Poet and environmentalist Margaret Atwood once said, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” In the spirit of Austere’s upcoming issue “Affinity,” relationships of all types are considered. Rekindle humanity’s oldest relationship, that with nature. Stretch your winter worn joints and throw off the dust that’s collected down your spine. Welcome the rebirth of the world in the only correct way, through touch and sight and smell.


Photographer: Brittany Sowacke

Art Director: Emily Ruiz

HMUA: Jacqueline Creech

Model: Rachel Wagoner

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