Imagined Futures – Photography from Jason Jackson


These images come from an ongoing project called Imagined Futures.
I’m interested in how the act of photographing something can remove it from its context, allowing it to become re-imagined as a scene from a dystopia. So, a mannequin in a Berlin shop window, an anti-Trump protest, a car-park, people on the street at night, and graffiti in a Bristol back lane and the gate to my local park all somehow become part of possible, imagined future worlds.
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 Jason Jackson takes photographs. He also writes short fiction and poetry. In a busy life he hopes to get better at all three.

Photography by Mark Wyatt

India, 1980


Paris, 1980




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markwyattSince around 1980, Mark Wyatt has been photographing people on the streets of wherever he happens to be. Intended for personal fulfillment, his photographs have never been exhibited and have only recently begun being published in select literary journals. He generally posts one or two images a week to his website at The images are all uncropped and are minimally processed so that each one most faithfully reproduces what the camera saw at the moment that the shutter was tripped. In the end, each of his photographs aspires to be a simple but memorable snapshot of our world, and to be worthy of being visited more than once.

Photography, Running, and Writing – Artist, CARL SCHARWATH

Photography, Running and Writing with Carl Scharwath

Sick Lit Magazine: What inspires you as an artist?

Carl Scharwath: Other artists. I have a deep love of reading, the arts and discovering new authors and photographers. The biographies of artists are also inportant to learn as they have gone through many of the  same heartbreaks and still  overcame them.


SLM: Tell me a bit about your creative process.

CS: Since I am a dedicated, competitive runner, many of my story and poem ideas give birth on the run. Unfortunately those great sentences are forgotten by the time I arrive home, but the ideas are not. I also run with my cell phone and have captured photos on my run, either by stopping or returning latter. Ideas are all around us, we only have to be receptive.


SLM: What music are you currently listening to?

CS: I  will always love REM and thier innovation. From my teen years The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson’s solo albums still spark a memory from simple times in my life.


SLM: If you could categorize these pieces in a few words, what would they be?

CS: Surealistic, philosophical and thinking how they would look as an oil painting.

Angel of the Antiques

SLM: What are you working on right now?

CS: A new short story, my second chap book and a play. Working full time, having grand children and training as a runner does not leave much time but I try my best on early weekend mornings to dedicate time to my art.


SLM: Tell me something that not many people know about you.

CS: My daughter and I spend nine years training together and were awarded a 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo


SLM: How would one of us, per se, purchase your work?

CS: I have never thought of the process to sell my work. My enjoyment comes from being published, the creative process and working with and meeting editors such as you.



Waiting for a dancewoman reflection


Carl Scharwath has appeared globally with 80+ magazines selecting his poetry, short stories, essays or art photography. He won the National Poetry Contest award for Writers One Flight Up. His first poetry book is ‘Journey To Become Forgotten’ (Kind of a Hurricane Press). Carl is a dedicated runner and 2nd degree black- belt.


Another theme that hits close to home for me!

At times, I feel as if I live my life looking through the rear-view mirror, wrapped up in the past, mentally stuck somewhere in between nostalgia and reliving an unfinished moment. 

That being said, it’s sort of implied that nostalgia is unique within each person.

Remember when I wrote another letter about us, as human beings, as a whole becoming a sum of our experiences? We are. Plus, what about perception? My God! That makes a world of difference. My dad saw Germany and France through vastly different lenses than I did when I was just a grumpy mop of red ringlets, wearing white tights and plaid dresses to school.


You can grow up in the same household as someone for your entire child-teenager life, yet recall different fond memories.You’ll also inevitably remember the same events in a different light than one another.

When I came down with food poisoning in Paris, my dad remembers taking me to a French doctor’s office, where he spoke fluent French for the first time in years with the staff, accessing a dormant part of his brain. I just remember the stomach pains and being a crying lump on my dad’s shoulder at The Louvre.

And that, SLM readers, is why I love this theme so very much.

Laughter, adversity, friendships (both good and bad) all have a purpose somewhere in our lives.

We’re each walking pieces of art, being sculpted and molded by these things every day.

I hope you enjoy our pieces.


Kelly Coody

Kelly Fitzharris Coody





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Sick Lit Magazine: What inspires you as an artist?  

Toby Penney: This is always a funny question to me. I never really feel inspired. I am more compelled to create than anything else. Inspiration implies an outside force making a decision to gift me a creative moment. It also dismisses hard work in the name of an emotive response. Of course emotion is evident in the images I create but truly impressive images are developed over time through persistence & hard work.

SLM: Tell me a bit about your creative process. 

TP: My methodology is consistent with each medium I choose. I hate to waste time so I work on several pieces at a time. Usually there are 3-4 larger paintings in the works along with about as many 3d pieces and reclaimed fabric collages that I am actively pursuing. As one piece is curing, I move on to the next. This way I always have something fresh to respond to. This process is the same with photography. I am always collecting images, documenting my daily life. I use these images to build history & texture with multiple exposures techniques. My goal is often to convey the excitement of that fresh feeling at the same time making the history of the work available with the layers that I build.

SLM: What music are you currently listening to?

TP: This is a funny list. I homeschool my five year old and she often has a say in what we play so it is a pretty big range that includes Patsy Cline, Tchaikovsky, The Band Perry, Sting, Billy Joel, Lindsey Sterling…You get the picture. But, The Police & Johnny Cash are usually on my play list.

SLM: If you could categorize these pieces in a few words, what would they be? 

TP: I’ve always thought of my work a collection of moments, a visual documentation of my response to environment.

SLM: What are you working on right now? 

TP: Currently I am developing a series of photographs & painting to be shown in Atlanta Georgia in the fall of next year. At the same time I am also working on obtaining funding for a body of work that I would like to develop while living in China, hopefully next year as well.




***Toby Penney is a southern artist working in paint, photography, printmaking & multiple sculpture media. She creates work accepting, even glorifying simple objects & fleeting moments.

Penney holds a sculpture degree from Middle Tennessee State University. From 2005 until 2010 she held a Vitreography internship with Master Printmaker Judith O’Rourke at Harvey K. Littleton Studio.

Find Penney’s paintings in private & corporate collections and museums. Her images have been or are slated to be featured in Professional Artist Magazine, Numinous Magazine, Feroce Magazine, Hellbent Magazine as well as Polonium II, a book by David Downs. Usually you can find her sharing her studio with her enchanting 5 year old daughter. Find out more about Toby on social media via @TobyPenney or by contacting one of her representatives at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa or Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Find her on Twitter at: ***