most wanted: Above Magazine

IT may be considered un-P.C. to reveal, but I must admit that I have never really been one of those whose conscience is heavily weighted with concern for environmental matters, or whose actions are undertaken following rules of eco-friendly living. Unfortunately, associations in my mind between those who choose to crusade for ‘saving the environment’ and dread-locked hippies shrouded in body odour still pop up from time to time.  This is wrong. And untrue. I know this. And my discovery last summer of Above Magazine contributed to some extent in changing that.

 
 

Above Magazine is laden full of jaw-droppingly beautiful images, amongst text that is informative and thought provoking. It makes you appreciate the fragility of the magnificent world that we inhabit. And, without preaching, it utilises tools such as photography, design and architecture to make the reader consider the reality of sustainable living, the possibility that it may not have to be as mundane as one would expect.

Every issue so far has impressed me in the way that it smoothly walks the line between ethics and aesthetics. There is something for everyone – male or female – whether it be art or fashion, celebrity or the ‘ordinary’. One thing that unites all subjects though, in their plight for respect towards the earth, is beauty. As the magazine itself quotes in its mission: “beauty will save the world”.

I have found it near impossible to select images that best sum up this wonderful publication, and so I urge you to visit its site; and of course to buy the magazine, with a new issue being out now!

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