In the UK, February is usually one of those months you can’t wait to see the end of. We’re still in the thick of winter, yet finally the end is in site, and we are waiting anxiously for the daffodils to bloom and warmer weather to finally arrive when March sets in. We’ve been busy girls over here at ROAM Magazine this month, I (Anna) returned from the Philippines and headed straight up to the Scottish borders for a magazine assignment. Athena is currently back in her beloved Italy, snowboarding and capturing it all to share with you. We’ve still managed to spot some brilliant things around the web, and have got some very exciting contributors in the pipeline for March. Stay tuned!
Photography: Samuel Hesketh | Morocco
We love finding new and exciting travel photographers from around the globe, and Australian photographer Samuel Hesketh is our newest favourite. His recent travels in Morocco bring a fresh and vibrant look at the country. Through portraits, drone shots and atmospheric landscapes, he really brings a strong impression of the country, somewhere we can’t wait to return to! You can follow him on Instagram @oxvek.
Young Documentary & Reportage Photographer, Alice Aedy, has been constantly impressing us with her intimate portraits of the refugee crisis, many of which have been featured in The Guardian. Her Instagram gives a dark and honest view of life in various refugee camps around Europe, and her portraits offer that level of humanity which brings you right to the scene and into the eyes of the person in need. She’s certainly one to watch for the future. You can follow her @aliceaedy.
Project: Stories Behind Things
Here at ROAM, we love travel but we also love change and projects that make a difference. Stories Behind Things is an ethical fashion project run by Ella Grace Denton and Jemma Finch. They are trying a different approach to being style icons, by focusing on vintage, recycled, second hand and ethically made clothing. Ultimately, they look at clothes as beautiful, unique pieces, each with a story behind them. It’s incredibly inspiring and a much needed move away from sweatshop fashion and the internet’s obsession with ‘haul’ videos. They’ve also just hosted a London clothes swap event. It’s allowed us to look at our wardrobe in a different way, and we cannot wait to see how they grow the project in the future. You can find them on Instagram @storiesbehindthings and Facebook.
Our favourite video this month comes from film maker extraordinaire, Josh Cowan. Josh is constantly travelling to new and incredible countries, capturing it all through a lens and piecing it together into dreamy videos which take you right to the moment. His latest video captures Europe through its mountains and frosty forests. Check out the rest of his work on his YouTube and follow him on Instagram @joshzoo.
Instagram: Freya Dowson in Africa
We could probably include Freya Dowson’s Instagram feed in our ROAM Loves round up every single month. Especially when adorable baby hippos are involved! The humanitarian photographer is currently in Kenya, capturing beautiful animals and sharing it all on her Instagram account. She’s constantly in new and interesting places, so make sure to give her a follow to keep up with her at @freyadowson.
It’s rare that a pop star comes along that takes our breath away. But something about Maggie Rogers does just that. Her new EP ‘Now That the Light is Fading’ takes us through pop beats to gentle melodies and clever lyrics. We really can’t get enough. You can get the EP now from one of these links.
We are incredibly honoured to this month be included in Fathom’s 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites 2017, alongside some other wonderful travel sites. We were nominated by one of our favourite bloggers, The Travelling Light, and the rest of the list is well worth checking out too!
Let us know what you have been loving this month in the comments below! Got something you think we’d be interested in featuring? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annapurna Mellor is a travel photographer, writer and co-founder of Roam Magazine. She fell in love with Asia shortly after graduating and has since spent extensive periods travelling and photographing in India, Nepal, Myanmar and many more. She shoots regularly for brands and publications and her work can be found in National Geographic Traveller Magazine, Lonely Planet, Suitcase and The Guardian. When not on the road, she is based in Manchester, UK.