Photo Essay

Park City Mountain

By George Lavender

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” Ansel Adams

George Lavender is a designer and art director based in New York who grew up on England's South Coast. Having spent much of his time in cities - both New York and London - over the past few years he finds himself compelled to get away from his desk and head into the wild whenever possible. Many of his adventures revolve around snowboarding and the mountains, which means hiking trips in the Welsh hills or clambers over the boulders of Norway are never far from him mind. A creative at heart, he inevitably finds original ways to capture these daredevil jaunts. 

Find out more about George and his travels here: george-lavender.com

"Snowboarding is such a well documented sport in this day and age, it’s almost impossible to scroll through my Instagram feed without seeing several tweaked grabs or cork spins. However, having just purchased a new (old) 35mm film camera, I wasted no time in booking my own snowboarding escape and snapping away during my trip to Park City Mountain, Utah. I’ve always been fascinated by the moments of pure stillness and tranquility in the mountains, the kind that stop you in your tracks so you can just take a minute to appreciate your surroundings. That’s the quality that shooting rolls of film teaches you, make every shot count and take it all in."

All images shot with Olympus XA2 on Kodak portra 400.

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We first worked with Hannah Sheffield on our England issue back in 2014 when she captured the country's seasons. She made a stunning appearance again when she photographed the Scottish Boarders for issue 2, and so when she told us she was off to Porto for a holiday we had to see (and share) her photographs. This is a different side to the Portuguese city, a quieter side, a look at its detail. All we know is that it makes us want to travel! To purchase the Scotland magazine, and see more of Hannah's work, click here.

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Louise Nordström Pettersson

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We had a chat with our issue 5 cover photographer Louise Nordström Pettersson about Sweden, light and the joys of spying the first buds of spring. You can see more of Louise's work on her Instagram page.

Why do you love taking photographs and when did you start?

I’ve always been creative and I loved to paint and draw when I was younger. But at the age of 14 I got my first camera and fell in love with photography. Photography means ”draw with light” in greek so I guess I let my eyes and camera draw for me instead of my hand and pencils. I just love to capture everything I find beautiful and show everyone what an amazing world we’re living in!

What do you enjoy taking photographs of in particular?

Nature. I grew up with the sea and forest just minutes away from my home and I think the nature is so amazing and beautiful. Especially sunrises, there is nothing as peaceful as being out in the forest an early summer morning, catching the first sunbeams through the trees with the camera in my hand.

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Where are you from in Sweden?

I’m from a small village in Båstad county in the southern part of Sweden.

The subject of your photo essay in the new magazine is Swedish light - what makes the light in Sweden so special?

I think it’s special because the light is so different from season to season. It’s most extreme in the northern parts of Sweden where the sun never sets during summer and never rises during winter. And when the sun never rises we have the Northern Lights or aurora borealis which light up the skies instead. I love the variations and differences between the light of all seasons.

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Do you have a favourite season?

I think summer is my favourite season, because it has the most beautiful sunrises and everything in nature is blooming. Everything feel so alive. Although, every spring, autumn and winter I think to myself ”this is my favourite season!” haha... Every season has its charm.

Do you have a favourite part of Sweden?

I fell completely in love with Björkliden in northern Sweden when I went there for the first time 7 years ago. The mountains, tundra and views are stunning and took my breath away. It’s just as beautiful in the summer as in the winter. But I will always love the peninsula, Bjärehalvön, in southern Sweden where I live and grew up. There is something special about this place and it’s where I shoot most of my photographs.

You've photographed quite a few flowers, what is it about them that you like so much?

I’ve always liked flowers, they are beautiful and they come in so many different shapes and colours. And when the first flowers bloom in the spring, you know it’s really spring. And when the meadows are full of all sorts of flowers, you know it’s summer. Flowers just bring so much happiness to me.

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Mexican Doors

Campeche Doors | Emma Douty You might not pay too much thought to a door, not focus on the details. The chipped paint, carvings, door knocker – these all seem rather ordinary at home. But on your travels, you might pay a little more attention to these characteristics. When I was living in Mexico, I was thrilled by the cultural differences between my adopted country and my home, and the doors were a constant source of intrigue for me. The facades’ vivid colours first and foremost, as back in England we are very sensible about our houses and we like uniformity. But in Mexico, the more kaleidoscopic the better, for colours brighten up the most ordinary of objects, and this reflected the local culture magnificently.

Camera in hand, I travelled across central and southern Mexico eager to capture the diversity of its doors and imagine the stories behind them: here’s a glimpse of what I found.

WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHS BY EMMA DOUTY

Merida Door | Emma Douty

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The Lake District

For issue 1 we had the absolute pleasure of venturing north to discover the literary and glen filled wonderland that is the Lake District. A magical, time-forgotten English corner that brims with romance, wonder and old world allure. It’s basically just a bit of a babe, capable of being rather phenomenal in any season. Here are a few of our early-Spring photos that we hope shine a light on this gorgeous British treasure. Fingers crossed Peter Rabbit would approve.

For the full story, words and all, check out issue 1 here.

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