Where the Leaves Fall Magazine / Issue 5


Where The Leaves Fall links people and planet through
in-depth journalism and stunning photography. Issue 5
travels the globe exploring stories and dialogues on the
themes of water, technology, and cosmos.
In their own words:


In our first theme of this issue, we examine how ice, 

traditionally a symbol of eternity and stasis, has become
a metaphor for change and decay in contemporary art.
We also look at what it means to live on an island,
surrounded by water, feeling the sea’s abundance
alongside the threat of water shortages; and our meditation
on OmVed Gardens’ pond draws on writer Astrida Neimanis’
theory of hydrocommons – looking at how water runs across
 nature, binding and connecting it and, implicitly, us.


We hear from John Francis Serwanga, the World Food 

Programme’s hydroponics expert, about how modern
agricultural techniques are transforming school gardens
in Zambia, allowing vegetables to grow even in places
where the soil is less fertile. We also look at how businesses
are using biomimicry to adapt natural phenomena into
technical designs; and the way our relationship with
technology will dictate how we navigate our way through
the climate crisis.


Our photographic essay looks at what satellites can tell us

about ourselves, giving us a historical overview of how we
live our lives and our impacts on our planet. Science writer
Jo Marchant describes the awe felt by astronauts looking back
at earth and how most of us don’t confront our fear of the vast
unknown in the same way. And we explore a smaller cosmos
with early 20th century naturalist and filmmaker F. Percy
Smith, who used his ingenuity to photograph and reveal
nature’s intricacies in his microscopic portraits of everything
from flowers to frogspawn.


Writer Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck looks at the link between

switching off from email and improved mental health.
Rachelle Robinett forages for edibles near her apartment
in New York, US, and Jonny Keen explores the places
abandoned by humankind that provide a new start for
the natural world."