coffees with interesting people
08 Jarrod Mahon aka emerson snowe
(THE BEAUTIFULLY VULNERABLE ARTIST)
Coffees : A SODA WATER AND LIME AND A ‘V’ AT OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY.
TAKE AWAY : WEAR YOUR HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE AND HONE YOUR GUT FEELING.
With a penchant for Patti Smith and a creative need to document his heart on his sleeve, Mahon cuts an ominous figure on stage.
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07 DAVE JENKINS JR
(THE renegade POP star)
Coffees : TWO LONG BLACKS AT GOLDEN RETRIEVER STUDIOS IN Marrickville, SYDNEY.
TAKE AWAY : BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO PUT YOUR CREATIVE ENDEAVOURS OUT INTO THE WORLD.
With music in his blood and drum sticks in his hands at the age of six, Dave Jenkins Jr was bound to be in music. After years of being in the background of some of Australia’s most famous musical performances, he’s finally stepping front and centre. Talking about the changing scope of the music industry, fate and “people hearing with their eyes”, Jenkins takes me inside his fascinating mind and how he navigates the daunting process of releasing deeply private, personal creative projects into the ever-critical public sphere - and how they can f*ck up your relationships.
06 BRIAN MURPHY
(THE GLOBAL SOIL SCIENTIST)
Coffees : A LONG BLACK AND A FLAT WHITE AT WHITE MONASTERY IN BOUDHANATH, KATHMANDU.
TAKE AWAY : APPROACH SITUATIONS WITH CALMNESS. YOUR FONDEST MEMORIES WILL BE FRIENDS AND FAMILY, NOT WORK.
From heading a pioneering team to map the soils of Nepal’s infamous Terai Region in the 70’s to influencing United Nations soil policies, researching soil carbon matters for numerous governments and recording some of the most remote soils in the world - Siberia, anyone? - Brian Murphy has spent the last forty years with his hands in the dirt. With a passion for history and politics that has grown alongside his love of soil and what it means about the world around us, for all he has achieved, it’s the more simple things that bring a tear to his eye, like building a dam in a backyard sandpit with his granddaughter. Photographed on film.
FULL STORY COMING SOON.
05 tara bennett
(THE one who made it by slowing down)
Coffees : two slow-drip coffees in surry hills, SYDNEY.
TAKE AWAY : take THE time to be inspired by the things around you.
If you think you need heavy financial backing to get off the ground in business and everything must run at full pace, meet Tara Bennett, a young creative who might make you think twice - and do so while waiting for a slow-drip morning coffee to brew. Making waves in ecommerce with ethically sourced and hand-made products, Bennett draws from the practical and thoughtful ethos of Japanese design with Provider Store, and she has built a small empire based on slowing down and appreciating the quality of the things we fill our homes with. As I meet Bennett on a sweltering afternoon in her Surry Hills studio, her calm, creative nature is captured in the lens perfectly - the ultimate ‘cool girl’ - she passionately introduces me to Pocari, her new puppy, as she talks over her favourite pieces in her studio. In the wake of her 29th birthday, maybe life is not quite how she expected, but “things are pretty good.”
04 JAMES HOPKINS
(the Wall Street BANKER TURNED BUDDHIST philanthropist)
Coffees : several masala CHAI teas in a village outside BOUDHANATH, KATHMANDU.
TAKE AWAY : rethink what you think ‘being generous’ is.
“It started in kind of a cynical way, because, well, you know, I worked for 23 years on Wall Street, so I was ‘business guy’ and I came over here completely sceptical, completely sarcastic,” James Hopkins tells me as we sit on the cement floor of a tiny, smokey room, tucked in the slums on the outskirts of Kathmandu. “… And that’s when I thought, ‘oh wow, this is really something. I’m talking about actually helping people, here are the people, you know. Now what are you going to do?’“ Hopkins opens up in an incredibly candid interview, from what generosity really means, the difficulties of start-ups in a foreign country and the biggest life lessons he’s learnt as we celebrate 10 years of non-profit Quilts for Kids Nepal.
03 Fatima falfouli & karin reinders
(the movers and shakers)
Coffees : Three sweeetned teas in village OUTSIDE azrou, Atlas MOUNTAINS of morocco.
TAKE AWAY : be brave. be proud of your own path in life, don’t try to follow anyone elses.
Some people you cross paths with in life are undeniably movers and shakers. As the sun begins to flick hot pink streaks into the sky, Karin and I are greeted warmly by a short woman in a colourful headscarf as our van rolls to a stop on a rocky, dusty road in the remote Atlas Mountains of Morocco. For someone who grew up a world away from the vocal feminism that defined my youth, Fatima is a feminist heroine entirely of her own making - one that’s equal parts stoic and beautiful, brave and savvy. Fatima and Karin make a formidable team that truly defy all the odds.
02 SARAH MASSIh
(the soulful one)
Coffees : TWO REGULAR long blackS in CURL CURL, sydney.
TAKE AWAY : appreciate the personal relationships around you.
When someone knows a lot about life, and they know they know a lot, it takes a special kind of personality for them not to rub people the wrong way. Sarah Massih is one of those people that truly embodies the age-old ‘peeling the onion’ adage, as likely to reveal a completely unknown fact about herself years after you’ve met, as she is to break out a story about a far away place you never knew she’d been to. We meet for a sunrise photoshoot at a beautiful natural rockpool at Curl Curl in Sydney, and through the lens, I immediately see exactly what I’ve always been fascinated by - her grounded nature and easy body confidence. After a chance meeting several years ago, Massif has become one of my spiritual gurus, of sorts, always grounded and learning, sharing her introspective cognisance in a uniquely subtle, generous way.
01 Kaitlyn bosnjak
(the considered creative)
Coffees : a large latte and a regular long black in paddington, sydney.
TAKE AWAY : no matter what you want in life, the most important thing is to start.
It can be rare for creatives to have an intuitive sense for the ‘business side’ of things, but walking in to a Paddington cafe in sunny Sydney, film photographer Kaitlyn Bosnjak seems all business. Hair pulled back and in a black button-up shirt, it quickly becomes apparent that her natural creative eye is matched by a savvy knowledge of the needs of the people she’s photographing for. “Every time I’m looking through the lens, I ask myself ‘Is this the story I want to tell? What’s the bigger picture?’ before I take the shot”. There’s been much written about the practicalities of the commerciality of art, it seems like Bosnjak is striking a welcome balance.