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One day you’re totally in love with another human. Then the next day, it’s snatched away. You had a lovely evening...to wake up in the morning with an aching heart. With your whole world crumbling at the tips of your toes. The feeling of losing half your heart can kill. For you to only realise after time that the one true love you’ll ever have in your life is you. Treat yourself how you would treat others. Love yourself how you would love others. The only person who will understand every part of you, is you.
This is about a mundane secret that's hidden from the world, and probably one most people have. Vulnerability is a huge secret of mine, and I keep it hidden and as a secret until I need to let someone see.
This selfportrait is about my brother and me. We have a really special bond. He is a little younger than I am but we lived like twins for most of the time. sharing our music, our group of friends. We also look really alike, we both have long blond hair and we wear a lot of black. As you can see in this photograph. But we had to let go of each other. I had to let go of him. I was going to move out and start a life with al lot less of my brother. I was not going to see him every day anymore. And I did not know how to do that. Because; who am I without my brother?
Last February, before the worldwide lockdown, I met someone special. We never met before and since then we never met again in flesh and bone. That time we spent less than 24 hours together during one weekend… after that we said each other goodbye. Blame me… I fell in love with THEM. And the pandemic came. THE WINGS poem was written to recall the floating sensation of falling in love with someone new. I dedicate this to my first enby love, my nonbinary love, this is for you E.
DARKNESS AND LIGHT GO HAND IN HANDEveryone experience anxiety. We all experience pain and suffering. We are all fighting battles no one knows about. There are those days that it's really getting tough. When we are weak and feeling down it can really mess our mind. It can even summon our inner demons and it feeds you with the darkest of thoughts.I, myself, have my own battles to fight. An unexpected event happened to me a few years ago that drastically changed my everyday life. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. It affected me not only physically but mentally. It's like I was in pain every single day but the hardest thing to deal with is the thoughts that are running through my mind. I always wrestle with my own thoughts. There are days I feel like I'm unable to keep going. There are even times I let my mind control my body. It's getting harder and harder everyday that I have to stop doing the things I love to do for my body can't handle it anymore.But, I never gave up for I know I'm a warrior and warriors don't give up. I strengthened my faith for I know God won't give us something we can't handle. I'm also grateful with all the people who are always there for me particularly my very supportive family. They are one of the reasons why I keep on fighting.This turning point in my life helped me to always keep in mind that even in darkness there is always light. They go hand in hand but I must focus to see the light and not be blinded by the darkness itself.
Synchronicity for me is when two different things, that are not aware of each other, interact in an specific moment and create something. These pictures are the result of the lights of two moving vehicles in Mexico City that will never know that where photographed.
The Spitfire has always held a great fascination for me since childhood. The aircraft is a symbol of hope and even when shot down, her ending came with grace. During the pandemic, in the UK, I was lucky enough to see a Spitfire in a flypast specially dedicated to National Health Service workers. Even in the darkest times she is a symbol of light. This poem is a dedication to her grace and beauty.
"ANNA, 2021" is a shot I took during a photoshoot inspired by the work of portrait photographer, Damon Baker."Pills" is a shot from a short film I made, called "Paranoia".
Text by Natalja Laurey
Davar calls himself a design ambassador, with a specialization in identity and brand development for start-ups and established businesses.He works as a design director for Landor and Fitch as well as a design instructor at the University of Cincinnati. He was born in Iran and loves to celebrate the diversity and beauty in design. He has a background in Graphic Design (Pratt Institute), especially typography, and loves to communicate this in his work.
Josh Rose is an artist, filmmaker & photographer. He is a fourth generation Los Angelino and together with his family he lives in Venice Beach. He grew up in a creative community in Los Angeles. He studied Fine Arts and then worked in commercial arts for like 20 years. He worked at an agency and did advertising and branding for large organizations varying from Volkswagen, PlayStation to the US army. In the last few years, especially since 2018, he has been more focused on developing his own voice in the art world. He is an artist in residence at various dancing organizations.