While in Italy for our last production meetings Nikki and I had a few days relaxation on a beach on the island of Sardinia. We met some of the local beachgoers and shot these portraits of them just off the beach. Enjoy!
Tom & Nikki
Photographer Pierre Toussaint is a favourite, Australian fashion photographer of ours. His commissions list includes Vogue, GQ, Harpers Bazaar and SONY music to name a few and his style is subtle yet very distinguishable.
Pierre’s celebrity commissions include Miranda Kerr, Brooke Shields, Lorde, Sky Ferreira, Erin Wasson, Natalie Imbruglia, John McEnroe, Lara Worthington, Jessica Hart and Jennifer Hawkins to name a few and if you're not already then follow him on Instagram and visit his website to stay up to date with his work.
Stephan Würth: Ghost Town | Published by Damiani | Epilogue by Lesley M. M. Blume.
Since moving to California from his native Germany, photographer Stephan Würth has been fascinated with the mythical vistas of the American West and the isolation and freedom of vast desert expanses. Würth culminates this geographical romance with the new series Ghost Town.
These photographs narrate the tale of three women as they journey through Nevada, where they soon find themselves stranded with a broken- down car on the side of a desolate road. Shot over seven days on black-and-white Kodak Tri-X film, the images were scanned for the book from 16 x 20 inch hand-developed prints and never retouched.
The book also features an epilogue by fashion and culture critic Lesley M. M. BlumeFeatured image, by Stephen Würth, is reproduced from Ghost Town, in which Lesley M. M. Blume writes, "Something you should know ahead of time: Gold Point will conspire to make you into a child again. Gold point wants you to be naked out there amidst that sea of sagebrush and bleached animal bones. There is such a thing as adult childhood too, and here you make its acquaintance right away. Women drink bare- breasted at Gold Point's ramshackle saloon; peanut shells are thrown on the floor and forgotten; drinking beers while lazily shooting at your parked truck is a perfectly acceptable pastime."
"This book is about a dream. Three girls on a road trip fall asleep in the back of their car and wake up together on the inside of the same dream. And in this dream, these ladies create a utopia of sorts, one willed with appetite and scintillating amusements and only occasionally listlessness. But even their boredom is of a pretty, temporary variety. There is nothing dreary or sordid about this dram. Once in a while, it flits towards the edge of dreariness or hints at impending salacity--but then, with the blink of a shutter, you're back from the edge and there's a new scene, a new act, a fresh new giddy game being played on the pages before you."
- Lesley M. M. Blume, excerpted from the epilogue to Ghost Town.
Purchase Ghost Town the book HERE
See more of Stephan's work HERE
1 - Maldives
According to Costas Christ of National Geographic, ‘The Maldives are disappearing into the ocean’. Before the Maldives completely vanishes, we should visit it at least once in our lives. The Maldives is renowned for its incredible diving because of the amazing diversity of sea life, with incredible corals and over 2000 species of fish. The shallow lagoons make it perfect for relaxed snorkeling as well. The tropical climate in the Maldives makes it even better for us to visit at this time of the year.
2 - Palawan
Daily Mail Australia says travelers have voted Palawan archipelago in the Philippines as the best islands in the world for the second time around. There’s nothing more to say, it’s one of the must-visit beaches on our list. Palawan is located on the Southern tip of the Philippines, just north of Malaysia. Palawan is known for its crystal clear blue waters, sandy shores and a phenomenal underwater river. As the Philippines is currently in its dry season, it’s a perfect time to visit!
3 - Ibiza
Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands, a Spanish archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. Ibiza strikes the perfect balance of vibes. It’s well known for its nightlife however; Ibiza is also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats and amazing beaches. While the temperature drops here in Australia, it’s best to go to Ibiza around June to August as the temperature starts to rise. Want to go to a place with the best of both worlds? Head on over to the island of Ibiza.
4 - Bali
Bali is more than a tourist hub for surfers, beachgoers and yogis. It’s a mood, an aspiration and a tropical state of mind. A balance of serene beaches, tranquil mountains and strong culture, this place is one of the must-visit beach destinations. In Bali, you can have a perfect balance of partying, surf, and family-friendly beaches.
5 - Baia do Sancho, Brazil
Best time to go to Baia do Sancho? All year round. And that’s what makes it one of the must-visit beaches in the world. It’s renowned for its crystal clear water and can be visited via boat or through a narrow staircase down the cliffs that tower around the bay. The view from the top of the hill is breathtaking. Sancho is also one of the best diving spots in Brazil as tourists or visitors can enjoy great marine fauna and flora.
Meet Chiara. Chiara is our technical confidant and adviser in Italy. Her 35 years of experience and knowledge of the fashion industry are incredibly important in our workflow. She is an expert on every material, every technique and every timeline and whenever something is not perfect she is always our first point of contact. Chiara ensures things run smoothly and if problems arise she thinks outside the square and fixes them quickly.
Chiara thrives on doing things right, supporting good and hard working local manufacturers and reaching our goals together with the team. In her spare time, you'll find Chiara walking up to her favourite castle overlooking her hometown. She loves to read and can often be found in her rare time off sitting at the foot of her favourite ancient building reading a book or listening to music. Chiara and her partner also save and rehabilitate injured street cats in their small amount of spare time together and are two of the most passionate and inspiring people you could meet.
While Chiara’s work is often invisible in the end product her hands and mind are woven into every inch of every garment. Her work is not physically visible but it’s of the highest importance to us and the rest of the team.
Our days in Italy with Chiara and the rest of the team are the most powerful and inspiring journeys we have. No matter how busy our day is Chiara will always find time to show us a new beach, restaurant or introduce us to a local artist. She is a proud Italian woman and always knows where to find the best gelato in any given town.
When you purchase from the Pt. Nemo Men's or Women's range you support an independent and 100% Australian owned business. Pt. Nemo operates within victimless workflows working towards complete sustainability and with some of the most talented manufacturers in the Italian fashion industry.
Chiara advises us on all things technical and is a vital part of the Pt. Nemo team in Italy. Not only does she work with Pt. Nemo she is a trustworthy adviser and great friend who we speak with daily.
We’re so happy to be working with Chiara and we'll keep you up to date with her and the rest of our amazing team. Meet the team HERE
Pierre Dal Corso was born in 1977 in France, where he studied Art History and Photography. After years of assisting between New York and Paris, he started his career, dividing his time between fashion magazines, commercial assignments and personal projects.
His favorite playground is fashion photography, where he can express himself with all available tools to achieve his own vision. His work shows a strong and particular imagery of women. Stepping away from existing stereotypes, he tends to give the female body some force; an almost iconic assumed pride and sensuality. This simplicity and sophistication offer us an organic imagery, delicate and timeless. His statuesque but subtle vision invites us to enter into a rich universe, sensual and personal.
See more of Pierre’s work HERE and remember that Pierre Dal Corso loves you…
I come from a very small town in the South of Italy. I was born and grew up in Australia but a lot of my family still live in Italy.
The people of Italy were the original inspiration behind Pt. Nemo. It’s a place where everything is made from scratch or traded with neighbours. Everyone looks out for everyone, everyone respects one another and everyone presents herself or himself in a stylish and clean manner.
It’s a place where the mafia have a stronghold over local businesses and if you don’t pay your ‘taxes’ then your shop or business gets shot up. It’s the sort of place where people die from old age and rarely, car accidents. Where if you don’t grow it, make it or find it growing wild then you don’t eat it so food is so in season, so fresh and so good for you. There is even a family business who make coal the old fashion way and most people don’t even know that this goes on in the world.
Every year my uncle Pino and Tom (Batrouney) walk up into the mountains a short distance from my Nonna’s house where the earth is always wet and full of nutrients and search for Porcini mushrooms.
My family makes absolutely everything from scratch. From red wine that you drink by the litre not by the glass to soap made from pig fat and the odd fly that falls into the mix. Nonna still to this day has people at her front door sent by the local doctor. Her soap has become a way of treating people with skin irritations and we use it everyday in Sydney. It’s unlike anything you have ever felt!
The roads take learning and anyone in town for the holidays visiting family will learn where the new potholes are quickly or be roadside fixing their car. The drive to the beach is always spent with Tom driving fast and trying to avoid every bump while my cousin with the voice of an angel sits in the back seat singing the latest Euro hits as we tear across the countryside looking around every corner for unexpected sheep on the road.
The beaches in the area are some of the best I have seen in the world. They are beautiful because of the colour of the water, the vibe and the people. On the right day the water is the most indescribable light blue and is so inviting. Families usually arrive to the beach early in the morning with at least 3 generations of family members and enough food for the day. Younger people will play Euro dance music and smoke cigarettes and old people will play cards, gossip and go on ‘passeggiata’ (walks) in the shallows. I have still never seen a tourist in my home town in Italy and while that makes sense I can’t help but think about the first one that shows up for some reason. Sure there may not be much to do and if you don’t know anyone it would be hard to find food and shelter but you can guarantee the day you arrive you would have half the town knocking on your door bringing you fresh ricotta, cured meats and fresh bread.
Being from a tiny town in Italy and having lived in Rome and Venice I have a great perspective on what Italy is and what it means to be Italian. Everyone in Italy from towns to cities have similar traits. They are incredibly hard working, pride themselves on looking good every time they step outside in public and if they want to do something then they just do it themselves no matter how hard it may be.
More than fifty years after its founding, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura remains at the forefront of the urban design and architectural professions. The third generation family business is currently led by Ricardo Bofill Levi, sons Ricardo E. Bofill and Pablo Bofill, and partners Peter Hodgkinson and Jean-Pierre Carniaux. RBTA applies its visionary humanism and cultural intelligence in settings across the world. Centralized in a repurposed former cement factory “La Fábrica” on the outskirts of Barcelona, RBTA consists of a diverse, driven, and cohesive team of talent. Originating from over twenty countries, the staff ranges in specialty from architects and urban planners to interior, graphic and industrial designers. This multidisciplinary and global perspective fosters a cultural sensitivity that informs the work of the internationally renowned architecture, urban planning, and design practice.
Within the context of La Manzanera, La Muralla Roja (The Red Wall) asks to be considered as a case apart. It embodies a clear reference to the popular architecture of the Arab Mediterranean, in particular to the adobe towers of North Africa. The Red Wall is like a fortress, which marks a vertical silhouette following the contour lines of the rocky cliff.
With this building, RBTA wanted to break the post-Renaissance division between public and private spaces reinterpreting the Mediterranean tradition of the Kasbah. The labyrinth of this recreated Kasbah corresponds to a precise geometric plan based on the typology of the Greek cross with arms 5 meters long, these being grouped in different ways, with service towers (kitchens and bathrooms) at their point of intersection. The geometric basis of the layout is also an approximation to the theories of constructivism, and makes La Muralla Roja a very clear evocation of these.
The forms of the building, evoking a constructivist aesthetic, create an ensemble of interconnected patios which provide access to the 50 apartments, which include 60 sqm studios, and two and three-bedroom apartments of 80 and 120 sqm, respectively. On the roof terraces there are solariums, a swimming pool, and a sauna for resident’s use.
The criterion of applying to the building a gamut of various colours responds to the intention to give a determined relief to the distinct architectural elements, according to their structural functions.
The outside surfaces are painted in various tones of red, to accentuate the contrast with the landscape; patios and stairs, however, areas treated with blue tones, such as sky-blue, indigo, violet, produce a stronger or weaker contrast with the sky or, on the contrary, an optical effect of blending in with it. The intensity of the colours is also related to the light and shows how the combination of these elements can help create a greater illusion of space.
Images/ Words courtesy of the architect. See T1, Barcelona Airport HERE
Stephan Würth is one of our favourite photographers in the world. Stephan was born in Germany and grew up between Munich, Texas and California. He now spends most of his time in the USA and shoots fashion and portraits.
He discovered photography aged fourteen during a family holiday to coastal Spain. His favorite subjects were sun-bathing women on the Costa del Sol and he came home with images spurring him to keep shooting. In 2000, he enrolled in the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale to study photography, and after graduating, became a full time photographer working allover the world.
Since then, his work has been featured in international editions of Vogue, The New York Times, Porter Magazine, GQ, Playboy, Esquire, Galore Magazine, Treats Magazine and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition among others.
Würth currently splits his time between New York City's and Miami with his wife.
Visit his website: www.stephanwurth.com and see below for a list of his most memorable images and his words describing why.
Shot in Miami in 2016. Have been going back to basics shooting film and with little hair and makeup and we lucked out with the weather- we had full sun that made the colors amazing and she looks absolutely beautiful.
Shot 12 years ago (2005) in Canouan Island. This was one of the first times I got to shoot a big model and this shot was taken after we had gotten our shot. She was full of energy and really playful and has the best legs I have ever seen. This has been the screensaver image on my phone from the very first day that I got the very first iphone model on the first day they were being sold.
Shot in Malibu in 2007. I shot Marisa a few times and always loved her sweetness and perfect body. This was shot for British GQ and has always gotten a lot of praise from my male friends.
Hassan with tennis racquet on clay court.
This was also shot in Marrakesh in 2010. I am a huge tennis fan and this kickstarted my tennis project that I am currently working on.
Motel room with desert view and crooked lampshade.
Shot in 2012 in Barstow, CA. This image is one of my West series which I have been working on for several years. I moved to California in the 70s from Germany when I was 7 years old and ever since I have been fascinated with the American southwest. I love the shades of grey in this image. I plan to publish a book on this project soon.
Motel on Biscayne Blvd with two palm trees.
This was shot in Miami on film with my Leica in 2009. I had just gotten my Leica for Christmas 2008 which changed my world. I was working on a story with my friend and collaborator Lesley MM Blume (also a contributor to Ghost Town) about the changing face of Miami and the state of the art deco hotels on Biscayne Blvd.
Shot in a desert town in California for Treats Magazine in 2014. Shot this with film and my Leica. Tereza is the most free person I have ever shot. This was just myself, Tereza, my friend Karen who is a stylist and we had so much fun. These are my favorite types of days: little crew, no attitudes and free and fun people.
Shot in Jamaica in 2007. We had just finished a shot in the ocean. Ale came out soaking wet and I just put her in front of this black bacground. I think this is the most timeless and beautiful image I have shot of a model. A 30x40 print is on the wall at my parents’ house.
Shot in NYC in 2011 in Chinatown for Treats Magazine. We shot this at a cheap karaoke bar. The story was about a depressed alcoholic girl wandering around the city, mostly naked, in the middle of the night. I love the feel of the seedy-ness of the karaoke bar mixed with the bright colors.
Man with dog on moped.
This was shot in Marrakesh in November 2010. In 2010, I really started getting into shooting more personal pictures with my Leica (and film). This is my favorite picture I have ever taken. Since then, I have really started to focus on a lot of my own personal work shot with my Leica and film and I have a few book projects to come all shot with my Leica.