I recently answered a few questions for Air Canada EnRoute In Flight Magazine and I thought I would share it here. Read on for a behind the scenes look into my work life, photographic influences, my travel style and everything in-between.
I live in Brisbane, Australia
I started my career in Photography by moving to Toowoomba and studying a Diploma of Photography at the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE. All throughout my high school years I would search out photography short courses on school holidays and I always had a camera in my hand.
Things changed for me when after returning from London to Brisbane I bought a vintage caravan and started dealing in Australian old wares and old props. People became fascinated by how I lived and I started sharing my story on my blog and instagram.
My first assignment was shooting for Yen magazine for their launch issue in 2002.
My first camera was an SX-70 Polaroid camera which my parents gave to me, but it never had any film, so I was always just framing up the shots, looking back I suppose I was training my eye.
The best part of every assignment is finishing the assignment. You start at the beginning of the day with nothing but a shot list and your job is to go out there and find the shots.
I work with my adrenaline, keeping my eyes open and listening to my instincts. Hour by hour, shot by shot, by the end of the day you’ve captured the work, but it’s always a bit scary and exciting when you start off with a big shot list and no shots.
My top 3 photographers are Dorothea Lange for her work with the FSA documenting the Great Depression, Annie Leibovitz for her personal reportage and the closeness she develops with her subjects and Sally Mann for her large format black and white photographs of her young children. So emotive.
From a lifestyle perspective, I also love the style of work in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that was published in Australian magazines like Marie Claire Lifestyle and Vogue Entertaining & Travel. The photographers were documenting how people lived, instead of houses that were styled with props that were brought in. They felt like honest and authentic representations of life. Some of my favourites are by Mikkel Vang, Derek Henderson and Hugh Stewart.
This was my inspiration for how I photographed the interiors for my book, Shelter.
First travel memory as a child travelling through Fiji with my parents in a small boat; I became quite ill and was mended back to health by some very kind women in a small Fijian village. The kindness of strangers always stayed with me.
When I travel I read nothing, I’m too busy watching the every day life unfold around me.
Best travel tip always pack your smile, a smile can get you into great situations and also out of not so great situations.
My soundtrack, when I travel I love music and currently I’ve been listening to the double bassist Henri Texier’s Varech non stop. His music is stirring and rather emotional, which is perfect to awaken the senses for travel.
Last holiday (what did you do there?) Stradbroke Island, Australia, I rented an old 60’s surf shack right on the fringes of Deadman’s Beach and surfed, swam and ate local seafood for a week. Such freedom.
Next destination (what will you do there?) I’m eager to travel to India and document the railways.
Favourite food experience (and why?) Ile de Re, a small island off the west coast of France. Fresh oysters shucked from the rock pools, an abundance of local goats cheese and flowing pastel pink rosé.
Best drink in the best bar Chilled rosé at Icebergs at Bondi Beach, Australia.
Best travel buddy my husband.
If I had a year off, I would travel overland on motorcycle from Australia to France – up through Darwin, Papua New Guinea and Timor, then over to India, Pakistan, Iran and up to Turkey, Greece, Italy then France.
To relax when I travel, I swim, always need to find the nearest ocean.
What I love most about Australia is how open this country is. There are no physical borders, people only want to help you, there is a casualness to the people that I find so endearing and yearn for when I’m abroad.
Favourite product in my shop I just love the photographic prints, they are the most intimate thing that I sell because it’s how I see the world.