Boarding Pass – Magda Lipka Falck

A few weeks ago I posted about Magda Lipka Falck‘s incredible thesis project: Anywhere, a Travel Handbook. I love the project for so many reasons, but specifically that it looks at travel as something that doesn’t have to be destination specific. The minimal, yet beautiful design, makes you stop and want to explore more too. So I’m beyond thrilled to have Magda as the star of today’s Boarding Pass, to help understand how she travels, and perhaps how this project came to be. {Thanks, Magda!}
last trip taken:
Berlin! I decided to go on one trip during my master exam project about travelling – and the choice ended up being Berlin, a city I haven´t visited since I was very young. I thought it was symbolically suitable for the project since it is a city with so many layers, both historically dramatic and geographically diverse, today a place visited by many creative people.


next trip on deck:
I dream of New York every day! I hope to go there next time in november during the NY Art Book Fair. Such a lovely fair, one of the most inspiring fairs I have been a part of! It´s a special feeling when you start to get to know a city – it becomes like a friend that you are curious about and want to hang out with. Once you know some areas of a city, it´s easier to relax and just let things happen during the journey, to be curious about things you didn´t know you would like.

{new york – berlin}

one place you would go back to again and again:
Tokyo!!! It is really one of the strangest and loveliest places on earth. It feels like being on a totally different planet when walking the streets of Harajuku or Shibuya.


place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:
It would probably depend on the person asking – what kind of interests this person has and how long time he or she has to travel. But something I´ve thought about lately is that I think it is a good idea to travel in your own hometown – to get a new perspective on the place that you see everyday, but maybe never really look at carefully.

preferred method of transportation:
I love travelling by train – to see the landscape pass by creates sort of a hypnotic feeling. I also like getting around in a car – even though I haven´t gotten my driver´s license yet…

place you’ve never been but dying to go:
I recently met a girl who told med she is going to get married in India this autumn, and that I could come to the wedding – and wow – I would REALLY love to experience an Indian wedding!


place you’d never go back: none

most memorable trip in 2 sentences or less:
I have to say Bali. I was there during long periods as a child – and the culture, the religion, the people, really had an impact on me!


how do you prepare for a trip?
I usually google for nice places to visit, sometimes I make a map with different spots. Once I´m actually there I like to just wander around though, try not to stress to see everything…


how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
I like to take pictures, but also to record sound during my stay at a place. I like to save the maps used during the trips, with the different notes and routes I have taken.


what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
I often photograph details – colours, shapes, patterns, shadows. I am very bad in taking regular tourist pictures, which is sometimes a pity. But often the details are what sticks after a trip.

{new york}

on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
Depends on how focused I am at taking pictures, sometimes I enjoy taking a break from photographing and just experience what happens around me. But I would say maybe over 500 pictures…sometimes I dream of just bringing a polaroid camera with maximum 10 shots per day.


what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
I often bring my computer, where I can review and edit my pictures while I´m still out travelling. Camera (Canon 350D), sound recorder, notebook, a good pen.


what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
It depends on what I am working with at the moment, I often recycle images from journeys for many contexts – to use as illustrations etc. I am not so good at making physical albums of my pictures, which would actually be nice to have for later.

favorite souvenir/thing to bring back?
Small found items –such as brochures, stickers, pins etc. I also love to buy books, which is not so good for the weight of my bags when I go home…
art you’ve created inspired by travel:
My master thesis project was inspired by travelling in general, a travel guide that can be used wherever you go – since I wanted to focus on the way we approach a new place rather than the exact locations we visit. I also arranged an alternative guided tour from the tourist center of Stockholm to the art school where I studied – in one of the suburbs of Stockholm.

(alternative tour images by Tobias Ohls)

More on Magda’s project HERE!

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