On The Winding Road of Friendship

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. ― Henry David Thoreau Whenever we head outside, whenever we step foot outside the the social world, we are immediately exposed to the external forces of otherness. In this, we find ourselves living a social […]

En La Ciudad

Written and Photographed by Federico Mata The following is a meditation on the effect of cities as simple, curios observer  “What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.” ― Charles Baudelaire I grew up in Los Angeles. With […]


Written By Alex Alpharaoh     Photographed by Federico Mata There is something happening in Los Angeles. It definitely isn’t the city I grew up in, yet it continues to be home. As a kid, I moved around a lot throughout the metropolitan part of Los Angeles, with Echo Park as my first home base and […]

Being There: The San Fernando Valley and Dasein

Written and Photographed by Federico Mata “Everyone is the other and no one is himself.” ― Martin Heidegger, Being and Time Driving around in the San Fernando Valley one cannot help but notice the heavy assault of strip malls. They are littered everywhere. On almost every corner, one can find liquor stores, laundromats, cell phone […]

On The Wisdom of Aging

Written and Photographed by Federico Mata “One sticks one’s finger into the soil to tell by the smell in what land one is: I stick my finger in existence — it smells of nothing. Where am I? Who am I? How came I here? What is this thing called the world? What does this world […]

En La Noche

Written and Photographed By Federico Mata Lack of light attracts the senses to danger… to the unknown, the void. A great mystery is inherently present when the nocturnal aspects of nature manifests themselves to the psyche. When the luminescence is missing from the scene of what’s seen, a rebellion occurs: that which is usually hidden, […]