FOR THE PAST THREE MONTHS OR SO, I’VE FELT THROWN INTO THE WILD AND BY “WILD”, I MEAN THE ENDLESS DEPTHS OF MY MIND. AND AMIDST THIS EMOTIONAL CHAOS, I’VE COME TO REALIZE A FEW THINGS.

1) IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO SIT STILL AND HAVE MY MIND VOID OF ANY THOUGHTS?

2) HOW BIG IS MY “MICRO-UNIVERSE” REALLY?

3) DO I REALLY KNOW WHAT I WANT?

LET ME EXPLAIN

Before this post-apocalyptic scenario first bloomed, most of us lead relatively balanced emotional lives. So what has quarantine changed?

Everything.

All of a sudden, most of us were faced…


The first symptom of love is fear because the prospect of vulnerability is terrifying.

Image by Alexandra Roman

The first symptom of love or perhaps falling in love, is fear. Fear, because you’re about to trust someone completely new — kind of like preparing to fall into a pit but you have no idea what’s in that pit really. It’s so messy and you get caught in the middle: “do i jump or do i run?”.

You’re weary of the ways of the world. You’re weary of sleep because on the threshold of sleep, you know fear is sitting at the peak of a…


All imagery & writing by Alexandra Roman

„As a recent college graduate, I feel lost.”

Is something I often hear because once we’re out of college – out of our own self-made micro-universe, the rules of life change.

We want to do well in life as we want to do well in school. And it’s obvious that we would want that. We’re told that pursuing the perfect GPA, the ideal extracurriculars, the exemplary student-teacher relationship, brings us closer to our shared societal goal: to be successful in life.

Yet how does this melange of school curricula prepare us for a…


Our world is exciting in many ways from arts to culture, yet it also harnesses a tragic amount of background anxiety and low-level depression, especially targeted towards young adults. As we’re on the cusp of new identities and new eras, we can’t help but feel plunged into a sea of responsibilities, expectations and shattered hopes.

Is this what I dreamed of when I was 15?

Beyond the daily nuisances of a new job or a tangential job or graduate school or theses, Alain de Botton argues that there are six characteristics of modernity that taunt us psychologically.

MERITOCRACY

There seems to…


How do you travel?

Is a question I don’t often hear.

With 1 or 5 luggages?

A guide or free form?

A spree through all local restaurants
or perhaps a simple stay in your resort?

A question we should all ask ourselves,

do we travel responsibly?

do we travel consciously?

Do we acknowledge the culture surrounding us?

Do we make an effort, even the smallest of efforts, to integrate into a culture when being its guest?

Or are we ignorant, partaking in a massive homogenization?


Chapter I.

On Halloween this year (2018), I had the most shocking revelation. No one wants to grow old — in fact, age seems to have become a bit of an enigma; a stigmatized and gendered process. Why do I say that? Well, coveting youth has never been more in demand — or problematic.

Let’s turn the clock a bit — even when I was a child, and was aggressively roaming the clinically clean hallways of shopping malls, I distinctly remember brushing against the term “anti-aging” plastered across beauty products and facial creams and serums. Now it’s important to unpack…


Imagery by Human Z World.

I.

Psychologists Cindy Hazan & Philip Shaver, created a questionnaire asking people to identify with one of the following :

when in love I…

A: I find it relatively easy to get close to others and am comfortable depending on them and having them depend on me. I don’t worry about being abandoned or about someone getting too close to me.

B: I find that others are reluctant to get as close as I would like. I often worry that my partner doesn’t really love me or won’t want to stay with me. …

Human Z World

By Alexandra Roman / www.humanz.world / www.alexandraromanportfolio.com / All photography, art and writing is by Alexandra Roman

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