In this issue we are going to explore happiness. The pursuit of happiness may well be the most stubborn of all human clichés. Everybody, throughout human history, has been searching for it, selling it, finding it, and losing it. Happiness is what keeps us humans going. What helps us forget the hardships. It distracts us from the tragedy and finiteness of life. Happiness is like the drug that keeps us alive.
It’s been way too long since we’ve shown you anything from talented photographer Lennart Bader. Together with beauty Milena he created a dreamy and soothing series. The light envelops everything as if in a golden tissue paper. The shadows ripple up the walls. The sound of the sea lulls you into a gentle feeling. Thoughts circle, somehow about everything and nothing at the same time.
Alycia Marie songs are always inspired by emotional themes from her own life. Love, friendship, vulnerability. “My songs are intimate and mostly rather melancholic, which just reflects an important part of my being. They reflect my quiet and vulnerable side” she says.
Maybe to write about happiness is so stock already, that no one will read those lines. But maybe this is the perfect time now to write about something hopeful, something to calm down in the turbulent times we live in. Perhaps now more than ever, at least in the lifetime that I experienced, we are looking for this little sanctuary, a bubble to feel safe, where we wake up with a hearty smile on our lips.
“Find Again is a pop/dance song. I’d consider this the first happy and dreamy song I’ve written which I’ve also sung feeling as such. The title and chorus have been inspired by a post, which had been sent by my boyfriend, that said “it is funny how sometimes you find things again” and was referred to the situation of finding a person again after many years, as if there always has been a connection between them and it seems as if destiny is willing to reunite them back together in the right moment.”
Whenever Digital 21 and Stefan Olsdal work together on a track, something magical happens. We remember for example the incredibly impressive and cinematic track “War”. This time they collaborated with LA based vocalist and eco-activist Inanna for the electro-orchestral piece “Multiverse”.
“I’ve always been inspired by the colors of vintage California photos of the 1960s era. What better way to capture the essence of that time than doing a sailboat photoshoot on film. Morgan Cozzi was the perfect model for this vision because of her timeless beauty and radiant smile.”
For those who just want to get a little sea breeze, we have a beautiful exclusive series today. Starring natural beauty Noemi photographed by Flavie Nanchino. “During my stay in Ibiza this summer I wanted to shoot with models who live there, girls who truly know the island. I asked Noemi to choose the location of the shooting, as we were looking for a deserted beach.
We talked to Lucas from NotReal_Virtual, a Prague-based collective and studio, consisting of Lucas Saidl and Sebastian Baalbaki, who are focusing on digital content. Their work is a true firework of digital art and they create artificial fanciful worlds that tell fascinating stories generating deep human emotions and loosening boundaries of realities.
Although at first my toes immersed into the water with trepidation it wasn’t too long until my fingertips created ripples that danced softly with the slight wind in the trees. I was calm. And every droplet of water had it’s own story that I couldn’t stop reading. Everything stood still. Still.
Andrea Riba a.k.a Miss Cinematica is photographer, cinematographer and creative director currently based in Los Angeles. Her intriguing photographs pay homage to iconic films, characters or eras – a Lynchian nightmare, or nostalgic 80s retroscape on VHS. Her photos are solely taken on Analog that bring us a certain sense of nostalgia, seeping with high-contrast colors, grainy sunbeams and tinges of sepia.
“I chose Spanish for the first verse because that is where myself, my siblings, cousins and close family friends spent a lot of our childhoods and it was always a time of happiness and joy, and so it’s kind of a little nod to all my family for being the amazing human beings that they are, and to the place where we found so much joy.” Hackney (which is a district in East London, England)-based collective GRAMN. are back with “Glow Up” and the smooth track melts away the stress of life.
Colombia based photographer Juan Diego Johns teamed up with gorgeous model and actress Isabela Amado. “I portrayed Isabella Amado, and I wanted to demonstrate her senzuality and her beauty through my lens, after seeing us again after a long time.”
“Before I wrote Pity Party, there was a situation where someone thought he had a bigger impact on me and my life than he actually had. For me it was just a short fling and he immediately assumed I wanted more than fun and so he acted really weird and when he realized that, he came to apologize 2 years later, which was nice but I actually had never thought of our short encounter again.”
Maryland born singer-songwriter Lil Seyi keeps his new track Sanguine soulful, intimate and smooth and puts Lil’s soothing vocal to the forefront. He tells: “Sometimes someone new just comes into…
Breaking up is never easy. Photographer Agathe Karsenti documented the rebuilding phase of her sister Alice on film. “A few months ago my sister went through a tough break up and got really hurt. I decided to document the process of her rebuilding phase and opening up back to the world after the confusion created by this experience.