ISSUE NO.13 May/June 2015 Editor & designer Kristie Webster PHOTOGRAPHY Contributors Crystal Rose, Hana Haley, Natasha Foster, Nikki Krecicki, Priscilla Barroso, Kaylin Amabile. Cover Photographer: Crystal Rose Models: Satya @ Donna Baldwin, Chrissy @ Wilhelmina Denver, Victoria @Donna Baldwin Stylist: Luciano Sandoval Jr. Make Up: Cassandra Slocum Hair Stylist: Ash Taylor Contact General enquiries: email@example.com Website: www.ponyanarchy.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ponyanarchymagazine Twitter: @ponyanarchy Instagram: @ponyanarchymag Advertising For rates and information on advertising and sponsored giveaways please contact us for a media kit. Copyright is reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited. Email addresses are published for professional communications only.
Contents Editors Note Page 04 Fun Finds Page 05 Interview: Maite Pons Page 06 Be a Kid Again by Priscilla Barroso
Interview: Marisa Chafetz Page 14 Interview: EAT.ME.DO Page 16 Castle In The Sky by Crystal Rose
Interview: Lisa Fahey Page 24 Interview: Isabelle Laydier
A Girl Named Lottie by Hana Haley
Interview: Melissa Pugliesi Page 36 Spotted by Natasha Foster
Interview: Sophie Banh Page 44 Feature: Pista by Emma Pardos
Recess by Nikki Krecicki
Interview: Brooke Holm Page 56 Petit Pierrot by Kaylin Amabile
Editors Note Whenever you’re feeling down and out about your work, just remember... “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” - Ira Glass Kristie x
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Whimsy Milieu is the creative project of designer and illustrator, Jacqueline Chan. Whimsy Milieu is all about creating happy daily objects that provide you with a dose of whimsy & happiness.
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MAITE PONS We chat to Berlin based photographer, Maite Pons about trusting yourself and doing what you love.
not to be obsessed about it. You can’t plan everything, especially with art. But that can be a good thing, sometimes the final picture can turn out even better than what you first had in mind. Are there any emerging photographers and artists you’re really into at the moment? I love Nirrimi Hankanson’s photography as well as many more like Lara Alegre. What do you do in your spare time? I like to travel as much as I can. I play with my dogs. I love to watch old movies on a Friday night with some snacks and I love to take walks exploring the city with my camera and photographing strangers. And I like to take part in all type of artistic projects. It’s important for me to be always open to try new things. What is your proudest career achievement to date? Honestly, my greatest achievement so far has been to find security in myself and what I do. It feels great to not mind so much about what other people will think about what I love to do. I used to be more insecure. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? A year ago I was a bit lost, and a photographer said to me exactly what I needed to hear: “just don’t stop shooting, don’t stop working”. Sometimes you just need someone more experienced to confirm what you already know. I think we waste too much time having doubts. It’s very important to trust yourself and keep working to do what you love. What are you currently working on, and what do you have planned next? I’ve been working a lot in portraits this summer. And next thing I plan to do is focused in fashion. I want to work with designers to create cute things.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you first became interested in photography? I’m a photographer and caffeine lover from Barcelona. I moved to Berlin some years ago. I like to travel and discover new places. I love animals, art, coffee, books, and I really enjoy autumn. I’ve been interested in art, it has been present in my life ever since I was a child. I think I got my first camera on my 9th birthday. Somehow photography feels to me like a window to other worlds. How would you describe your photographic style? Very personal. I’m constantly changing and learning as person as well as a photographer and I’d like to think that my work is a reflection of this evolution. Where do you find your creative inspiration? In many things. Music, movies and books are very important to feed my imagination. When it comes to create something, it usually comes from a feeling, an idea or a dream or something that never really happened, like a movie in my head. Another thing that inspires me is nature. It’s funny because I used to find nature rather boring, and now it’s quite the contrary, I feel absolutely amazed by it. Can you give us a little insight into your process? Do you plan each shoot or are they spontaneous? I like to plan things as much as I can before the shoot, but always allowing myself to be spontaneous and improvise during the shoot. It’s good to plan things, but To view more of Maite’s work head to www.maitepons.com
be a kid again Model - ANNIKA WHITE Photographer - PRISCILLA BARROSO Hair & Makeup - TEDDY BAKER wardrobe - crowned bird
marisa chafetz We chat to emerging US photographer, marisa Chafetz about her work and where she finds creative inspiration.
go crazy and take hundreds and hundreds of photos and create obsessively and constantly. It all comes in waves. Where do you find your creative inspiration? My friends and family and events going on in my life, mostly. I’m inspired by people’s colour auras, personalities, and the way everyone relates to the world and each other. I also read a lot and write a lot and I’m very inspired by words and figurative language. I’m working on some projects where I combine words and photos. Are there any other emerging photographers, artists or designers that you really love at the moment? My friend Andrew Lyman is amazing. He inspires me tons. And Olivia, obviously. My favourite young photographer right now is Ryan Kenny. What would be your ultimate dream creative project? I would love to work on a movie actually. Or a music video. I’m definitely very interested in exploring other mediums. In terms of photography, I love collaborating with other photographers and artists so I’d love to shoot with a photographer I admire. What is your proudest career achievement to date? I was pretty proud of myself when I shot for Urban Outfitters, but it wasn’t my most fulfilling artistic moment. I loved shooting Olivia and Andrew for Yen magazine, and also a shoot I did with Alicia Davis in the St. Marks hotel. I just released a photo project on my blog that I am pretty proud of also. What has been your biggest hurdle photographically and how did you overcome it? My biggest hurdle I would say was transitioning from digital to film. I’m so happy I did it but it was difficult to actually master the art of film photography. Worth it, though. What tips do you have for other aspiring photographers like yourself? Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. I’m still working on that myself, but I think it’s the most important thing to remember as an artist. Where would you like to see yourself and your artistic practice in the future? Everywhere! I want to explore lots of different artistic mediums and travel and meets lots of amazing people along the way.
Tell us a little about yourself. I am nineteen and I spend half of my time in New Orleans and the other half in New York. I love pineapple, driving places and I speak very quickly and stay up all night very often. What initially drew you to photography? I started photography when I was super young, and I liked it because I was good at it! I stuck with it through my pre-teenage years because it was an easy and natural way for me to express myself, as well as escape from the rest of my reality. It’s always been a form of catharsis for me, and at the same time, very fun and rewarding. Your work tends to blur the lines between documentary and fashion - how would you describe your photographic style? It’s hard to pin down to be honest. I don’t like to put a label on it. Sometimes fashion is an important part of what I’m trying to express, and sometimes it’s not. I like to take fashion related photos with people easy to sense. A lot of the photos I take are just of my friends and my life, but, I feel that the way I curate them and compose them is to express a very deliberate message or idea rather than just to take random sporadic photos of my life. I am friends with, so that the connections and emotions in the photos are more real. You’re currently working with Olivia Bee as her intern – how is that going for you? I’m at college in New Orleans right now, but I worked for her over the summer and will continue over winter break. I absolutely loved working for Olivia and I learned lots and lots and lots about art and life just from having conversations with her every day. She’s an angel. Do you have any creative routines or rituals? If so, what are they? Yes I totally do. Typically, I spend a few months absorbing life and researching art and trying to figure out what I want to say with my work. Then, I To see more of Marisa’s work visit www.marisachafetz.com
EAT.ME.DO We chat to Melbourne designer & food lover, lara IVACHEV about her magical fashion & accessories label, EAT ME DO.
place. It could be from cute food packaging to eating out. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Do what you love and follow your passion. Are there any local designers, artists or photographers that you’re really into right now? I’m pretty obsessed with any bake creation that pops out of Katherine Sabbath’s kitchen. It’s literally me in the form of a baked good. How would you describe your personal style? I’m very colourful and playful with how I dress. Many people refer to me as a walking rainbow. What has been your biggest hurdle creatively and how did you overcome it? Hmmm… probably trying to create things that would appeal to a larger audience, rather then creating something I loved, but wasn’t necessarily sellable. It’s always hard to step back and think ‘now will people actually buy this item or just think its cool’. I’ve just tried to train myself to think from not only a designers point of view but also from the point of view as a customer. Are you working on anything new at the moment? Yes! I have a new collection in the works at the moment, which I’m hoping to launch in the next month or too. CAN’T WAIT! It’s my favourite yet! Where do you hope to see yourself and EAT.ME.DO in the future? I would love to grow EAT.ME.DO and actually employ people to help me out in the day to day running so I can focus on what I do best and that’s coming up with yummy ideas.
Tell us a little about yourself. My name’s Lara and I’m a colourful, food loving fashion and jewellery designer from Melbourne. What originally drew you to fashion, and to launching your own label? I always knew I wanted to create something magical from my imagination and it just so happened that I had a love for fashion too. So it only seemed natural to go into fashion. Your latest collection, B-A-N-A-NA is our favourite yet. Can you tell us a little about your vision and inspiration for the collection? B-A-N-A-N-A was created from the vision of long summer days, seaside picnic and childhood memories. I wanted to capture the colour and fun of summer and turn it into colourful, playful pieces. Can you give us a little insight into your creative process? Do you make everything yourself? I’m a solo designer so everything EAT.ME.DO is created and designed by myself. Most of the garments are all sewn and made by hand by myself in my little studio at my parents house. Everything I create is made with loads of love and has been tirelessly designed and made just for you. Everything you create is super colourful and super cute. Where do you find your creative inspiration? I find inspiration from all over the You can see more of Lara’s quirky designs at www.eatmedo.com
castle in the sky photographer - crystal rose Models - satya @ donna baldwin chrissy @ wilhelmina denver victoria @donna baldwin Stylist - Luciano Sandoval Jr. Make up - Cassandra Slocum Hair Stylist - Ash Taylor
lisa fahey We chat to emerging photographer & hair dresser, Lisa fahey about her relaxed approach to her work and life.
not let people down. So I do a lot of preparation before a shoot - moodboards, location, clothing, makeup/hair, story/theme, snacks, kit - so that I can be as relaxed as possible on the day, and allows me to be spontaneous too. What do you look for in a subject? I love models with something a little odd, quirkiness. I like someone who is fun on a shoot, or just a kind person. I usually check out my models social media before booking them, to get a feel for their personality. This also helps decide on what type of shoot would suit them best.Where do you find your creative inspiration? Everywhere. It’s usually one thing to start with. A piece of clothing, a colour, a mood, a particular location. From there, I build a whole shoot. If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be? At the moment, Nicole Bentley. I have a huge folder of inspiration pics, and I recently realised that there are so many images of hers in there. What do you do in your spare time? What is spare time? Haha. No, I really don’t like to keep myself too free. I get lazy. I’m better when I’m busy, I’m happier and more productive. If I do have any spare time, I’ll take a nanna nap. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? “The lies will lock you up, the truth is the only key” - Missy Higgins Do you have any tips for other aspiring photographers like yourself? Don’t be too hard on yourself. Allow yourself time to grow and make mistakes. We are always learning. It is easier said than done, I constantly need to remind myself of this all the time. Are there any emerging photographers, artists or designers you’re really into at the moment? At the moment, I feel like I get flooded with images on social media, and there is a lot of amazing artists out there, but I really want to look more within for inspiration. So, while I am fine tuning my personal style, I really am trying to stay away from other photographers work. I still look to the internet for images for a mood board, so I can get a clear picture to the team on what I want to create, but only after I have a concept/theme/idea. What are you currently working on, and what do you have planned next? I recently was feeling a little directionless, so last minute I enrolled in a college to do visual communication/photography. I’m really excited about it!
Tell us a little about yourself. I live on the South Coast, NSW in a beautiful little beachy town. I have an adorable husband who is so incredibly supportive of how busy I can be. I have two little kids, help out at the family hair salon and go to college part time. But photography is my passion. What drew you to photography originally? I was given my grandfather’s old film SLR camera when I was 16. I used to dress my friends up, do their hair and makeup then pose them for photos. When I had no friends to take pictures of, I used to chase my dog around taking photos of him. Unfortunately, the cost of film and developing just meant it wasn’t possible for me to do it much, and I ended up having to put it aside. At 17 I finished high school and started a degree in Psychology. I finished that, and while I was grateful for the education and experience, I knew I didn’t want to do it as a career. I met the love of my life, got married and had a bub. Then decided to do hairdressing and makeup. I opened a quirky little salon that we fitted out ourselves on a budget, hired a senior hairdresser and started my apprenticeship in my 20s. It was challenging, but I eventually turned the salon into a successful business, and finished my apprenticeship. I needed photos of my hair and makeup, and got out my amateur DSLR that I had and borrowed a local girl to model. We had a relaxed little shoot and that was it, I fell back in love with photography! So, doing fashion photography means that I now get to combine my hair, makeup and photography. How would you describe your photographic style? Relaxed. I really like for my model and I, or team, to enjoy the shoot, so when we look back on the pictures we can connect with them in a positive way. I am also freer to experiment and come up with ideas if you are relaxed. How much preparation do you put into a shoot? While I come across as very chilled out, I’m actually a huge stress head. I think about everything all the time and can get overwhelmed. I just put a lot of pressure on myself to do the best I can, and To see more of Lisa’s work head to www.taken-photography.squarespace.com
Isabelle Laydier We chat to graphic designer & illustrator, Isabelle Laydier about her feminine work & journey into the creative arts.
working in various creative agencies, I decided to become a freelance. It allows me to have more freedom and that’s definitely worth it. How would you describe your artistic style? Dreamy, whimsical and feminine. Not only are you an illustrator and designer, you also dabble in art direction. Which do you prefer the most? I think what I prefer the most is combining all these three fields. Where do you find your creative inspiration? Obviously the Internet is full of inspiration of all sort. But I also like to find mine in movies, books I read, things I see during travels, exhibitions, and sometimes in my dreams. Are there any emerging designers, artists, musicians etc. that you’re really into at the moment? I just discovered the work of Anna Kövecses and I think it’s lovely. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? To wake up everyday with a new idea. What advice would you give to aspiring designers/artists like yourself? To never give up working hard. What is your proudest career achievement to date? That’s hard to say. I think I will wait a few more years to answer this question. Are you working on anything in particular at the moment? I’ve just entered a french publishing house, to work on the layout of two different magazines, it’s really exciting. What do you have planned next? Like we say in french, Qui vivra verra.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. I’m 26 years old, I live in Paris. My mother is Danish, my father is french. I spent my childhood among Brussels and Luxembourg before heading to Paris to study Graphic Design. I love spending my lazy Sundays watching old movies, I love spending time drawing at Le Louvre, I could eat sweets and liquorice everyday without getting tired of it, I love peonies and travelling. What path led you to becoming a Graphic Designer/Illustrator? When I arrived in Paris I was not sure about where to apply and what to study. But I was sure it was going to be in the Art area but I wasn’t sure about what exactly. That’s why I began with one year of film study and visual art. I felt I needed something more to it, that’s when I found out about the visual communication diploma. Which I did for 3 years. After what I did a Master in web and motion design. I tried both motionless and motion graphics because I really wanted to be sure about what would suit me the most. After a few internships and 3 years of To view more of Isabelle’s work head to www.isabellelaydier.fr
a girl named lottie Photographer - hana haley Model - lindsey lugrin
melissa pugliesi We chat to melbourne designer & Stylist, melissa pugliesi about her unisex label ‘No Fun babe’ & what she has planned next.
jeans or girly skirts, you’ll be sure to find me in colour. I like to wear lots of prints. I find myself matching my clothes to my hair colour which is at the moment pink. Where do you find your creative inspiration? I’d say the culture around me, the places I like to hang out. Thats definitely one thing Melbourne doesn’t lack, culture. Are there any emerging designers, artists, musicians etc. that you’re really into at the moment? I love music, I can’t really work without music in the background. I listen to heaps of local hip hop artists including Baro, Ivan Ooze, Ry and Allday. How important has the support of the independent design scene been for you and your career? The support of the independent design scene is what has allowed me to reach this stage in my career, design markets like Finders Keepers and shops like Save Yourself and Stock & Supply who solely focus on local independant designers are what drive the local fashion economy. We couldn’t do it without them. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Don’t look for the next opportunity. The one you have in hand is the opportunity. - Unknown source but I have it on a piece of paper glu tacked on my wall in my bedroom. What advice would you give to emerging designers like yourself? Prepare to be poor, prepare to not see your friends as often as you would like, you don’t have a 9-5. You have a when you open your eyes to when you close them job. Surround yourself with like minded- hard working people who get what you are doing. But most of all just go for it and have some fun with it. What is your proudest career achievement to date? Probably the launch of Banana Wednesdays AW collection hella, let’s dip. We had a huge runway and launch party in Melbourne’s CBD with a line around the corner of the street with people trying to get in. The whole night is a blur because we were so exhausted and astonished with the amount of support we had. What is the greatest thing about working in the fashion industry? You never have a day that is the same, it’s faced paced which means you can’t get bored. There’s always something to do! Are you working on anything new at the moment? I’m currently working on a few collaborations and some rad new threads for summer. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years? I want to be living in San Francisco, head office in Melbourne and SF. Picking and choosing which one I want to be in and when. I can dream a little bit can’t I? ha.
Tell me about yourself – what path led you to becoming a fashion designer and stylist? I had a few influences as a kid that led me into becoming a fashion designer, being a bit of a dancer I found myself at my grandma’s helping her make my dancing costumes. I wanted them to be perfect and would make my grandma correct things I thought were wrong or teach me how to do it so I could fix it. The second influence was the fact that I was so incredibly picky with the clothing I would wear. I always wanted something different and hated clothes shopping. It was in year 10 that I started making my own clothes. I knew then that I wanted to go to fashion school and worked really hard to get into Fashion Design at RMIT. After leaving university I found myself running my first label, Banana Wednesdays with a friend. When my first label came to an end, I naturally sought out ways to be around fashion and up and coming designers, one of my photographer friends - Dulce Amore asked me to style a shoot for her and thats when my career progressed into styling. How did No Fun Babe come about? I was styling at the time but was still in need of another creative outlet, I felt like something was missing. While styling I found myself wishing I could just get my hands on a particular type of design, things of a certain colour or fabrication. For some shoots I’d just whip something up to make the shoot flow better. I then decided it was time to venture out onto my own and start designing for what would be No Fun Babe. You recently released your new Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. What was your vision or inspiration behind the collection? Ideas of youths, love for the streets, surf and skate. Individual expression and creativity. Summer although it’s a winter collection. Which do you prefer the most, designing or styling? Thats a hard one, there is definitely perks to both. I like being able to incorporate my vision into other brands with my styling. I like designing because I can create things that I would like to wear or feel that there is a gap in the market for. I don’t think I can choose between them! How would you describe your own personal style? One thing’s for sure I’m always colourful. Whether I’m in boyish tees and To see more of Melissa’s work head to www.fashionvsfunds.com
Spotted Photographer - natasha foster Models - Abbey & Michelle @ Viviens Makeup artist - Mikele Simone Hair stylist - Richi Grissilo wardrobe stylist - Vanessa Eimiran
SOPHIE BANH We chat to Melbourne illustrator, Sophie banh about her colourful artistic practice & finding her own style. Tell us a little about yourself? I’m 21 and currently finishing off communication design at RMIT. I’d say my main focus is on illustration as I incorporate this into a lot of the stuff that I do. What originally drew you to illustration and design? There probably wasn’t really a defining moment in high school or anything. I was always interested in art/illustration growing up and I wasn’t good at anything else ha so I gravitated towards this. I was never very good at the typical Asian five subjects and I was never an academic. Has studying communication design informed or changed your illustrative practice in any way? I did graphic design tafe at RMIT also for two years before this course. Starting off with this was a blessing in disguise as I learnt so many skills at the time and it definitely shaped my illustration style, not so much the way I drew but how I incorporate handrawn elements and digital together. Your work is a combination of both hand drawn and digital elements - can you give us a little insight into your creative process? Often they start off as tiny handrawn line art which I digitalise and then incorporate textures which I have premade. I play around a lot with adjustments in Photoshop and overlays. I really enjoy playing around with different layers but often my working files turn out huge. Where do you find your creative inspiration?
follow the studio Ortolan pretty obsessively as I’m a big fan of Kat Macleod and the illustrations she’s done for a couple of books. I like looking at a lot of vinyl covers, I really like the artist/designer Jason Galea who has done stuff for Saskwatch and a number of other bands. I follow The Design Files and this blog called No Culture Icons. There’s an endless list. Do you listen to music when you work? I listen to Beach house pretty obsessively, generally stuff you’d find on triple j, some Motown here and there, I quite love she and him, Mikal Cronin and some pop things here and there. Are there any local designers, artists or photographers that you’re really into right now? Shout out to my friend James who started this thing called Aevoe, which is kind of this photography collective sort of thing, he’s only 19. What has been your biggest hurdle creatively and how did you overcome it? I don’t know where my style is going and I like so many things, I find it a bit hard to completely refine it. That’s something I will probably always struggle with, but perhaps in a good way. Aside from your uni work, are you working on anything new at the moment? I will probably work on some side projects I’ve been meaning to start and a few more illustrations. Where do you hope to see yourself in the future? Unsure in the long term, hopefully just getting steady work and experience somewhere. I’d like to do more publication design, textile design, book covers and things revolving around music. Those three are the fields I am most interested in doing work for. I wouldn’t mind illustrating a cook book too.
So many places. On Instagram probably Maria Ines Ghul and Gentlethrills. I To view more of Sophie’s work head to www.sophiebanh.com
By Emma pardos Pista is a limited edition collection dreamed up by accessories designer, Emma Pardos, and photographers, Las Coleccionistas. Designed in Barcelona and produced in Spain, the vibrant collection is composed of three complementary elements: the backpack, scarf, and socks. The result is a very colourful, unisex collection of designs reduced to their essentials, with references to sports aesthetics. The fabrics used range from natural to synthetic, contrasting the use of silk, knit, and polyester. The nexus of the collection is the print, made up of a series of objects organized on a coloured background. Shop the Spring/Summer 2015 collection online now at www.emmapardos.com
Recess Photographer - NIKKI KRECICKI Models - natasha & coral Stylist - MALEEKA HARMON Hair & Makeup - ERIC VOSBURG Wardrobe - CAROLINE R. KAUTMAN
brooke holm We chat to the very talented brooke holm about her love for photography & everything that comes with it.
capture them in other ways than they might have been shot already. I suppose I’d like viewers to take away the same things as I do from my imagery. When I can’t tear my eyes off an image I’ve taken, I know that I’ve nailed it. Other people might love it too, and then if they don’t, I’m okay with that. Each to their own. What do you do in your spare time? I find that I work almost every day, though somehow I still don’t see it as ‘work’. But, if I were really taking a day off I would be eating delicious food, drinking coffee and adventuring somewhere. But that also happens on workdays. So it’s difficult to differentiate. Are there any budding photographers you’re really into at the moment? One of my best friends, Dan Hocking, is an incredible photographer who focuses on architectural work. I recently discovered the work of Zack Seckler too. Just amazing. If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be? Tim Walker, for the sheer production value of it all. What are three things that most people don’t know about you? I have a serious condiment obsession, I’m a sucker for a Pixar film and I often speak to the husky next door like he’s a person.Which part of your work process do you enjoy the most? I love shooting, but I also love the editing process because it’s the part where the final art happens and it is so satisfying seeing the final results. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Get a better lens. Don’t waste time caring so much what people think. Do you have any tips for advice for other aspiring photographers like yourself? Don’t stop trying to be better than you are. There are always new things to learn. Are you working on anything in particular at the moment? Yes, many things. Editorial and commercial shoots, a book, teaching classes, opening a studio, an exhibition. It’s all happening. What do you hope to achieve in your photographic career? Where would you like to see yourself in the future? I want to travel more, work with overseas clients as well as local ones and broaden my knowledge and skills. I don’t want to ever be content where I am. I will always be searching for something new.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. I am a photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. I love my work, my job, my collaborators and the possibility that comes with being in this industry. How would you describe your photographic style? I would describe my photography as natural, yet crisp. I love clean and clear images with pure whites and straight lines. I also love colour and light and how these two elements can be harnessed and controlled to portray a particular mood or feeling. Where do you find your creative inspiration? I try to steer away from the internet. I find that what inspires me most is nature. The places I feel most inspired are usually comprised of mountainous terrain, vast forests and lakes. Places that make me stop for a moment, take in the extreme contrast from the city to the outdoors, and just consider. My best friend, creative partner and art director/stylist, Marsha Golemac, also inspires me. Together we push boundaries and experiment with unconventional ideas, which I love. What kinds of subjects interest you the most? I like to keep my subject matter varied, to challenge myself and so as not to limit my work. People, food, places, spaces, still life and everything in between. Are there any specific themes that you like to explore in your work? What do you want viewers to take from your imagery? My imagery takes shape in different ways. In regards to unplanned imagery where I shoot what I see in a specific moment, I don’t always consciously think of what it is I am trying to achieve. I just know something is there and that I have to capture it. It is interesting to look back on your body of work and notice similarities throughout. For example, I notice that in the chaos of a place like New York, I subconsciously captured very still moments, making the place look much more peaceful than it actually is. I like to single things out, give them attention amongst the noise and To view more of Brooke’s work head to www.brookeholm.com.au
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