Category archives: Life

Creativity Has to Find You Working

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I would consider myself a ‘creative’ person, but then again, wouldn't everyone? We’re all born into this world, with minimal understanding of our limits, using our full heart and being our free and unapologetic selves. It’s only over time we learn that editing out the bad and keeping only ‘good’ things is the acceptable thing to do. What we don’t learn is, w[...]

Transcending Evil

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History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. -Abba Eban (Israeli diplomat, politician and author) Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilisation, we must make our choice; we can't have both.  -Abraham Flexener (American Educator)  We are divided as a species and yet we hav[...]

Vacation in Rogince

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Rigonce and what I saw there will never, never leave my mind. The smell of burning plastic and my scarf wrapped around my mouth so I don't breathe in the poison they are keeping themselves warm with. Lost dignity of people I saw shitting next to the road in the dark. The dark road from the bridge next to the Croatian side, foggy as if I were entering a horro[...]

Photographer Interview: Tereza Červeňová

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Tereza Červeňová is a Slovakian photographer, based in London. Her intimate photographs focus on the narrative of an image and how the layout of the photograph can help to pull together or invent meanings. What is your working process? During my editing process I work with many images and their layout. I try to see how they work together and how they r[...]

The Invisible Burqa- Modern Women and Old Conflicts

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France ditched the use of the burqa in 2011 in public places; the main argument supporting this proposal was the fact that face-coverings prevent the identification of a person, which is both a security risk as well as an implied limitation within a society which relies on facial recognition and expression for communicating. However, the underlining and fran[...]

Strange Days: The Traveller's Insight

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‘Remember, remember always that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists’ - Franklin D. Roosevelt. Today it’s nearly impossible to start a debate on immigration without arousing feelings of racism. The two topics are strongly related and that is probably why immigration became a problem. History has, over the y[...]

Travelling Mother and Daughter: Interview with Isabelle Von Coels

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German-born Isabelle (Isi) Von Coels was twenty six years old when her daughter, Kim, was born, and throughout Kim’s childhood, Isi travelled as a single mum to South America, Australia and other places around the world. Kim recently had her own child, Xahli, and spends time between Isi's home in Portugal, New Zealand and Glastonbury, UK. Now Isi is a grandm[...]

Funding Calais

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On 2nd September an image of three year old Aylan Kurdi washed up dead in a beach in Turkey after the boat he was travelling on with his family capsized was published online and caused huge international uproar. The response was astounding, and despite how the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, that image alone was enough to shock people into action. A simple [...]

Remember Me: World Alzheimer's Month

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September 2015 is the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month. This year’s theme is Remember Me. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, it is estimated that 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia. Two remarkable debut novels published last year spotlight unforgettable characters who happen to have dementia. In Emma Healey’s Elizabeth Is[...]

City of Migrants: Toronto

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In 1847, Toronto was Canada's largest city, boasting a population of 20,000, largely English and Scottish Protestant. Between May and October of that year, more than 38,000 economic migrants fleeing the potato famine in Ireland, many of them typhus-infected, disembarked at Toronto. Although the majority of immigrants moved on to other cities, Toronto would r[...]

The Dehumanisation of Statistics

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When people become statistics, they stop being individuals, and when five thousand deaths seems no worse than five hundred that’s very clearly the case. Journalists should be working in order to create more of an understanding of the individual lives lost during tragedies. Back in May the total number of migrant deaths caused by drowning in the Mediterranea[...]

Motherhood and Art: Amanda Palmer

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Despite radical changes in the way we, as a society, treat women, there is still a long way to go before we fully accept and accommodate working mothers. Artists especially are deeply impacted by becoming parents, as their lives outside of 'work' has far more of a direct impact on said work. Their experiences in life, in relationships, the places they visit[...]

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