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.
I wanted my images to project carefree summer moments, running barefoot, getting the feeling that the time has stopped, and the only thing left to do is just enjoy summer, enjoy what this island and nature is so generously offering. The fact that I got to be the photographer, the model, and the editor all at the same time is what fascinates me most about self-portrait photography, plus the fact that nobody captures me the way I want.
English songstress Mabes might just be the conduit that bridges the gap between the two unsuspecting regions. One part pop, two parts folk, and more than a dash of Western twang, Mabes is an intricate tapestry draped in unlikely inspiration. Her outre luxe disposition is materialized by the way of her darling vocal instrument and a cherished relationship with her guitar.
“What I want is to get back to the girl who smiled at strangers. Who tried to understand people and their interior worlds because they were just as interesting as hers.” Bad experiences riddle even the kindest of people with distrust, and we battle more complex choices than what’s the right thing to do.
The latest track by singer-songwriter and producer NOËP feels like a fresh breeze and is the perfect sound to start the weekend. ‘No Man Is An Island’ is another great piece out of his forthcoming debut album, which will be released in November. The way the song has been composed, progressing more and more into a complex electronic upbeat track, provides surprises.
Toronto and Miami based photographer Daniel Cruz shares another wonderful series with us. This time he teamed up with beautiful muse Sarah Caamano of Elite Model Management Toronto. “Shooting by the beach came very naturally to me and Sarah. We both come from Latin backgrounds so it was nice to be able to enjoy a hot summer day in Toronto by the water and imagine we were on some tropical island off the coast of Colombia.”
Charlotte Mary O’Connor aka Charlotte OC started her music career very early and signed her first record deal at 18. The last year was not easy for all of us and it was also a hard year for the British singer and songwriter. In her forthcoming full-length album “Here Comes Trouble” she deals with some of these painful experiences – the loss of her father, the end of an relationship.
We are always happy to welcome someone to our site. A big hello to Barcelona based photographer Enric Fradera who teamed up with model Nuria Oliu, stylist Alisa Varfolemeeva and make-up artist Marta Pequerul to create a classic, fashionable summer series. “Forgotten Summer is a tribute to this fleeting summer, where we have been able to recover a bit of the joyful and vital spirit of the summers past before the pandemic.”
How time flies! We had a series with natural beauty Eva Biechy 5 years ago. And we are happy to show you something new. This time she teamed up with photographer Federico Guendel to spend a leisurely afternoon. “Some sun tanning in a Parisian park, followed by a bike ride home, a cold shower and some lounging in the late afternoon.” I guess that’s the magic of a perfect day.
“It’s okay” could be the title of the band’s biography. It’s always a long way to the here and now, and no matter how things go in life, or whatever you decide to do, somehow it´s always good at the end just the way it turns out. That’s how I would interpret the message of the new single It´s OK by Berlin-based indie rock band PICTURES. A classic rock indie song, driven by powerful guitars and drums, along approachable lyrics.
The debut release “Bloom” by indie pop duo STAY GLDN has everything that makes a perfect love song, up to a voluminous and warm refrain that gets under your skin and makes you melt. Both artists, Anders and Thom, work together perfectly to create a lush, hauntingly piece that lands on the pop landscape.
We love rooftops. In each city there are those places, hidden from below when walking the streets, and a whole new world opening up when entering them. Photo shootings on them therefore always have this special charme with the city only being vaguely perceptible. In this session that took place in Barcelona, photographer Ion Jairo and model Megan V, who is with Bento Models, they were aiming to show the beauty and freshness of naturalness.
We talked to Vincent Kottkamp aka who is vince and he reveals that he is an emotional guy, what music he grew up with and where to meet him on a Friday night in Berlin. “I think if we were more in touch with our emotions, and didn’t have the sense that they were a weakness maybe the world would be a better place. It’s cool to open up the dialogue about it, but in a simple way it’s also about falling in love and the vulnerability of that.”
They sailed and lived for today. Glinty seaside water all around them, the skin warmed up by the rays of sun. Stretching their bodies towards the light, plunging into the turquoise water. “This is a story of women of the sea, sisterhood, sorcerers, a coven, a band of pirates, exploring, capturing, and celebrating life and the sea.”
“I really wanted to capture Marina Nery in the beautiful and historic loud parts of the city of London.” tells us photographer Cara Poyntz. And our heart jumps with joy when seeing all those typical London monuments and feeling the special vibe of the city. “The London Eye, red buses, The River Thames, London Bridge, all of these aspects that give you London today for people visiting, but shot on film to really give you that nostalgia that London will always emit.
“For more than a year, during a time when most of the world was going through the biggest crisis in a very long time, I had the luck and privilege to be accepted and given refuge by the amazing people of Bali and Indonesia.” tells us Martin Jovcheski.