Trade 51 | Rhianna May
When it comes to a building a creative skillset and style some elements are instinctive, some are learnt specifically, others are absorbed in passing. The origin of some of these building blocks remaining unknown but with others you can trace exactly who influenced what. I first met Rhianna in London a couple of years ago and can specifically recall her photo essay format and attention to details in her imagery on Wildest Journal were an early influence on my work that have echoed into this project.
Perth grown Aussie and self-proclaimed beach baby at heart with a fond attachment to film in the form of her ever-present Pentax K1000. We were able to arrange a trade when I saw she had relocated to Milan just a couple of weeks prior, which made for another short and sweet stop in Italy.
Given her ability as a photographer the trade was for the only thing I could offer she couldn’t do – portraits of her, specifically with a focus on her support/choice of sustainable clothing. Outside of the photography itself Italy provided another food centric trade of Milanese aperitivo, coffee, pastries, pizza, panzerotti and, of course, gelato. Along with Rhianna’s Finnish colleague Ilona, if we weren’t eating, drinking or photographing we were walking in search of one of if not all three.
Skirt & Checked Top - NotPerfectLinen
White Crop Top - Elizabeth Suzann
Jacket - Beaumont Organic
Boots - Belmore Australia