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August 24, 2014

Lane Coder x Larry Letters

A Fine Art-Inspired Trip to the Californian Outback

“I think there’s an inherent narrative that happens when taking pictures in Big Sur,” says American photographer Lane Coder of his recent collaboration with fellow image-maker, Larry Letters, in the remote Californian outback. “It’s a place stuck in time a little bit, you can still feel the presence of hippies past and present.” The pair, who found an affinity between their work while studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, escaped the confines of the studio for the great outdoors in between commissions for Vogue Japan and The New Yorker. “I find beauty in the details as well as giving the ‘whole’ picture; I think it helps tell a more complete story,” says Coder, who snapped the two aerial shots from the plane during his return journey back to New York. While they managed to fit in an impromptu fashion shoot using the rugged landscape and giant redwoods as a backdrop, the trip was not without a touch of danger, says Letters: “Killer seagulls, a bit of debauchery, a couple of trips to the hospital, fine wine in Wine Country, alien-like jellyfish, and California’s gorgeous, chameleon-esque light.”

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Telepathe: Onyx

The Brooklyn Girls Return with a Freestyle Synth-Driven New Sound

Avant-pop duo Telepathe lounge about in the penthouse suite of the New York Barclay Hotel in Lane Coder’s shots accompanying the premiere of “Onyx”, from the band's long-awaited sophomore album Destroyer. Since Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais released their 2009 debut opus Dance Mother, the pair decamped to Los Angeles for a few months seeking a change of scenery and a heavy dose of vitamin D. Energized by the sun and a radio populated by Egyptian Lover tracks, they wrote and recorded new material inspired by their enduring obsession with the 1980s synth-pop of Miami freestyle. “We both grew up listening to freestyle,” says Livaudais. “The rhythms are just so addictive.” The first release from Destroyer is a special mix of the title track by super producer Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio on his new Federal Prism label, with the B-side remix seeing Trent Reznor throw back to his Pretty Hate Machine days. “All the songs are about people we love. It’s a record about fucking, basically,” quips Livaudais. “We’re both so bored of hearing asexual indie rock. The new album is full-on predator.”

Spice Girls or Pussy Riot?
Melissa: Pussy Riot.

Favorite album of 2012?
Melissa: Something, by Chairlift. They are my favorite band and their album is my favorite of this year, hands down.
Busy: I agree, I love Chairlift!

Favorite new band or artist?
Melissa: I love everything Frank Ocean does, I love The Internet and I love Blood Orange.

NY or LA?
Melissa: My heart is always in NY.
Busy: LA.

High Street or Vintage?
Both: Vintage.

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Corsica: Tender Summer

Photographer Anton Renborg Explores the Mountainous Scented Isle

The hilly woodlands and meandering streams of Corsica’s picturesque landscape are captured in photographer Anton Renborg’s new series celebrating the Mediterranean outpost. Favored by leading fashion designers Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier, the island is a discreet holiday destination for Europe's celebrity elite avoiding the paparazzi at glitzier resorts like Saint-Tropez by visiting the likes of the opulent Casa del Mar hotel on the coast near Porto-Vecchio or the Calvi on the Rocks electronic music festival each July. Setting off to document the island’s coastal views, the Swedish photographer captured youth idling through the summer months and yachts moored in the harbor of Calvi alongside its seaside cliffs, glacial lakes and expansive forests. “I fell in love with the island’s ruggedness, and started taking my own notes and keeping a diary from one location to another,” explains Renborg, who shot the series on film over the course of five years. The images led to Renborg’s forthcoming book Notices de la Corse, a personal project with graphic designer Jesper Örtegren and a paean to the island’s pastel tones and bucolic atmosphere. “If you go to the mountains it can start snowing, but half an hour ago it would have been 40 degrees in the valley,” says Renborg of Corsica’s contrasting appeal, which includes the famous GR20 walking trek stretching 180km of the island. “It can even take you back to the 19th century; you never really know what you’ll bump into.”

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