Chloe Sheppard Launches a New Zine to Support Emerging Photographers

February 12, 2018


Intent on making film photography more accessible, image-maker Chloe Sheppard launches The G-Word, a submission based print platform that offers a space for young photographers to showcase their work. "I remember how it felt when I was just starting out with photography, and how often I was faced with rejection and not having my work shown anywhere." She contunies, "I wanted to create a project that would be as inclusive as possible for all artists." 


The tabloid size zine -- formed from Chloe's open call for submissions based around the letter G -- features work by female image-makers from around the globe, chosen for the quality of their work regardless of their name or social following. In celebration of its upcoming release, we caught up with 7 of the published artists to introduce their work and to of course, discover their favourite g-word.


 Image by Beatrice Helman for The G-Word 



Beatrice Helman, 26, Brooklyn, NY 


Hey Beatrice, tell us a little bit about yourself...

I used to visit my grandmother's house, sit on the steps to the basement, and flip through her photo albums, obsessively. I was in love not only with the high waisted pants and terrycloth hoodies of the late 1970s, but also the way the film caught the light, and the way in which memories were preserved in time. I would spend hours dreaming about the stories my grandmother told me, visualising them scene by scene until I began to see my regular daily life in scenes as well. Now, I’m a photographer and a writer, currently getting my creative writing MFA in fiction, and I use my grandmother’s old camera. I’m still obsessed with nostalgia and vintage film photographs and am always stealing negatives from her basement. I grew up in Massachusetts; I live in Brooklyn, I love my parents, I eat vegetables.  


What’s the story behind your image for the newsprint? 

This is part of an ongoing fictional series about a girl named Aurora who dresses up for her school picture in different outfits, always ones that emphasise the absurdity of the situation and the pressure and expectations that come along with it. School pictures were always such a time of tension for me; it left me with an ongoing fascination with them. They never came out how I imagined they should, my hair was never as straight or shiny as I wished it would be, I never gave away tiny squares of my face to people so they could tuck them into their wallets, but I was still obsessed with finding the right outfit, the right hairstyle, and would wait all year for the opportunity to sit in front of that blue or grey background and have my photo taken by a real professional with a camera that flashed. 


To me, it felt like the photograph was a representation of myself. I'd carry it on for the rest of the year and all of the time. When I look back, I remember how I committed to each outfit, how I practised my smile, how I was so sure that I would never look like actress headshots in magazines and how I dreamed of one day having perfect bangs. Aurora is a character who deals with this pressure by embracing the theatrical elements of portrait taking, and here she is in a vintage wedding dress, lace, high collar and all. 



What's your favorite G-word?

Goldenrod, probably. It’s gold in the sun and my favourite weed and grows like wild around where I grew up. Also maybe the word grow! 




 Collage by Loulou Lefever for The G-word 



Loulou Lefever, 18, Kent 


Hey Loulou, tell us a little bit about yourself...

I'm a lesbian, vegan that has braces (not for long) who is an art student.


What’s the story behind your image for the newsprint? 

These are questions I get asked about my sexuality on a daily basis; it has become the norm. I wanted to visually represent my comfort with being gay by comparing it to the natural environment, making a connection between Mother Nature and homosexuality as both should be considered 'natural' in my opinion. 


What's your favourite G-word?



Michelle Nash for The G-Word



Michelle Nash, 21, Brooklyn  NY 




Hey Michelle, tell us a little bit about yourself...



My name’s Michelle Nash, I’m 21 and finishing up my senior year studying film production in Brooklyn, NY.  I’m gearing up to shoot my senior thesis film this spring, and hope to continue working within my passions in the fields of film and photography after graduation. My work has ranged from street photography to portraits, experimental films, short narratives and documentaries. Currently, I’m finishing up post-production on a documentary I shot and directed on a mime troupe in NYC.




What's the story behind your image for the newsprint? 


My photos selected for the newsprint are some images that I shot in between takes while filming a short film titled “The Cycle”, which I shot last year in collaboration with a good friend of mine and incredible artist Christina Dietz. The film included a gigantic jello ‘ovum’ cake constructed by Christina, which can be seen in it’s smashed up stages in this photo. "The Cycle" contains themes of reproductive rights and the choices & control one has over their own womb.





Favourite G word...






Polaroid by Liv Thurley for The G-Word


Liv Thurley, 25, North London 


Tell us a little bit about yourself...

I'm a lil Londoner born and bred who studied Sculpture at University in Brighton. I usually like to explore gender politics in my work, but recently I've been more into set design and styling.


What's the story behind your image for the newsprint?

For my images, I used a Polaroid SX-70, first introduced around 1972. I was after an aged look for my photos and felt it was probably one of the more authentic ways to complement the clothing that Grace is wearing in them. The blue velvet two-piece is an old vintage piece I picked up from a car boot sale. The lady selling it said she used to wear it down the 'discos' back in the day.


What's your favourite G-word?

Grace is my best friend, so it seemed fitting that the project was looking at the letter 'G' because I've wanted to take photos of her for a while that weren't just of us both drunk together.


 Image by Demi Corso for The G-Word


Demi Corso, 25, Los Angeles, CA 


Hey Demi, tell us a little bit about yourself...

I’m a film photographer; I draw a lot of inspiration from fashion, music, films, art, etc. - I especially love the 70's and 90's. I tend to photograph the amazing women I surround myself with.


What's the story behind your image for the newsprint?

This image of my sister Codey was taken during a Sunday drive. I saw this cute middle school, and I thought it would be a perfect backdrop. I have a close relationship with my sister, and she’s one of my favourite subjects. 


And your favourite G-word... 

My favorite g-word is "girl" because of how powerful and ambiguous it is.



 Image by Patricio Jose Morocho for the G-Word Paper


Patricio Jose Morocho, 19, NYC


Tell us a little bit about yourself...

I'm a Latino artist in New York City still trying to understand myself. Colors add beauty to my life that I explore in my work.  


What's the story behind your image for the newsprint? 

Guaguancó: I had been listening to Arsenio Rodríguez, René Touzet, and Los Zafiros without stop for days. I always felt an impulse from their music. An incessant need to create followed me. It would grab me in class, at home, in the streets like anxiety begging to be released. I attribute the feelings to my own insecurity as a Latino. I had really only come to embrace the term two years prior. It was inevitable that I would attempt to make my emotions tangible.


I met Paola, who is Afro-Latina, through Instagram and proposed the idea to her. Her fashion and her stoic visage caught my attention. It would be my first serious project as a photographer. We took the photographs in a beautiful Cuban café. It's colours and design were reminiscent of the Latinoamérica I recalled in my nostalgia. After finishing the photographs, I was content. The colours, location, and Paola's emotions reflected my own emotions as a child. I was undeniably apathetic, aloof, disinterested, and confused about my Latino upbringing. 


What's your favourite G-word?

Guagua! It's pronounced wa-wa and means baby in Quechua. 


Image by Romana Wang for The G-Word


Ramona Wang,23, New York & China


Hey Ramona, tell us a little bit about yourself...

I believe in the power of authenticity in pictures, because I found things and people the most beautiful when they are simply themselves. I have always tried to capture the ephemeral moments in my life and express how I see the world in my photos.


What's the story behind your image for the newsprint?

The project is about rediscovering what being a woman means to us. It's about trying to think of an image without stigmas or pressure of the society; allowing ourselves to be as who we are. Through our project, we do not intend to please the viewers independent of their identity. We are looking to reconnect with ourselves by portraying our singularity in a specific moment of time.


What's your favourite G-word?

My favourite G word is Genuine because I think it's powerful to show the most honest and natural side of things. 



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