The whole time I kept thinking; could I live like this? Would I be able to have such a small living space, could I handle the cold and taking very very very cold showers?
When I was nineteen and my mother kept dragging lost people and sad animals into the cabin we lived in, I decided to hunt for my own place. I ended up trading a couple of beers for a wagon and lived on 15m2 in my parents’ garden for a while. When Angeniet Berkers contacted Sunday Mornings with her project 15m2 of freedom, it felt like a trip down memory lane. The wagon I used to live in is overgrown with Ivy, but luckily it is not the only wagon turned living space in the Netherlands. Angeniet spend some time hopping from mobile home to mobile home, documenting unique living spaces in Holland. She bundled her photographs in a beautiful book, mixed with quotes from the inhabitants. Curious to hear more about the project, we had a word with the Dutch photographer.
Tired of the winter, we tried to escape it on the curvy roads of Israel, changing the boundaries of routine to the chaos of colours, smells and noises. Coming from the cold of -20°C, seeing palmtrees when we step out of the plane in Tel Aviv seems almost surreal. Crossroads of history in Jerusalem; narrow bazaar streets; our tiny flat with a cat sleeping on the roof. Standing in the crowd with the locals, with tourists and soldiers, I’m trying to catch some of their colourful stories.
“We got comfortable in the hut, drinking wine, while our hosts burst out in Georgian songs. The wind blew fiercely outside.”
Every time I get the chance of exploring a place on horseback, I will take it. The small village of Stepantsminda in the Caucasus mountains offered the possibility of “horse riding for tourists” but this time I was hoping for an authentic experience. However, I was disappointed to see that tourism touched this corner of Georgia even more than the other places we visited. Everything changed when we hiked up to the Gergeti Trinity Church though. Read More
“I never really understood the word ‘loneliness’. As far as I was concerned, I was in an orgy with the sky and the ocean, and with nature.” ― Björk
There is a vibrant energy behind the nature’s hidden refrain. Capturing the ’emotion’ of the landscape scenery marks out the extraordinary from the ordinary, the light from the shadow. This wanderlust has been captured by the extremely talented Jocelyn Catterson, who has left the city behind and has decided to be a part of the wilderness.
“It feels like I have a high-speed processor in my head, that never stops observing. I can neither control nor stop it. So finally I figured I had to do something with that. I see things that other people seem to miss. I do not have a filter, as a result of which everything enters my brain. Working with a camera creates a frame, which helps me limit the flow of endless impressions wanting to get in.”
Sometimes you get lucky, which was the case when we were placed in the same art class as Ursula Jernberg back in the day. Ursula was one of those people that plotted her own course. She was in the documentary department and even though her subjects were the subjects you would find in documentaries, her work always had a movie like character. To us, her work always seem to be on that fine line between fiction and reality, with carefully cast characters in a storyline in search of identity. We’ve been dying to publish her work over at Sunday Mornings and were delighted she pointed her camera at an off the grid community in The Netherlands. Her new project Aurora is about to be launched in ‘Het Nutshuis.’ Time to have a little chat with an old friend.
The second issue of Sunday Mornings at the River zine focusses on the outdoors in a more documentary way. It contains Soth’s images from his series ‘Broken Manual.’ Soth investigates the places in which people retreat to escape civilization. Soth photographs monks, survivalists, hermits and runaways,but this isn’t a conventional documentary book on life “off the grid.” Read More