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Eva & Victor: Foreign Natives

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Eva & Victor: Foreign Natives

"We are Eva and Victor and we are, originally, from Barcelona. But after living in San Francisco for a year and a half, we decided to move to our custom converted Dodge Ram Van to explore America while keeping our part-time jobs. Traveling and living in a van is something that had always been on our minds, but it's difficult to find the right moment to switch. Now that we are on the road, we absolutely think this is the best decision we have ever made.

During the last six months, we have been traveling around USA and Canada. We are currently in Berlin for two months to work on a project, but we are going back to San Francisco soon to pick up the van again, and we will drive down through Baja California in Mexico, to as far South as we can get.

You can follow our stories at http://www.foreignnatives.co/

Victor runs as a competitive mountain and ultra runner. He also surfs whenever we are close to the ocean. Eva paints vans and illustrates a travel journal. Recently, she took a collection of painted vans from our travels and put them into a calendar that we are promoting through a Kickstarter.

Vanlife Illustrated is a project that comes from our road trip. During the last year, we have been taking photos of all the vans that we found on the road. We realized there’s a lot of different types of cars where people live in, from the most classic to the most weird: vans, cars, trucks, RVs, trailers, buses, etc.

So Eva started painting with gouache a set of vans that could express the variety of what we find on our way. The final product is a 2016 calendar, with one illustration for each month. Everything is handmade, even the typography!

She just started a Kickstarter campaign, where you can contribute and get your own beautiful vanlife calendar. You can also get a set of 12 postcards, or buy one of the original paintings. If you are also really proud of your van, Eva can also paint it!

Support us on our Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1HRH8XK"

Links:

Kickstarter: 
http://kck.st/1HRH8XK

Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/vanlifeillustrated/

Blog:
http://www.foreignnatives.co/

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Katie Sadie: The Trip About Nothing

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Hey there, 

I am a working photographer living in Toronto, Ontario. For the past 6 years I have primarily photographed fashion and portraiture- this is all about to change. I have successfully moved out of my studio to hit the road. My adventure will last 6 months living in a van to develop a massive street and documentary photo essay.  Right now I am working 3 jobs and couch surfing to save up as much as possible before the November departure date. I have also launched an Indiegogo - The Trip About Nothing to help fund the van, some gas and of course film. 

I biked around the city with Plastik Films for the video portion of my Indiegogo to see what kind of vans Toronto adventure seekers were representing. Right now I am still on the hunt for the adventure mobile of my dreams. It is not a simple task but I know that my van is out there somewhere!

Follow my journey through

Website: katiesadie.com

Instagram: @tripaboutnothing #tripaboutnothing. 

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Mark De Koning: Artist & Photographer

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"Mark's illustrations are the result of focused attention on the raw and wild. With meticulous detail and patience he displaces his subjects and brings them into a new context of depth. He finds inspiration in harsh natural environments, often immersing himself in Victoria's icy waters to take photos and surf. He finds great stillness in the volatility of the wild.

He explores themes of life and death, divinity, balance and symbolism."

www.markdekoning.com

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Ricky Cavarra: Photographer

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Ricky Cavarra: Photographer

ROAR: Hey Ricky! Your ocean photography blew us away? How you capture light, colours and the movement of the sea is incredible. How did your love of photography and the ocean come to life?

Ricky: Ever since a young age the ocean has definitely been one of the biggest parts of my life. It’s always been a place where I can think clearly, revisit at any time and basically call home. What I love the most about the ocean though is the fact that it’s constantly evolving and showing new characteristics of its personality each and every day. It was only the beginning of 2014 that I decided to purchase my first camera and ever since then I haven’t looked back. Photography for me is not only capturing moments of natural beauty through a digital lens, it’s also a visual expression of my personality and love I have for the ocean and its surroundings.

ROAR: What have been some highlights of your photography career so far?

Ricky: I’ve had so many memorable moments since picking up my first camera, but the ones which seem to resinate in my mind the most are the thrills that photography has provided. Whether it be exploring new undiscovered locations, chasing swells for hours on end up and down the coast or even just waiting for first light, each and every moment I’ve experienced as of yet, has played a big part in shaping the photographer and person I am today. So far I’ve been a part of several different shoots, including weddings and advertisements but personally nothing beats the excitement of racing up the beach, checking the camera and seeing an image on your screen which you’re really happy with.

ROAR: We love your landscape photos as well! Do you have to change your mindset from ocean to landscape?

Ricky: To be honest my mindset whilst shooting landscapes never changes, it’s the eyes which do all the work. Landscape photography has always been something I’ve revisited.  My early days as a photographer were all about playing around and testing with different compositions of nature but as my imagery developed I found myself primarily focusing on capturing the movements and motion of the ocean. The landscape work I produce aims to create a unique perspective within the viewer’s eye, as each individual photo attempts to differentiation itself from others with a different mood and feel.

ROAR: What equipment do you use?

Ricky: One thing I’ve learned about photography is it’s not cheap. My kit is constantly changing due to my financial state. I am currently using a canon 70d, this camera fits all my needs for the type of stuff I shoot. I also own a range of canon lenses including telephoto lenses and wide angles.

ROAR: Any exciting things happening in 2015?!

Ricky: I have big hopes for 2015! So far it’s been such a good year as I’ve had a lot more to time to focus primarily on my photography and building my portfolio. I’m also planning to travel as much as I can. So far a trip to Tasmania has been booked for the end of November and I’m also hoping to explore the coastline of New Zealand to see what those parts of the world have to offer. Thanks for having me!

Follow Ricky: http://rickycavarra.com Facebook @rickycavarraphoto instagram

The man behind the lense

The man behind the lense

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Sam Brumby: Photographer

ROAR: We were fortunate enough to be shown your film photography from our artist friend Lauren and after a scroll through your feed we were hooked! Where did this passion for film come from?

Sam: When I was a teenager I always wanted to shoot surfing (or have some one shoot me surfing). My family didn’t have much coin for a fancy camera but my dad had his Pentax Asahi 35mm Spotmatic with a tele lens sitting around the house so after some nagging he taught me the basics of photography. I still have that camera today and its what I shoot the majority of my photos on so there’s a certain nostalgic romance attached to it. I also used to spend a lot of time looking at my fathers photo albums that were filled to the brim with early expeditions to remote places in Indonesia (I’m talking single fins and un-ridden river mouths) and hundreds of locations around Tasmania showcasing empty, cold, remote tubes and reeling point breaks. That was my first experience with film, poring over these memories of my fathers and dropping the occasional 35mm film at the local Woolys to be sent off for processing and printing then anxiously awaiting its return. 

However, it wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s that I started shooting film regularly. It was born out of the frustration that comes with shooting digital and becoming inpatient and taking too many half-assed photos instead of actually taking your time to frame and light a photo properly. Coupled with that is my frustration with this current state of society where everyone wants everything instantly ( I constantly confuse people with my Instagram…people see me in Sydney and they’re like ‘I thought you were in Europe!?”) Film forces you to make decisions, think twice, three, four times about hitting the shutter and once that reel has been wound back you have to send if off and be patient… something a lot of people have forgotten how to do.

P.S - It also looks amazing.

ROAR: We especially love your Adventure film pics of the Australian outback. Seeing places people only dream about. Tell us about your opportunity to get to do this?

Sam: Myself and 2 friends formulated an idea at the beginning of 2014 to showcase outdoor exploration in a fun and accessible manner through webisodes and photo journals, which would be hosted via our website. We named the business Tales To Tell, for which I act as creative director and content producer. Essentially I film, produce, edit and direct everything we do. Anyhow, last year we made a pilot episode which we pitched to various connections in hope of sponsorship. One of those was Toyota who got on board with the concept of us doing 6 episodes about exploring Australia. Essentially the underlying message in our work is to encourage people to explore their own backyard. We live in an amazing country that most people haven’t seen 10% of. 

ROAR: We totally agree with exploring Australia! You also do film making, play instruments, sound & engineering plus producing. How does one get fricken good at so many things? Do tell us?

Sam: Ha, I wouldn’t say im very good at any of them! I guess it all spawned from drumming which I took up in year 4. Once I got a little older I read an article about a drummer who became a sound engineer to make a living so I figured that was a great idea and a few years later I had a diploma and a degree in Sound Engineering. I had taken up video again in that time period (I had a stint behind the lens in my high school years) purely to make live music sessions, but once I started getting better people started asking to me to make music videos. That time behind the camera led to me shooting photos again and before I knew it all my mediums had become full circle. One job with a band would spawn into another and so on and so on etc. These days I run a small recording studio, work as a video producer for RØDE Microphones, hold a regular stint at Oxford Arts Factory as a venue photographer, go on adventures with Tales To Tell, play in a handful of bands, and spend any remaining time shooting music videos and press shots. 

ROAR: Wow! You are a busy and extremely talented man! What are some of the raddest things you have been a part of in either of your multi media forms?

Sam: I think just being part of community within the inner west Sydney music scene. I’ve got friends who are super successful and play international festivals and friends who cant get 10 people to a show, but at the end of the day we’re all heading to a friends show, working on projects together or just having a beer. Its super rad how much creativity there is amongst friends. One friend writes a killer track, gets his mate to drum on it, gets his other friend to produce and record, then asks me to shoot a clip and finally grabs Joe Blow to do some photos then you’ve got this great bit of music and accompanying media all made by a group of mates. You see that community and creativity all across Sydney and it drives everyone to work harder and create more rad content. 

ROAR: Community and creativity go hand in hand and we dig the sound of your creative hub going on! What are some challenges of being a full time creative?

Sam: No money, Charging your friends your full rate, even though it's already too cheap, your friends taking forever to pay you, people always asking for favours and once again no money hah. But at the end of the day this stuff doesn’t really matter, as long as your fed and have somewhere to sleep your gonna be happy because you truly do something you love. I don’t know many people who get to do what they love.

ROAR: It seems this struggle is across all creative mediums and it's such an important part of our society and culture! What are a couple of things you are most stoked about in the near future?

Another record with Caitlin Park, our Finland/Norway/Iceland doco being finished and released and then hopefully more funding to go on a whole lot more adventures!

ROAR: Sounds so good! Well we will be sure to keep following all the creative goodness you continue to put out! Cheers for talking the time to chat with us and congrats on following your passions and sharing and inspiring all of us on the way!

All the pics shown in this feature are from a trip Sam did with Tales To Tell around Australia. He shot on 35mm and 120mm. Tales To Tell is launching in April! We can't wait to see what they have in store. Follow Tales To Tell Instagram.

Follow Sam Brumby: 
 www.sambrumby.com
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Tumblr - http://sam-brumby.tumblr.com/
Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/user19525969


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Samuel Hall: Photographer & Writer

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ROAR: It's clear you have a lot of creativity when it comes to both writing and photography. How did these two loves come about for you?

SAMUEL: My parents used to exclaim how un-creative I was throughout my junior years because of how wrapped up I was in my sporting pursuits. Photography was a medium that I was always awkwardly interested in without ever involving myself in and when I blew 2 ligaments out in my knee and ended up with a lengthy recovery process in front of me, I decided to seriously pick up a camera. Throughout this period of recovery I realised that sport was my expression, and I needed to express my emotions and the way I viewed life through different mediums, so I also started writing. 

ROAR: You currently move between the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. How have these two places influenced your creativity and finding mediums to express yourself and share with others?

SAMUEL: The Sunshine and Gold Coast play a massive part, the two main influences in my life and creative mediums are the environment I’m in and the people I surround myself with. The main aim for myself creatively is to express the world as I see it through my own life, and that is a reflection upon my two homes. The Gold Coast is that really hectic, party and surf lifestyle whereas the Sunshine Coast for me represents the laid back, family and quiet afternoon beer lifestyle. Both are full of incredibly talented up and coming creative cultures that push me every day. 

ROAR: What are some highlights you have achieved with both writing and taking awesome pics?

SAMUEL: Writing is a medium that I haven’t explored much into in terms of public accolades or exposure apart from writing for a few magazines (Tidal Magazine and Delirium Magazine). At this stage I write for personal satisfaction and to sort out what goes through my salt saturated brain and so I guess any time I successfully do that is a highlight. With photography and filming a few of my biggest highlights would be having my latest surf clip recognised and posted on Stabmag and having photos in magazines including Surfing Life. Any time you see your own work immortalised in print it’s an incredible feeling. 

ROAR: Are you looking to make a career out of either or do you just do it for the love? 

SAMUEL: Right now I’m just following my passions because that’s what I love to do and they keep me sane. I would love to make a career out of photography, filming and writing at some stage but until then I’ll live my life because I love it. I would one day love to release a book of my favourite images and some words I’ve put on paper, so I guess that’s the dream. 

ROAR: We also hear your studying to be a physio?! Are you looking to link this with photography and writing once you graduate?

SAMUEL: My dream job would be combining photography and physiotherapy together while working with professional surfers. My goal is to find a surfer/surfers and travel the world filming with them during the day and working on them with injury prevention/coaching/nutrition and other physio based activities during the night. I would love to run a blog about those travels so that others could be inspired to follow their dreams. 

ROAR: What are you most excited about in 2015?

SAMUEL: I’m excited to make new friends, drink cold beers, travel through different countries and be a better version of myself. I’m excited for fresh sheets, warm summer evenings and cold winter mornings. I’m excited for the Quicksilver Pro and uncrowded evening surfs with just friends. I’m genuinely just excited for life. 

Check out more from Samuel through his sites:

Instagram @samueldhall

Facebook Samueldhall Photography  

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The Drifter: Ming Nomchong, Photographer

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Surfer: Lauren L. Hill

Surfer: Lauren L. Hill

ROAR: It is evident you are an amazing photographer and creative soul. Was this passion instilled in you growing up? Who played a role in supporting your creativity?

Ming: I've been taking photos since I can remember and I've always loved it. But I'm not one of those wonder kids who picks up a camera for the first time and the shots are amazing. I've worked hard at it for years before it started to flow really naturally for me. It took, time, effort and lot's and lot's of shooting, watching and learning. My mum was definitely a huge supporter of my photography when I was younger and still is to this day.

ROAR: Where did you grow up and how did your environment play a role in making you who you are today?

The beautiful lady behind the lens, Ming Nomchong

The beautiful lady behind the lens, Ming Nomchong

Ming: I grew up in Sydney and lived there until my early twenties before searching for adventures across the globe. My adventures finally brought me to Byron Bay and I've been here on and off for the last 5-6 years and now working on my craft as a photographer.

When I was working on a boat in Fiji a couple of years ago, my boyfriend at the time had a water housing for his camera which I would steal and explore shooting underwater with it and thats where my addiction began. So yes the ocean environment definitely played a massive role in my journey.

ROAR: What are some creations and designs that you have been involved in recently and currently that you are excited and passionate about?

Surfer: Lauren L. Hill

Surfer: Lauren L. Hill

Ming: I just got back from a trip to Tonga with fellow ocean addicts Lauren L. Hill & Chrystal Fitzgerald. We were on assignment for summer-site.com and Billabong Women's & Conner Hats among other sponsors to create content for some articles about adventure travel in the tropics. It was a pretty awesome week of whale swimming, surfing, coconut tree climbing and all round Tonga exploration.

But currently, on the side of my shooting jobs, I'm constantly working on my blog The Drifter, which is a surf, fashion and lifestyle blog about anything that has to do with living ~ a salty life ~. It's my little creative baby that features my own content and all things salty.

ROAR: We have noticed that you collaborate with and support other creative inspirational people. What is the importance of this to you?

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Ming: I love working with other like minded creative people because it's these people that drive the way forward in positive thinking and world changing actions. If we can all work together and support each other then we're one step closer to making a difference in our world, in one way or another.

ROAR: We see you as a great role model for young women. What is some advice you would give to girls growing up trying to figure out who they are and what they what to give and achieve in life?

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Ming: The most important advice I would give is to listen to yourself and not what others are saying or doing around you. Find out what makes you tick and chase after it. It doesn't matter what it is, if you love it and do it, you will be come successful in it.

ROAR: What is something you are really excited about for 2015?

Ming: I'm super pumped about some upcoming collaborations next year that will see me travelling over to Hawaii and the States, West and East coast. My little brother lives in New York and I've been trying to find an excuse to go and visit him and it looks like the universe is delivering…. So stay tuned for more fun in the sun….

M i n g   N o m c h o n g   

P h o t o g r a p h e r

+61 (0)410 682 090
www.mingnomchong.com
http://thedrifter.me
instagram/thedrifterblog

Surfer: Cloudy

Surfer: Cloudy

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Ellie Jean Coffey

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Surfer: Cloudy

Surfer: Cloudy

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Ellie Jean Coffey

Byron Bay Surf Festival

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Kane Brown: Photographer

ROAR: After meeting you whilst surfing in Byron we were keen to check your creative work. You have a unique style for ocean, coastal, nature and surfing photography that sets you apart from others. Where did this passion and creativity come from?

Kane: Definitely growing up i've had a strong connection with the ocean, waking up in the early hours before school and Racing down the beach with friends, seeing who can ride with out hands the longest (ah they were the days).  It would've been about my 15th birthday until i got my first camera. Early stages were just mucking around documenting friends surfing and skating bluh bluh maybe the odd landscape photograph. My passion has rapidly grown over the past two years. Having you're licence and the freedom to pack up the camera gear and leave, would have to be the best feeling about the whole thing. 

ROAR: Where are you from and how has this influenced you style?

Kane: The Sunny Coast. It's not the most consistent place for waves but being a pretty motivated person it ain't so bad. Living on the coast, there are already few guys out there taking photos, so the next shoot you're always trying to look for something new and different, to set you apart from the others. 
ROAR: What are some rad photo shoots you have been involved in so far?

Kane: I haven't been involved in anything to rad. It's always something special adventuring to new locations, especially when you score it with you're friends
ROAR: Is the plan to make a career of being a photographer?

Kane: It wouldn't be the worst gig i can tell you that, but for now i'll continue being a struggling artist selling prints down at the local markets and some extra part time work. See what happens in the new year. 

ROAR: What are some things that you are excited about for 2015

Kane: I'm definitely looking forward to more trips overseas and down the coast in the commo

. You can follow Kane on his instagram @kanebrownphoto and on his website Kanebrownphoto.com

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Chrystal Fitzgerald: Creative Soul

Photo by Chris Prestige  www.atdusk.com.au

Photo by Chris Prestige www.atdusk.com.au

Last year we took a few weeks off to travel to one of our favourite places, Bali. While we were there we stopped in at Deus Temple of Enthusiasm, Canggu. As we were wandering around admiring all their amazing motorbikes, we found ourselves out the back where they shape surfboards. We noticed some amazing Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards and then we noticed Joel Fitzgerald. What a lucky day, to catch Joel and his beautiful wife Chrystal at work designing and shaping their boards. They were so lovely, they took time out of their day to chat with us. We talked about the process you go through, from design to finish, to shape a board. You could see they are passionate about what they do. We have kept in contact with Joel and Chrystal and the journey that they are on and are excited to share a bit of that with you. Chrystal has taken the time to chat with us about her life, passions, creativity, designs and ideas about community and collaboration. 

You can follow Chrystal on her personal blog, creative media websitefacebook, @dawnwolfdreamer for instagram and view Joel Fitzgerald surfboards on their website 

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ROAR: You are a woman of many creative talents such as filmmaking, photography, design, craft, surfing and more. Were these passions instilled in you growing up? Who played a role in supporting your creativity?

Chrystal: Thank you for your kind words and proposing such thoughtful questions. It is an honour for me to respond and although I have yet to see myself in some of these ways I am living into it :) In answer to your first question; Yes art and craft were instilled in me at a very young age. My mother Julia read to my sister Leilani and I every day, and when my grandmother Heather was visiting she too would tell us stories. Storytelling and playing outdoors were our primary sources of joy and entertainment. When we weren't horse back riding, building forts or adventuring my sister Leilani and I were at the public library. I also had the rich Hawaiian culture around me from an early age. 

Making flower leis, wreaths, ti leaf skirts, singing songs, dancing and just talking story were also big parts of my childhood. These traditions continue to be a source of creative strength and inspiration for me. 

My mother played an integral role in my creative development and still does. She always supported me in all that I wanted to do and enrolled me in sewing, piano, hula and theater classes to see what I enjoyed most. She always made time for me and asked me what I wanted to do. Sports and arts were and still are far more interesting to her then my socialistic achievements. 

During my early life there were a few caring teachers that encouraged me, however the people that fostered and helped me develop my love for film and visual story telling were from the Academy for Creative Media, at the University of Hawaii. Which is where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Creative Media and how I initially came to Australia in 2006. Presently, my mother, sister, friends, and husband Joel continue to support me in all of my creative pursuits.

ROAR: Where did you grow up and how did your environment play a role in making you who you are today?

Chrystal: I was raised by my mother Julia alongside my sister Leilani in the Ka'u desert on the island of Hawai'i' for most of my youth. It was there in the Wild landscape of Pele's lava trail that I was home schooled in a community of like minded individuals. In this fringe community, down dirt roads, we lived 'off the grid', no running water, or electricity, and at times without four walls.  Less distractions made this natural lifestyle integral in the preservation and nurturing of my creativity and imagination. Hence my childhood has and continues to shape my personal development. 

ROAR: What are some creations and designs that you have been involved in recently and currently that you are excited and passionate about?

Chrystal: Recently I have been involved in the creative design of surfboards, short films and my own personal art. Of these what is bringing me much joy are my dreamcatchers, which I hand-craft from primarily recycled, repurposed, vintage and found beach treasures. I am also involved in the creative processes within my husband and business partner Joel Fitzgerald's surfboards. Vintage fabrics, color, texture, anything old that has a life and story, enchant and excite me. 

On the film side I have been inspired by the collective up rising of women, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and the company I keep. Lauren L Hill and I worked on a short video a few months ago and that has inspired me to tell more of my own stories, something that I have known for a long time was coming. This is exciting time in my life as I am stepping out in new ways. Here is a link to the project that I am currently developing 'Vignettes of the Slide'  it is like life ever evolving :)

ROAR: We have noticed that you collaborate with and support other creative inspirational people. Tell us your thoughts on collaboration and community and give us a couple of examples where you have seen this flourish in your local community.

Chrystal: We are designed for community. The people I surround myself with are all my mentors and profound sources of inspiration. Examples of successful collaborations are prevalent in the Byron Bay community. An example close to me is the collaboration between Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards and artist/laminator Matt Yates. Some beautiful one of a kind surfboards that are truly works of art have been the result. Another example is the  Byron Bay Surf Festival, which is what I believe to be a collaborative event. There are many other local examples in the fashion, and arts community here in the shire as well. The numbers of collaborations are growing all the time as people see the mutual benefit of sharing skills, trading, being of service.

ROAR: We see you as a great role model for young women. What is some advice you would give to girls growing up trying to figure out who they are and what they what to give and achieve in life?

Chrystal: The advice I have for growing girls is to truly follow your heart, be brave with this following and always always trust your intuition. I also encourage you to remember that God lives in each of us and we all have the power to reach the dreams of purpose, which we are given. Rely on God's vision for you and ask for help when every you are faced with doubt, prayer is a powerful gift. Along with prayer and persistence make time to play daily :)

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I have just started a group called the Women's Evolvement Party, my ultimate goal is to be of service to a larger community of Women for personal and global healing. At the moment we are gathering for book club and women's circles, in the future we plan to take more active roles in the community and overseas :) Click here to view the site.

ROAR: What is something you are really excited about for 2014?

Chrystal: Today! Yes each moment is a miracle. Other things I am excited about are going home to Hawai'i' Nei, day dreams, a feature film that I am working on with dear friends, traveling and collaborating with like minded people on creative projects.

Photo by Anthony Dodds

Photo by Anthony Dodds

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Photo by Anthony Dodds

Photo by Anthony Dodds

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Photo by Chris Prestige  www.atdusk.com.au

Photo by Chris Prestige www.atdusk.com.au

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Photos provided and copyrighted by Joel and Chrystal.

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Jamie Isaac: Photographer

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Jamie is an inspirational teenager from the Central Coast, NSW Australia. He respects the environment and values our beautiful coastline. Of a weekend Jamie spends most of his free time exploring the under water world of rock caves, wave formations and wild life. He also loves going to the mountains and capturing waterfalls. We at ROAR totally connect with this lifestyle and we are so happy to share his talent and joy of living.

ROAR: Tell us a bit about yourself and where you're from

Jamie: I was born in South Africa but moved to Australia when I was just a baby, and I've been brought up by a "beach/nature loving" family. There's nothing better in my eyes then getting away with the family. If were not at the beach, you'll find us exploring the bush, looking for waterfalls, good views or a secluded camp site where we might spend the night to just get away.

ROAR:  Who and what events inspired you to get into photography?

Jamie: I got given a GoPro for my birthday from my parents and I guess it all started from there. I was literally just filming everything, not having much of a clue what I was doing, but I loved the fact that I could capture a moment that I thought was special and share it with others. By getting out and constantly finding new environments to take pictures, and with advice and help from experienced photographers and friends, I'm getting better all the time. 

ROAR: What types of photography do you enjoy the most?

Jamie: My favourite type of photography involves the "natural world". I like exploring reefs and taking pictures of whatever I find appealing. If the surf is up I'll head to the beach and try my luck with getting some pictures inside some barrels, but if not I'll head inland looking for waterfalls or just a good looking scenery

ROAR: What equipment do you use mostly?

Jamie: I mainly use a GoPro hero 3 Black edition on top of a GoPole "reach" to do all of my action/underwater photography, and a Canon 350D for the rest.

ROAR: Is this a hobby or are you looking to this as a career?

Jamie: At this stage it's a hobby, maybe sell a few prints here and there but I'm not sure where my photography will take me and that's the best bit about it.

ROAR: What exciting things have you got planned with your photography in the future?

Jamie: Well I'm really keen to get a new camera, I'm looking at the Canon 60D and in time save up for an underwater housing for it. I'd also love to go to a few markets with my pictures hopefully selling a few prints and making some money to help fund my hobby.

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Thanks for sharing a bit of your story Jamie. It is so great to hear that your family love the out doors and that they have passed their passion on to you. Nature can be the most amazing experience, and its accessible to everyone.  We are so happy that you are making the most of it! We love your photos and your outlook, good luck with your market stall and future photo taking.

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James Bennett: Photographer

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One of our favourite photographers James Bennett has taken the time to share some words, photos and a couple of secret tips to being a successful photographer. We are so pleased to feature his artistic and creative talent, you can really see his passion for photography. 

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The man behind the lens.

The man behind the lens.

What has inspired you to choose photography as a career and what is your business called? 

I didn't choose photography - it chose me. Once apon a time I was a graphic designer and the photographer who was supposed to show up for a commercial shoot rang up at the last minute saying he was sick. I had brought my camera in and I was given a shot - oh I love unintentional puns. 

We have noticed that you are getting heaps more into using film photography and have developed a lot of your own photos in the past.  What excites you about these aspects? 

The fact that there's the unknown. I make mistakes on film and I love that. Theres a certain romance associated with the colours, the grains and even though this can be simulated on computers - nothing beats the original. Digital however is extremely useful too - especially on commercial shoots. 

What areas of photography are you focused on and what areas do you survive financially off? 

I still shoot for a few agencies in Newcastle and Sydney doing commercial photography but these days weddings are my biggest focus. 

What equipment do you mainly use for your photography? 

The equipment I use includes a variety of Nikon DSLRS/ polaroid land cameras/ medium format film and 8x10 large format cameras.  

Who is your favourite photographer and why? 

To someone who isn't in the game that's a perfectly reasonable question. But when you're in the industry and you love so many shooters for so many different reasons it's an extremely difficult question to answer. Currently I'm loving Jan Schulz, Theo Gosselin, Mark Tucker… the list goes on and on. 

What does the future hold for you? 

Hopefully lead a life thats full of beauty and inspiration. 

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Inspired by James work? Check out more of his talents through the links below.

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