You collaborated with your friend Ella, otherwise known as Lorde, on the ‘Solar Power’ album cover and artwork - tell us about the process of creating this special project.
Ella wanted to take photographs together, something simple, a roadtrip with no plans. Neither of us have our full licences so Ryder drove us up north in our beat-up Honda Civic. We just had a boot full of film and clothes from her wardrobe. I was freshly pregnant so I was snacking constantly to tame the lurking morning sickness. Ryder would spot places for us to stop, scoping out tiny beaches where we had to scale down overgrown hillsides to access. I had no expectations of where these photos would end up. I just wanted to take photos of my friend how I see her— joyful, young, soaring.
In your opinion, what is unique to New Zealand that helps to foster such a vibrant community of creatives?
I think there is a lot of kindness in the creative community in Aotearoa. More often than not, people know each other or at least know of each other's work. There is a feeling of support, encouragement and collaboration from my experience. I feel like people truly cheer each other on.
Where is your favourite Summer destination?
A few summers ago, we drove North. The days were long and dry and we met with friends along the way. We stayed at the beach all day and surfed tiny tiny waves. Everything, golden and warm and our fingers greasy from hot chips.