Olga Bennett is a Melbourne-based, self taught photographer. She loves to shoot portraits and creative workspaces, and this passion has inspired her to create a beautiful little self-published book entitled 'Environments'.
"Environments started as a little self-indulgent project." Olga explains... "I decided to get in touch with a few creative people whose work I've been admiring for ages, and asked if I could come around and take some images of their studios.... While focusing on the details of the space and behind the scenes moments, I was hoping to capture the person who works in the space, without necessarily pointing my camera at them directly. I've been always inspired by documentary photography in my work and I tried to document those spaces as they are: messy, ordered, casual."
Environments features the creative spaces of many talented local favourites (and previous TDF interviewees!) including graphic designer / illustrator Marc Martin, artists Miso and Ghostpatrol, graphic designer Suzy Tuxen, artist Amber Wallis and graphic designer / illustrator Luci Everett (who also did the beautiful hand-drawn lettering for the book). Each chapter features a different workspace accompanied by a short interview with each creative, written by Olga's friend and collaborator Sarah Caldwell.
Olga has printed only 150 copies of the book, and all of them are numbered and signed. At just $34.00 they're bound to sell out super quick! Pop over to Olga's Bigcartel store to nab a copy and support this lovely local project!
OF COURSE, in keeping with a recurrent theme around here, Olga has also kindly offered one copy of her book as a giveaway for one lucky Design Files reader! To be in the running, simply leave your comment on this post today, Monday May 16th, before 10.00pm Melbourne time! A winner will be selected at random and contacted by email tomorrow.
*UPDATE - thanks so much for all your comments and support for Olga's project! A winner has now been drawn at random - comment #68 - congratulations Laura!
ps. Olga has a lovely blog too!