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Space—interior and external, personal and communal, mental and physical—has taken on prescient meaning in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. US-based Nigora Tokhtabayeva, founder of fine jewelry brand Tabayer—whose designs draw on the symbology of protection—used the personal space afforded her during lockdown to reflect on the implication of mankind on the planet.

The negative mental space which Tokhtabayeva found herself inhabiting has been channeled into a positive physical reality. The new Tabayer jewelry collection, which is due to launch in autumn 2021, and reinterprets protective talismans, has been crafted exclusively from environmentally and ethically conscious materials: Fairmined gold and ethically sourced Kimberleycertified diamonds

Personal reflection is also synonymous with the aesthetic of Sweden-born, London-based photographer Lina Scheynius, whose output has a raw, candid and diary-style sensibility. In anticipation of the Tabayer collection launch, Tokhtabayeva has invited Scheynius to reflect on her own archive of images through a lens which reflects her brand’s focus on the symbology of protection.

As Scheynius looked back over five years of work, spanning locations including the Baltic Sea Island of Fårö and the lush parks of London, she focused on five words to unify her introspection: “personal”, “intimate”, “femininity”, “otherworldly”, “magic”.

The resulting visual essay features colour and grayscale photography, self-portraits, atmospheric landscapes and abstract close-ups. Wrapped in shadow, Scheynius’ sister enters a moonlit lake near the Swedish city of Trollhättan; the twinkling headlights of taxi cabs illuminate the blurred nighttime skyline of New York; slices of blood orange are highly saturated in their citrus shades; Scheynius herself sits on a fuschia bedspread, only her bare legs visible, cradling a talismanic crystal between her ankles.

“It was interesting looking at my work through someone else’s eyes,” Scheynius explains of the project. “I found treasures and some surprises that I could bring back to life.”

The visual essay will be released on the Tabayer Instagram throughout the summer. To follow the collection launch announcement, sign up to the Tabayer newsletter.

a black and white photo of a woman’s eye from Lina Scheynius photo-essay for Tabayer Jewelry