The themes we explored for the second issue of Where the Leaves Fall focused on death, journey and seeds, alongside a number of essays in the dialogues section.
ALL THINGS MUST PASS
In this section we look at how Ana Mendieta celebrated her own mortality in her work, exploring the cycle of life and death and our connection with nature. Transcending the spiritual and philosophical to the actual, Antonina Savytska’s visceral images of the last months of her aunt’s life paints a stark and honest portrait of our relationship not just with death, but the life that leads us there and the patterns and behaviours of the ancestors that live through us. And we look at how societal conventions around death, developed to make the process as comfortable and acceptable as possible, are being challenged by environmentalists with the aim of ‘greening’ the system.
THROUGH OUR JOURNEY
We begin our exploration of journey (as well as the cover image) with The Flower Laboratory’s reuse of heather flowers leftover from a fashion shoot as art, as communion, as rehabilitation. Then we explore the Russian cultural phenomenon of the dacha, the plot of land and residence beyond the city boundaries where people can escape to nature. With ayahuasca, another way to commune with nature, we question the impact of yagé tourism on Indigenous communities.
LIVING WITH SEEDS
Seeds are a ubiquitous part of our daily lives and in this section we explore different seed interactions – whether it’s searching for endangered flora in Kyrgyzstan, understanding how seeds are used to communicate with ancestors in Zimbabwe, discovering the world’s largest seed in the Seychelles, or exploring the structure and ways seeds disperse through the camera’s lens.
Our dialogues offer a range of ideas and different perspectives, including climate change activism in Africa, how death should be celebrated as a part of the food cycle, the water element, bringing climate change to our doorstep, the ecosystems that thrive above our heads, and drawing a garden in motion.
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Our contact with nature has been broken. The environment that most of us are born into is mainly brick and concrete. The animals that we share this space with are largely pets or pests – the spider climbing the wall lost in our territory. The fridge buzzes quietly in the kitchen, full of the industrialised and processed produce it’s keeping cool. Our lives, thoughts, consciousness, become overwhelmed and consumed by the digital world that we connect with through a range of different sized screens. Our wonder at the natural beauty our planet presents to us is one step removed by the screen resolution and detail of the image.
Without that contact how can we really understand the impact of the decisions we make as people and governments? How can we even truly understand ourselves as a part of nature? Where the Leaves Fall is a magazine that explores humankind’s push-pull relationship with the natural world.