Vienna has three mountains, “house-mountains” as we call them in german, in fact they are more like 3 connected hills that house the famous viennese vinyards, beautiful forests for scary winter midnight visits and restaurants for autumn walks. one can find cheap wine and great traditional food in the green. for me and my friends, taking the bus from the city to go up there has become a ritual in a way, a symbolic voyage to clear our head up there in the fresh air while watching vienna from above. the names are Kahlenberg, Cobenzl and Leopoldsberg. The bus 38A accesses them all, (start from station Schottentor) in summer picnic is a good idea. if you happen to have a car or take a cab at night, the stars are bright from any meadow and you can watch and listen to the city youth drift in their cars on the big public parking space.
Tenderly covered in snow is oskar kokoschka, the artist that gives name to the square from which you enter the university, it is not out of patriotisme or for promotion that I list this institution here, but for viennas art and creative scene this is a center in its own rights. You can come and visit one of the many different applied art classes, with a little self esteem use most of the facilities, drink a coffe that is cheap and surprisingly good in the mensa or get yourself the cheapest automat-can beer for 90 cents. There are various talks in english if you look for them and in summer there is a good chance you will find a barbecue party in the garden or a film screening. If none of this is the case, there is always a chance to meet people, find a gallery to go to at night, or a room to rent. the library and the magazine reading room are free and well equipped with a great selection of avantgarde cinema, that can be watched on computers.
You might think the Tate Britain is the less interesting of the two London outposts: full of crusty oil paintings and pensioners on day-trips, but you’d be wrong. Not only is the building a delicious warren of interconnecting rooms, each more beautiful than the last, but it also houses a collection of pre-Raphelite works that has me in tears of awe every time I swing by.
Every full moon we walk to the top of Lions Head. It’s a part walk, part climb and we invariably return once the sun’s set and the full moon risen, so the journey down can be quite interesting. The view from the top is spectacular. I often sit here high above the city and watch the late night flights to Europe carving their way through the thick, liquid purple sky, happily accepting that they’ve left me here.
It’s easy to get lost in the density and chaos of New York but there are opportunities to step outside of it for a macro view. Chartering a sailboat on the Hudson is a great way to escape and see the city in a different light, especially at night.
This nice little New Orleans inspired bistro serves all things creole and cajun. Cool drinks and hot food, accompanied by authentic live Louisiana Jazz, makes this the perfect spot for a dinner out. For something with a bite to it I can recommend the mussels Lafayette.
Angkringan are covered food stalls on the streets and the amount increased after the crisis in 1998. Angkringan are successful because the food and drinks are very cheap. The menu offers a variety from nasi kucing (''rice for cat'': a small portion), chicken head and feet to a drink of blood from small birds mixed with honey. Characteristic of angkringan is that there are always three large kettles on the fire.
Paul Barbera is a lifestyle and interiors photographer with an observational reportage style whose work spans from cultural anthropology through to luxury living. Paul was born in Melbourne, Australia and currently resides in New York City. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
With an adaptable yet distinct visual approach, his assignments regularly takes him around the globe, working with publications like VOGUE LIVING, BON APPETIT MAGAZINE, FRAME, MARTHA STEWART, LUCKY MAGAZINE and ELLE DÉCOR and clients including MARRIOTT HOTELS & RESORTS, STARBUCKS, BUGABOO and DEDON. He has been featured in T: THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, the PARIS REVIEW and FORBES.
Barbera has turned his long term online passion project Love Lost Project in to an ongoing series of publications with the first limited edition book was available from Dashwood Books in New York and through KK outlet in London.
His previous book release, Where They Create, is available globally and now Where They Create Japan.
Erin, nomadic being inspired by the unknown.
Based as a freelance photographer for 5 years in Mexico Erin has recently returned to explore her homeland of New Zealand. Erin’s work applies environmental portraiture with landscapes and habitats to break the stereotypes which surround her subjects.
Valeria is a photographer from Sardinia (Italy), graduated in Industrial Design currently attending her MA in Fashion Photography at London College of Fashion. She lived for four years in Rome and loved it, five months in Edinburgh and disliked it, since May in London and in love with the city.
She is constantly inspired by her surroundings, lights, new places, dreams, people, her homeland, her past and present. She loves more aesthetic than conceptual, female body and analogue cameras. Fashion Photography is her way to sum up all these beautiful things.
Throughout his professional career, Clabots has worked as a designer, a creative director, a university professor, and as a serial entrepreneur, having started and run a series of design-related businesses.
A French and American dual-citizen, Margaux is definitely Parisian, but shares a bit of her heart with the Big Apple as well. She’s a songwriter, a singer, a musician, a photographer and a muse. Much more than your average clothes-horse, she’s the kind of girl all photographers and designers want to work with.
Her simple yet elegant taste does not betray fanciful creativity of her aristocratic heritage.
After the 2013 release of her French album with Capitol Records, she’s coming back refreshed with the ability to collaborate with the people she loves without any restriction to express herself freely.
Anouk Kruithof is a multi media artist; she makes mainly photos as well as video-works, installations, artist-publications, collages and social in situ-works. Anouk Kruithof is fascinated by ‘the mental state of being of humans’ of her time and environment. She responds on people’s struggle to deal with the universal emotions of life. At this moments she lives In New York, because she attends the artist in residency 'photoglobal' at the school of visual arts in New York.
Jade Doskow is a photographer and professor based out of Brooklyn, New York. She shoots with a large-format technical camera and is especially drawn to antiquated utopian architecture. Recent projects include an investigation of the remaining sites and structures of world's fair sites internationally. Jade is a contributing photography blogger for the Huffington Post.
She has her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and is represented by Wall Space Gallery in Santa Barbara, California. She lives and works out of Red Hook, Brooklyn, with her husband, the painter Lambert Fernando and their son Benjamin.
Helena Ravenne is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Hamburg, Germany.
She studied Design in Nuremberg with the focus on Illustration.
Important ingredients and inspirations for her art she finds listening to music. She is also influenced by her work for different fashion brands, for example Acne Studio.
The Scandinavian simplicity is an important characteristic of her personal style and work.
Minimalism also shapes her lifestyle. Another source of inspiration is her home office, which she shares with different plants from all over the world.
Her work is available for sale in selected concept stores and online shops (www.monboy.co) (https://theprintableconcept.com)
Caroline Gervay is half-French, half-Vietnamese and based in London where she graduated from Westminster University with a BA (Hons) in Photographic Arts in 2010. Her work explores the boundaries of imagination generated by human struggles. She has lived in France and Spain and now works as a freelancer and specialises in analogue processes.