Australian photojournalist Daniel Berehulak has captured some extraordinary images from around the world throughout his career. Berehulak, 36, has been based in New Delhi, India for the past six years, working for Getty Images and publications including TIME and The New York Times.
He has documented news events such as the Pakistan floods of 2010, the Maha Kumbh Mela of 2013 where over 100 million people gathered to bathe in the waters of Sangam, and most recently on assignment for The New York Times covering child malnutrition in Afghanistan and the historic elections in India.
The Australian Consulate General in New York and Reportage by Getty Images is currently holding an exhibition of Berehulak’s photography downtown at 109 Gallery at 109 Norfolk St. You can catch ‘Daniel Berehulak: Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan’ at the gallery from June 18 to 27.
Ollie Henderson is an Australian model who is paving a path to encourage people to ‘give a fuck again’ about the issues that matter most with her project, Start the Riot. Henderson has taken lead in creating change that began with one-hundred hand painted t-shirts worn on the runway during Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Australia. Gaining global recognition and a spot on the racks in our B_Space store, Pete sat down to have a chat about the project, the process and the potential for what’s to come next.
Firstly, where’s home?
Good question! I haven’t really been stationary for the past 7 years. I grew up in a small town two hours from Melbourne called Creswick. I’ve been travelling since then, now I mostly spend my time between New York and Sydney.
What brought you overseas and was it straight to New York?
Modeling. I started when I was 16 and moved away when I was 17, so it’s been a lovely ride of travel and adventure! And no, my first stop was Milan and then to Tokyo. I then spent a lot of time in London, so I supposed that was my last base before coming to New York last October.
And what do you think of New York?
I love it! How could you not? It’s a city of adventure! I feel like I walk down the street and anything could happen.
I agree with that, for sure! So, tell me a little bit about this project and how it started?
Well, I guess I conceived the idea in New York while I was feeling really frustrated with the political climate in Australia and not really knowing what to do about it. And then I had a nasty comment from this person who said that, “I should be used to sexual objectification in my work as a model.” And I was furious, obviously!
That was the point when I decided that I had to do something and that I could use my power in the fashion industry to make a change. I came up with the idea to hand paint one hundred t-shirts with positive political slogans and give them to all my friends to wear during Australian Fashion Week. They said things like ‘support gay marriage’, ‘save the reef’, ‘welcome the refugees’, ‘save lives’, things to create a bit of a stir, get people talking about it and see what happens.
And what happened?
It went much better than I thought it would, I was really surprised. I was expecting just a few blogs and maybe a local magazine but it totally blew up! I had interviews from US Vogue, US Harper’s, i-D and it just went to print in French Elle. The global attention was the thing that was most surprising because I felt like most of the issues were quite Australian but I suppose all these things are happening all over the world, all the time, just in different ways. I’ve started working with activist groups, collaborating with designers and musicians. I have tried to bring about a movement where people give a fuck again.
People creating messages about these issues isn’t a new thing, why are people engaging with the way you’re portraying the message?
It’s slightly different, I think. I am bringing politics into things that people are already interested in like fashion and music. I think giving people the option to get involved in really small ways like just wearing a t-shirt is a good entry point. An element I’m trying to focus on is that it can be really exciting to get involved with politics, it doesn’t have to be so dry.
Tell me a little more about the plan!
The first group of t-shirts that I’ve released is mostly focusing on human rights. So we have slogans like ‘reject racism’ and ‘homeless are human’. The first charity we are going to donate to is Amnesty International. The next one I’m looking to bring out will be an environmental one which will come out in June, which is when the United Nations will be meeting in Germany to discuss the future of climate change. Essentially, trying to use this project to bring attention to things already going on in the world that maybe people might not know about.
What’s the actual process with the t-shirts?
Well, they are all hand painted so it’s a long process! But it’s enjoyable! I also do work as an artist so painting is kind of the fun part. All the t-shirts are made in WRAP certified facilities (so not sweatshops), the paints are all made in Australia and the swing-tags and pins are all made from recycled materials and vegetable inks.
What’s the bigger picture and is there a chance to maybe collaborate with other designers?
I do want to continue doing the shirts. I’m hoping to bring the whole campaign to New York just to have a broader reach. Potentially in the future they won’t all be hand made, I still haven’t confirmed my decision on that, it’s just coming to be a lot of work. But I also want to branch out and make other kinds of apparel. And yes! I am talking with some Australian artists to collaborate with where we develop a t-shirt together, choose the slogan together and choose the charity together.
Pablo Picasso said the purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls. By Thursday, most of us living in the world’s cultural capital start feeling a little dusty, which is why we suggest you wash your soul with some art (and a drink!) to celebrate the launch of independent pop-up gallery Cuevas Tilleard Projects. It’s the work of Australian Caroline Tilleard, a Melburnian in New York since 2009, and her American colleague Anna Maria Cuevas. When it comes to art, these ladies know the score: Caroline has both a Masters of Architecture and of Art History, while Anna Maria majored in Art History at Williams College. They both have day jobs at Skarstedt, a secondary-market contemporary art gallery on New York’s Upper East Side, but have teamed up to find the best and brightest young emerging artists through Cuevas Tilleard Projects. In curating a series of short-run exhibitions, they hope to squeeze their favorite collector friends, favorite artworks, and favorite artists into temporary spaces downtown for pop-up events. The first of these is ‘Chancing With The Stars,’ an exhibition of work by Matias Cuevas, Rob Davis and Max Warsh. The artists will be present at the opening party on Thursday night, so you can learn more about their work by discussing it with them, or with Caroline and Anna Maria. They love art even more than they love dressing up like Wayne and Garth.
Cassie Harwood is a style director at Salon Ruggeri NYC on East 37th educator for Aussie hair product range evo, which launched in the U.S. in 2011 and is available at B_Space. Hailing from Adelaide, Harwood, 27, spent a decade working at Hair Machine, the best salon in the city of churches before relocating to New York two years ago. Billabout’s Pete Maiden chatted with Harwood about her career at the midtown salon, and tested her skills the old-fashioned way: he got a haircut.
Here to help us: breaking down the role of Aussie government officials– A Q&A with LA Consul General Karen Lanyon
Karen Lanyon is the Australian Consul-General in Los Angeles. Appointed in July 2012, Lanyon’s distinguished 20-year career as an Australian government representative has spanned across Africa, Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore. In her current California post she looks after seven U.S. states, including Alaska, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. Billabout founder Pete Maiden sat down with Lanyon at the 31st in Century City to discuss her career in promoting Australia to the rest of the world, new selling points and egalitarian spirit.
Sydney boy Luke Milton was a professional rugby player back home before he got into personal training and moved to the U.S. In 2009, Milton founded his signature Training Mate program of group fitness with an Aussie twist. In September, Milton opened Training Mate West Hollywood, a gym on Santa Monica Boulevard that specializes in high-intensity workouts and encourages you to have a laugh with your mates.
Bowral born, now Bondi bon vivant, chef Guy Turland (pictured above) has found a way to combine his love for the beach with his passion for food. Bondi Harvest is a cooking show that matches the prototypical Sydney beach bum lifestyle with fresh and diverse dishes. On a recent trip to New York, Billabout sat down with the surfer-chef hybrid in B_Space on Mulberry Street to chat about one of our favourite subjects – food.
The Presets are one of Australia’s best live bands. They fucking rock.
Insta-national: Annabelle Smith sits down with Billabout to talk all things social media.
Australia has had formal diplomatic representation in New York City since 1918. Phil Scanlan AM, the current Consul General, took up the position in 2009. An established businessman and founder of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, Phil and his wife Julie sat down with Billabout’s Pete Maiden to discuss his role in promoting Australia in the U.S., his expatriate life and the unique Aussie spirit.