Welcome to Issue One of IRIS Magazine.
IRIS began as a conversation between a photographer and a fashion stylist, born from a desire to create something personal together and a curiosity to dig a little deeper. Our conversation in shaping IRIS took us far and wide, but all roads led us inevitably and directly back to our origins.
If we are, in the end, all but a collection of stories and experiences, we found the most potent of these defining stories are the ones stemming from the landscape of our youth - the time when we were most free to be ourselves and most absorbent to the culture and life around us. This time, at our own very origins, seems to have the firmest hand in shaping us, our originality, and our own way of seeing.
Digging our roots deep in the landscape that shaped us, Australia, we continuously found ourselves referencing artists, musicians, photographers, philosophers, filmmakers and performers whose stories move and inspire us. Through the work that they invest themselves into and the story they share, we see them - the clarity of who they are, through their very own iris.
Through the stories of others we were able to communicate our own meaning and came to recognise what we value most: the bravery within creative pursuit and witnessing original vision - shared and understood through the evocative beauty of storytelling.
With this in mind, we extended our conversation to artists whose stories had coloured our vision and inspired us in the creation of our own story - and what came back was more than we bargained for. Nick Cave tells how his work should be seen through the distorted prism of the Australia of his youth; Stephen Page highlights the importance of storytelling within culture; Laith McGregor shows us the bravery of creating with unfiltered spontaneity; Jamie Huckbody talks to Lucy Pinter about the Superfine woman; and Anthony Lister discusses his fight for the freedom of visual expression, plus many others who share how their own origins have shaped them and their unique vision.
Like the artists who have contributed to IRIS, we cast fashion models not for trend, but for a unique sense of themselves, and each contributed to the greater story of Issue One. Jordan Barrett was a fresh new face cast from the streets of the Gold Coast, who, from the minute we saw him we knew he was going to shine bright. Madison Stubbington was also still a high school student living in Adelaide and never really been photographed before we flew her out to our Sydney studio, for our Australian Beauty series; The Pleiades. Olivia Henderson was blonde but with the same punk attitude that she is still well known for and Zippora Seven, even though she originates from New Zealand, has always exuded the essence of pure freedom that we find to be so particularly Australian. Some are no longer modelling, some are international superstars, but they still stand now for what they stood for then.
We thank each and every person who contributed to the intricate web of conversation that gives life to IRIS Magazine Issue One \ Origins - this one was personal.
Welcome to the beginning.
We are very happy to see you.
Amanda and Emily
Image Credit: Photography \ Amanda Austin, Stylist \ Emily Sue Yee, Hair & Makeup \ Fern Madden, Model \ Sasha Valarino @ Priscillas Model Management
Founder \ Creative Director \ Editor
Emily Sue Yee
Founder \ Fashion Director \ Editor
Ruby Brown @ Roslyn - Oxley 9 Gallery, Carolyn Hammer @ Bangarra Dance Theatre, Bethan Donnelly @ Stills Gallery, Jack Willet @ Station Gallery, Rachel Perkins, Sophie Noble, Dylan Statham, Gavin Darling, Jan Welters, Sean Conway, Richard Mayer, Nick Pursehouse @ Boomerang Audio, Pepina Belfort, Huey Wong, Craig Elliott, Adrian O’Doherty, Luke Thomas, Tiffany Farrington, Marty Baptist, Dylan Statham, Priscilla’s Model Management, Chic Management, IMG Models, Pride Models.
Photography Assistant \ Charles Dennington, Jack McDonald, Levon Baird, Sean Conway. Fashion Assistant \ Alice Currie, Bianca Castellan, Olivia Rahme, Bobby Vila. Production Assistant \ Marguerite Lorraine.
Bill Henson, Stephen Dupont, Michael Corridore, Tracey Moffatt, Paul Blackmore, Laith Mc Gregor, Robert Ashton, Trent Parke, Jochen Spencer, Wayne Quilliam, William Yang, Rennie Ellis, Jeff Malpas, Margaret Pomeranz, Laura Brown, Nick Cave, Warwick Thornton, Christopher Doyle, Marc Newson, David Williamson, Charlie Keilty, Claire Thomson, Kristyan Low, Kimberley Forbes, Clive Allwright, Diana Georgevski, Gavin Anesbury, Fern Madden, Deborah Brider, Chisato Arai, Corinna Wilmshurst, Sam Overton, Pete Lennon, Tony Buck, Lloyd Swanton, Chris Abrahams, Glenn Wright, Stephen Page, Lucy Pinter, Jamie Huckbody, Gabby Dover, Jordan Barrett, Claes Nordstrom, Margo Busheva, Shanna Jackway, Kaila Hart, Tanja Gacic, Madison Stubbington, Lauren Feenstra, Olivia Henderson, Samantha Harris, Rose Smith, Zippora Seven, Dave Ross, Kyle Montgomery, Sasha Valarino, Elliott Nimmo, Ruby Jean Wilson, Sophie Hirschfelder, Jay Dea Lopez, Veren Grigorov, Damon Young, Daniel Askill, Gabreal Hayman, PC Music, Catherine Baba, Omar Musa, Kelvin Ho, Emma Summerton, Ryan Lobo, Ramon Martin, Anthony Lister.