make-a-place new side project
Hello world, we are excited to announce the launch of our new online magazine ‘Make-A-Place’ in December 2016.
Make-A-Place is a photo-journalism series about Makers and places. We look at the places that Maker’s make; and the places that made Makers. The domain is an online community where Makers share their thoughts on art and life.
“Some people look for beautiful places, others make a place beautiful.”
There is a lot of talk going around at the moment about what makes a place great; whether that’s a country or a coffee, here at Pixillion we know that what makes a place great is the creative people within it.
We’ve met so many inspiring Makers through our film and photography work. We love these behind-the-scenes glimpses into their lives; the chance to see the places they inhabit, what they fill their walls with, hear the stories behind each door. It’s courageous to live a creative life and most makers have deeper reasons for doing what they do.
As a society we are addicted to access; access in terms of information, not knowledge. This is leaving us feeling disconnected and lost. To really get to know people you have to look inside their homes and studios, to uncover how they place themselves within the world and the places in the world that made them.
A place is so much more than geographical coordinates. We make pilgrimages to places, remember the dead in places, gather for celebration and festival in places. A place can matter to lots of people for different reasons, or to one person only. Place is strongly connected to identity. We put our memories in places, and these places become part of who we are. Places shape us and change us. They evoke powerful feelings, feelings as individual as our fingerprints.
When we are with Makers in their places, when the camera stops rolling, and we get the chance to chat over a cup of tea, or take a stroll through their garden; this is when we hear their stories in detail, learn what they think and feel, about their lifestyle and philosophy. These insights stay with us; they are what matter, what connects us, what makes us human and what inspires us. It is about learning how a person makes a life, not just a living.
Many of these thoughts and stories didn’t fit inside the briefs we were working on, but they deserve to be shared. That’s why we thought it time to make this platform.
Welcome to Make-A-Place, created by Anna Hoghton (words) and Remco Merbis (images), a series about individuals, not companies or organisations, and about the places that made them. Our portraits are humble, non-commercial, authentic. Through our Maker’s eyes you’ll see the places that shaped them, that they left behind and the places they made their own.
Lyrics from In 'My Life' by the Beatles:
There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all
Starting with Bristol-based Makers and expanding, if you know a Maker with a great story and sense of place please get in touch and check out the series, launching December 2016. You can sign up to the newsletter to get notified of the launch. Follow Make-A-Place on Twitter: @_makeaplace