Pilerats Cover Shoot
Pilerats Cover Shoot
10 models, 10 minutes each. I asked each girl just to stare down the camera, across the room, as though posing for a photo. There is something so haunting in the fraught stillness.
Thank you to Fern Madden, Nicole Alder, Terri Smith, Viviens’s and The Agency Models. And thanks for the track Chopin x
10 teenage models in development. These girls are very young, and are all the beginning of a potential trajectory that could change their lives. I had 30 minutes to shoot each girl, digital and film, and also grab some footage for a short film also titled ‘The Young Ones.’
The inspiration for this shoot was being asked by a youth magazine titled Tidal to collaborate with them. As I am definitely not in the youth category myself anymore, I thought it would be an interesting adventure exploring youth within the fashion world. Rather than a fashion shoot, I shot this in a stripped back and classical portrait style, exploring each girl’s personality and place in the world, rather than playing dress-ups and hiding them within fashion.
Photography: Cybele Malinowski
Styling: Nicole Adler
Assistant: Alice Boshell
Studio: Surry Hills Studio
A friend of mine mentioned in passing that 1994 was the year the music world changed. Kurt Cobain died, and Justin Bieber was born.
For the last 6 years I have been shooting Splendour in the Grass for Triple J. Every year there are the new acts, amazing new talent that just keeps on coming- every year a new bevy of songs and bands to dance the night away to. The headliners could be billed from 1998. Pulp, Smashing Pumpkins, The Shins, The Mars Volta, Moby, Tricky etc. I guess my point is, the 90s are still with us. And I am so thankful for that. The first year, it was just me backstage- no other photographers at all, with pretty much free reign. No precedent had been set, it was just a fun idea we came up with at Triple J mag- and I just snapped some portraits in a make-shift studio after they had chatted on the radio. Casual like. Last year there was an entire media city set-up backstage, with other music and fashion photographers setting up photobooths, elaborate shoots, fashion bloggers were roaming around trying to grab celebs before they head on stage. And, this year, the magazine I had shot for, Triple J Mag folded. I was pretty sad. It’s the end of an era for me. 6 years is a long time. A lot has happened- from kissing Moby on his head at the Tackle Shack, to sharing a fag with Kate Moss- ok well, I was standing really close to her, and we were both smoking. Each year I shot around 40 different bands, it’s quite a collection.
Here is last year’s shoot. I never got to release these pics until now, so I hope you enjoy! There are links to earlier years at the bottom of the post.
When I remarked on Gossip’s Beth Ditto’s honey sweet politeness she remarked in her southern drawl “honey, you never know who you’re talking to, so you always gotta be kind.”
The Shins- James Mercer and his very disciplined eyebrows. Such control he had over them!
And Mr Corgen of Smashing Pumpkins. I met him once before for an MTV job. I had all of 20 seconds with the Siamese Dreamer, he was shy and couldn’t stop giggling.
Ah Friends. The namesake is great enough, plus they were so hot, and since shooting them, their album Manifest! has become a favourite.
Samantha Urbani of Friends. So beautiful.
360. And his tats. They make a shoot so easy!
My 10 seconds with At The Drive-In
Kimbra and I went for a little walk to find some pretty festival lights.
Chet Faker. I’d never shot him before. Really great subject. Love his strong brow.
Luke from The Kooks!
Django Django. Awesome guys. They look sooooooo British!
Metric. Emily Haines and I thought we were long lost sisters. She was awesome. my rock-star alter-ego.
Yuksek. HOT! Everyone was warning me of his good looks, alllll day! They were right. Disarming.
Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale rocking some amazing hologram peace signs. I finally found a pair in Vegas, and lost them on the same day. Not meant to be.
And my old mates Last Dinosaurs! I shot these guys years ago in Brisbane. Taught them everything to know about a photo.
San Cisco played around with gravity and hair. Her hair was amazing.
Bleeding Knees Club. Cheeky guys!
Ball Park Music. Her eyes! Elizabeth Taylor in the house.
The Dirty Three. I gotta say. I was nervous shooting these guys. My god. Ellis’ beard. It’s a national treasure.
Bloc Party. I have shot these guys a ton of times. Portraits, live shows. The first time I saw them was my first Splendour in 2007!
And then there’s Kele. Check out my 2012 SITG gallery for some awesome portraits I took backstage.
Here We Go Magic. Americans. Such good posers. Love it.
Father John Misty. He actually look some photos of me on his disposable camera….
Mudhoney. Such amazing faces. And such sweet guys.
Best band name ever. The Cast of Cheers.
DZ Deathrays. I love those red cups. Reminds me of all the frat parties I never went to.
Jinja Safari. Always great fun.
Wolf and Cub. I shot these guys years ago, and was scarred. One of the members was such a dick to me. I was hesitant about shooting them all these years later! As it turns out, that member has left, they remember it too, and they couldn’t have been more apologetic. <3
Band of Skulls. They played an intimate set backstage for Triple J. Really love their acoustic stuff.
And here are the indie psych-rock boys Tame Impala. Love them. AND their music.
And here’s their other band, Pond. Also awesome.
Bertie Blackman. One of the few female Aussie musos I haven’t really worked with yet.
Texan post rock band Explosions in the Sky
Mr Youth Lagoon.
Azealia Banks was carried into the studio by a massive security guard, and dropped onto her 4 inch heels for a 10 second shoot. Actually, 4 seconds.
And now I’m gonna listen to Siamese Dream.
For more of my years backstage-
Here is 2012
And more from 2011.
And more (Mumford and Sons) 2010
And more (Florence and the Machine) 2010
And this massive one from 2011.
Search through my archives to find even more.
Almost this time last year I was wandering along abandoned streets of Chernobyl, feeling ironically closer to nature here than anywhere I had ever stepped foot. A week later I was in Iceland, trekking along a black beach at dawn, chasing icebergs crashing at the shore. Last night was the opening of meltdown, a solo exhibition, part of my masters at SCA, featuring works from this wild adventure into the radioactive zone of Chernobyl and the melting landscape of Iceland. Two video projections suspended in space, floating far from home, at SCA Grad gallery. It’s open until the 26th July, pop by if you can. I hope to continue exploring meltdowns throughout the world, and expand this body of work indefinitely.
SCA Sydney College of the Arts
SCA Grad Gallery
Darling St, Rozelle
Give me a bit of concrete and some sparklers.
Photography: Cybele Malinowski
Assistant: Paul McMahon
Publication: Drum Media
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