Emily Nathan's Tiny Atlas Quarterly Celebrates the Winter Solstice
Emily Nathan recently released the winter solstice issue of Tiny Atlas Quarterly, her online lifestyle and travel magazine, with a limited-edition print annual to follow. Aside from overseeing the entire project, Nathan contributed a pair of stories to the issue. The first, "Fieldwork: Fine Art in South Kona," features Klea McKenna in conversation with Aimee Friberg.
"For 'Fieldwork,' we try to share personal takes on places as well as highlight an artist's work," Nathan explained. "It's a mini-library shoot, in which you can relay a narrative in twenty pictures." McKenna brought Nathan to Hawaiian lagoons, local beaches, and Kaaloa's Super J's for pork lau lau. "She took us for a walk on her family's land and collected materials that she uses for her large-scale photograms, and she also picked some finished pieces for me to shoot," the photographer said. "Then, I captured a few organic moments, like Klea at home in the morning because the lighting was beautiful."
Nathan approached "Kona Punch" as she would a fashion editorial. "I began with a mood board for the story and worked with a stylist on the clothes I hoped to use, and all of the models belong to a local agency called Niche," she noted. "I wanted to have textural layers, so my sister, who is an artist, created these watercolor paintings (with art direction from Liz Mullally) that she then collaged and manipulated on the computer. It's very analog-meets-digital, which is a part of the Tiny Atlas ethos – we're not one dimensional." Similarly, Nathan pointed out, both pieces include lodging, food, and activity suggestions. "That's another layer; the resources are a big part of this and not afterthoughts."
Tiny Atlas's printed annual is slated for publishing in the spring, thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. "Not only is Kickstarter 'Business 101,' it teaches you a lot about your audience," Nathan remarked. "Right now, we're gathering all of the hi-res images and artwork from the whole year – early spring 2013, summer 2013, and the solstice issue – and the next steps are figuring out what the cover and layout will look like."