"We ended up on roof that had an amazing view of Old Havana and from across the roof I saw a man playing with his pigeons. Somehow he was instructing them where to go. I was pretty amazed by it and yelled over to him if I could come over."
"The importance of the extreme detail was initially a gut instinct... it’s the opposite of high gloss commercial images, and the heavily filtered ones we see on social media. I think it relates back to the intense scrutiny we give ourselves and our ‘flaws,’ perhaps how they often seem amplified."
"I grew up in Pennsylvania, sort of near Pittsburgh. Brandon [her brother] was pretty influential because there was a strong punk scene where we grew up. Brandon is six years older and I was home schooled. So, I was a space cadet, basically. I really just hung out with Brandon's friends and would go to punk shows and kind of got wrapped up in that scene. But with that scene it was kind of like anything's possible."
"Absence is everywhere all the time, and I felt it so much in Death Valley, but the absence I felt was in me — the desert is full of life. I want so badly to feel connected to the natural world, and the poem, which was written later, was an attempt to reconcile those feelings."
Fernanda Penfold spoke with Yael about her recent projects, documenting Israel, a Zentai fetishist, and a whole lot of limbs. "We don't really find out about people through what they say all the time. Like, things can be found in the margins, from actions."