THE Stylemate, Issue 03| 2019: beyond borders

beyond borders

THE Stylemate, Issue 03|2019
beyond borders

The cover of this edition features a striking photo of one of Austria’s globally most successful and exciting photographers: Elfie Semotan. As a young woman, she headed to Paris for a career in modelling but as time went by, she grew ever more interested in work behind the camera. People say her work has blurred the lines between fashion and fine art photography. She spoke to THE Stylemate and told us more about herself and her work.

The ninth of November 1989 saw euphoric celebrations of reunification, and ever since, the country has looked back with pride at this moment of a border crossed and a barrier overcome. This edition is also about lines – about borders and boundaries. Inspiration for this theme came from the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

However, the artist Deborah Sengl tells us that she still sees “a permanent and very dangerous split in society” in the Germany of today. “Until we tear down the walls in our heads and above all in our hearts, we are worlds away from coexistence and interaction based on tolerance and peace.” We believe that travel and getting to know new people, different people, can facilitate precisely such interaction.

We therefore invite you once again to engage with unknown people and places and draw inspiration from real-life experiences in this issue.