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Today's hot faces open up for model-photographer-editor Dylan Forsberg magazine, Transmission

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Bara Holotova, Ford Models NY Photography by Paul Maffi

When I reach Dylan Forsberg, he is picking up copies of Transmission's launch issue to hand out in Union Square. "Swallow my pride to show my devotion," Dylan laughs. His magazine, which he single-handedly launched last year, is now in the last legs of a long journey to fruition. It has been a year-long labour of love, shooting friends like Kasia Struss and Alana Zimmer and sharing deeply personal stories about love and loss. Opening up the floodgates to his private mindset has fiddled with Forsberg's sleeping patterns: "I'm like braindead today (laughs). Been up since 5 am. Lately I've been losing sleep because I've been so busy…" The model cum photographer slash editor is now looking to cross the finish line by crowdsourcing funds for Transmission's second issue, replete with raw photography and intimate stories.

DD: This new one is themed 'transparency'. What exactly does that mean?

Dylan Forsberg: I took it as meaning honesty and clarity. Sharing myself purely, both the good and the bad. I've used it as a sort of exorcism, taking everything within me and pulling it out so that I can move on and become who I want to be.

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Samantha Gradoville, IMG London Photography by Paul Maffi

DD: I saw that you included quite a personal story in there about your first love, and you describe this work as being like a diary. Why be so open?

Dylan Forsberg: Yeah, but the story isn't only about my first love. It happened so long ago that I can't remember all that I felt back then. Instead, I've used the story as more of a vehicle. It's based around one love but deals with a few. As I drift in and out of stand out memories, I re-evaluate my actions. And once I've written something down I have to move on. It can't be repeated because it can't be forgotten. The reason for being so open is because I decided that if I was going to tell a story, I should tell it as honestly as possible or not at all. It may be a blend of stories, but it's all true… Everything happened, good and bad. I figure sometimes people need to be reminded that they're not the only ones who fuck up.

DD: You've travelled quite a bit around America. Can you tell me about that time period? Did it help shape your vision for this new issue at all?

Dylan Forsberg: I guess that it helped in showing me a different side to people than what I was used to. Hitchhiking around, people opened up to me in a way they never had before. They knew I couldnt tell their friends and colleagues their intimate secrets, so they used me as a kind of confessional. I wondered why everyone hid all that behind a shield, but then realized that I did the same. So I figured with this issue I'd change that.

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DD: What is it like putting together an entire magazine, basically solo?

Dylan Forsberg: It's interesting to see how my mind changes. I always start from scratch so the end product is usually much different from the start. I gain confidence over time and allow myself to do things exactly as I see them. Sometimes I sit on the mag for a month or two and come back with a totally new perspective to change it for the better.

DD: What do you want Transmission to be? What does it look like in future?

Dylan Forsberg: I'd like it to be more of a movement than a magazine – a place for people to show what they really care about and what they're capable of, a place of complete expression unburdened by money. And I'd like it to always be changing, and to change everything around it. I have an idea of where it will go but each year I grow and different things are important to me. The magazine is a part of me and will change with me.

DD: So it's more of a personal project?

Dylan Forsberg: Personal as in close to me, yes, but there are many outside things that are close to me. I plan to take a step back from the third issue and allow other artists to express themselves through the medium I've developed. I only opened up and shared so much in the second issue to encourage them to do the same. I guess I mean that it's a part of me in that I don't plan to work with strangers. I prefer to work with friends and other like-minded artists and as I grow I meet more and more of them. I think people will respond to it precisely because it's so personal. Because they can relate and connect with it. Because it's real.

To help get Dylan's second issue of Transmission off the ground, visit his Kickstarter. Pick up a copy of the issue when you make a donation, funding ends at 12 noon on Tuesday.

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