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Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Alissa Guzman

Wings of Desire Poster in the writer's studio Like my Southern California childhood, Times Quotidian is best described as alternative. My first piece, published in 2011 two days after my 27th birthday, was an essay on young, emerging photographers, written long before I’d worked myself into any kind of critical form. It was the beginning of a decade-long collaboration with a publication that gave many west coast writers, myself included, the room to experiment and a place to publish those odd pieces that didn’t seem to have a place anywhere else. Stepping away from reviewing other artist’s work, I found my voice in photo essays and fragmented text of the overheard and the anecdotal. Looking back, it was finding the right blend of the … [Read more...]

Sakura Season

We’re standing on a curb at Shibuya crossing watching the traffic lights change, like spectators of a carefully practiced sport. As the massive intersection slows to a stop, an orderly swarm of pedestrians begin crossing in every direction, even diagonally, as they run, stroll, and weave their way to the other side. This impeccable mastery of orderly chaos is the essence of Tokyo. … [Read more...]