London has great green spaces. There are large royal parks and small public gardens, hidden allotments and roof terraces. Each one has its own identity and characteristics and everyone has their favourite. In summer they become extensions of people homes, you see girls sunbathing from 9 am and the endless picnics mean you can eat 3 meals a day in the park. My favourites - St James Piccadilly Gardens, Hyde Park, Barbican Conservatory.
To really reach/understand a city you must live there or, at least, acting like you do. Nothing makes you feel more like a Milanese D.O.C. than stopping by Frida's on a Sunday morning to buy some flowers. Located in Brera this tiny shop has an extraordinary colour palette of flowers and plants. After that we just take a walk in the neighbourhood holding our bunch of Brassica Oleracea and our day is made.
Housing European Romanesque and Gothic collections, the building itself sits high on a hill offering far reaching views over the Hudson River and Upper Manhattan. A place to bookmark for after the Spring equinox when you can ramble amongst the fragrant herb gardens of Fort Tryon Park and drink in the air of the season.
A brand new business district called Belaya Ploshad (White Square) built around an early 20-century old-believers' church. Old believers are a fundamentalist sect that's split from the official Orthodox Church in 17 century. Many prominent Russian tsarist-era businessmen were from the old-believers' background. During Soviet era, this church was desecrated, then, in the 1990s, returned to an old-belivers' community and renovated. A good example of Moscow contrasts - a fundamentalist church (with a Facebook page) and modern office blocks next door. Plus - on the other side of Belaya Ploshad there is Belorussky Station Square - a large intersection with an endless construction site, a railway station, full of dirt, primitive street trade, homeless, and... nice cafes.
It recently moved to a space where the ambiance is quite different, but everything on the menu at Milton's is truly delicious. It's definitely been my favorite place to have breakfast and take visitors to since I moved to Lawrence.
The alun-alun is a large public grass court in the Kraton area central Jogjakarta. Every day from 6 PM the evening starts the enlightened bikes or tandems are for next to nothing. The alun-alun in the night is a festival of lights and innocent recreation.
The Latex Club could be considered, in a good way, as the dark version of its neighbor Picadilly. Entering this club is like tele transport yourself into the Tron movie universe, where darkness and luminescent circuits surround you to the rhythm of techno and industrial music sessions. I recommend this club especially for the lovers of good electronic music, due to its resemblance with Berlin club nightlife.
Every Friday Latex transforms into Club Gordo. It’s the same space but it hosts different sessions that they define as “Advanced music, techno and dark house. Nothing fresh. Nothing commercial”. The interesting thing about this party is it’s DJ's secret lineup and their warning: “No photos. No videos. Yes to anything else”
I am a Swedish artist based in London.
My work concern interest in restraint related to the body and cultural structures. Ideas of obstruction aim to question how forms and bodies adapt to change, environment and ideals. I am interested in how a person is shaped by the spaces they have occupied and how a person occupies their own psychological space. With a background in dance, interests in the body and spatiality continue to influence my ideas with focus on balance and repetition. The physical relationship to images are essential in my process of making and the photograph as a performative document explore elements of gesture. There are slippages between image, object and subject. I work mainly with the analogue photographic process and sculpture in relation to the image and performance. I enjoy working physically with materials whether they are photographic prints, sculpture or my own physical body as a medium.
Carla Step is a Barcelona based photographer and artist. She explores the world with an intimate eye and a strong connection with nature. Her work includes fashion, architecture, and travel photography, as well as portraits and landscapes from her day to day.
I'm an artist/ photographer based in London and Mumbai.
I'm Interested in history, current affairs and cultural identity. I'm inspired by my immediate surroundings.
I travel a lot and always make work in the places I visit. I often turn my attention towards architecture in order to examine the identity of the places I visit.
I work intuitively in a documentary manner as it allows me more in depth involvement with my subject. I only use film/analogue processes, mainly mediaum and large formats. These are preferred as they are more precise and slower and aenable me to take time over the composition, to produce a more thoughtful and deliberate image, as compared with the snapshot/hit and run type of photography.
Katrin Rodegast is an award-winning paper artist, illustrator, designer and art director based in Berlin, Germany. Her tactile objects, sets and scenarios are produced from paper, products, graphic elements or everyday materials in her studio at Alexanderplatz. This unique and directly engaging style of illustration is commissioned by international clients for advertising, magazines, brochures, websites, apps, shop windows or animated films.
Dave Bain is a Bristol illustrator who creates engaging and inspirational images that imaginatively capture the message and identity of a given brief. Drawing on a love of colour and screen-printing processes his clients now include Nokia, NSPCC, the BBC and Oxford University Press.
Kim Van Vuuren is a South African artist and designer based in Cape Town and Barcelona. She enjoys exploring the natural occurring forms and compositions that surround her. These forms, and geometric shapes are then translated into designs. Apart from being a full time artist and illustrator Kim also specializes in Branding, Identity Design, Web and UI Design.