Kenny is a unique person. She's fiercely intelligent, a solid feminist and a brilliant performer. She's studying gender studies and performance studies and is a big advocator for sexual health and abuse victims. She's been in the news a bit lately and I was reading these articles from New Zealand, thinking about how awesome she is for speaking so openly about her experience of abuse. It takes guts and a big support network to speak so candidly and I'm really happy she is helping shake things up in Sydney's college culture. When I was in Sydney our schedules aligned and we made this portrait series together. I have been thinking a lot about what art I make and what I want to say as an artist. I really care about the Feminist movement and love to showcase brilliant women being themselves, and am still experimenting with showcasing characters and stories that are an extension of this. Kenny and I hung out one Sunday night, I had just been at a big all day shoot and she was preparing to go travelling overseas the next day. We were both a bit scattered and had racing minds and were probably a little sleep deprived, but maybe this is when the magic happens. We played around with the concepts of femininity, woman-hood, Kenny's wardrobe and with the random bits of fruit and flowers I brought with me. The resulting images are so varied and I love them.
Before moving to Auckland, I booked tickets to go back to Sydney for my sister's 30th. It was going to be a surprise but I got a booking for a wedding the weekend before in Sydney, so thought it was cruel to keep my presence in the country for a week a secret so I spilled the beans. I was kind of feeling like I didn't really live in Auckland yet because I was going back for a visit and now that i'm back here, I really live here...... weird logic but hey, thats how my head works sometimes.
I got to see a few people, but definitely didn't get to spend enough time with everyone. On the Saturday when I arrived I went with mum to check out the wedding location and plan where I would take the couple for photos. Mum posed for some portraits below. I shot the wedding on Sunday, then in the evening did a portrait session, then a few days later flew up north to see my childhood friend Ash who just had a baby in Yamba. We took some photos, reminisced and marvelled at where life has brought us. Again, some of these images are below.
Once I got back to Sydney there was just enough time to make a cake and prepare my sister's 30th. It was a really beautiful evening with lots of her friends from uni and work coming to have a drink and a dance. There was a lovely moment when I was the perfect level of drunk and I was dancing with my mum, dad, brother, sister and brother in law to Gemma's favourite 80's hits. The next day we all went to breakfast then everyone slowly left. Cris went off to Uni. Gems and Aaron went home. Mum left for the airport to visit family in the UK and then suddenly it was just me and dad left in the house and it was time for me to head back to Auckland. Visiting home is such a tease. I got to spend time with just a fraction of my friends and remember all the reasons why I love that city, and then it was time to head home. Alas!
Also, I almost forgot but I dyed my hair brown! I went back to my normal hair dresser because I was too scared to get someone new to do it. I have fully adjusted now to being a brunette.
Here are some images I took along the way during my time in Sydney.