An African Odyssey

Photographer, Alexander Mourant captures the ever-shifting cultural and geopolitical landscape in Africa, from Cairo to Cape Town

Words by Alexander Mourant

A commission by RAW Foundation lead to me joining their epic journey from Cairo to Cape Town. Over a 5-month period we travelled in a 4x4 across Africa, documenting plastic litter, wastelands, rivers, lakes, beach pollution, individuals and communities.

Enduringly difficult to summarise, the photographs shown here are quite personal in nature. But they also reflect the ever-shifting cultural and geopolitical landscapes we encountered. My work is imbued with the nomadic feeling that each town beckoned a differing attitude or way of seeing. At times my photographs represent an African idyll, disclosing tales of resonating moments, awe and seduction from an entirely varied and fascinating continent. However, these photographs do stand as a testament for what we stand to lose. This way of life is critically endangered, it's environment threatened.

On the journey we were left with this resentment of humanity at times, for a shocking disrespect of our natural resources and world, but then perceptions shift, and you’re left admiring people, for there are decent individuals who, together, are all aspiring to create positive change in their own corner of our marvellous blue planet.

Home

Photographer, Ross Cooke explores the relationship between faith and football in South Manchester and Cheshire Christian’s amateur league

Words by Ross Cooke

The relationship between faith and football can be found on a cold, wet Saturday morning on the holy playing grounds in Stockport. From black armbands to blooded heads, the amateur leagues embody the beauty of the game. Home takes a closer look at the South Manchester and Cheshire Christian amateur league and all that goes with it.

Why Generation

São Paulo photographer, Marina Nacamuli’s ongoing series captures the anti-social behaviours of the generation born in the 80s

Words by Marina Nacamuli

Why Generation is a project about the generation born of the 80’s, my generation. Between alcohol, drugs, voyeurism, anti-social behaviours and blasphemy, I document people around me, believing we are all like this, and being sure that this is a way to survive in the world we live in today. The photos are honest portraits of this generation full of anxiety, and more often than not, not remembered by the subjects involved.

Intercept

Exploring human interaction with spaces and the traces we leave behind with fine-art photographer, Rachel E Joy Stanley

Rachel E Joy Stanley is a fine-art photographer based in London. A recent Goldsmiths graduate, her work is about people — how they create, occupy and engage with spaces, and the traces they leave behind. Largely observational and subtly critical, Rachel's photographs attempt to organise and make sense of contemporary life, asking questions about power, ownership and the balance between natural and human worlds.

Fourth Street

Taylor Dorrell photographs the daily pursuit for happiness amongst a group of American Midwesterners house-sharing in Columbus, Ohio

Words by Taylor Dorrell

Fourth Street is a photo series about a group of American Midwesterners who live in a house on Fourth Street in Columbus, Ohio. The images touch on themes regarding Americana and youth. There's a freedom in being in your early twenties. With the uncertainty of the long-term future, there's fulfilment found in the pursuit of daily happiness. Motorcycles, video games, and alcohol are some of the ingredients involved in the daily lives of this group of tight-knit friends.

Down by the Hudson

Caleb Stein photographs Poughkeepsie – a New York city in which 19% of residents live below the poverty line

Down by the Hudson is an ongoing project, a record of Stein’s walks and interactions - mostly along a 3-mile strip of Main Street in Poughkeepsie, NY. Poughkeepsie is a small city, with a population around 32,736. Approximately 19% live below the poverty line. Recent years have brought a great deal of economic hardship to this lively, character-filled place. Some people attribute this to the downsizing of IBM's local headquarters. Others say that fault lies with the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall, or the additions to the highway system, both of which have de-emphasized the role of Main Street. Some blame local colleges - Vassar, Marist, the Culinary Institute - for their lack of engagement with the community. In any case, Poughkeepsie is still a beautiful, resilient city with beautiful, interesting people. Lots to learn from them, no question about it.

Mania

Norwegian photographer, Kristine Wathne photographs men she met online in a series exploring fashion, fascinations and fetishism

Words by Kristine Wathne

Mania involves fashion, fetishism & collectors. The project is driven by a fascination for subcultures and atypicality. It all started when I sort of gave up fashion photography. I have always been facinated by fashion shoots, styling and shooting models on location, but I hated to decide what someone else had to wear, and tell them what kind of look to give me whilst I was looking through my viewfinder.

After a while, I thought: "What if i could find or meet someone that already had the 'full package'? Someone that was out of the norm, styled by themselves and living in interesting homes?".
Then, after researching for atypical people online I met 4 people with their very own fascination. Mania shows these photo-documented meetings.

ROLF RESSEM (Pen Collector)
He shares his passion with over 400 like-minded people in a world wide pen-collectors club. Rolf Ressem has been collecting pens for the past 9 years, and to this date he has over 13.000 various pens stored in boxes and suitcases in his apartment. The most rare and valuable ones are kept in folders. Ressem has full control over his pens. I could hold up a random pen whilst hiding its logo and Ressem was able to recognize the pen by reciting which company the pen was from, and even its year of production.

A few years ago Ressem tried to beat the guinness world record. They counted pens for two days straight, but sadly he was only two pens away to beating the world record.

JAN ROGER ELSTAD (Cinderella-Man)
Jan Roger Elstad stores his wedding dress collection in his pink-painted basement. It all started when he came over a bunch of wedding dresses that were going to be thrown away. Elstad took care of them instead of seeing them being thrown in the trash. To this date he has over 400 dresses, from the era 1877-2015.

"I started collecting in 1991. I have always - even still - been wanting to do something that no other men I knew had done before, and simultaneously try to take care of the cultural treasure a wedding dress is."

“The most beautiful thing with a wedding dress is it's ability to transform a lady so enormously. She is not only a princess for a day. She is the queen."

EINAR B. GILBERG (The Powerlifter)
Einder B. Gilberg started working out to be able to beat his father, the kids that bullied him in elementary school and to get a chance on the ladies. Fueled by mexican stew, Gilberg’s speciality is powerlifting. Nude, he lifts 240 kilos. In a normal competition with clothing, Gilberg beat the norwegian record by lifting 320 kilos. His next goal is to beat the Norwegian record in squatting.

ARVE MØLLEVIK (Tightsman)
Arve Mølleviks passion for ultra tight jeans is outstanding. He’s been collecting tights for over 20 years and cultivated his fascination for 80’s clothing. Most of the trousers are ordered from German eBay and his favorite brands are Mustang and Levi’s. The skinline jeans are mostly unisex, and to this date Møllevik’s closet is filled with over 100 pairs. The wool sweaters are custom made in Scotland, and Møllevik designs them himself. But that doesn’t stop him from using them in the shower while shooting wetlook photos.

Møllevik works as an electrical teacher, and in his spare time he drives a big party bus from the 80’s, plays accordion and shoots wet-look photos. The pants are mostly worn at parties and festivals.

Shooting wet-look selfies or being a photographer himself gives Møllevik an adrenaline rush. During his shoots he even has a GoPro camera that shoots images continuously. Mølleviks passion for jeans and the complete 80’s style is unbeatable.

"Someone asked me if I slept while I wore my tight jeans. Then, I realised that I wasn't the crazy man."

Lucinda’s Valley

Photographer, Lila Barth captures the cowboys and girls of Love Valley, North Carolina

Words by Lila Barth

Lucinda’s Valley is a study of Love Valley, North Carolina and the people who make up this unusual community. Incorporated in 1963, the town was founded with the mission of creating a christian utopia, a monument to the American Frontier. Today Love Valley has a very different atmosphere. Having fallen on harder times the citizens make their living ranching and working for themselves. The townsfolk are cowboys and cowgirls that are both encapsulating and defying stereotypes of the South.

Through spending several days in their company I used my lens to instill a sense of dignity compiled with reluctance to allow a stranger with different ideals define them. Lucinda was my guide, a hardened middle-aged woman who told me every secret of the valley. These photographs, all taken on 120mm and 35mm film, reflect the unfamiliar faces and spaces of a town stuck pining for the past.

As a publisher and Community Interest Company, TRIP is dedicated to showcasing unconventional stories that may otherwise be overlooked. We aim to give a platform to the unseen and a microphone to the ignored. Expression is a right and should not be confined to those that can afford to work for free; which is why we strive to support a diverse range of creatives in their work, commissioning exciting projects and creatives to visualize them.
 

Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.
 

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