get the best

possible framing for a shot. I really enjoy

the improvising part of the process while I’m

out on the streets but also with when I’m

shooting events or weddings. Improvising

helps me keep being in a creative state so

I can experiment and try new angles or

framing and see things maybe like I hadn’t

before and then work on it until I get

something I like. I can’t predict everything

that happens so the most I can be is ready

and sometimes anticipate what could

happen.

What was the point in your life when you

realized the importance of photography for

you?

I wish it was earlier but it really didn’t

happen until about 2010 when it hit me

that I really enjoyed it and became very

passionate about photography. I’m a bit

obsessive too so when that happened I put

a lot of energy into learning and practicing.

Fairly recently I went through almost all

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the family photos we had and in doing that

I realized or reconnected with the fact that

photography has been a part of my life all

along. I always enjoyed taking pictures but

just didn’t know much about the camera.

So, I suppose it wasn’t until about a month

ago that I realized just how important

photography is to me after going through

all of basically my family’s history through

photographs.

Who inspires you the most to take pictures?

It’s a long list of people but each has done

something to constantly inspire me. From

people I only know from photographs and

also close personal friends of mine, each

person has either said something that

connected with me or taken a photograph

that keeps me wanting to keep going out to

shoot so I can take something as memorable

or as meaningful as they did.

How do you feel when you’re taking a

photograph?

Mostly happy but sometimes too excited and

then mess up. All in all taking pictures is a

positive experience for me and I enjoy doing

it so, yea, happy.

Imagine for some reason you’re unable

to use a camera for 1 year from now on.

Would you be depressed and in pain or

you’d just get on with your life, forget

about photography and find something else

meaningful to do?

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It would suck. It really would. If it’s just one

year I guess I’d be in like an after a break

up stage at first and then get on with my

life trying something else to express myself.

I’ve always done creative things since I was

young so I could get back into drawing,

painting or on the computer working

on graphic designs. The reason I enjoy

photography more now than graphic design

is that photography gets me out and about

and not in front of a computer all the time.

I’m pretty adaptable so I’d figure something

out to get me outside.

these days it can get expensive so I think

at least for saving money on thousands or

millions of awful pictures it worked out fine.

As far as things visually, I really do really

love the photos from 50 years ago. Something

about the style in the 60’s just appeals to

me, from the cars, architecture, music and

clothing. There’s something about the 60’s

from photographs I’ve seen that feels like it

had soul and originality. So for those reason’s

I’d be happy being a photographer during

that time. As fast as technology goes, I’m also

happy to be living in an age that fit a camera

into a small phone.

Do you think you fit our digital age

of photography or you’d rather be a

photographer, let’s say, 50 years ago?

I suppose I do fit in today’s digital age but it’s

all I really know. I learned the camera with

a digital camera so it offered me an instant

view of what I was doing bad and what I

was doing good. With getting film developed

What is photography to you? Selfexpression?

A tool to make yourself

recognised? Your way to invoke feelings in

the viewer or to change people?

Mostly it’s a way to keep sane and keeps

me busy with something creative to do and

to work at. I do think from time to time I’m

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able to express something in a photograph

and if someone is touched or feels it then

all good. I can’t predict how someone would

feel or think so I just focus on what I have

to do to get a photograph that I like and

that speaks to me. Being recognized for my

photography actually wasn’t part of the plan

when I started learning and I didn’t expect

that I would be but I’m grateful to be but

also wouldn’t have been if not for some good

people who helped me along the way. I think

if I’m focused on what I’m trying to say or

how to get recognized or what I can do to

change people it distracts me from just being

me, being true to who I am and being able to

take photos that I really like. Photography

to me is a fun, relaxing, creative and

sometimes rewarding activity and I’m happy

Smartphone camera: Something you loathe,

something you have mixed feelings for or

just another tool with new possibilities?

For me it’s a tool with new possibilities,

or similar possibilities but in a small

package depending on what you shoot. I

think it’s a good thing to have. Being able

to take a picture and then process it in

the same device is great. Then the apps

allows for creative and different ways to

process a photo so I could try something

totally different and learn something from

that and then maybe take that idea into

a bigger format. I’ve seen fantastic work

from smartphones and some of these people

would have never even started taking

pictures if not for their smartphone so new

possibilities for sure.

and grateful if positive things happen along

the way.

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DARIO


TORRE


portfolio flickr.com/photos/pandams

Do you plan your photos more or are you

improvising usually?

Usually I am improvising. It happened that

something was planned in the past (and I do

believe it will happen again in the future)

but mostly I am just going somewhere with

a model friend and we shoot regardless of

everything.

What was the point in your life when

you realized the importance of photography

for you?

As most people who take photos or doing

some other kind of art, I realized it during

a hard moment of my life. In that very

moment it was a way to feel better, to send

messages, then little by little it became

something positive: from something useful

to survive to something useful to grow as a

person.

How do you feel when you’re taking

a photograph?

Free. I love when, like an avalanche,

everything goes faster and faster and I feel

like I can do everything. Then I obviously

crash with my technical and location/tools

limits, but it’s anyway wonderful!

feel and what I could do with it. Isn’t it nice

when, while reading a book, you read about

a concept or thought that you thought it was

only yours? It is like finally not feeling alone

for a moment, saying “yes, somebody else

had to face this, I can go on!”. It is exactly

the same with photographs!

Who inspires you the most to take pictures?

People around me and people who take

beautiful photographs. Sometimes I need

somebody else to help me understand what I

Imagine for some reason you’re unable

to use a camera for 1 year from now on.

Would you be depressed and in pain or

you’d just get on with your life, forget

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about photography and find something else

meaningful to do?

This is hard to answer. I have come across

some periods in which I was not taking

part in, let’s call them this way, “serious

shootings”, but I anyway had the chance to

take photographs almost everyday with the

smartphone or similar: the daily dose never

missed… I think I would be heavily wounded

by that, but that I would surely find some

Do you think you fit our digital age

of photography or you’d rather be a

photographer, let’s say, 50 years ago?

I like the possibilities that digital

photography give us all, but to some extent

I would have really loved living in the 50’s,

60’s or even before as a photographer. I

believe that in those periods there was a

different bond between the tool and the

person, something deeper and stronger.

other meaningful thing to do.

What is photography to you? Selfexpression?

A tool to make yourself

recognised? Your way to invoke feelings in

the viewer or to change people?

Everything and nothing. I enjoy taking

pictures, I enjoy seeing the final results

(those rare cases in which I am fully

satisfied of them are great). It’s a way to

scream to myself that I exist.

Smartphone camera: Something you loathe,

something you have mixed feelings for or

just another tool with new possibilities?

A different tool with different possibilities.

I like hanging around and be sure I have

the possibility, anywhere and at anytime, to

shoot something I like. Regardless of that,

I always have the feeling that my point of

view changes depending on the camera I

use: it would be a pity to lose the “shade” of

point of view that smartphones can give.

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peter


kool


portfolio peterkool.be

Do you plan your photos more or are you

improvising usually?

I don’t plan photos in advance; I loaf about

the streets and take photos of the things I

encounter. I sometimes did plan to go to the

same place the next day and try to take a

better shot; but that never worked. It’s always

a different situation, the moments you had

never come back. Also having some good

photos in mind and want to do something

similar, doesn’t work either.

So for street photography I don’t think it’s

wise to make plans; I just clear the mind and

let things come my way.

What was the point in your life when you

realized the importance of photography for

you?

I really caught the bug when I went to

the academy in 1980 and discovered the

photography of the well known’s like Cartier-

Bresson, Winogrand etc. That’s what I wanted

to do and of course I needed a Leica, like

the above-mentioned. As they were very

expensive I searched for a second-hand one; I

was lucky and I felt connected.


Who inspires you the most to take pictures?

There are so many good photographers from

whom I have found inspiration; it’s hard to

mention names. Looking at photos in general

How do you feel when you’re taking a

photograph?

The moment I take a photo I feel a little

often inspires me and also wondering with

some photos in which way they would have

been better.

adrenaline flowing and I’m not aware of

anything else anymore; I wouldn’t even feel

a toothache. I’m only focused on what’s in

the viewfinder. Photographing often is called

shooting; I more experience it as sucking up

a little part of the world; the opposite so to

speak.

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Do you think you fit our digital age

Imagine for some reason you’re unable

to use a camera for 1 year from now on.

Would you be depressed and in pain or

you’d just get on with your life, forget

about photography and find something else

meaningful to do?

I think it would be very hard every time I

see a nice situation and not be able to take a

photo.

When one’s passionate by something it’s

difficult to do without it; so I think to survive

the year I would do a lot of sports to keep my

mind of it. Also maybe some more sex, drugs

and rock & roll should help.

of photography or you’d rather be a

photographer, let’s say, 50 years ago?

I feel very comfortable in these digital times.

Not only the photographing itself but to be

able to share the photos with people all over

the world is fantastic. Back then you could

only have a local exhibition, which costed

a lot of money; the prints, the frames, the

booze.

The darkroom is something that doesn’t make

me nostalgic, but some things were better 50

years ago. For example, the fuss these days

about privacy in the streets; not much of a

problem back then. Now some people think

they own the light they reflect; in the privacy

of your home yes, but in the streets?


What is photography to you? Selfexpression?

A tool to make yourself

recognised? Your way to invoke feelings in

the viewer or to change people?

My only goal is to make a nice image and to

get the creative satisfaction that results from

it.

Like most of us I like to show my work to

the outside world and when people like the

photos and respond to them, it of course

flatters my ego.

Smartphone camera: Something you loathe,

something you have mixed feelings for or

just another tool with new possibilities?

I don’t loathe it; If the outcome is good, I it

doesn’t matter much what to use for taking

pictures then maybe some technical aspects

like printing quality.

But I need a viewfinder and I don’t want to

carry the world in my pocket all the time, so I

have no need for a smartphone myself. I still

have an old cell phone which is switched off

most of the time.

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Jung Eul Su


Do you plan your photos more or are you

improvising usually?

I don‘t like photos thoroughly planned.

I think photographers need more

Who inspires you the most to take pictures?

Rather than the technical details of the

picture, see a picture that reveals the inner

booked for inspiration.

improvisation. Of course, I think that

improvisation should be excluded from a

portfolio.

Imagine for some reason you’re unable to

use a camera for 1 year from now on. What

would you do? How would you feel?

How do you feel when you’re taking a

photograph?

Individual works are always fun. However,

I imagine just painful. Maybe if I coudn’t

use the camera for a year, I’d think about

what kind of pictures to take after it.

commercial shooting is not.

portfolio flickr.com/photos/graphosdr

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Do you think you fit our digital age of photography or you’d rather be a

photographer, let’s say, 50 years ago?

Perhaps it would be difficult to work as a photographer then.

What is photography to you? Self-expression? A tool to make yourself

recognised? Your way to invoke feelings in the viewer or to change people?

Photography is everything for me including self-expression, leaving a mark,

seeking beauty, etc. It’s Everything.


Smartphone camera: Something you loathe, something you have mixed feelings for or just

another tool with new possibilities?

I currently don’t work with a smart phone camera. However, when in the future technology

will be more advanced, it could be possible to work with a smartphone camera.

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Charal

Kydon


ampos

akis*

*aka Dirtyharry


portfolio dirtyharrry.com

Do you plan your photos more or are you

improvising usually?

I have some things in the back of my mind,

but I‘m improvising and shooting whatever

and try to think about where all this mess

leads to.


What was the point in your life when you

realized the importance of photography

for you?

I‘m shooting photos since 1997. Probably I

got more close to the whole thing when I got

my first digital camera in 2008, it was easier

to shoot after that.


How do you feel when you’re taking a

photograph?

The time that the click lasts is too short to

feel something, sometimes maybe something

comes to me before the click or after it,

many times nothing.


Who inspires you the most to take pictures?

Anything that might seem worthy of 2-3

seconds to take out the camera and shoot it.

Most times it wasn’t worthy, so this goes on

until I keep few frames that I‘d like to see

again in the future.


Imagine for some reason you’re unable

to use a camera for 1 year from now on.

Would you be depressed and in pain or

you’d just get on with your life, forget

about photography and find something else

meaningful to do?

I can’t find any reason for this to happen,

except if I was in prison for example?

I don’t know, I must get imprisoned first and

then I‘ll tell you.


What is photography to you? Selfexpression?

A tool to make yourself

recognised? Your way to invoke feelings in

the viewer or to change people?

Maybe photography is just a way to write

down some thoughts, I prefer images to

words.


Smartphone camera: Something you loathe,

something you have mixed feelings for or

just another tool with new possibilities?

I‘m not a puritan or a taliban, so I don’t

condemn smartphones or any other media.

It‘s more difficult to shoot with a

smartphone exactly the way I‘d like, for

example my phone has a slow flash. But all

that matters to me is what you see in an

image at the end, personally I don’t care at

all about the conditions it was shot.


NOISY

PARADISE

TOKYO’S NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER


portfolio flickr.com/photos/noisyparadise

I’m obsessed with night photography, taking Urban Night Shots of

everything around me. I’m working to capture long-exposure photos

of a seemingly post-apocalyptic Tokyo, where the entire 13 million

population has evacuated. I love the shadows and shapes that come

to life at night in Tokyo. It’s a scene not always perceivable to the

naked eye, even if it’s awake.

Do you plan your photos more or are you 写 真 は 計 画 してから 撮 りますか?それと

improvising usually?

もその 場 のノリ( 気 分 )で?

What I take pictures of and where is always 撮 る 場 所 も 撮 る 物 もその 時 の 感 覚 や 気 分

spontaneous depending on my actual mood 次 第 ですが、 撮 る 時 間 帯 は 夜 です。

but the time is always the night.

その 理 由 は 私 は 夜 を 愛 しているからです。

How do you feel when you’re taking

a photograph?

写 真 を 撮 る 時 、どんな 気 分 ですか?

覚 醒 してる。

Excitement/vigilance.

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Who inspires you the most to take pictures?

I can’t really highlight anyone. I get

inspiration from every element of the world.

People, music, city, nature, noise, etc.

一 番 インスピレーションを 貰 えるもの

(または 人 物 )は 何 ( 誰 )ですか?

特 に 一 番 というものはありません。

この 世 界 の 全 てのものからインスピレー

ションを 受 けています。( 人 々、 音 楽 、

Imagine for some reason you’re unable

都 市 、 自 然 、 雑 音 、etc...)

to use a camera for 1 year from now on.

Would you be depressed and in pain or

you’d just get on with your life, forget

about photography and find something

else meaningful to do?

I’d be shocked but to be able to do

photography again after a year I would find

something to do till then.

何 らかの 理 由 で 今 から 一 年 間 、 写 真 撮 影

が 出 来 なくなる 事 を 想 像 して 下 さい。

そんな 時 、あなたは 絶 望 しますか?それ

とも 写 真 を 忘 れて、 他 に 人 生 で 大 切 に 出

来 るものを 探 しますか?

とてもショックですが、1 年 後 の 撮 影 の 為

に” 何 か”をします。

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Do you think you fit our digital age

of photography or you’d rather be

a photographer, let’s say, 50 years ago?

I believe I fit into our age. I’d like to record

the present.

自 分 は、 今 の 時 代 に 合 っていると 思 いま

すか?それとも、50 年 位 前 の 時 代 に 写 真

を 撮 っていたいですか?

今 の 時 代 に 合 っていると 思 います。 私 は”

今 ”を 撮 りたい。

Smartphone camera: Something you loathe,

something you have mixed feelings for or

just another tool with new possibilities?

I think it’s a really useful tool to record

our pictures, memories and notes. I keep

following it’s possibilities with attention.

スマートフォンで 撮 る 写 真 について、

どう 思 われますか? 嫌 い、 微 妙 、それと

も 新 しい 可 能 性 を 秘 めた 道 具 ですか?

気 軽 に 写 真 (メモや 思 い 出 )を 残 せるツール

としてはとても 便 利 だと 思 います。

これからの 可 能 性 にも 注 目 はしています。

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How to reach us?

我 々の 連 絡 先

website ウェブサイト

http://rising-up-studios.com/

email Eメール

info@rising-up-studios.com

facebook フェイスブック

facebook.com/RisingUpPhotography

Mobile (japan) 電 話 番 号 ( 日 本 )

080-4686-7979

Mobile (international) 電 話 番 号 ( 国 際 )

+81-80-4686-7979

Magazine related 本 誌 に 関 する 話 題

hello@vam.nu

Magazine created by Máté Varga

Japanese translation Viktória Szepesi

Cover photo and introduction Stephen Jackson

雑 誌 の 創 設 者 ヴァルガ・マーテー

和 訳 セペシ・ヴィクトリア

カバー 写 真 と 自 己 紹 介 スティーブン·ジャクソン

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有 ります!

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Scan the QR code, or just go to: http://rising-up-studios.com/coupon.

Don’t forget to copy the coupon to your phone or print it and bring it with you.

Looking forward to photographing you!

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ることを 楽 しみにしております。

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See you soon and don’t forget to rise up!

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