Simbarashe Cha Says Goodbye To Summer with Vigo Summer: 1996

Video and Images: Simbarashe Cha, Text: Jess Mederos Vigo Summer 1996 is a short film and accompanying photographs bearing witness to the solitude of youth juxtaposed against the soul of a forgotten analog summer. Filmed in Galicia, Spain and originally released in 2018 in black and white, the short film is newly presented here remasteredContinue reading “Simbarashe Cha Says Goodbye To Summer with Vigo Summer: 1996”

The Accountability Project Brings Transparency to the Fashion Industry

Interview and Text: Jess Mederos Follow Accountability Project on instagram @accountabilityprojectnyc and support them on Patreon. The American Fashion Industry has an accountability problem. Industry insiders have long criticized the abuses artists and models face at the hands of “untouchable” bad actors within the fashion industry. Delayed payment, complete lack of payment, sexual harassment, threatsContinue reading “The Accountability Project Brings Transparency to the Fashion Industry”

American Scrapbook #1: John and Jonah

Photos and Text: John Ilmoniemi Welcome to the inaugural edition of the OPC American Scrapbook Series. This series encapsulates real stories of love, loss, and lived experiences through photography. If you have a story to tell please email us at hello@opcdigital.com . I first met Jonah in 1990 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida while I wasContinue reading “American Scrapbook #1: John and Jonah”

Luke Abby Documents Poland’s Struggle For Women’s Rights in a State of Religious Conservatism

Images: Luke Abby, Text: Jess Mederos On October 22, 2020, a constitutional tribunal in Warsaw effectively banned abortions in Poland. Before the decision, which cannot be appealed, Poland already touted some of the strictest abortion laws in the European Union, allowing for pregnancy terminations only for fetal abnormalities, threat to the mother’s health or inContinue reading “Luke Abby Documents Poland’s Struggle For Women’s Rights in a State of Religious Conservatism”

‘Double Vision’: Photographer May Daniels Shoots Lorien and Khaila Stevens

Photos: May Daniels, Styling: Byron Jesus, Hair: Lana Hunter, Makeup: Devyn McGant, Models: Lorien and Khaila Stevens, Text: Jess Mederos On a sunlit day in Los Angeles, Photographer May Daniels captures the love and beauty of sisters Lorien and Khaila Stevens. Discovered by artist SZA, the Missouri sisters are featured here in their debut fashionContinue reading “‘Double Vision’: Photographer May Daniels Shoots Lorien and Khaila Stevens”

We Have A Crush On D’Arcy

Text and Interview: Remy Holwick Meet D’arcy: she’s 17, she loves her dog, and she fabricated out of literally nowhere (and we do mean “literally nowhere”— D’Arcy is a cartoon) this month to drop “Crush”, one of our favorite pop singles of the year. Musically, “crush” excels— soaring through what could be well-travelled grunge-pop territory,Continue reading “We Have A Crush On D’Arcy”

Julian Louis Phillips and Sean Pressley In Conversation: Lived Experience in Art

Interview and Photographs: Sean Pressley Julian Louis Phillips and Sean Pressley are Brooklyn-born black artists. Phillips, a multimedia artist, has exhibited and performed throughout the Northeast US, and has received fellowships and residencies from More Art, Jamaica Center of Arts and Learning, and NARS Foundation. Pressley is a photographer whose clients include the New YorkContinue reading “Julian Louis Phillips and Sean Pressley In Conversation: Lived Experience in Art”

Alana Celii’s Meditative Search for Meaning in Iceland’s Rich Mythology

Text: Jess Mederos, Photography: Alana Celii, Photo Assistant: Daniel Dorsa, Styling: Jess Mederos, Assistant Stylist: Madison Martin, Makeup: Caitlin Wooters, Hair: Keita Higashi, Model: Nina Kelby American folklore is steeped in patriarchy. Colonization and the expansion westward, propelled by the “manifest destiny” concept of profound moral rightness under a male-gendered christian god, spread an oralContinue reading “Alana Celii’s Meditative Search for Meaning in Iceland’s Rich Mythology”

I Wish I Was As Cool As Daniella Valdez

Interview and text: Remy Holwick, Images: Astrid D. We need to talk about Daniella Valdez. The artist and model bears more than a passing resemblance to a Gen Z Patti Smith, and has as much magnetism, raw talent, and passion as an act ten times bigger.  Her stage act is raw and ambitious, with Valdez paintedContinue reading “I Wish I Was As Cool As Daniella Valdez”

Sharokh Mirzai’s Grounded Brooklyn Take on AW20

Photography: Sharokh Mirzai, Styling: Jess Mederos assisted by Maddie Shaver, Model: Destiny Allera at Calliber Models, Text: Remy Holwick. What relevance do labels hold when so much of our lives revolve around our own block? Photographer Sharokh Mizrai presents a grounded take on AW20 looks, where the clothing blends seamlessly into the neighborhood, translating elevatedContinue reading “Sharokh Mirzai’s Grounded Brooklyn Take on AW20”

The Fugees’ John Forte Gave Me An Incredible Gift From Prison

By: Jess Mederos, Image: Remy Holwick Doorbells ring in the suburbs at 5am for two reasons – both involve law enforcement. The doorbell of our Long Island home rang at five am, and my mother and I were jolted from sleep by intense banging, as if someone was trying to break down our door. IContinue reading “The Fugees’ John Forte Gave Me An Incredible Gift From Prison”

Bailey Roberts Shines a Light on First Time Voters in the Aloha State

Photographs and Text: Bailey Roberts, Additional Text: Remy Holwick Ed. Note: I grew up Haole (white/foreign/non-local) in Hawaii, and it would be impossible for me to present this story without presenting the history of the islands as I was taught it by those who were so generous as to let me call their land myContinue reading “Bailey Roberts Shines a Light on First Time Voters in the Aloha State”

Luke Abby and Carlos Darder Explore Love, Lust, and the Human Cost of Political Fallout in Puerto Rico

Photography: Luke Abby and Carlos Darder, Text: Luke Abby The majority of images presented in this series were photographed during one of the first trips Carlos and I took together to Puerto Rico in early 2020, shortly before the pandemic lockdown. Our local host told us of an abandoned hotel directly on the ocean thatContinue reading “Luke Abby and Carlos Darder Explore Love, Lust, and the Human Cost of Political Fallout in Puerto Rico”

Lea Winkler Shoots Other Peoples Children

Photography: Lea Winkler; Text: Remy Holwick. By now, it’s hardly news that fashion has a disastrous obsession with promoting whiteness and privilege. The idea that a model should be a blank canvas, with their personality ascribed by each successive creative team on a shoot-by-shoot basis, has been slowly eroding for decades. The current generation ofContinue reading “Lea Winkler Shoots Other Peoples Children”

Sean Pressley Invites Us All to Observe his Conversation with Black America

Images: Sean Pressley, Text: Remy Holwick. Sean Pressley is an American Photographer living and working in Brooklyn, New York, who uses documentary images chronicling his community, along with staged recreations of scenes from memory or imagination, to explore the intricacies and complex honesties in seemingly everyday moments, emotions, and routines. According to Pressley, ” I’ve alwaysContinue reading “Sean Pressley Invites Us All to Observe his Conversation with Black America”

Jo Rosenthal Wants You To Have It All

By Jo Rosenthal, Image: Astrid De Prossino-Lois “Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends We’re so glad you could attend” – Emerson Lake & Palmer There’s about 10 to 30 seconds when you wake up in the morning where you are completely unaware of your surroundings and who you are. It’s thatContinue reading “Jo Rosenthal Wants You To Have It All”

From The Editor: An “American” Culture

Photo: Andres Altamirano; Text: Remy Holwick. Welcome to the new OPC digital. I was approached with the concept of helming a digital media site by Jesse Simon at OPC Management in late July, amid a trifecta of conspiring energies –on the heels of the NYC lockdown, on the crest of the wave of Black Uprising,Continue reading “From The Editor: An “American” Culture”

Catalina Ouyang: it has always been the perfect instrument

Video: David Usui, Interview: Remy Holwick A virtual tour and interview with sculptor Catalina Ouyang. it has always been the perfect instrument, curated by Alexis Wilkinson, ran from February 29-October 23, 2020, at The Knockdown Center, Queens. Ed. Note: it has always been the perfect instrument featured interactive sculptural elements along with audio content andContinue reading “Catalina Ouyang: it has always been the perfect instrument”

Andres Altamirano and Reni Lane Explore Staying Home

Photography: Andres Altamirano, Styling: Mary Sucaet, Hair and Makeup: Chika Nishiyama, Model: Reni Lane, Video: Brendan Burdzinski, Special Thanks: James Rosenquist Studio, Text: Jess Mederos. At the apex of the New York City pandemic lockdowns, photographer Andres Altamirano, stylist Mary Sucaet, and model and musician Reni Lane create a world that evokes the boredom andContinue reading “Andres Altamirano and Reni Lane Explore Staying Home”

Alexandra and Earth Marzella are Overdressed

Images and Text: Remy Holwick, Styling: Jess Mederos, Assistant Styling: Madie Shaver, Models: Alexandra and Earth Marzella. Navigating the ethics of luxury has never been simple. Labels other as much as they define status, excessive spending and overconsumption are ever-growing symbols of a culture that can not sustain the very systems it relies on toContinue reading “Alexandra and Earth Marzella are Overdressed”

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