We are two creatives who met via Instagram in 2016: Mendy Waits (@angrybaker) has a background as a photographer and Skye O’Neill (@skyeoneill)’s professional background is in book publishing. As our experience on Instagram became less enjoyable over the years, we began asking ourselves, “What’s the point?” Why are we continuing to make content for an app that has changed beyond recognition for many of its users? Or for brands that treat our work as if it’s expired seconds after it’s seen? The global pandemic exacerbated these feelings of futility and as the world emerged from lockdown we decided we wanted to create something more tangible and meaningful, something longer lasting. We wanted to pause and appreciate not only photos, but also to pay homage to places, people, and moments that contribute to our sense of community, wherever it is and whoever constitutes our feeling of belonging. We wanted to tell stories of home and self and not Like Counts. We wanted deeper conversations about the places where we feel connection and to explore our interest in how identity is rooted and expressed in that attachment. We wanted print.
The theme of Issue 1 is “Belonging”. Through a series of photo essays, travel features, personal essays, interviews and profiles of artists, gardeners and beautiful homes, we explore the things and people that make a place special and that foster a sense of belonging and connection. We discover the beauty of Durness in the far north of Scotland, the Wadden Islands in the Netherlands, and the South West Coastal Path in Dorset. We hear about homes lost and homes found: why one family chose to live in Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, and why another found a home in County Kerry, Ireland. We visit Wm. Farmer & Sons in Hudson, New York and the Fife Arms in Braemar. We discover the work of Martine Henry Millinery, Damsel Flower Garden, and Grain & Hearth Bakery. We contemplate themes of nourish, grow, escape, dwell and heritage.