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AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

Tony Maher’s photo series Mermaids dunks its viewer underwater, forcing them to see things in a different light.

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AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

A mermaid might not be the first thing you’d liken to a swimming labrador. Barrelling into the blue after a tennis ball, splashing about with gleeful flailing limbs, you could say a labrador has about as much grace as a mermaid has legs. However, somehow the two black labs captured by photographer Tony Maher in his Mermaids series project a sense of mystery, wonder, even dread. The kind of mystery that seduced sailors and caused them to dive into the ocean in the pursuit of a beautiful maiden, only to be swallowed up by the waves.

This is especially heightened in Maher’s work thanks to the vantage point of most of the photographs. He’s taken them from the bottom of a swimming pool, looking up at the distorted world beyond the surface of the water, forcing the viewer to work harder to make out shapes, figures, or establish a connection. Maher suggests that the photographs in this series “float in a sort of limbo between real and unreal,”—not unlike the way a mermaid straddles the line between human and mythical creature.


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You can see the complete Mermaids series here.

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In our Spring issue, there’s much to be in high spirits about. We go behind the scenes of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, a movie fuelled by dopamine, alpha dogs, and a vast crew of artisans and animators. We hang with a pack of trippy-looking poodles created by artist Susumu Kamijo. We find five mutts who changed history by injecting their human counterparts with a good dose of serotonin. There is plenty of oxytocin going around, too. We celebrate Sulek’s photography of rescued Spanish galgos, Jo Longshurst’s abstract twist on pet portraiture, and Ho Hai Tran’s love of stripes and spots. We travel to Berlin, Toronto, London, and upstate New York to meet creative types whose bonds with their four-legged mates are as heartfelt as they are intoxicating. We ask five foodies to fess up about dog snacks and guilty pleasures that feed body and soul, and we embrace illustrator Apolline Muet’s bear hugs between humans and animals.
All this, and more, inside the covers.

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