One of my small luxuries in life is buying beautifully designed independent magazines. Being a photographer, I like to gather my inspiration from a range of sources, mainly being social media and publications. Sitting down and physically holding and viewing images has a much bigger impact on my inspiration, as I absorb them a lot more than just scrolling through endless images online.
I wanted to share a couple of my favourite magazines that provide me with loads of new ideas on ways I can develop and present my work, as well as heightening my passion for photography.
1. In Clover
In Clover magazine is an independent, biannual publication that focusses on slow living. The founders of In Clover wanted to preserve a quality print product that focuses on meaningful and inspiring content, as everything in this day and age is produced online. What I love about this magazine is that all the stories and features are submitted by the creative community. In Clover is run pureley on submissions from photographers, writers, artists, illustrators and other creatives. It's rare to find a magazine that accepts online global submissions, so this magazine is a rare opportunity for upcoming creatives to showcase their work. The minimal design and feel of In Clover allows each story to stand out and be focussed on without any distractions, allowing the reader to fully absorb the page's content.
Every issue of In Clover is beautifully crafted, making each one unique and a pleasure to read. You can purchase issues of In clover online here.
CEREAL is another independent magazine, which publishes two issues each year. Each issue focusses on a select number of destinations, alongside interviews and stories on unique design, art, and fashion. Similar to In Clover, CEREAL is hugely focussed on creating stories around beautiful and captivating imagery. What I value most about CEREAL is its minimal aesthetic, as it provides me with inspiration on how I can maintain and develop my own aesthetic throughout my work, as well as ways to display it online.
As well as producing a biannual magazine, the CEREAL team also create CITY GUIDES. These guidebooks feature stunning imagery of places to eat, places to stay and things to do in the featured location. I've already purchased the London city guide, as I like to explore new areas whenever I get to visit. I also have a nagging desire to visit Bristol in the future, so I'll be sure to pick up this city guide too.
You can purchase issues of CEREAL and CITY GUIDES here.
3. Country Living - Modern Rustic
The standard issue of Country living has never really appealed to me, as I'm not that interested in the written content. However, Country Living publishes a series of magazines called Modern Rustic, which are dedicated to showcasing some of the most exquisite homes, artisans and products. Each issue contains beautiful photography from homes across the world, as well as recognising the works of architects and the production of crafted homewares and accessories.
Since my focus is interior and lifestyle photography, each issue of Modern Rustic helps me to explore different interior design styles and news ways to approach my photographic work. It would be my absolute dream to have my work published in this series of magazine one day, so I like to structure and develop my work around the content already featured, whilst maintaining my own visual style.
You can purchase issues of Country Living Modern Rustic in WHSmith or online here.
I hope this post provides you with a little insight into the background of my inspirations and thought process when planning new projects!