Welcome to Issue One of IRIS Magazine.
IRIS began as a conversation. A conversation that came from a desire to dig a little deeper started between a Photographer and Stylist, with a long history of working and collaborating together. While the conversations were originally personal in nature, once we extended it to a much wider place than ourselves, it took a path of its own and the conversation found a common, shared ground, with so many.
All roads in this ever winding conversation and in shaping the first pilot issue of IRIS Magazine, inevitably and always led us back towards our roots. To the place of our origins, the culture that coloured our vision, and to the landscape that shaped us and connected us: Australia.
If we are in the end all but a collection of stories and experiences, we found the most potent of these to stem from the landscape of our youth. A time when we were most free to be ourselves, most absorbent to culture and the unfolding life going on around us. All life, experience, and history, have a way of chiseling our perception, but this time and place - at our own very origination, for all of us, seems to have the firmest hand of all in shaping who we are, and defining our own, very unique, way of seeing.
Digging our roots deep in the landscape that shaped us we continuously found ourselves referencing: artists, musicians, photographers, philosophers, filmmakers, performers, and those whose stories or contribution to culture, moves and inspires us in a way that imprints itself on us and becomes a part of the definintion of who we are - individually, culturally and collectively. Through the work that these artists and individuals invest themselves within, and the stories that they openly share through creativity and storytelling, we get to see in, for a moment, through their iris and own perspective on the world.
Shared story through art is deeply human and storytelling in many forms can be traced throughout the entire extent of human history. Storytelling can connects us in a way that helps us to understand ourselves, and the greater world around us in ways we could never comprehend on our own.
With all of this in mind, we extended our conversation to artists whose stories had coloured our vision, inspired us and connected us throughout our lives, careers, and in the creation of IRIS. What came back was more than we bargained for and gave us so much colour, depth, and greater understanding through the myriad of original perspectives that reflected on the one central conversation: How do you feel your roots and the landscape you were raised in, shaped you, and actively contributes to your creative vision today.
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 contemporary culture; Laith McGregor shows us the bravery of creating with unfiltered spontaneity; Jamie Huckbody talks to Lucy Pinter about the power of the Superfine woman; Anthony Lister discusses his fight for the freedom and visual expression, Daniel Askill shares the how his Grandmother Rose's pool infiltrates all of his filmmaking, and the inimitable Marc Newson takes us back to the days of building billy-carts in the backyard. Plus so many others who share their reflection and celebrate their own origins with us.
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 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 and activism 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 modeling, some are now 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.