As you might imagine, I'm in love with the travel angle of Cereal Magazine. Even more so when they produce softly drifting series like the one here. Take it in for a moment and with a calm mind you might find it's easy to change your evening, or maybe your week, or maybe your life.
“I think now more than ever it’s important to be clear, to be singular...and to have a perspective, one you didn’t generate as the result of doing a lot of focus groups.”
—Jonathan Ive in Vogue
I occasionally mention that Composure is an exploration in self-awareness.
It's easy to assume that self-awareness is a natural or even trivial thing. But from what I can tell, genuine inner perspective is a vivid, terrifying thing.
In part because it requires believing that you have the capacity to say what's important and meaningful in the world. The much easier alternative to this kind of personal vision is to shift most or all of that power to make meaning off to others.
For a certain kind of religious person, that "other" is God.
For a certain kind of business person, that "other" is "the consumer."
Saying that an "other" is responsible for the meaning we get from things is a safe & simple alternative to understanding, believing in, and articulating one's own complicated inner perspective (not to mention doing the difficult work of sharing that perspective through the things we make).
In other words, pushing vision off onto others means you don't have to make anything that says to the world: this is *me.*
But I think that making these kinds of things is beautiful, and that they're important, and that they're worth it.
As you may know, I've been working more of a lifestyle editorial angle into Composure (see: Uncharted Territory). And I've known that it'll be more than a minor struggle to organize the site in a way that helps people get what Composure is, without being overwhelming.
But while thinking through it is difficult, one of the organization models that has helped me the most is the photojournalism blog of Julia Trotti. Poke around as a travel lifestyle lover, and you'll easily find & follow her lovely series of photo essays. But similarly you could be someone more interested in her fashion, portrait, and commercial photography work, and still find your way quickly to her portfolio. The two are blended together so well you might not even notice the difference between the two. Which is no small feat.