There’s ink in the palm of her hand that reads, Carry The Fire. She’s the warrior of the valley, she’s the lover of the desert souls, she’s the weaver of poise and humility. Artist and homesteader Lala Abaddon is the work of art. She walks alongside the feminine silhouettes of artists and their ghosts who too, left the Coasts, to wholeheartedly immerse themselves into the ruggedness of the Southwestern landscapes.
Jana Renée is an artist, a lover of colors and curves, and a fierce feline. Her hair is a sun and her smile hides a million secrets. With a body of work that celebrates the feminine in all its forms, from large scale murals adorning vibrant cities to sensual stained glass imagery, she conquers it all – with grace. A deeply rooted love for the action of creation or the act of creating itself, infused with Renée’s bright laugh and her ever so hopeful energy, seems to be the propeller of her practice.
“Analog photography teaches you to carefully pick the right moment,” begins the architect-turned-photographer Ashot Snkhchyan whose images create a sequence of life’s unfeigned spontaneity. His work reflects a pure, documentary character, akin to contemporary entries in a visual diary. Each frame is an authentic moment, uncontrived, unfiltered—a raw slice of life as seen through his discerning eye.
As we sat down for our conversation, I was reminded of the brisk late summer mornings. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee filling the air, a nod to Carlos’s affection for the brew. In our interview we talked about his journey in photography, the intriguing world of AI, and his love for design and life’s unpredictabilities.
Over the summer I had the pleasure of staying with Harley Maya’s family in their lovely “finca” on the island of Ibiza. A sanctuary-like space filled with various objects of affection from her parents travels through India accompanied by a whiff of fresh breeze coming from the gorgeous Balearic island that has long set itself apart as a refuge full of possibilities, where culture, nature and fun are intertwined.
Traveling with a film camera adds an important element of presence and mindfulness to my experience. My intention while exploring Portugal was to observe light, shadow, and color and take fewer photos. Compared to my past travels where I was a little too “shutter-happy” I would bounce around taking way too many images.
In Part 4, we follow Michelle and Amelia through a scenic voyage to an opulent large estate, with a beautiful stone house surrounded by the beauty of the greenery. It’s an exploration into the dance of nature and architecture, inviting us to revel in the enchanting ambiance and natural splendor of this captivating locale.
Die letzten Tage waren dann so schön, es gab gar nichts groß zu notieren. Ich brachte sie an einem grauen, Sonntag zum Bahnhof und trug ihre Koffer aufs Gleis. Der Regen hatte sich Zeit gelassen und schöne Momente verschenkt, die wir jetzt in einander umarmten, aber selbst jetzt war er nicht traurig, wie Sommerregen, die Statuen davon weiß, die Bäume dadurch grün, die Möglichkeit der Interaktion gegeben. Ich vermisste sie schon, bevor der Zug da war.
“Summer days in Mallorca were truly unforgettable, thanks to dream girls Michelle Bagarra and Amelia Ross, who are represented by Premier Models. This was a one-of-a-kind experience that we’ll cherish forever,” exclaim the talented photographers Dominika Polasz and Sylvia Polasz, reminiscing about their four-day photoshoot that involved multiple teams. This series is an ode to the delights of summer, capturing moments of joy, the beauty of sun-drenched landscapes, and the warmth of connection.
“Summer days in Mallorca were truly unforgettable, thanks to dream girls Michelle Bagarra and Amelia Ross. This was a one-of-a-kind experience that we’ll cherish forever,” exclaim the talented photographers Dominika Polasz and Sylvia Polasz, reminiscing about their four-day photoshoot that involved multiple teams. Part 2 takes us on a trip that offers a mix of fashion and the rugged coastal landscape.
This issue, we dedicate to the art of slowing down, retreating from the harsh din of the outside world, and the joy of crafting. Feel the freedom from society‘s temporal constraints, a freedom that allows you to immerse yourself in what you do. Take a deep breath. Trust in your unique rhythm. Welcome the uncertain.
“Music is the rhythm of the soul, and Sol Blume 2023 was its dance floor.” Welcome to Sol Blume 2023, where the air buzzed with soulful rhythms of RnB & occasional hip hop. Despite a delayed start caused by unexpected venue flooding in April 2023, the festival is back under the August sky. Bay Area native Kehlani captivated us with her enchanting aura and deeply emotive vocals, leaving the crowd awe-inspired by her performance.
“I would change the way humans treat animals and nature.” We spent a moment with Tel Aviv based beauty Tair Aviel photographed by Michael Govorko.
When we look at these endless images, I wonder, are we seeing these places at all? Can certain repeated images end up devouring the original, the locations themselves? Those places continue to exist, yes, but any confrontation with them now stands in relation to these images. As is so often the case in our sad modernity, a place that once inspired and provided refuge for artists and writers has become a compulsory stop on a destructive trail of unthinking consumption, a place for individuals to declare their existence and prestige.
With our series “An artist’s life.” we want to share the stories of the people behind the art. “My name is Svetlana. I am a professional photographer with over 15 years of experience. I have had the opportunity to shoot in different parts of the world, such as Paris, Lisbon, Venice, Istanbul, the Seychelles, and others, but at the end of each trip, I always returned home.”