Berlin is a multi-cultural medley which is how this New Zealander found herself in an abandoned, overgrown lot deep in East Berlin with a stylist from Las Vegas, a Los Angelean makeup artist and a model from the North of Germany. We had a lot of fun and we called it ‘The Grove’ – with a sly nod and a wink to the hyper commercial L.A mall of the same name.
Model: Johanna Makowski at Mega Model Agency
Stylist: Faith DesVeaux
Makeup: Davis Jeffress
Most of my friends in London live in and around Hackney in the East and I fell in love with the vibrant multiculturalism, the council estates right next to cafes serving cold brew coffee. Beautiful parks filled with tiny portable bbqs, pubs serving antipodean craft beers with their mushy peas, and an astounding number of fried chicken shacks and delicious curry joints. For better or worse gentrification is seeping into this neighbourhood. But hopefully it’ll stop here. Liss is a costume and production designer for film and television in London, plus she is always creating wild outfits to wear at summer festivals across Europe, so her Hackney bedroom is overflowing with hats, wigs, scarves, sunglasses, fur, leather, paisley and sequins. While staying with her recently I coerced her into playing dress-ups with me on the streets of her neighbourhood. While she was initially hesitant, the shoot coincided with Lissy’s philosophy about clothing: Continue reading
It was hot, and the stereo was broken so we sang acapella All Saints, on the day I drove two hungover friends out of Melbourne, way way out, to Cactus Country in Strathmerton.
Just 10 bucks got us entry into the spiky wonderland. The excitement at the seriously amazing amounts of different cactuses there were meant I got stabbed and scratched quite a few times before I came to respect just how sharp the thorny beauties are.
When we’d had enough of the dusty desert heat we drove to the Murray River and dipped ourselves into the cool milky waters. We’d driven so far we were swimming on the border of Victoria and New South Wales.
After playing dressups and downing a few iced coffees, Yumi, Kacy and I spent one gorgeous evening on the greasy golden streets of St Kilda.
Yumi, the quintessential pink haired gentle ghetto slacker babe styled by Ka-He designer Kacy Heywood.
Shot on 35mm and digital.
I met Dani on my first day of work here in Melbourne, and straight away I was like, ‘what a bombshell’, with her fuschia lips and swishy high ponytail. Then I found out she was an actor and that made perfect sense. We had a lot of fun channeling corny B movies on the mean streets of Melbourne’s outer Eastern suburbs, and it was great to work with someone who understood the sort of drama I was going for.
Model: Danielle Blanch
Assistant: Cass Leever
Shot on Pentax Spotmatic with Kodak Gold film.
I haven’t been able to hang out with my friend Kacy much recently, but for a good reason. She’s been working like crazy on her label Ka-He which she has recently launched with four collections, Nebula, Ubra, Silver Series and PPPPastel. I’ve always loved Kacy’s style, a little bit androdgonous, easy and effortless but in a particular, refined way – and I’m so freaking excited to see how she progresses. Plus she makes shoes too and that’s just really sweet.
Check everything out on her website or see it on the flesh at Monk House Design in Melbourne. I did this shoot for her PPPPastel collection:
The Aniseed Valley in Nelson reminds me of slogging it out thinning apples in the hot summer orchards in the school holidays. Dropping into the cool clear swimming holes that are around every bend was the reward for tired, sunburned limbs and apple addled brains.
This was the perfect place to shoot teenage mates Juliette and Raina in the lingering days of late summer this year. These Nelson babes have been doing some great work in their fledgling model careers and I can’t wait to see what they do next.