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Pauline Miko

Student
New York City, USA

Pauline Miko
“We basically travelled from apartments to apartments of strangers, friends of friends for 10 days. We slept on floors, carpets, fancy beds, futons, in student dorms, in the studio of lesbian artists, in musician's apartment...”
Freedom is an inexorable force, a fearless, invisible guide that pulls its subject along a path that can often resemble bold intent or total insanity–sometimes both.
23-year-old Belgian photography student Pauline Mako runs on her own unborrowed time, a spirit seeking adventure and always carrying the tools to capture fleeting moments.
“These photos were shot in New York City, and more specifically in Staten Island where my best friend and I stayed for two days...We had no place to stay for the last two weeks of the month and no money to pay an hotel room so we posted a note on Facebook asking for help.”
Challenge and crisis forge beauty and narrative intrigue, the stuff not only of stories told in bars and to future generations, but also the stuff of memories to be seized in photographic amber.
“These photos were taken in the apartment of photographer Agnes Thor and Graham Tucker, editor at Folklore Magazine. Their apartment was the best place we got to stay at during our 'homeless episode'. There's also pictures of a walk Eva and I took in the city on that day.”
There is a charming contradiction in attempting to freeze a life lived with abandon, but whimsical irony seems par for Pauline’s course.
If you need a soundtrack while looking at Pauline’s photos, she suggests Daughter, TWIN, and, fittingly, Wild You
www.paulinemiko.com

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