Luke Austin

Luke Austin, “Bed”, From the Mini Beau Book #1

Luke Austin traveled to cities across America, Europe, and Australia to meet men he had connected with on Instagram and took pictures of them, as he puts it, “behind the filter.” Not only did these strangers provide inspiration for Luke, but also housing and friendship, sharing their lives and their cities. Luke recorded his entire trip on Instagram, allowing the world to follow his journey.

Fernando Pessoa: “A Language No One Uses”

Photographer Unknown, (Deep-Blue Pillow), Selfie

“To write is to forget. Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. Music soothes, the visual arts exhilarates, the performing arts (such as acting and dance) entertain. Literature, however, retreats from life by turning in into slumber. The other arts make no such retreat— some because they use visible and hence vital formulas, others because they live from human life itself.
This isn’t the case with literature. Literature simulates life. A novel is a story of what never was, a play is a novel without narration. A poem is the expression of ideas or feelings a language no one uses, because no one talks in verse.”

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Mark Rice: “I Lay In Bed That Night”

Photographer Unknown, (In Bed That Night)

“I lay in bed that night, a first-time drunkard at seven years of age, pondering the punishment I knew would arrive on callused palms. In the forest, as if sensing my plight, wolves howled nocturnal laments. The magnificent lunar lullabies of my lupine brethren wooed me into a deep and cleansing sleep.”

-Mark Rice, Metallic Dreams