Vogue “resets” for its August issue

In the first project of its kind for British Vogue, Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful OBE commissioned 14 special covers for the August issue.

Vogue “resets” for its August issue
Two of Vogue's August covers: David Hockney (on the left) and Nadine Ijewere.

In the August issue of Vogue, published on Friday 3 July, some of the UK’s best artists and photographers present striking images of local landscapes they hold dear in a series that explores the theme of reset.

These new and original landscapes have been captured around the country by David Hockney, Nadine Ijewere, Tim Walker, Nick Knight, Lubaina Himid, Mert Alas, David Sims, Marcus Piggott, Jamie Hawkesworth, Juergen Teller, Alasdair McLellan, Martin Parr, David Bailey and Craig McDean.

“British Vogue’s August Issue, Reset, and the 20 page story ‘All Across the Land’, is not only beautiful and poignant, but also highlights that at the core of everything is our planet. I very much hope 2020 signals a reset in our relationship to nature”, says Edward Enninful OBE, Editor in Chief of British Vogue.

Helen Macdonald reflects in her accompanying essay for the cover story, entitled All Across the Land:

“The familiar patterns of our lives have been broken, the future is unknowable, and all of us are searching for signs and wonders, for reassurance, for hope, for things that make sense to us when everything seems desolate. We are beginning to view nature through new eyes.

We have long presumed that, provided one has enough money and time, the whole world is open for us to visit. Covid is forcing us to recognise not only that this notion was unsustainable, but that you can connect with the natural world much closer to home.

I have been surprised by the sensuousness that nature has given me: the green fragrance of lanes near my home, the brush of wind on skin, the pleasure of planting and watering. Without human contact, it’s all I have, but it feels, right now, enough. In lockdown many of us have rediscovered gardening, or found ourselves focusing on the wellbeing of houseplants on our windowsills.

Just as the pandemic has led us to discover new ways of working and living, in its continuing darkness we are learning to reforge our relationship with nature, quietly turning it into a thing of fierce and enduring tenderness.”