ELIOT LEE HAZEL> Is Seriously…

… epic.

Having just stumbled across the website of Eliot Lee Hazel for the first time ever, all I can think is… why and how is all his work so bloody brilliant?!!

With photography that certainly runs the gamut in terms of film quality and overall style, Eliot Lee Hazel has select pieces on his website which seem to share one notable similarity: they all infer complex back stories through the use of human forms in variable settings. Many of the images seem carefully plotted, its models posed, but they still manage to avoid becoming stagnant. (Might I also note that even his arrangement of his photographs in a timeline setting is color-coordinated and flows all too smoothly?)

Bravo, bravo, bravo. I can’t remember the last time I was so consistently enthralled and surprised by a photographer. And, of course, like all ridiculously talented artistically-inclined folks, Eliot Lee Hazel makes music and film as well. But of course.

It is highly recommended that you visit his website to see more images.
(I’m having a hard time deciding how to limit my selections.)

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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