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To Be Magazine - Issue 03

To Be Magazine - Issue 03


DASHA Nekrasova
words Sarah Buckley
photography Chad Moore
styling Alexa Lanza

Estevan Oriol
words Mahmood Fazal
photography Estevan Oriol

words PIP Wallis, Curator Contemporary Art, NGV
photography Tourmaline 

Gaetano Pesce
words Octavius la Rosa & Annabel Blue

Devon Ross
words Archie Oliver Hyde
photography Archie Oliver Hyde 

words T.
photography rememberyouweremadetobeused
styling Hakan Solak

words to Be
photography Alain Levitt 

words Anisha Khemlani
photography Jack van Gíap 

Atong Atem
words Sophie Prince
photography Atong Atem

words Annabel Blue
photography Joshua Hourigan 

words Octavius la Rosa
photography Joshua Hourigan
styling Octavius la Rosa 

Thierry le Goués
words Annabel Blue
photography Thierry le Gouès

words T.
photography Nedda Afsari

words Sarah Buckley
photography Alasdair McLellan 

Hiro Kone
words Annabel Blue
photography Mara Corsino

words to Be
photography Lauren Bamford 
creative direction Sarah Pritchard

Alexa demie and Petra F. Collins
words Annabel Blue
photography Petra F. Collins

Gareth Mcconnell
words Annabel Blue
photography Gareth Mcconnell 

words Den Villar
photography Diego Campomar
creative direction and styling Den Villar

Christopher Polack
words Annabel Blue
photography Christopher Polack

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Dissolve to Evolve.

Last year we spoke about an impending cultural renaissance, a changing of times on the periphery of a better year ahead. With a series of events leading us almost to the point of no words – cataclysmic flooding and so called WWIII – it seems on the contrary, there’s a lot to say. 

With the political and natural world powers shifting us to a new rock bottom, on a spiritual, environmental and nuclear level, space has been made to regenerate humanity again. If you’re reading this, you’re lucky enough to witness the transformative times we’re living in.

The theme of this issue, Dissolve to Evolve, is named after a song a new friend Mikkel Rev dreamt up. The title speaks to the practice of transformation, and is a reminder that with every low comes a new spiritual dawn, one humanity can evolve through with the ebbs and flows of the unknown. 

Contributors in this issue speak to their last year of evolution, and their personal, political and creative dreams for the future. In here you’ll find our cover star, Pan Daijing spreaking to our elusive writer ‘T’ on the cathartic power noise music poses, and our universal need for spiritual growth. Photographer Gareth McConnell relevantly reflects on the conflict in Northern Ireland, and tapping into a cosmic power through nature. Anisha Khemlani spoke to musician KMRU about his upbringing and the transformative power of music, and Mahmood Fazal speaks with Photographer Estevan Oriol on everything from hip hop and gang warfare to low riding in Los Angeles. 

On an equally profound level, additional contributors include: Alasdair Mclellan, Gaetano Pesce, Hiro Kone, Silent Servant, Dasha Nekrasova, Devon Ross, Atong Atem, Alain Levitt, Thierry Le Goues, Christopher Polack, and more.

Let this issue be a catalyst for growth and a reminder that with every dissolution comes a rebirth, in one form or another.

Annabel Blue.

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SEE ISSUE #06 HERE. The theme for this issue, Revelations, delves into the unfiltered aspects of life. It’s an appreciation and exploration of raw beauty, where authenticity reigns supreme; the unconventional is not just accepted but celebrated. In a world of manufactured perfection, this issue chooses to validate our quirks and idiosyncrasies. After all, they are what make us inimitable.

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