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NORTHLETTERS MAGAZINE NL1 throws a light on the Nordic, its stories, its nature, its culture and soul. We meet young adventurers, writers and photographers that come from the North, live in the North, travel through the North or made typical nordic decisions towards a mindful life. The North uncovers the inner calm and hidden truths about ourselves. NL1 is a guide to better understand how we can nurture and improve our state of mind and the world we have built around us.
Through photography and written words, this magazine brings together the unmistakably Nordic ideas, feelings and ways of thinking. We meet artists that all feel some pull to the North, it influences their work and lives. We go for a winter walk through the nature of Copenhagen with Lise Ulrich, we get to know Iceland with Morgane Erpicum and Frederique Peckelsen, we learn about Alexander Kopitz, a bear researcher in the Arctic, or discover the mindfulness in waking up every morning with Sisilia Tiseli and her deep sense for the everyday beauty.
NL1 focuses on the Nordic winter as something you can sense: the colours, the light, the dark, the cold, the fog, the atmosphere and thoughts. The Nordic winter let you sense the magnitude of the North, its pride, its dominance that let you humbly accept that a single human being is always connected to a sublime and mighty fortitude. This insight draws you to more inner calmness and to celebrate daily life more with all its seemingly negligible details.
NL2 is our female summer edition. Summer is the time to slow down and to become more aware of ourselves, our bodies, souls and minds, the time to recognize what is doing us harm and what is supporting and inspiring us. Summer is the time for traveling or spending time in the countryside, time and space to discover the possibilities beyond our outer and inner borders.
In NL2 we meet adventurer Caitlin Fullam who describes the blending of feminine and masculine energy, Nanje Nowack who reflects the art of self acceptance and Kam Vachon who inspires us with the art of being less expectant and more grounded in inner balance. Aurore Morisse tells her touching story of being different and artist Laura Lereveur magically describes the limitations a dictated world is imposing on our mind. We again meet NL1 contributors with very personal stories: Frederique Peckelsen who is looking for places that equal her inside, and Lise Ulrich with her poetic interpretation of female friendship. We read Valerie Schöneich’s inspiring story about soul pain and self growth. We get to know Elisabeth Sofie Hovde who tells about Nordic summer days in her home near the sea. We accompany photographer Christina Strehlow to her peaceful house in Skåne, and photographer Gunn Kristin Monsen to her Norwegian country home, listening to the sound of the lake and a life full of simplicity and calming beauty. Elise Boreham reflects the impact our homes have on our inner well being: „Home is what we make it. The more you build it and nurture it, the more it will care for you.“ And we discover the visual world of female International artists Noémi Ottilia Szabo, Marta Bevacqua, Charlotte Lapalus, Elisa Vendramin and Frieda Mellema who create a sensual and dreamy visual world for NL2. Finally we meet Photographer Thomas Kettner, Co founder of NORTHLETTERS magazine.
We invite you to continue reading with Laura Lereveur’s words:
„I live best – most creatively, thoughtfully, innovatively, emotionally, physically, sincerely, lovingly – in betweens. Between beauty and ugliness, or reality and dreams; between within and without. Between dancing and fighting. I wear scarred boots instead of beautiful slippers, and walk through the rotten and the fragrant. I collect stains and scratches, bruise my knees. I find familiars in the wilds, bathe in puddles, hide in ancient trees, curse at skies, take tea with demons.And that is how I have made my life.“
About the Publisher & Creative Director:
Melanie Kettner was born in Switzerland and grew up in Italy, before moving to the North for University. She studied psycho-linguistic, art-history and history of mentality. Before starting to work with her husband in their agency, she was a psychological coach for many years. She loves meditation and the Feng Shui philosophy: Not to keep to much and too old stuff in our hearts & minds, living in a soul nourishing surrounding. And this way NORTHLETTERS developed: to a place where the readers get positive vibes for their souls, when reading this magazine in the morning with their first coffee…..
About the Creative Director:
Thomas Kettner is a renowned Photographer, Creative Director, Film Director, CEO and Publisher, born in 1960 in Germany and grown up in South Africa. He is working worldwide for more than 30 years for fashion and advertising clients like Boss, Pierre Cardin, Givenchy, Cerrutti, or Mercedes Benz. Decorated with numerous international awards for more than 3 decades, he is used to support young emerging photographers he believes in. He was member of the board of the German Association of Freelance Photographers and Filmmakers for more than 10 years.