Jen Jenkins, Alexa Johnson (Creative Director) and Kristina Feliciano (Editor & CD) present the second issue of the online magazine GIGANTIC. Plus, they represent no less than three new photographers, who can be seen in the magazine. “In honor of this turbulent year, the theme is ‘Action’. The eleven projects/stories in this new issue are designed to inspire you, spark conversation, and remind you of your power. Visit giganticmagazine.com to experience the following interviews, essays, photo illustrations, videos, photo collages, and even a playlist…
Myles Loftin knows what you think when you see a Black man in a hoodie. And he’d like a word. Using Food to Effect Change: RJ Shaughnessy chronicles the everyday activism of an LA food bank. Marcus Smith celebrates community leaders on Chicago’s South Side.
All the Activity of the Natural World: Will nature reclaim its space? Jessica Antola considers the possibility. Hello, Gorgeous: Who gets to be called beautiful? Grace Rivera has her own ideas.
The Photographer Who Gave a F*ck: Jake Stangel on launching a print sale for progressive candidates. Beirut: An Appreciation: João Canziani pays tribute to a broken city.
Rest as Resistance: Jessica Pettway makes the case for why resting can be a radical act for Black women. High and Low: Justin Fantl urges us to see the prison industrial complex with fresh eyes...
“Super bright, colorful, and cheeky” – that’s how GIANT ARTISTS new entry JESSICA PETTWAY from New York describes her very haptic style… Her visual language is loved by clients such as Apple, Instagram, Uber, Unilever, Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek or Refinery29.
“But there’s much more to her imagery than an electric-feeling bounty of delight for the eye. Jessica plays with color, shapes, and texture in highly gratifying ways, composing vibrant still lifes that burst with emotion and a sense of occasion, even when they’re promoting something as everyday as a bowl of soup.
This woman knows how to craft a moment. She might also be the only still life photographer you’ll meet who cites Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry as influences. She likes the way those classic hand-drawn cartoons idealize food, highlighting the essential appeal of a wedge of cheese or a roast turkey with nothing more than color and a skillful use of line. “It’s so perfect and appetizing and over the top,” Jessica notes, who uses her Brooklyn studio to continually explore new ways to make exciting imagery out of ordinary elements. It comes as no surprise that in 2016, Vice celebrated her work, saying that her pictures “redefine still-life photography”.”