The Vagabond Kitchen

The Vagabond Kitchen

Fed up with paying rent, one couple moves into a tent and cooks improvised meals with whatever ingredients they have on hand. 

On Writing the End

On Writing the End

One writer’s obsession with rushed conclusions inspires a cross-country trip in search of romance. Along the way, she gains a new perspective on endings. 

We Seek Compelling Style

We Seek Compelling Style

Style is the answer to everything. A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing. To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it. To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.
— Charles Bukowski

Style Guidelines:

To untangle style from fast fashion, rethink our relationship with what we wear and challenge conventional definitions of beauty — these are qualities we look for in visual style stories for Limbo, a lifestyle magazine we describe as a guide for those who wander.

Our startup editorial team seeks photographers, designers and stylists who produce compelling visual content to appeal to our urban, globally aware and culturally savvy audience of wanderers, creators, backpackers, tastemakers, builders and dreamers. Since launching online in late 2015, we are emerging as a thoughtful platform for substantive storytelling, and we aim to fill a gap in lifestyle media between listicle-dominated (i.e., click baity) digital publishers and hipster-ific (i.e., #liveauthentic @socalitybarbie) fashion rags.

The vision for our style section is simple but profound: we want everyone to slow down. Yes, we intend to lobby for a more humane and sustainable fashion industry. But style is largely personal, and we also aspire to develop real relationships with the clothing and accessories we bring into our lives. We want to know their backstories and draw inspiration from that genesis. And as travelers, we’re endlessly curious; we want to investigate the interplay between environment and design, discover a sense of place and toy with the elements of composition.

While we will always consider compelling style content on its own merits, we have recently defined a handful of departments for our style section. We now seek submissions from photographers, designers, stylists and artists for the following recurring features. Please submit to the email address below. 

 

What We're Looking For:

Quarterly Concepts: For our seasonal features, we team with photographers and stylists to produce compelling style stories with a narrative hook, favoring urban subject matter and grittier, unstaged aesthetics. Our recent “Skate Like a Girl” feature is one example of our quarterly concepts.

Lift Off: Anthropology, documentary photography and fashion meet in these destination stories that visually transport us to another world, documenting its environment and its people — especially the relationship with how we cover our bodies and express identity through style.

Model Citizen: Street style typically leaves more questions than answers — the mystery of the happenstance, the coincidence of photographer and subject, the magic of the moment. But for these stories, we want to scratch the surface just a bit more; we’re as curious about composition as we are the subject’s personality, passions and livelihood — and how their style reflects and contradicts this.

Mood Board: What inspires designers transforming the industry and stylists giving second life to the discarded? For our mood board pieces, we profile designers, stylists and tastemakers to discover their potpourri of current influences. These themed profiles could range from a curated series of images showing what’s inspired recent designs to a hodgepodge of random images, ideas and sounds. What’s compelling about these features is their demonstration of personality, intimacy and creative inspiration.

Finders Keepers: What kind of one-of-a-kind styles can you resurrect from the dingy bins of a thrift store — or, just maybe, uncover from a dumpster? There are no rules, just neighborhoods to explore. For these stories, we ask you to take a camera and hit the streets for style hunting in some unusual places — show us where you go and what you find along the way.

Color Theory: For these abstract and conceptual style features, designers and photographers take imaginative leaps and explore environmental inspiration in their work, with color being the central unifying element.

 

How to Submit Stories and Ideas:

We will happily consider both pitches for projects as well as series of images that fit the mission for our style section. Direct all submissions to editor@limbomag.com. Please don’t send large attachments; we prefer you to send a link to images via Google Drive (preferred), Dropbox or similar service (make sure you’ve set permissions for anyone with the link to view files so we can share internally).

Please note that our editorial team currently does all manner of (mostly legal) things to pay our rent; and while we can’t (yet!) pay cash for contributions, we believe that great stories need to be told, and we want to help tell yours. If you’re in Portland, Oregon, we’ll invite you over to sit on our couch and sip some instant miso and sake — that’s on us, of course.

The Best Worst-Case Scenario

The Best Worst-Case Scenario

Trying to make sense of the abstract but thoroughly frightening potential of total destruction.

We Seek Compelling Stories

We Seek Compelling Stories

Our startup editorial team seeks fresh, challenging or previously unpublished authors to bring a contemporary voice and substantive long-form journalism to an urban, globally aware and culturally savvy audience of wanderers, creators, backpackers, tastemakers, builders and dreamers.

Whose Dessert Is It Anyway?

Whose Dessert Is It Anyway?

A food writer embarks on a pilgrimage through the Middle East in search of a pastry's origin, discovering that tracing the history of a dessert is trickier than you might think. 

Meet Your Maker

Meet Your Maker

Detroit Denim Co. talks to us about their craft, the return of American manufacturing and why your jeans need to get a little smelly.

In the Sleeping Land

In the Sleeping Land

It takes a solo journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway for a photographer to find that solitude can be its own kind of prison.

The Art of Non-Conformity

The Art of Non-Conformity

Chris Guillebeau, the New York Times best-selling author, talks about pursuing a passion. And why it's O.K. to not have a clue what you're doing.

Skate Like a Girl

Skate Like a Girl

Try and visualize female empowerment. The first thing that pops into your mind probably isn't skateboarding, and there's a good reason why.

How to Say “I’ll Miss You”

How to Say “I’ll Miss You”

After giving up on dating, a writer finds unexpected romance. Then struggles to move on.

Guide to Where You’re At Right Now

Guide to Where You’re At Right Now

Magda Lipka Falck, designer of the "Anywhere Travel Guide," takes you on a playful tour of the city you call home, demonstrating that sometimes shifting your perspective is all you need to change your world.

Indian Summer

Indian Summer

On a recent sunny weekend in Oregon, we took a camera and followed a couple of Portlanders who chose to skip the city and hit the road.

Turning Familiar Landscapes Into Foreign Worlds

Turning Familiar Landscapes Into Foreign Worlds

One filmmaker reflects on the nature of inspiration, describing how one landscape inspired a series of radically different films.

Harvesting Cedar & Douglas Fir for Ginger Beer

Harvesting Cedar & Douglas Fir for Ginger Beer

Every few months, Timber City Ginger Beer takes a road trip to Sequim, Washington to harvest cedar and new growth Douglas fir tips.

 

Crossing the Frozen Void

Crossing the Frozen Void

Felicity Aston was the first woman to ski solo across Antarctica. She tells us what fuels her adventures. 

A Storm Shakes Things Up

A Storm Shakes Things Up

When tens of thousands of miles on the Mongol Rally become monotonous, mother nature steps in.