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It’s Nice That’s Easter Break

We’ve got four days off! It’s the Easter Bank Holiday so we’ll be out of the studio, having a bit of rest and probably sheltering from the rain rather than walking around in the spring sunshine we’d hoped for. Even though we won’t be around to update you over the next few days, to keep you entertained we’ve chosen not only the most read articles from 2018 so far, but some of our personal favourites. From discipline-spanning long-reads to the finest graphic design, photography, illustration and animation, the team have hand-picked the articles we’re still thinking about months later for you to enjoy again.

We’ll be back on Tuesday (3 April) to continue to share the best creative stories from around the world.

Have a lovely weekend,

The It’s Nice That Team.

Most Read (so far…)

  • List Features / Photography Paris Syndrome: photographer Francois Prost explores a replica city in China

    “I will always remember the first time I went to Venice,” photographer François Prost remembers. “I was 23. I arrived there by train on my own, and as soon as I got out of the train station, I had this strange feeling of not knowing if what I saw was real or not. The same thing happened when I went to Rome, to India and to New York. Those places are such full of history, references and fantasy that when you go there for real, it kind of mess up things in your brain: you’re suddenly confronting the reality of the images you have seen. I later learned that this was called Stendhal Syndrome, and that it was a phenomenon happening a lot to Japanese tourists coming to Paris or Florence.”

    Bryony Stone
  • Group_list_replacement Features / Ones To Watch 2018 Introducing It's Nice That's Ones to Watch 2018

    It’s Nice That’s Ones to Watch shines a light on 12 emerging talents who we think will conquer the creative world in 2018. From a global pool of creative talent, we have chosen our 2018 Ones To Watch for their ability to consistently produce inspiring and engaging work across a diverse range of disciplines. Each of our selections continually pushes the boundaries of what is possible with their creative output. Ones to Watch 2018 is supported by Uniqlo.

    It's Nice That
  • Aronklein-kukeriproject-photography-itsnicethat-1 Work / Photography Aron Klein's captivating images of the Bulgarian demon chasers

    “Kukeri is an ancient pagan ritual practiced annually across the Balkan mountain regions where local men wear carved wooden masks of beasts’ faces and hang heavy bells around their waists as they perform arcane dances,” says London-based photographer Aron Klein. The Kukeri Project is Aron’s magical and dreamlike series that consists of hypnotic images of large men in carnivalesque costumes, posing menacingly in the wintry Bulgarian mountains. These figures are intended to dispel evil spirits and protect their community from ill fortune. The project came about after Aron started working as a photographer for Meadows in the Mountains music festival in the Rhodope Mountain range between Bulgaria and Greece. “I’ve fallen madly in love with this forgotten corner of Europe with its tiny villages, steeped in ancient folklore and mysterious traditions,” he tells It’s Nice That.

    Daphne Milner

Features

Graphic Design

  • Studiofeixen-graphicdesign-itsnicethat-list Work / Graphic Design The year of the gif: Studio Feixen’s multitude of moving posters

    During 2017 Swiss graphic designers Studio Feixen expanded its impressive portfolio even wider. The studio redesigned the widely read Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten for the day, it created a Hermés Christmas perfume campaign with ping-pong balls and diamonds, it made a digital music playing poster for cultural evening Oto Nové Swiss, and contributed to a campaign for trainer fanatics’ favourite day of the year, Air Max Day. Due to these landmark design achievements it’s safe to say the studio had a pretty brilliant year, one that was met with personal achievements too, and to celebrate they made an animation for each.

    Lucy Bourton
  • Felicite-landrivon-graphic-design-itsnicethat-list Work / Graphic Design "Oddities, clumsiness and dogs": the mischievous output of designer Félicité Landrivon

    “I don’t want my work to be fashionable, I just want it to travel time and still be relatable when I’m an old woman with Alzheimer’s… I’m really not into elitist design for designers,” explains Lyon-based graphic designer Félicité Landrivon. Having first encountered design (“although I had no clue what it was back then”) collecting xeroxed posters off the streets when finishing high school, Félicité first got a degree in humanities before officially studying graphic design at the age of 21.

    Ruby Boddington

Photography

  • Cecilebaudier-diasporacostachica-itsnicethat-7list Work / Photography Photographer Cécile Baudier explores Costa Chica's Afro-Mexican community

    Photographer Cécile Baudier’s enchanting series Diaspora; Costa Chica captures the Afro-Mexican community living on the margins of society in southern Mexico’s Costa Chica. Her images are intriguing, graceful and expertly shot, but when Cécile was studying photography she didn’t receive the support you’d expect. “I was constantly told that my work was too aesthetic or too personal and that I should try to be more objective. I think that’s the worst advice I have ever received. If you know who you are, your work becomes a reflection of how you see the world. That is what will set you apart from the many great photographers out there,” Cécile tells It’s Nice That. Her distinguished photographs are an intimate representation of a group of people who have largely gone unnoticed.

    Daphne Milner
  • Untitled32 Work / Photography Photographer Sam Gregg shoots the true face of Naples

    “See Naples and die,” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe of Faust fame espoused in his book Italian Journey in 1786. Leaving behind his claustrophobic fame, his duties as Privy Councillor in the Duchy of Weimar and a long-term flirtation, Goethe, like many rich men of his day, travelled to Naples as part of a Grand Tour and found the city so beautiful, so opulent, that he knew that he would die without regret after visiting its shores. That and the fact that there was hella debauchery going on.

    Laura Snoad
  • Dhamsrifuengfung-swimtome-photography-itsnicethat-16 Work / Photography Photographer Dham Srifuengfung's endearingly fabulous shoot starring his childhood nanny

    “My parents wanted me to be an architect, I always wanted to do fine art,” Dham Srifuengfung tells It’s Nice That. Dham, a Bangkok-born and now London-based photographer, obeyed his parents’ wishes for a while studying architecture at university before switching pathways to create his own route, completing a masters in cinematography and photography.

    Lucy Bourton
  • Gottfried-angel-woman-on-boardwalk-in-brighton-beach-lglist Work / Photography The legacy of late NYC street photographer Arlene Gottfried

    Crouched in a Manhattan storage unit, curator Daniel Cooney was wading through 50 years of work by late New York photographer Arlene Gottfried. With so much material – enough for 18 shows, he imagines – the “huge responsibility and huge privilege” of putting on the first show since Gottfried’s passing in the summer of 2017 felt very real. “I would just close my eyes and say, ‘Arelene, I need your help.’ I just tried to tune in on a very personal level and think, who is Arlene? Who was she to me?”

    Laura Snoad
  • Kimjakobsento-squiresofthesquaretable-photography-itsnicethat-5list Work / Photography Kim Jakobsen To's honest and impeccably stylish photography

    “I got interested in photography during my teenage years when I worked as a performance artist and DJ at various Norwegian goth and metal clubs. I would take pictures of my friends and the people I would meet,” photographer Kim Jakobsen To tells It’s Nice That. After completing a year of sociology and film-making at a Norwegian college, Kim enrolled in the Photography BA at UCA Farnham. There he studied under Anna Fox, Jason Evans and Gareth McConnel, all of which he says played an integral part in shaping his photographic language.

    Daphne Milner

Illustration and Animation