This gorgeous creature, Alina Phillips, from Portland is boning with herself over some nude self portraits.
To see more of her journey look at Thumbelina‘s portfolio.
A bus, a tent, a very old analoge camera, two weeks time and four brave friends looking for the adventure of their summer.
Berlin/ Glashütte/ Wien/ Graz/ Piran/ Orsera/ Porec/ Rovinj/ Bale/ Outlook- Fort de la Punta/ Prematura/ Pula/ Plitvice Lakes National Park/ Linz/ Lochau/ Berlin, July-September 2013
Starting right after work we arrived late in Glashütte, a little town in Saxony traditionally known for its clock crafts. First critically eyeballed ending up in the only open bar – having beer with the locals.
Next day after a nine hour drive on the czech motorway we arrived to Vienna. Mission Viennese Schnitzel; as big as the plate, with potato salad on an extra plate and beer. Unfortunately it was raining.
Starting of with a desire of sun we stopped in Graz and stayed over night; climbed the castle hill and enjoyed the 360 degree sight over the city, went shopping in the old town with its little alleys and shops. Walked the bridge of the Murinsel by night and imagined the frightening power of the Mur.
Back on the road, music up, windows open, leaving Austria heading to the Slovenian coast. The seaside appearing in front of us- Italy on the right Croatia on the left. A stop in Piran to take a first fresh breeze of the sea and to buy kilos of Fleur de Sel (Piranske Soline) which is gotten from a near by Fleur de Sel plantation.
After leaving Slovenia, just passed 100 metres of nowhere, we entered Croatia. Not beeing prepared at all we were driving along the coastside. Already night time we got a space at a camping ground in Orsera and a fat thunderstorm on top. The next day brilliant sunshine, our tent up in the second row to the sea (many campers come to the same ground for decades- which made us unprepared just arrived birds of paradise to an attraction).
Based in Orsera we explored the urban hinterland. Porec is on the World Heritage List. In Rovinj we lost our hearts – what a beautiful town on a rock, a spiral road leads one to the top. In charming bars one can watch the sunset while having a drink. Bale – reported to be a artist town – was rosting during lunch time.
Time to move. The next camping ground emerged as Fort de la Punta which was hosting the OUTLOOK Festival 2013 at that weekend. Time to dance at that amazing breathtaking location. Pula the city with an well sustained amphitheatre is worth visiting.
In Prematura (a national park in the very south of Istrien) it was time to enjoy this unbelievable crystal clear water again. Swimming in the sea after getting up from a tent is the best morning exercise in the world.
Final stop in Croatia was the Plitvice Lakes National Park in the very west of the country. Lets do not talk about how and when we got there. Fact is we arrived at Branka’s Appartment House (Branka is an old slavic name and means armament- just for the few of us who had their doubts and expected a giant). Branka an unbelievable nice host (found on airbnb). At the Plitvice Lakes National Park the Winnetou movie was shot. An unbelievable natural spectacle with blue blue clear water.
Time to say goodbye. On our way back a stop in in Linz: expecting a perfection of Linzer Tortes. Not successful, learning effect – do not think in stereotypes.
Last stop of our trip a tiny village in the Upper Palatinate. Nothing to see, nothing to do but two weeks laundry.
Arriving in Berlin Saturday night, more than 3000 kilometres behind us we are still friends and willing to do it again.
The bus was us a great home.
The tent is bigger than expected and waterproof.
The very old analoge camera did not survive the trip. R.I.P.
Two weeks time are not enough to capture this delightful spot.
Four brave friends found the adventure of their summer.
Viktoria Spasova Ahlenius, Stockholm based photographer. Marlene pants + perky smile + camera = wow.
/ How would you finish these sentences, Viktoria?
If pigs could fly…I’d fly a pig!
I always dance when …
Coffee smells like…
Home means… Sorry, I’m not that creative .
/ If I’m right you had your first bigger exhibition this summer, so you are quite fresh in the ‘business’. It seems that photographers like to make clear distinctions on which kind they are. So what’s your label? Is it important to distinguish from the start?
▽ I think that it’s important to have a width. According to me the best photographers have it.
But it’s also important to have a peak. Otherwise you won’t succeed. But that doesn’t mean you have to put a label on what you are doing. I haven’t. I’m still studying so I’m still exploring. Maybe I’ll change my stance in a year!
/ If you can choose to have a crazy tea party and the opportunity to ask a bunch of questions – with who would it be?
▽ Duane Michals, Beyonce, Joyce Carol Oates and Marina Abramovic!
/ Berlin and Stockholm. You grew up in both places, what would you say is the biggest difference?
▽ The atmosphere! Berlin has a more vibrant street life. I guess its because of the size and also the mix of people.
/ Talking style, which city dresses better?
/ Do you believe in coincidences?
Ok, now the important stuff:
/ American Dad or the Simpsons?
/ Cardamom or Cinnamon?
/ Mario Testino or Terry Richardson?
▽ None of them..
/ What’s the most interesting part of the human face?
▽ The eyes.
/ What projects are you working on at the moment?
▽ I’m taking portraits of teenage girls in their rooms. Im interested in how they create their identity and femininity.
/ Are there any exhibitions coming up soon?
▽ In spring!!!
/ Soon the new Lars von Trier movie comes out. Which of his films did you like best (or should I rather say traumatised you the most)?
▽ Magnolia..I was quite shaky when I left the cinema.
/ Ok, last question, as Halloween is coming up. What will you dress up as?
▽ Don’t know yet..but I want glitter and glam!
/ Thanks a lot for checking in with us, Viktoria! We are looking forward to your new website!
Black&White photographs: Viktoria Spasova Ahlenius
Interview & photographs: Lola Tivoli, 2013
Rita Braz, gorgeous portuguese 5-dimensional daydreaming Slasheuse flying on her racing bike through Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, where she lives and works as art director and passionate analogue photographer, sharing her analogue stories with us.
/ How would you finish these sentences, Rita?
A day without marshmallows is… better than a day without cookies.
Better a chicken in the basement than… watermelon in the trash.
The worst thing to wear in a circus is… a christmas jumper.
Freedom means… follow your gut instinct.
/ It is a great honour to interview you as you are practically the role model of a ‘SlashMuse’. You are a Slasheuse per se working as an art director, photographer, illustrator, DJ,…am I missing anything? Which stamp is it you would give yourself?
▽ First of all, it’s my pleasure to be part of the first interview series!
And to get it straight, I would stamp myself as a storyteller. Through advertising, photographs, drawings or even entertaining at some party, storytelling is all I’ve been doing. Capturing the immensity and magic of what happens around me and express it in some sort of way, letting the tale live longer than the actual moment.
/ Also you are a Muse to us being around from the start and nevertheless designing and featuring our SlashMuse Logo. Thanks again. So besides from this job, what was the most unforgettable job experience you had in the last years?
▽ You are very welcome, I’m really happy to finally see it growing.
I have to say that my most favorite project to work on was my own personal project called INtheMAKING. It started with the need to capture the outstanding people I meet in this town and got bigger than I thought. It makes me keep looking for interesting talents to feature and it allows me to meet such different, amazing and inspiring people, photograph their environments and learn from them.
/ Your home is Lisbon. What do you miss most about it?
▽ The ocean, the eternal blue.
My family, friends.
/ In the movie “Night train to Lisbon” they are constantly smoking and drinking red wine. Do you consider smoking and drinking wine part of Portuguese culture? Is it sexy?
▽ Well, wine is definitely a big part of the portuguese culture. I’d say wine is to Portugal as beer is to Germany…
Smoking I reckon is just a bad habit, a really bad habit – which I not proudly am part of.
/ If you had to choose a life without chocolate or a life without coffee – what would it be?
▽ Definitely a life without chocolate over a life without coffee. My body craves for coffee as my mind only desires chocolate the second my eyes see it!
/ By the way what is your favourite coffee place in Berlin these days?
▽ I’m faithful to CK Cafe in Marienburgerstraße. Cappuccino and carrot cake are always a must.
/ Who in ‘Alice in wonderland’ would you identify with?
▽ Here is something I have never thought about before… I’d say the Hatter though. The mixture of madness and passionate friendship recalls something in me.
/ Taking photographs, what is it that makes you choose an object or a person?
▽ Apart from the planned shootings, the pictures I take are basically a visual diary recounting the path of someone passing through the world. They are frozen time slots from east to west, from town to town, from one memorable meal to the other, from one known face to a complete stranger. I like to believe that my photos are collected lives, experiences, accidents, paths crossed. They are imperfect and unplanned, just like life itself.
/ Are you a nerd regarding typographies?
▽ Am I?
And more serious matters:
/ Kill Bill or Pulp Fiction?
/ Stripes or dots?
/ Augustiner or Tegernseer?
/ If you get a ticket to travel on a flying carpet tomorrow, where would you go to?
▽ Cape Verde (with a stop in Amsterdam)
/ What’s the best song of all times?
▽ Lovely Rita?
/ Rumour has it you are working on an exhibition…any date yet?
▽ I’m trying to put together an exhibition with all my INtheMAKING series, but it is definitely taking longer than the initial thought. No dates, no venues yet. Berlin for sure, everything else is yet a mystery to be solved.
/ Are there any good Halloween parties coming up in Berlin? Will you go?
▽ Very good question… Pumpkin carving competition is my master plan!
/ Obrigada and thanks a lot for checking in with us! It was lovely, Rita!
Interview & photographs: Lola Tivoli, 2013
Flipping through some beautifully arranged ‘coffee table book’s and ‘inspiration magazines’ in a Stockholmian high end minimalist clothing store I stumbled on some irritating but at the same time inspiring drawings of a handful sushi porn…
Yes, sushi, geishas, bondage in a way the link is rather obvious but still these drawings exhilarating fascinated me.
The creator I discovered is the German artist, Boris Hoppek, coming from the sphere of graffiti, provoking in drawings, paintings, photographs, as well as videos, sculptures and installation art pieces. The reoccurring topics are sexuality, violence and racism expressed in a clear style that seems almost innocent at the first glimpse. ‘Photos showing women with problems or just being beautiful’ he sais on his homepage.
‘just the plain accurate artwork, seriously!!’