Our feature artist Lukas Holas is a photographer and graphic designer based in Frýdlant, Czech Republic. In this series of photographs, Lukas added a black background to provide dignity to the wild animals that are all photographed at the Czech Zoo. Our magazine cover features Lukas's beautiful photograph of a lynx.
Dublin-based singer and songwriter Conor O’Brien of the Villagers is known for his distinctive voice, indie folk songs and eerie lyrics at time.
Villagers initially formed in 2008 in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland and today consists primarily of vocalist/guitarist Conor O’Brien. Conor also performs regularly with Danny Snow (bass, upright bass), Cormac Curran (keyboards), Gwion Llewelyn (drums, flugelhorn) and Mali Llywelyn (harp). Prior band members include Tommy McLaughlin, James Byrne, Richie Egan and David Crean.
The band rose to prominence in 2010 with its debut album Becoming a Jackal. Awayland, its second album, won the Choice Music Prize. In 2016, Conor won an Ivor Novello Album award for his Darling Arithmetic album.
Darling Arithmetic (2015) is available in iTunes and at wearevillagers.com.
With a love for combining technology with artistry, New Zealand photographer and artist Joseph Michael brings a keen eye, craftsmanship skills and imaginative spirit to his works. Joseph has worked with revolutionary motion control techniques on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, built 3D time-lapse rigs and created 360-degree cinema experiences.
This series of long exposure photographs of glowworms were captured in a number of limestone caves on the North Island in New Zealand. Glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa are native to the area. The 30 million year old formations form a majestic backdrop to the bioluminescence of the glowworms.
Perhaps it's because our feature artist Benoit Courti was a music composer in his past life that his photos have a lyrical feel. A professional portrait and art photographer since 2010, the Paris-based creative has made a beautiful set called Deep Black where he's staged a series of symbols against black backdrops. While some of these photos appear light and playful, still others have an emotional heaviness about them that can't be denied.
The thought behind this series was “Illuminating simple subjects, minimal compositions whilst preserving a strong expressiveness.”
See our prior feature in 2013 and Benoit's beautiful photographs in 'Other Worlds' (pages 32-35).
Mike Taylor is a landscape and studio photographer based in central Maine. Taylor Photography is a freelance imaging studio based in a 19th century farmhouse in central Maine, owned and operated by Mike Taylor and Sonia MacNeil.
"I have always been a 'night owl' - I can remember sneaking out of the back door of my home as a teenager on warm summer nights to go sit somewhere in my neighborhood and wonder about Man's existence while looking up at the stars.”
Our feature artist Mikko Lagerstedt is a self-taught fine art photographer from Finland who loves to capture the emotion of places through photography. Mikko focuses primarily on capturing night scenes, simplistic landscapes and atmospheric photography.
“My very first inspiration towards photography came to me when I was driving on a summer’s eve to my relative’s cabin. After a rainy day, the sun started shining, and the fog was rising in the fields. I just had to stop and watch this beautiful moment and then I realized that I want to start capturing these kinds of moments.
My photography journey first started in December 2008 and from the first moments; I fell in love with it. I like to create visually, and emotionally captivating pictures and my goal is to capture the feeling I had when I took the photograph.”
Jeff Scher is a painter who makes experimental films and an experimental filmmaker who paints.
Macoto Murayama is a botanical artist and illustrator in Japan.
See our prior feature in our 2012 issue (page 8-16).
Agency: Frantic Gallery
Since 2016, Silvia and Roman have partnered up to create bronze art works at their studio in Milan using an ancient technique called lost wax casting. This method is still one of the best methods for creating a detailed, precise object at high speed and temperatures. After the initial sculptural form is created, Roman and Silvia spend many hours finishing details by hand - carving, chiseling, sanding and polishing.
Their works emphasize light through reflection and have a minimalist futuristic style that evokes power through pure, organic forms.
Inspired by mysteries and origin stories related to genesis, space exploration and time travel, Silvia and Roman are excited to design new shapes for the future with great technical and handcrafted mastery.
Founded in Morges, Switzerland in 1961, the World Wide Fund for Nature is an international non-governmental organization that works for wilderness preservation, and the reduction of humanity's footprint on the environment.
With unprecedented levels of decline in animal species worldwide, the work that organizations like the World Wildlife Fund has become even more important than ever. From habitat conservation to protecting and saving wildlife species, the WWF has helped educate the public and also stop wildlife crime and poaching.
Some species under decline include tigers, polar bears, orangutans, rhinos and marine turtles. Tiger populations declined for over a century, but finally are seeing a slow comeback. Today there are roughly 3,890 tigers remaining in the wild - still a very low number. Through the concerted effort of the WWF and local authorities, tiger populations can escape extinction and increase.
Polar bears, like many other Arctic inhabitants, are struggling with climate change and loss of sea ice habitat. This loss is the greatest threat to their existence. The WWF is working with partners and local communities to establish a “Last Ice Area” in northernmost regions of Canada and Greenland where ice is expected to be preserved for the longest.
Ellyn Maybe is a poet living in L.A. known for her poetry sessions mixed with music.
See our prior feature in our first issue in 2008 (pages 10-11). Ellyn was also featured on the cover of the magazine.
"I feast on the banquet of bright ideas."
We loved this heartwarming story of Alfred Date, the oldest man in Australia (109 years old at the time) who knit tiny sweaters for injured penguins.
Alfred Date has actually been knitting since the mid 1930s. When the Penguin Foundation on Phillip Island asked for volunteers to make sweaters for rare little penguins in 2013, Alfred joined in.
Penguins have struggled to survive in waters polluted by oil. These little penguin sweaters have helped keep them warm and safe!
Alfred is also super active - having playing golf way into his ‘90s!
Photos from 9News.com.au
Multimedia artist, Tommy Seo draws upon an ongoing study of the humanities for inspiration in his works. Known for his furniture designs, Tommy has also designed industrial products, new lighting methods and multimedia exhibits.
We have 1 issue that will go out in February 2018.
Our cut-off time for our magazine issue:
Dec 31st, 2017, issue goes out Feb 15, 2018.
New in 2017: Our podcast Stardust.
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We're happy to share with you that in 2017 we are launching our new podcast, Stardust.
Stardust features interviews and music from notable musicians and cinematographers. Our first interview is with the British shoegazing band, Slowdive.