The terrible charm of Lake Volta in Jeremy Snell’s shots

The terrible charm of Lake Volta in Jeremy Snell’s shots

Giulia Guido · 2 years ago · Photography

There are fascinating places that even if we make an effort we would not be able to imagine. Sometimes, those same places, behind their beauty, hide terrifying aspects, stories that we would never want to hear about, but that we have to know.

“What you see is snapshots

of what might be paradise: 

silhouettes of earth, flesh and wood 

framed eternally in the psyche.”

Nii Ayikwei Parkes

One of these places is undoubtedly Lake Volta, Ghana. It is the largest artificial lake in the world, which took shape in the 1960s following the construction of the Akosombo Dam, about two hours drive north of Accra. From the dam, going up towards the center of the country, Lake Volta developed over a length of 550 kilometers – about the distance between Milan and Rome, to be precise – drawing water from several tributaries with wonderful names such as Tɔkɔ, Fra and Amutosisi and overwhelming what was on its way.

«But Lake Volta is new and its birth was – and still is – a big change. There are people alive who can remember walking to farms that now sit at the bottom of the lake. It is as though we have the mythical Atlantis right here within our borders and all its riches beneath the surface of this new lake with old souls lurking beneath the song of its lapping.» – Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Today for Ghana, Lake Volta is in many ways the country’s main livelihood: it is the main source of irrigation for the rice paddies that grow around it; its water, which drives the dam’s turbines, produces most of the energy needed to support the local aluminium industry; it plays a fundamental role for breeding and, above all, for fishing.

Here, on the silent shores of this still-surfaced lake, Jeremy Snell has realized his latest photographic project entitled “Boys of Volta“. The American photographer has always used his camera to analyze and explore the surroundings. As a child, during his childhood, the places where he lived were at the center of his vision, and over time his attention has focused on stories about faraway populations, linked to different and not so well-known cultures.

This desire to discover, to tell through images, brought him to Ghana, on the banks of Lake Volta, where every day the colors of the sky and of the surface of the water hide a terrible reality.


The shots of “Boys of Volta” show young children and teenagers who seem to spend their days peacefully, but who have actually been sold and exploited for fishing.

«They are completely unselfconscious as the sun illuminates their faces, making them reflections of shades of earth, flesh and wood, with glints of blinding light.» – Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Children, especially the youngest, agile and fast in movement, are chosen by the fishermen because they are the only ones able to move between the trunks and branches of the trees that populate the bottom of the lake and between which the fishing nets get stuck. Every day, from dawn to dusk, thousands of children dive relentlessly trying to save the nets and sometimes, more than we would admit, the lake takes them forever.

Jeremy Snell’s cinematic shots manage to tell the rawness of this place, where the children seem to be one with the dark water, where their slender silhouettes face the strength of Lake Volta, a 550 kilometre scar.

Boys of Volta” is also a book, pre-ordered here, and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the NGO International Justice Mission.

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Tekla and JJJJound want us to sleep in style

Tekla and JJJJound want us to sleep in style

Andrea Tuzio · 4 days ago · Style

The Danish company, founded in Copenhagen in 2017, Tekla has now become one of the coolest and trendiest brands in the world of home comfort. Starting from a very solid base in textiles, Tekla makes household linens such as, bed sheets, pajamas, robes, etc.
After its collaboration with Stüssy a few months ago, today the collection created together with the most fashionable creative studio in the last 4/5 years, JJJJound, is launched on the market.

The two brands have joined forces and conceived a limited collection that includes comforter covers, pillow covers and linen sheets in an exclusive taupe hue.

Each individual piece in the collection was made from a special type of the highest quality open-weave linen, weighing 180 GSM, so as to ensure maximum comfort and breathability. 

The design and aesthetic of the collection reflects that typical of the two brands involved, minimalism and cleanliness. In addition, each piece features and is finished with the JJJJound logo embroidered in white and found in the lower left corner of the comforter cover, along with a Tekla banner and marbled buttons with the Danish brand’s logo.

The Tekla collection together with JJJound is already available exclusively at teklafabrics.com and JJJJound.com.

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Clarks Originals x Them Skates, the collaboration we wanted

Clarks Originals x Them Skates, the collaboration we wanted

Andrea Tuzio · 4 days ago · Style

If you have at least once in your life happened to put a pair of inline skates on your feet, then you can understand my excitement to learn the news that, one two of my favorite brands and closely related to this world, Clarks Originals, has announced its latest collaboration with Them Skates

The collaboration includes two iconic Clarks Originals silhouettes, Wallabee Boot and Wallabee Cup Mule, reimagined in terms of materials and coloration; and two pairs of the skating brand’s skates, THEM 80s, with 80 mm wheelbase, and THEM 909s, with 58 mm wheels.

“The Wallabee runs deep in inline skating shoe culture. Just like in hip hop culture in the late nineties, the Wallabee was a staple shoe for the before and after skate lifestyle. Run it back to 1996 and you would see the Wallabee on many skaters and brand advertisements. Naturally, a collaboration with Clark’s Originals and Them Skates was inevitable”, these are the words of Jon Julio, founder of Them Skates.

This collaboration brings together the world of 90s skating and Wallabee’s role in street culture.

L’intera collezione Clarks Originals x Them Skates può essere preordinata già oggi esclusivamente online su www.themgoods.com e, a partire dal 4 novembre, anche su SSENSE.

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Post Malone and Moose Knuckles prepare us for winter

Post Malone and Moose Knuckles prepare us for winter

Andrea Tuzio · 3 days ago · Style

Canadian brand Moose Knuckles has launched a special capsule collection, consisting of 10 no-gender items, in collaboration with one of contemporary music’s strongest superstars, Post Malone.
The collection seamlessly blends the extraordinary creativity of Post Malone and the disruptive spirit of Moose Knuckles.

“This collaboration with Moose Knuckles was natural from the beginning. The collection is about celebration and doing things your own way based on your instincts. I’m really proud of what we’ve created and I hope you all love it as much as we do”, these are the words with which the singer originally from Syracuse, New York, shared about the collaboration.

The campaign was shot in Utah Nature Park on a winter night earlier this year, and is a luxury take on functional cold-weather clothing. 

“Moose Knuckles’ collaboration with Post Malone was inspired by the fearless spirit we all know and love about him. He is a master of collaboration in music and the same can be said for fashion. He is a true visionary and was very involved in every step of the process. We shot everything with a harsh flash in the dark woods, and it was the perfect environment. He really captured the irreverent, sassy rock star soul that he is”, said Moose Knuckles Design Vice President Tu Ly.

The brand decided to make the collection available for adults and children, including a kids category, inspired by the son of Bobby Greenleaf, Post Malone’s close friend and Creative Director. 

“We chose to work with talents who share our same core values. Moose Knuckles x Post Malone is the most authentic form of an anti-luxury collection. We never took ourselves too seriously and when we met Post, our energies immediately connected”, Dominique Lagleva, Global Marketing Vice President of Moose Knuckles.

The Moose Knuckles X Post Malone collection is already available at mooseknucklescanada.com and at select retailers.

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Kid Cudi, Virgil Abloh and “Entergalactic”

Kid Cudi, Virgil Abloh and “Entergalactic”

Andrea Tuzio · 3 days ago · Style

“Entegalactic”, this is the title of the Netflix original animated special that can be seen starting today on the American streaming platform. 

Initially conceived as an animated TV series, this special created by Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi aka Kid Cudi, tells the story of Jabari – voiced by Mescudi himself – a charming artist on the threshold of success who, after a chance meeting with his photographer neighbor, Meadow, will be faced with the choice of whether or not to let love into his life.

Also available today on Spotify is the self-titled album, made by Kid Cudi and heard about since 2019, in which the soundtrack of the special is contained.

What makes the project even more fascinating is to discover that the costume design within the special was created by the late Virgil Abloh. In fact, it is no coincidence that “Entegalactic” is being released today, Sept. 30, the 42nd birthday of the designer and creative who passed away prematurely on Nov. 28 last year.

When it came to defining the fashion details of the show, Cudi made sure that each character wore something different in every single espisode. Executive producer Kenya Barris told how they made sure each character stayed true to contemporary trends and aesthetics.

Cudi, in an interview in conjunction with the series on Netflix’s YouTube channel, spoke of his friend Virgil’s untold legacy and how he consistently represents a decisive inspiration, as well as reiterating how integral Abloh’s work for the series was to the story itself.

Below you can see the interview Kid Cudi gave on the occasion of the release of “Entegalactic”

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