When in 2012 in London it rained for three months causing floods while a hosepipe ban was in place due to a drought, it really didn’t add up. How could we be told there was a shortage of water if we were knee high in it? How could it ‘disappear’ if it was pouring down on us day after day? It couldn’t be ‘the weather’ this time, or ‘global warming’ — clearly, something was very wrong and we weren’t being told. I needed to find out.
Unlike Jack Nicholson in Roman Polanski’s ‘Chinatown’ we drove through pouring rain not orange hains, but California Water Wars and London hosepipe bans have more in common than beats the eye. drenched in drought became our first short film in the open-ended series ‘Flood & Drought,’ where step by step we try to untangle the web.
The signifies there is a short VERYdocumenTARY either ready or in the works, for details see www.verydocumentary.org (online soon).
In this issue we celebrate the art of the late Rory McEwen, toast to Richard Strange and his Borroughs extravaganza, Lara Schnitger’s first fashion show and couture collection, Eric Mouchet opening his brand new gallery in Paris; talk lipstick colours and ‘rolling in asphalt’ with Jewgenija Tschuikowa. Philip Jones Griffiths’ haunting photographs of the effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam give us ans insight into the nature of the chemicals that are progressively being embedded in our foodchain; Massimiliana Spinola’s comparison of ‘conventional/ chemical’ viticulture with her biodynamic vineyard is a good way to tell hay from the spray. The prince arrives... with a working horse: Henry Finzi-Constantine and his French Comtois’ stable save the day by offering a refreshing ‘old will be new’ point of view.
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Richard Strange, hat A Child of The Jago; photo Tomek Sierek.
Petite Meller. Dress with headpiece Marta Jakubowski; photo Tomek Sierek; hair & make up: Pshemko Sierek.
Features in order of appearance:
THE MANY HATS OF RICHARD STRANGE Betsy de Lotbiniere
SISTER OF ARP - LARA SCHNITGER Uscha Pohl
TO DRY OR NOT TO DRY - JEWGENIJA TSCHUIKOWA OUT HERE IS WHERE IT’S AT Tomek Sierek
PETITE MELLER Pshemko Sierek
FASHION REVOLUTION Sarah Ditty
FRESH COUTURE Sasha Birkin
BRING THE SUN HOME Uscha Pohl
TOUR DE VILLE- MATTHIEU GAFSOU Sahara Meer
RORY MCEWEN Celia Lyttelton
THE SOUND OF LIGHT - RORY MCEWEN Uscha Pohl
BETTY [ELIZABETH] ST JOHN Cedric Plumb
NORTHERN NIGHTS Uscha Pohl, Tomek Sierek
SMALL WATERPOWER OR ... FRACKING ? Julian Jones
AGENT ORANGE - PHILIP JONES GRIFFITHS Hannah Watson
PHARMACISTS OR FARMERS ? Massimiliana Spinola
CASTELLO DI TASSAROLO Uscha Pohl
Tomek Sierek, Sarah Shatz, Philippe Blondez, Jan Höhe, Celia Lyttelton, Lukas Pohl Blondez, Mia Enell, Julia Borgdorf, Sasha Birkin, Cedric Plumb, Julia Mercedes Hummel, Sahara Meer, Melanie and Stephanie Hausberger.
Contributors / Featured & Featuring: Richard Strange, Betsy de Lotbiniere, Lara Schnitger, Jewgenija Tschuikowa, Eric Mouchet, Massimiliana Spinola, Henry Finzi-Constantine, Rory McEwen, Matthieu Gafsou, Philip Jones Griffiths, Gigi Giannuzzi, Hannah Watson, Ösp Eldjárn Kristjánsdóttir, Örn Eldjárn, Petite Meller, Pshemko Sierek, Osman Goring, Julian Jones, Sarah Ditty, Denis Koludra, Betty St John, Nick Miller, Brutus Green.
Photography: Tomek Sierek, Chiara Andrich, Giovanni Pellegrini, Massimiliana Spinola, Matthieu Gafsou, Matthew Niederhauser, Diana Koenigsberg, Tom Goossen, Thomas Majevszki, Philip Jones Griffiths, Uscha Pohl, Richard Demarco, Jewgenija Tschuikowa, Yuri Pokrovsky, Eduard Grigoriev, Rhodri Jones, Ben Knabe.
Retouching, Prepress: Philippe Blondez.
Hair & Make Up: Pshemko Sierek.
All VERY Publications are edited and published by founder/owner Uscha Pohl.
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Richard Strange, photo Tomek Sierek
On roll-over; Petite Meller, photo Tomek Sierek
Krafla crater and geothermal powerstation at midnight, Iceland
Photo: Tomek Sierek