ANALOGUE EDIT: NATALIE
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November last year, I finally made it over to Stradbroke Island to shoot Natalie Roser for OceanZen’s Summer ‘19 campaign. The island is so close to home yet I’d never been over before, and I regretted not having visited sooner the minute I was off the barge on the other side. The campaign shoot was an absolutely idyllic day with a lovely team; the only heart-ache being the water looking so overwhelmingly inviting, but not swimming because really you have a job to do. We were scheduled to be on a 5pm boat back to the mainland, but I was so in love that I found a $30 bed and stayed the night, and I got to have that beautiful water (mostly) to myself early the next morning. This is a collection of images I shot on a roll of black and white film I had on hand, in between the ‘official’ images. Natalie was such a dream in front of my lens, and photos just sitting in my hard drive archives feels like a waste, so it’s nice to give them life in the form of a little gallery set here on the journal.

Team Credits — Model: Natalie Roser @ Chic Hair & Make-Up: Satya Schmitz Video: Tyson Lloyd Brand: OceanZen Production: Cairosel

EARNING A GREEN THUMB

Taking care of plants is not something I’m inherently good at, but rather something I wish I was. I’ve had all the regular shrivelled failures that I’m guessing we’ve all collected at some point when we’ve decided to ‘become a plant person’, but lately I feel like I’ve turned a very satisfying corner. Where I once would sort of buy-and-forget, I’ve made a habit of actually tending to my plant babies and it turns out that makes a whole lotta difference. Now I’m angling my blinds to best suit my pots when I leave the house each morning and shining my leaves with banana peels like I’ve never even considered abandoning them before.

A couple of weeks ago I collected some little snippings for a Snake Plant, Spider Plant and Monstera Adansonii, and have been eagerly checking their tiny homes for roots approximately every 8 minutes since. Just like the whole ‘watched pot never boils’ thing, I went away over the Christmas break and came back to my three baby-plants showing off a jar full of roots each.

I potted the spider plant this morning, and am on the hunt for the perfect pots to re-home the other two. I can’t wait until this room becomes a low-key jungle, but in the mean-time, I’ll be fighting the impulse to prove I love them with constant water.

NEW YORK

My first time in New York was the definition of short and sweet. NY was not even really on my initial agenda, but I had a bit of time in Toronto and learnt that New York was only about an hour’s flight away, so I was determined to make it happen.

I only took my little backpack with me; one pair of jeans, one pair of boots, and to my luck landed in absolutely torrential rain. It didn’t stop me wandering the streets for about 20 straight hours, but it did mean I had no dry clothes to change into once I got back to my Air BnB, and ended up with my pants and shoes hanging in front of a fan trying to make them dry enough to put back on.

I think I was in the city for maybe 3 hours before I started looking into how much rent was — it really does steal your heart.

Seeing as I only spent two and a half days in NYC, I don’t feel particularly equipped to give recommendations, but I can say that I loved everything I did. From truffle-parmesan fries, to corn on the cob and mac & cheese at Miss Lily’s, to living out my Chef’s Table dreams and getting a slice of Crack Pie at Milk Bar. I even loved things that weren’t food actually, like pretending I was living in an episode of Friends and the unexpected abundance of Australian Shepherds I saw.

Although the rain did mean a couple of my tourist-dreamz didn’t come together—a walk through central park was not super leisurely, and my hopes of taking a classic skyline pic from Top Of The Rock were cancelled when the visibility was too poor to go up, I still felt that big life magic. I can’t wait to go back for long enough to actually immerse myself for a while, but for now, it’s this summary and a 35mm/iPhone documentary combo.