The Thing Is, by Ellen Bass


“…to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you’ve held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs; when […]


The Art of Human Connection: Understanding Yourself through Others

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Self-awareness does not merely come from sitting alone in your room in quiet. Curiously, I had found my own understanding of myself unexpectedly furthered by a wholehearted willingness to understand others. I will show you how understanding others can lead to a very good understanding of yourself. A true understanding of others is created through […]


The Frog’s Legs.

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She is life without consequence. Unable to resist The urge to follow I fall into My fallacious reasoning, overlooking the sign: “Entrance, no exit”- I didn’t feel the need to escape But now it’s too late and I cannot leave. Oblivious to demise, Alas! I do not despise the princess For her snarls of distain […]


Art Is Active And Incomplete: A Conversation With Erik Wahl

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By Erik Wahl, Internationally recognized graffiti artist, best selling author and global philanthropist. Interviewed by Shazeen (UK) How did you discover yourself as an artist? Where did the spark for graffiti art and speed painting come from? My story is one of discovering a win through a painful loss. I spent the first half of my […]



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WHISPERS OF STARS To my ear, gentle caresses came at last Upon me, they fell from heaven past When my stars never blink And the clouds never bring A curtain so thick hiding you from my longing I told myself to shut No breath or word let out But my vein they throbbed And my […]


The Mist of October

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By Sean Savage (UK), Interviewed by Shazeen (UK) Hi Sean, thank you for speaking with us. Tell us a little about yourself?  I am 47 years old, and only started taking photographs a year ago. I joined a local photo club and learnt a lot from the other members by going on photo shoots. I […]


Let’s Talk About Depression


By Anthony Avice Du Buisson (Australia), Interviewed by Shazeen (UK), Photography by Flavio Emanuel (Brazil) As a young South African teenager growing up in Australia, I found myself at a point in my life where thoughts of insignificance and self-loathing were starting to cloud my mind. If anyone has ever experienced depression, then they would know […]


The Smartest Kid in the Room


Narrative by Paul Iannucilli (USA), Interviewed by Shazeen (UK), Photography by Saman. Ali (Iraq) Okay, before I get I to it, a handful of disclaimers. No, this isn’t specifically about me. It isn’t about any one person. It is about the traits, ideas, actions, and processes that I notice people whom I consider to be […]