A quiet beach. A blue sky. Warm ocean. Straw basket & hat.
Tahnee is someone I’d wanted to photograph for many years. We grew up in the same area but never really crossed paths oddly enough. Finally after many years, we headed to a quiet beach together a few weeks ago to not only capture the incredible raw beauty of Tahnee herself, but also the jaw-dropping sights of the Aussie coastline, in an area that we’re both lucky enough to call home.
It was a blue sky day with barely a cloud in sight. We spent time between the water and the sand, taking snaps between Polaroid cameras and digital cameras, and also squeezed in a little bit of time to ask Tahnee some questions about a few of her favourite things in life.
Welcome to our day in the sun! ☼
Describe to me your perfect Sunday afternoon?
Being nestled outside under the sun, surrounded by good company & yummy snacks.
When do you feel the most free?
Usually when I’m by myself. Driving through the countryside or in the ocean.
What thought crosses your mind the most everyday?
Should I eat lunch at 12pm, 12:30pm or 1pm? Or what’s my cat doing?
What is one thing someone can do to win your heart?
Supply me with a cheese platter and lots of pets.
Your favourite place in the world (other than home) is?
Either Barcelona or the Italian coast! ☼
If you could hop on a flight overseas right now, where would you be headed?
Central America or Africa!
What is the last thing you googled?
How do I get my bogged car out???
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I’m now 21 years old and feel like this is a particularly formative age (as I’m sure everyone feels at every age most likely) haha but nonetheless, I felt like it would be nice to try and capture life right now in some way.
I was recently reading through my friends Sophie and Yazz’s blog (they are two Aussies based in NYC) check it out here, it’s epic. One of the recent posts that Soph put together is entitled ‘The Living Alphabet’. Basically it involves going through each letter of the alphabet and attaching some aspect of your current life to that letter. I loved the idea and thought it might be nice to try it out myself.
I sat down this afternoon and thought about all the different aspects of my life that define me at 21. My habits, quirks, favourite things, the biggest pieces and the littlest ones.
Here is me at 21 years old, condensing my life into the 26 letters that make up the alphabet.
I’ve always been a bit obsessed with airports. They have this ever moving magic about them and so many stories constantly passing through. One of my favourite feelings is looking up at the departures board at international terminals and seeing where all the different flights are headed. Stopping to wonder who is getting on those flights and why they’re going where they are going.
B – Breathe
Reminding myself to stop and take three deep breaths more often.
C – Coffee
Coffee has certainly become a more constant thing in my life. Not necessarily in a craving/addiction sort of way, but rather the events that happen over coffee. Coffee is the thing that we tell our stories over. When any of my friends or I get home from travelling the first text is always “lets get coffee tomorrow and catch up?”. I remember late nights in New York City, my roommates and I would go down to the Starbucks on 81st and Broadway and order large chai lattes that were 90% sugar. On days when I just want to stay home and edit, get work done or just listen to interviews all day, I’ll make a big cup of coffee, wrap myself in warm blankets and wrap my hands around a warm cup. It’s like a hug from the inside out (similar to tea, but with a bit more pzazz).
D – Dreaming
I’ve been making a conscious effort to sleep a lot more lately. With sleeping comes dreaming and I love that. I’m definitely one of those people who life is either ‘GO GO GO!’ or ‘I’m just going to sit here, sip on my 9th cup of tea, look out the window and stare at the birds’. So right now I’m in a ‘stop and smell the roses’ kind of state and I’m loving resting, sleeping and dreaming a lot.
E – Everything
You know that feeling when you just wish everything you wanted or craved could come a whole lot easier? I feel like we all know that feeling. I stumbled across this quote a few years ago and it always runs over and over in my head when I begin to feel a little impatient, “Remember, life is a journey. If you got everything you wanted all at once there’d be no point to living. Enjoy the ride, and in the end you’ll see these “set backs” as giant leaps forward, only you couldn’t see the bigger picture in the moment. Remain calm, all is within reach; all you have to do is show up everyday, stay true to your path and you will surely find the treasure you seek.”
F – Freedom
The most wonderful feeling in the world.
G – Great Adventure
I remember growing up my mum would always say “life is nothing if not a daring adventure”. So here’s to us all daring more and going on more great adventures.
H – Home
As I write this, I’m back at my family home where I grew up and it feels so good to be here. Days are filled with long beach walks, fresh passionfruit from the vine, ocean swims, listening to lots of podcasts and watching lots of interviews, reading old book series, spending time with family and long time friends, lots of alone time and thinking time.
I – Inconsistency
I’ve realised that I thrive off inconsistency. When my environment is changing, my work schedule is changing, where I live changes, that’s when I feel like I’m really living, adapting and growing. I don’t know if all this need for change will catch up on me someday, but for right now it’s keeping me happy and sane.
J – James Vincent McMorrow
The sound of my summer. Particular favourites are If I Had A Boat, Higher Love and We Don’t Eat. I’d recommend lying on the beach or your bed, putting in headphones and closing your eyes. Give yourself 10 minutes to just be still, listen and feel.
K – Kindness
The most beautiful trait to hold.
L – Long Walks
I’m a total sucker for long walks. Back in NYC, my roommate Stef and I would go for 2-3 hour long walks all through the city at 10pm or 11pm most nights. The first time we went, we ended up having walked 160 blocks across Manhattan. We got back to the apartment at 2am, sat on the kitchen floor and ate cereal. The second time we walked through Central park at 11pm and stumbled across a huge movie being filmed at the fountain. We sat up on the railing and watched as they shot take after take well into the night.
M – Magic
Every time I come home I’m reminded of how much casual magic there is to be found here. The way the final rays of light hit the ocean waves before the sun sets, watching storm clouds roll in over the sea, the golden early morning light that streams over the fields and rolling hills, the fresh food, the windows always down and everyone waiting for that 15 minutes spare in their day where they can run barefoot down to the ocean.
N – Nowness
Reminding myself to be ‘here’ now. I think this quote puts it pretty perfectly, “If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
I’m making sure to stop and look around more.
O – Ocean
The ocean is no doubt my favourite thing on earth. Nothing makes me feel more grounded and at ease. I strongly believe “we should all have ourselves regularly overwhelmed by nature”, and I feel like the ocean does a pretty perfect job at it.
P – Planes
I think some of the best views in the world are those viewed from a plane window. I also really like when they bring around cold juice on long haul flights. And I also REALLY love when pilots crack jokes. Hilarious.
Q – Quotes
As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of beautiful quotes. Here are some of my favourites…
“The difference between an ordinary life and an extraordinary one is only a matter of perspective. Pull the blinds, look around you – it is a weird and wonderful world and you don’t require a ten digit bank account to immerse yourself in it. Travel down dusty roads without a destination in mind. Climb a mountain and scream out into the void. Kiss a stranger. Skinny dip in a lake. Get lost and lose yourself (these are two separate things). Explore the wilderness (particularly the one within). Think less of destiny and more of the moment right here. Because when you are nearing the end of your life, surrounded by all of your family and friends, fame won’t matter. Nor will the extent of your wealth – you are the sum of the stories you can tell.” – Beau Taplin
“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.” – Unknown
“Nobody was perfect. Not even close. And everyone had wrinkles from smiling and squinting and craning their necks. Everyone has marks on their bodies from years of living – a trail of life left on them. Evidence of all the adventures and sleepless nights and practical jokes and heartbreaks that had made them who they are.” – Katherine Center
R – Re-connect
In the past few months I’ve (more than ever) learnt the importance of feeling connected with yourself and your roots. In this chaotic, constantly busy and very competitive world, it can be so easy to lose that connection with your real, authentic self.
I personally found myself getting caught up in a world that really wasn’t me and in doing that you start to question who you are and what you’re doing with your days. I quickly realised I needed to step back from things and re-connect with ‘me’. In doing that, I feel like (especially) for an artist, it allows you to be re-inspired and get back to ‘you’.
As a girl who was brought up with 4 older brothers, on a farm by the beach and a very down-to-earth upbringing (feet always dirty and hair forever a mess), I’m learning the importance of not straying too far from those roots. As much as I love a chaotic city scene, I also love a quiet morning hearing nothing but the birds sing outside your window. I’m making sure to take the time to enjoy both.
S – Seasons changing
Autumn is without a doubt my favourite time of year. The crisp clean air, the golden light, the yellow and orange leaves dropping from the trees in a whirlwind of confetti.
T – Time
Is there ever enough?
U – Uncertainty
“If it is both terrifying and amazing you should definitely pursue it.”
V – Views
One of my favourite views is looking up at the sky as planes fly overhead. When I was living in Sydney I would walk down to the beach in the late afternoon, lie down on the sand and watch as the flights came in and out of the city. I would do the same in New York, where I’d head to the Sheeps Meadow in Central Park, find a soft patch of grass, put my headphones in and watch as plane after plane flew overhead. I loved that at almost any point of the day you could look up to the sky and see at least 3 planes flying over.
W – Wide Open Road
There’s nothing better.
X – XOXO
I just really think the world could really benefit from more hugs and kisses.
Y – Yellow
The shade of an Aussie summer.
Z – Zephyr
Zephyr Definition: “Deemed one of the most beautiful words in the English language due to its euphony, rare sighting and letter composition. Zephyr is described as a gentle, mild breeze. It does not disrupt, nor cause chaos, it merely brings a pleasant sensation on a warm summer day.”
☼ ☼ ☼ Photos and words by Gabi Mulder ☼ ☼ ☼
I arrived home a few weeks ago and it’s been non-stop rain ever since. As I’m sitting here writing, the rain is pouring down outside my window, I’m curled up in a blanket and onto my 3rd cup of tea.
The rivers are full, the ocean waves are wild and the sky has a constant blanket of dark grey cloud.
With that in mind (I feel like you’ll agree with me on this) it’s the perfect weather to stay inside, run a bath, start that book you’ve been meaning to read, and most importantly, pamper yourself.
The girls and I did just that last week while shooting for the beautiful skincare range by Soothe Organics. To be honest, I’ve never been one to be overly into skincare or beauty in general (I think growing up with four older brothers was a big contributor to this), but since trying out their products, I’m absolutely smitten.
We nestled into this beautiful home tucked away in the countryside and spent the day shooting, eating dragon fruit, taking polaroids and sheltering from the rain.
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With the Aussie summer having come to an end this week, I thought it would be fitting to put together a photo journal from special moments experienced and captured over the past three months.
From road tripping down the South Coast of Australia with new found friends, to welcoming in the new year on a deserted beach, taking a disposable camera out into the surf at 7am, running through sunflower fields in the rain, and jumping into the ocean at least once every single day, this past summer won’t soon be forgotten.
“It’s all messy: the hair, the bed, the words, the heart. Life…”
S U M M E R 2016 / 2017
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Photos & words by Gabi Mulder.
Phoebe and I met early one morning to capture the last few rays of summer.
A morning filled with excessive amounts of yellow styling (which i couldn’t get enough of) and jumping in and out of that crystal blue sea.
Thanks for another epic summer Australia, you total superstar.
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Phoebe Combes and I’m a full time dancer.
What is one thing someone can do to win your heart?
Cook me potatoes and take me to the beach!
Where could we usually find you on a Sunday afternoon?
Reading in the sun at the beach.
If you could catch a flight to anywhere in the world right now, where would you be going?
Morocco, India, New York, Iceland!
One thing you think everybody should try at least once in their life?
Watch ‘101 Reasons To Go Vegan and educate yourself on leaving less of a footprint.
If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR EVERYBODY!
See the full film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFH29mPQLiU
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