The Reservoir

Conversations on Photography


a quarterly webzine with conversations
about the politics of image-making.

issue two
April 2nd, 2018

You are reading the opening line of The Reservoir’s inaugural Opening Lines, a recurring introductory paragraph to start each issue. As with our first, our second issue features eight meaningful conversations on the politics of image-making.

For starters, Ilona Szwarc tells Ashley McNelis how she led herself through a series of transformations to shed her cultural belonging. Then Caiti Borruso and Michael J. Dalton II talk about New Jersey. Stanley Woluka-Wanambwa revisits Obstacles, his essay for Jason Koxvold’s book Knives. Jason then talks to Shane Rocheleau about photographing angry, disempowered men. Ben Huff and Karolina Karlic search for truths between myth and reality within their work that depicts foreign cultures, like Alaska, which Patrice Helmar happens to call home—the subject of her conversation with Widline Cadet. Lissa Rivera spoke with her trans muse and partner BJ Lillis in 2016 and then again in 2018. Lastly, Richard Anderson talks to Romke Hoogwaerts about photographing modernity. Grab a coffee, you’ll be reading for a while.


The Reservoir

A group of independent writers, photographers and publishers from around the world got together to talk about photography and the current sociopolitical climate. New conversations are published every season. Contributions are welcomed.

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Launched in 2018 by the creators of
The Heavy Collective, The Ones We Love & Mossless


Issue Two was edited by Lindley Warren and Romke Hoogwaerts, designed by Romke Hoogwaerts, editorially assisted by Caroline Goessling and proofread by Julia Anderson.