Thanks to the internet, Generation Z is more socially and politically aware than any who came before them, spearheading activist movements and creating real, tangible change before they’re even able to vote. But when they were already being dealt an unfair hand, - managing Trump, a climate crisis and puberty all at the same time - the addition of a global pandemic would be almost comical, if it wasn’t so terrifying.
Two days before Christmas, when the tease of summer was upon us, we took a small crew of creatives and Chanel's Cruise 2021 collection to South Cronulla beach to capture what we hoped would be the essence of a time year that now seems too often sentimentalised. We are so very lucky that on this island in the sun, 2021 is already bright - creative pursuit is possible, and across a plethora of industries, abundant. Daniel Goode captures Australian model Georgia Fowler in the clothes we want most.
A series that documents tension - the consideration of the physical and the case of the chemical. Suppression and release, friction and flow.
Stillness is a virtue
A shapeless thing that hums Beneath the surface of being Momentarily punctuating time
Ziggy Ramo recorded his year-defining album, Black Thoughts, in 2015 — but he held on to it for five years, told by the music industry that an Australian public so in denial about their own racist past (and present) couldn’t handle its contents. On May 25th, as a global race reckoning began to take shape, he uploaded the album in full —it’s gone on to be dubbed the most important Australian album of 2020. Grace O'Neill spends an hour in conversation with the magnanimous rapper.
Social media gets a bad rap these days. Justifiably so, for anyone who has seen The Social Dilemma and then fallen into a dark hole of existential despair, convinced Facebook is slowly melting our minds and chipping away at the foundations of modern democracy. But our ‘social media = bad’ conversations tend to lack a little nuance. Grace O'Neill talks to Sydney Creative and Digital Influencer, Yan Yan Chan on the evolving dynamic that is social media.
Subtly nostalgic and artfully modern, 'Summer By The Sea' celebrates the season we do best. From the discipline we’ve demonstrated to the reward that awaits; we count down to everything that warmer weather brings.
I still believe that the only way to real progress is to effectively out-argue the people we disagree with; I believe that treating straight white men as if they’re ‘the enemy’ is childish and unhelpful and I believe that many complicated social issues have been reduced to opaque good/bad binaries, and that this is driving people further along the extremes of the political spectrum. Grace O'Neill considers American politics, now.
If you, like us, have found yourself in this cesspool of a year exploring some ways in which you can be doing good, or doing more, allow us direct your attention to greyhound rescue and advocacy.
In partnership with Superga, SIDE-NOTE presents, ‘Treading Lightly’, a project that honours life's simpler pleasures, the essence of togetherness and the pursuit of a greater respect for our natural environment.
Imagine you’re a pregnant refugee with chronic pain and little to no English. You’ve spent the last seven years in a prison camp and all you know of Australia is the inside of a detention centre. Writer and refugee advocate, Nadine Von Cohen documents who she's fighting for.
When SIDE-NOTE began our portfolio of seven Lebanese-Australian creatives in the aftermath of the disaster, the overwhelming response during our interviews was this: The people of Lebanon are resilient.
“Prosperity is not a thing to grab, but an idea to cultivate; a mindset and a way of life”, Laura Agnew maps her path to Permaculture.
Curated by Publicist and Producer, Jess Carrera, SIDE-NOTE wraps up the best of MIFF 68½, the digital iteration of Melbourne's acclaimed International Film Festival.
Grace O'Neill talks to Australian model, Agi Akur on the changing pace of her profession.
Our new found need for less, yet decidedly more thoughtful clothes, finds its match in stripped back reliable staples for adventure in all its forms. There's a renewed focus on awareness—choices that are more sustainable, ethically made and locally produced. A curation of clothing ready for anything, and at last, considered.
Denim where people were not. Shot last month, mid lockdown, on location at what would ordinarily be Sydney's busiest thoroughfares.
There is a semi-deflated black orb gathering dust on a shelf in my home that taunts me whenever it veers into my eyeline. Its pearlescent sheen and accompanying yoga mat are silent and still, but may as well be shrieking and shaking with the force at which I’m confronted by their daily cry: We have been abandoned. Victoria Pearson considers how history will remember our time.
Even for women who hadn’t bought a magazine in years – and of those, we know, there are many – there was a sense of something ending on Tuesday. In one deft manoeuver three of the final stalwarts of the Australian fashion magazine landscape were wiped out. Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, InStyle. Gone, gone, gone. Grace O’Neill laments our loss.
Here are nine healthy Nanna's. To these women, this period of time has been tough. To break up the bad news we thought to pay them a (distanced) visit, and drag Jake along too.
If there’s any kind of creative legacy that marks this moment we’re in, we hope it’s this one: a return to something delicate, understated and familiar.
In consideration of their unwavering embrace, we asked a handful of Australian photographers to capture that which is constant, comforting and common in the time of Corona.
I value respect. I am inspired by history. I am challenged by ideas about how people see themselves, how I see myself.
For over 10 years my mother has worked as a nurse in remote communities around Australia, and more than five of those years she has spent with her husband in Maningrida.
Farmland hugs the cliffs that wrap and wind their way around the impending shore. Your nostrils are greeted with the distinct, rare blend of cow manure and sun-dried seaweed. The breeze picks up and you know you’re home. Photographer Michael Brunt explores the blueprint of identity in 'A Place To Call Home'.
Helena on being raised all over the world, her mental health and the change in her identity since starting a family.
SIDE-NOTE presents ‘Close Encounters’, a visual exploration of our varying ideas of near and far within the context of entrapment, freedom, destruction and protection.
Now more than ever, our thirst for authenticity has solidified the value of timeless design. Photographer Peter Van Alphen casts a modern eye over Australian heritage brand, R.M Williams.
Make up, and the beauty industry when subtracted from narratives of both mass consumerism, and oppressive beauty standards, contains the potential for rebellious lightheartedness. The personal is political, but that does not mean that either can’t be fun. The new identity of the beauty industry is fun, embracing its inherent frivolity and its revolutionary potential as a political force.
Photographer Darren McDonald shoots German beauty Anna Mila for Edition N°9, IDENTITY.