Sundays have always been one of my favourite days of the week. There is something so relaxing and lazy about a Sunday morning that makes you feel as if you are wrapped in a ball of cotton wool. You can take your time with things on a Sunday morning; you are not rushing breakfast, there is often no immediate need for you to even get out of bed and it is often a time to catch up on things you wish you had spent your weekdays doing. For me, Sunday morning is often a time to read and I thought I would create a little series on here where I share what I am reading at the moment. Today we are featuring a beautiful magazine, Lodestars Anthology; the New Zealand edition.
I have owned and read-until-their-pages-ripped many magazines and creative publications over the past couple of years and something I always look for is photography that makes you think deeper about the words on the page. I understand that may seem odd, judging a written publication by their photos. But there is something about the creators of a magazine, who use every medium to bring together their publication as one whole thing, that I draw inspiration from. The words cannot function without the imagery and the same the other way around. It is an art I think, to be able to join words and photos in such a way that they connect fully with each other and Lodestars does this impeccably. I have been to New Zealand a few times in my life so far and reading this definitely reignited a desire to return and see more than I was able to back then.
Magazines that focus on one place or topic tend to be my favourite ones. They provide a deeper insight than a publication trying to cover one hundred separate things. After flicking through the pages and reading a lot of the articles in depth, I feel as if the whole of New Zealand is contained within these 150 pages. The magazine is made up of several individual stories of different writers perspectives on the two wonderful islands of New Zealand and this personal touch delivers something beyond what a travel guide could ever dream of. It gives a heart and warmth to a place so so far away from where I am spending my Sunday. Two of my favourite articles were “Flat White Wanderings”, where it was discussed how Wellington has more coffee shops per capita than New York, isn’t that crazy and doesn’t that sound like just the place you want to be, and “Where the Wild Things Are” where an Aucklander at heart speaks about the west coast beaches being her mental escape when crammed on the London Underground. The individual stories told amongst these pages are what really bring it to life and that is very hard to achieve.
But what captured my eye the most was the stunning photography. It is almost the most important part of any publication as it is the thing that draws you to each page. I guess the same can be said for online content too; blog photography is almost more important than the words in capturing an audience. The photography in Lodestars Anthology is nothing shy of beauty. Of course, the natural beauty that New Zealand beholds helps tremendously, but it is more than just nature that is captured here, it is a country, and a country full of life, people and unique stories.
So I have spent this Sunday morning hoping and dreaming that I can return to New Zealand sometime soon. That is the best thing about these publications, they transfer you into a different country and you are left longing to actually book your plane ticket there and then. Maybe I will pop onto Google flights right now…