Editor’s Letter; Things We Love; Megan Nicol Reed
Some days, when it feels like the world is going to hell in a handbasket, you get a little gift in the form of a story. As was the case the other week, when I received emails from two people, at virtually the same time, pitching the same idea. It was the story of a New Zealand woman, Jacqui Kenny, living in London and suffering from anxiety and agoraphobia, and who, after her digital design business closed last year, found herself at a loss, terrified at the idea of leaving her apartment. She started spending more and more time on Google Street View, clicking on locations she thought she’d never be able to visit. After a while, she posted her digital wanderings on Instagram, with the tagline: “Agoraphobic Traveller. Agoraphobia & anxiety limit my ability to travel, so I’ve found another way to see the world.” And the world, it seems, has now come to her. She’s been inundated with messages of support, has been interviewed by media around the world, and last month, the woman who felt she couldn’t go further than half an hour from home, found herself in New York, at her first exhibition of her Google Street View photographs.