In this issue we first celebrate our move "out west". Rory Doyle shares portraits from his travels in Perm, Russia. Daniel Alford's photo essay "Tiny People Big Places" contemplates our place in other worldly landscapes. Ida Krogh writes about an experience with terror, in New York, from Denmark, on a first date, on Valentines Day, because #whereverlife. Sophie Chamas explores the contradictions of needing a better passport, while refusing to ask for one. Ysabelle Cheung examines life in a loud New York City while losing her hearing, and Alif Daal considers island life via Aruba, one happy island. We also look at Pompeii, city of the dead in the land of dolce vita, interview Gideon Mendel, award winning photographer, and Karina Petroni, award winning surfer.
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“How to write about [wherever],” a tongue in cheek piece about travel writing opens issue zero. Ahmad Diab pens “Conflicting Changes”, an essay about writing a New Yorker. Rosie Garthwaite follows Hudson, a migrant worker living in Doha home to Sri Lanka for his annual vacation and subsequently writes a guide to Doha and Colombo based on the trip. Iain Bamforth “In Transit” mediates on time, travel and mobility. Suchitra Vijayan explores the Maha Kumbh Mela through cartography: a city constructed to host a ritual bathing for millions of people in the ganges. A half-Libyan writer pieces herself back together through her ancestry despite geographic distance and Dr Gabrielle Francis, a naturopath practicing in New York, contributes a travelogue composed from her travels through India focused on spirituality and healing. Victor Locuratolo contributes three [wherever] inspired illustrations steeped in his architectural practice.
Christopher Wallace visits Rome with his father and they eat their way through the eternal city. Thalia Dergham reflects on her love for Istanbul. Sousan Hammad publishes her letters from a place with no mailboxes. Porochista Khakpour looks back at a "Smileless" time in New York City. Kurt Hollander explores the possibility that bacteria rule...everything, and Andrea Lee, CEO of Uri Tours, explores shifting style trends in Pyongyang. Ahmad Diab translates an excerpt from the Diwan of Imam al-Shaf'i. For fun, we put together a feature on footwear and its somewhat disjunctive relationship to both place and movement.
[wherever] magazine takes a staycation. Sometimes you don’t need to go anywhere at all to take a break. We also explore the American road - Detroit, a “great American
city,” and its revival through the collaboration of citizens, industry, and expats. “Out of Place in the OBX” accompanies two New Yorkers visiting North Carolina, and our visit to Santa Barbara scratches beneath the polished Southern California surface to reveal the universality of violence. Somehow, the disparate voices represented come together to reflect a sense of visitation—Chef Melissa Muller Daka visiting her grandma’s town in Sicily en route to sample pecorino and an unexpected trip to Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo—these all got our team thinking about food so we created a light, easy & tasty meal plan for yum on the go.
[wherever] interviews elSeed, world-renowned street artist about feeling “out of place” and asks if selling high-value art in galleries has changed his work. Francesca Borri, a war reporter in Syria reflects on her time in Aleppo under siege. In a photo essay “Tourist Terrorism” from Ethiopia, Monne Tuinhout explores how tourists impact the environment and people they are visiting. Also, in contrast with the usual parachute guides to Marfa, [wherever] presents one written by a long-time resident about the surrounding areas, revealing a little bit more than we’re used to reading about the fashionable town in the Texan desert. Ann Gaul explores the women on Moroccan postcards in “Mediating Morocco.” Sarah Tanburn accompanies her mother to India, where she was the colonial governor’s daughter. finally, and Ahmad Diab pens a guide on “how to go from stateless to settler in four not to easy steps.”
Issue five challenges the very existence of winter - being Out of Place means that the seasons are Out of Style. We explore creation and the philosophy of life through Sacred Geometry and we think about the paradoxes of that weird little word - tourism. Enjoy leafing through on a hot & happy day.