In 2021 Karl, Mikael, and the team from Fruktstereo harvested 60 tons of fruit from just one orchard on the southeastern coast that would have otherwise gone to waste.
By calculating the environmental impact of their operations, businesses like Fruckstereo are choosing production methods that are better for the environment and offer solutions to the food system instead of adding to the problem. I was surprised to learn that their method of sourcing from wild and abandoned orchards within Sweden costs more than if they imported the fruit from southern Europe.
In total, the team at Frukstereo picked a whopping 121 tons of grapes and fruit from orchards and gardens this year. Two of the larger orchards were the 14 hectares at Havang and the 18 hectares at Magnus Nilsson’s Orchard-Axelstorp.
They do not use additives or manipulate the product during the process.
The yeast they use lives naturally on the fruit and in the warehouse. The result is a clear expression of flavor and origin. They are anticipating producing 60,000 bottles in this year’s vintage! Of those bottles, they anticipate producing 15-25 cuvees depending on the fruit, creativity and weather.
2020 was a year filled with uncertainty. In order to combat the waves of stress and anxiety, I've always tried to balance it with exercise.
I first got in the water in late September of 2020. It was refreshing and I remember feeling, vividly, like something woke up inside me. When we lived in Las Vegas, we always had a pool, I did not even think of getting in after September.
But one dip led to the next and it unexpectedly began to be a daily routine. I joined a group called De Glade Vinterbadere which means "the happy winter bathers" who still meet at the docks every day. During those times of restrictions and social distancing, it is the primary place where I met to socialize with people outside my family. Finding this community and making friends has been invaluable. Over a year later, I still go in nearly every day.
Joey Newell crafts the finest custom hats I've ever seen. I visited his home studio here in Las Vegas and photographed him as he was finishing a hat for me. His process was beautiful to watch.
Joey apprenticed under a master hatter for two years before going out on his own. All his materials are sourced and made in the United States. His raw hat bodies are made in my home state of Tennessee and leather sweatbands in New Mexico.
When he isn't making hats he is a photographer for Zappos.com.
He has clients all over the world, you can commission him to make one for you. IG @joeynewell.
In 2019 I got to photograph the Malle Mile in London. I was there with the motorbike and apparel brand, Rebel's Alliance. We camped out in the grassy fields of Kevington Hall. It rained half the time but it never dampened any spirits. There was mud, motors revving, great coffee and a cooler full of beers.
There were people from all over the world represented on custom "built not bought" bikes. Learning to ride wasn't on my to-do list before this, but it sure is now.