Ashlina in person is exactly like her blog persona. I had been re-visiting her site, at least daily, for a while now. Her broad eye for interior design, enthusiasm and gratefulness is evident and a massive drawcard to her site. I wanted to photograph her for The Many Faces Of.

New York early July. My good friend Ollie, a Director of commercials and film, and I  just so happened to be there at the same time.  Ashlina agrees to the shoot…very gracious of her since I didn’t give her much of an idea of what I had in mind. I knew we would simply go with the flow having similar intent. And we surely did.

So, with one beautiful dress from Melbourne’s Alexi Freeman,  Ollie as photographer, myself and Ashlina full of convo, off we set.  A few shots in her cool pad, the streets of NYC & then Central Park. She took us to her favourite place in the world, the Bethesda Fountain, and this is where she confided the comfort it brought in the initial months of living in New York. It was revealing to me that the secret to her success was faith and persistence in what she firmly believed in.

We discovered that both of us had a shared admiration of Sophia Loren, positive quotes, and a good cocktail.

She is one amazing lady who has an immediate affect.

CREDITS

Photographer & Post Production:

Oliver Waghorn

Oliver Waghorn is a professional writer / director based in Melbourne.  He has worked on commercials for powertools, fast food, eye glasses, heavy machinery, education, government initiatives & charity.

His two short films,’The Package’ and ‘Correspondence’ have gained attention in dozens of film festivals across the globe.

With a solid background in writing, editing and visual effects; Oliver is known for his down to earth approach to filmmaking and pragmatic approach to telling great stories.
‘The Long Weekend’, his most recent short will hit the festival circuit in 2012.


Dress:

Alexi Freeman

ALEXI FREEMAN was born on December 24, 1978, in Hobart, Australia.
Formally trained in Fine Art at the University of Tasmania, majoring in printmaking and sculpture (1996-2004) Freeman’s art practice heavily referenced fashion concepts and aesthetics, producing limited edition prints and garments before receiving the Manufacturing Design Fund from Arts Tasmania (2005) enabling the genesis of the ALEXI FREEMAN fashion label in 2006.

Currently based in Melbourne, his collections for women incorporate elements of hand drawn & printed textiles worked into drape and juxtaposed with tailoring. Freeman has since completed 12 seasons of ready-to-wear, selling to a select list of boutiques and private clients in Australia, New Zealand, USA & Europe. Freeman’s collections are a graphic tribute to the world in which we live and his raison d’être is to lure fashion into bed with art, catalyse the rise of understated avant-garde and popularise the notion of urban couture, all the while empowering and paying homage to the modern woman.

 

Creative Director/Hair & MakeUp:

Olivia Still