EDITORS-IN-CHIEF AMY LIDGETT & ELLIE MCWHAN CREATIVE DIRECTOR AMY LIDGETT FASHION DIRECTOR ELLIE MCWHAN
CONTRIBUTORS RACHEL ABRAHAM, SOPHIE BENSON, JADE BERRY, CATHERINE BOOTY, MEGAN CLEWS-PANNELL, LUCIE CREWDSON, JESSICA FORSYTH, VANESSA HOLLANDER, OLIVIA OGDEN, WILSON PHILIPPE, EMMA PILKINGTON, VINNIE RATTAN, JAMES REES, BRIONY RIDLEY, SIOBHAN RYAN, KATIE SILVESTER, DANIELLE SUZANNE, NUALA SWAN, JULIA THOMPSON, ANNA WILLIAMSON
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IS A PHOTOGRAPHER CURRENTLY BASED IN BERLIN. IN HER PROJECT ‘GOING HOME WITH GIRLS’ SHE CAPTURES THE PERSONALITY OF THE MODEL BEHIND THE PERSONA PORTRAYED ON SHOOTS, USING THE COSY FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS OF THEIR HOMES AS HER SETTING. SHE TALKS TO US ABOUT HER LIFE AND WORK…
Tell us a bit about yourself & Going Home With Girls… I grew up in the Western Australian outback, splitting my childhood between a cattle station and a gold mining town. I did a bachelor degree in photography at Melbourne’s RMIT in the early 2000’s and moved to Berlin in 2008. I decided to start Going Home With Girls last year as a means to get shooting more regularly, and have a project with a clear focus that I could publish myself. As an added bonus I always have new and interesting locations to shoot at and the girls are super relaxed and comfortable, which lends to the photos being candid and honest. I’m so happy with how it’s going and really excited to see it grow. What do you look for in a girl? Something a little different in each girl. It’s no secret I love big ears! Your dream country to shoot models? I really miss shooting in Australia so I’m looking forward to going back this summer to shoot a whole lot of Going Home With Girls stories against the sun, sand, and weatherboard!! I’d also love to shoot some stories in New Zealand, Japan, England… the list goes on! Your essentials when shooting? A pen and paper, so I can make my doodles of the shots I want during hair and makeup, a bottle of water and something sweet to snack on. I never know how much space I’ll have to shoot in until I arrive at the model’s home, so it’s essential I pack light. I also have to leave space for the stylist and the hair and makeup. It’s often a tight squeeze but we make it work!
Analogue or digital? These days mostly digital, although I still carry an analogue camera with me whenever I leave the house for more than a day. What inspires you? At the moment it’s the weather! Before moving to Europe I hated the sad demise of summer, but now it’s my favorite time of year. Your obsessions? Since the age of seven, Heavenly Bodies (the Canadian “Flashdance” but so much better), since the age of ten, Twin Peaks, since the age of eleven, My Girl, and since the age of twelve, Jurassic Park. That pretty much sums up my points of reference/obsession to this day. Also, bananas, bags, ears, diaries, socks, and more recently, the colour pink. And photography! What is your definition of freedom? Driving home to my parent’s property with the windows down. Big future plans? To have an exhibition and a print version of Going Home With Girls, and to live somewhere where it is possible to have a dog and a fig tree. Words to live by? Do It Now.
STING OF SAVLON ON YOUR CUTS AND GRAZES YOU WERE THE HERO AGAIN CYCLING OUT FRONT AND WASTING HOURS RUSTY CHAINS AND ACHES AND PAINS
TRADING IN CHIPS AND 20P MIX UPS LANDS TO DISCOVER AND CONQUER BODY OF THE COUNTRYSIDE BUT HEART OF THE CITY STICKS AND STONES AND SO MANY UNKNOWNS
‘’YOU STARTIN?’’ – “MEET ME ON THE PARK.” ARMY OF YOUTH MARCHING HISTORY WAS MADE OUTSIDE THE CENTURION THE SUN SETTING BEHIND THE SWINGS - YOU ARE KING
NOW A ROUND OF KIRBY AND THE SMELL OF TEA BUT WHICH ONE IS YOURS? AN ALSATIANS BARK ECHOES ACROSS THE WASTELAND ITS GETTING DARK, YOU’VE MADE YOUR MARK
STOOD PROUD OUTSIDE SPAR YOU KISS RUN HOME AS FAST AS YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR KINGDOM BEHIND FOR THE NIGHT NOT DONE NOWT, JUST BEEN PLAYIN’ OUT.
POEM | ANNA WILLIAMSON COLLAGE | OLIVIA OGDEN
IS AN ASPIRING 16 YEAR OLD FASHON DESIGNER AND PHOTOGRAPHER LIVING IN TORONTO. IN HER OWN WORDS SHE MAKES ‘WEARABLE ART’ USING A VARIETY OF MEDIA. SHE LOVES TO PUSH CREATIVE BOUNDARIES AND SHE TELLS US MORE ABOUT HERSELF AND HER WORK HERE…
Tell us a bit about yourself & your current projects… I’m preparing my portfolio and work for university applications as I’m applying early to Central Saint Martins in London and Parsons in NYC. I’m doing a lot of work with video and stop motion right now especially, I find it a very interesting and an intriguing way to showcase my collections. What are your first processes of putting a project together? When I have an idea that I love, my motto is always “do”. I don’t waste a lot of time setting up concept boards; I do, go, and create. I am a big sketchbook user though, I use sketchbooks constantly and that’s how my ideas are generated and organized visually. Once I have an idea I have a ton of fabric lying around at my home studio… Once the clothing side is done and ready to wear I get to photographing my work, being my favorite part of all! Your dream fashion week to show your collections? I attend Toronto Fashion Week every year, however I’ve always dreamt of having my very own collection in New York Fashion Week. I think its amazing. Your essentials when working? Cozy clothes, food and music blasting. Working wise, I have a studio in my house with everything you can imagine needed to make anything really. There are buckets of fabric to hot pink fabric dye!
Digital or Handmade? That’s a hard question that I’ve never really thought about before, but to be honest there’s positives and negatives to both. I enjoy working by hand a lot. It’s nice to have a break from technology and work on something I feel controlled and experienced working in. I especially love painting and drawing in my sketchbook, for me its therapeutic. Don’t get me wrong though, working on the computer is also nice. There’s so many new things to explore and discover. I also love that there’s always a second chance to undo something if I mess up, and that there’s as many copies as I want. What inspires you? Inspiration for me comes from so many places, but I get driven from young people pushing themselves to be successful with what they love. For example Tavi Gevinson. She’s 17 years old and is an amazing inspiration for young girls all over the world. Someone else who inspires me is designer Adrian Wu, he always pushes his work to the next level. Your obsessions? Right now I’m obsessed with singer Sky Ferreira. Recently I used a few of her songs and mashed them together for a technology graphic design video I made. I also just re discovered this plaid jacket I love that I bought at a vintage shop in NYC last fall. I especially love the patterning, shape, cute crop style and colour palette. What is your definition of freedom? To be fearless and aware of all your endless possibilities. Big future plans? I hope to go to either Parsons or Central Saint Martins, and live in London. In London I want my own label, working in the fashion industry and collaborating with other cool London designers. I hope to stay in the fashion/art industry and do big things creatively that haven’t been done or seen before. Words to live by? What does stop even mean. In my life that word doesn’t exist because there’s no such thing as stop, just go.
FAR FROM THE COBBLED STREETS AND THE CRUMBLING PUBS FULL OF FREAKS FAR FROM THE OLD MAN WITH HOLE IN HIS HEAD AND THE WOMAN WHOSE EYES ARE FULL OF DREAD A GIRL ACCROSS THE SEAS IS ‘FINDING HERSELF’ SHE SAYS ITS NOT ABOUT MATERIAL WEALTH “IT REDEFINES THE WORLD ‘MONUMENTAL” “WE SAW SOME RIVER DOLPHIN - THAT WAS TOTALLY ACCIDENTAL” SHE SWINGS BY THE TEMPLES ON AN ELEPHANT AND SPEAKS TO THE LOCALS WHO ARE ‘REALLY QUITE ELOQUENT’ SHES FEELING SO HIGH SHE DOESN’T WANNA COME DOWN BUT WHEN IT’S ALL OVER SHE COMES BACK TO HER HOMETOWN IT FEELS SMALLER - SHE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK SHE GOES TO HER LOCAL PUB FOR A DRINK THERE SITS THE OLD MAN WITH THE HOLE IN HIS HEAD AND THE WOMAN WHOSE EYES ARE FULL OF DREAD
SHE SPEAKS OF HER TRAVELS BUT IN HER EYES SHE IS LOST SHE IS BACK TO SQUARE ONE AND AT A HIGH COST SUDDENLY A MAN COMES OVER WITH A DRINK SHE IS UNCERTAIN AND DOES NOT KNOW WHAT TO THINK ITS THE OLD MAN WITH THE HOLE IN HIS HEAD HE CARRIES A PICTURE OF HIS WIFE WHOS NOW DEAD HE SITS DOWN SLOWLY AND SAYS QUITE FREELY “YOU LOOK LOST LOVE, COMES ON NOW TALK TO ME.” UNEASILY SHE ANSWERS - SHE HAS BEEN ON HER TRAVELS AND LITTLE BY LITTLE SHE BEGINS TO UNRAVEL HE TELLS HER TO COUNT HER BLESSINGS THEY SPEAK OF LIFE AND ITS MANY LESSONS FAR FROM THE MOUNTAINS OF NEPAL AND THE HUGE EXPANCES OF THE GREAT WALL A MAN REACHERS OUT TO A GIRL WITH A FROWN AND SHE FALLS BACK IN LOVE WITH HER HOMETOWN
POEM | ANNA WILLIAMSON COLLAGE | OLIVIA OGDEN