Mood: Photographers

Sunset, Shadows & Sea Mist


It’s hard to not be inspired living in Byron Bay, the beauty that exists in this little town is overwhelming. Its beaches, the landscape, creative and talented people, it’s no wonder thousands of people flock to this area year after year… Magical things just seem to happen here.

Here at Republic of You headquarters, ideas have been flowing in abundance. Feeling inspired, we dreamed up a luxurious washed-up beach shoot to showcase some of our favourite designs. With the help of some very talented people, our dreams quickly became reality.

We called upon Byron Bay’s ‘it girl’ when it comes to fashion shoots, self-confessed ocean dwelling, free spirited gypsy photographer Carly Brown. We also struck some serious gold in selecting our model for the shoot. Bulgarian born, first-time model and super babe Niki Gelagotis, blew us away with the ease at which she graciously rolled around in the sand looking glamorous.

On a near perfect Autumn afternoon, we trekked to a secret location where long stretches of white sandy beaches abounded. That afternoon we dined out on a delicious sunset, shadows and sea-mist.

This is the magic we created… We just couldn’t wait to share it with you! x

Our shoot featured the following items you can purchase from on our website:

Behind the Scenes

Yesterday afternoon we dined out on shadows, sunsets and sea-mist whilst shooting on the beach of Byron Bay with photographer Carly Brown, who effortlessly snapped away capturing our washed up luxurious castaway vibe. Watch this space for our final cut of these amazing images.

The Dark Side of the Lens

Possibly one of the most visually moving collaboration of videography combined with unpretentious poetic diaglogue I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. The Dark Side of the Lens by Mikey Smith is an intimate six minute portrayal of one mans undying passion for life, Mother Nature and his craft.

Winner – Best Cinematography, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2011.
Winner – Action Sports Category, Vimeo awards 2012.
Winner – Best Cinematography, 5Point Film Festival 2011.
Winner – Grand Prize – Chamonix Film Festival 2011.
Winner – Best short – New York Surf Film Festival 2011.
Winner – Digital short of the Year, Surfer Poll.
Winner – Relentless Short Stories 2011.
Winner – Driven Creativity Award – Professional Category.
Winner – Amstel Surf Film Festibal, Peoples Choice Award.
Winner – Best short, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.
Winner – Best International Short, Canadian Surf Film Festival.
Winner – Best Short, Waimea Ocean Film Festival.

Double Exposed

There is something of a whimsical and ethereal component to double exposed imagery, a dreamy quality which almost demands you stop and take a closer look.

With two images rolled into one, I can’t help feeling the force of those two images combined, making a greater impact telling two stories in one, and thus creatively having a stronger influence on the viewer.

Here are some of my current favourites… which ones make you stop and look, and ultimately think and feel more deeply?

Annie Leibovitz on Mick Jagger and the Stones

Looking astonishingly like something out of Jesus Christ Superstar, This image of Mick Jagger was photographed by Annie Leibovitz in New York City, 1980.

Annie Leibovitz on Mick Jagger via Vanity Fair:

When I first worked for Rolling Stone, in the early 70s, we wouldn’t photograph a band until they came to town. I hardly ever traveled. I took some pictures of the Rolling Stones when they came through San Francisco in 1971 and 1972. Truman Capote was supposed to write a story for the magazine about the 1972 tour, and the editor, Jann Wenner, said it was O.K. if I went along to two or three cities. Robert Frank was traveling with the band, making a 16-mm. film that would become Cocksucker Blues. The band had commissioned him to do it, but it was never formally released, presumably because of the drugs and sex that were filmed. Danny Seymour, Frank’s friend and camera assistant, was involved in a lot of that. He died mysteriously while the film was being edited. Continue Reading →

The Life of Jia

The life of gorgeous Jia, our Blog Researcher at Republic of You, taken by her very talented sister Ming Nomchong Photography.

Apollo 7 Mission

A dark picture showing the strain of suspence of Mrs. Donn f. Eisele sitting on the side of the road gripping her hands during her husband’s trip on the Apollo 7 mission, 1968.

 (Photographer Vernon Merritt III)

Marilyn Monroe & JFK

These arresting photographs initially seem to be images of Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy sharing intimate moments from the night Monroe performed ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ on  Saturday, May 19th 1962 at a celebration held for JFK’s 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden.

The truth is somewhat different. These photographs, which have been circulating the net for quite some time now, are in fact staged paparazzi shots using look-alikes by English artist and photographer Alison Jackson.


In her work Jackson says,

‘Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look – our voyeurism – and our need to believe.’ Continue Reading →

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lady Chatterley’s Lover 
"The idea of telling a story through photographing the female nude from a feminine point of view - which required the subject, Kate, to involve herself totally with the text and relate to the sensitivity through her own imagination and posture, which I think she did really very well.  Kate had a part to play for the camera, which is something she excels at." - Tim Walker on Kate Moss


Novelist D. H. Lawrence had sought to have Lady Chatterley’s Lover published conventionally by his publishers in England and the United States, but they were reluctant to undertake its publication due to its explicit sexual content. To circumvent censorship Lawrence was urged to have the book published privately in Florence. He was introduced to Florentine bookseller Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Orioli.

In March 1928, Orioli and Lawrence took Lawrence’s unexpurgated typescript to a Florence printing shop where the type was set by hand by Italian workers who did not know any English, resulting in numerous errors in the typesetting.  After several delays, including the time required for extensive proofreading by Lawrence, about 1000 copies of the novel were released in July 1928.

The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, Continue Reading →

Feel the Music

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Young girls at Matthew F. Maury School improvising variations on their teacher’s dance moves, Richmond, Virginia, USA, May 1950. (Photographer Nina Leen) 

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
- Buddha

Marilyn Monroe. Rare Images

John Vachon only had the opportunity to photograph Marilyn Monroe once in his lifetime. It was August 1953 whilst she was off-duty due to a broken left ankle on location during the filming of ‘River of No Return’ in Banff, Alberta, Canada.


There is something eerily beautiful about mist; small droplets of water suspended, floating silently through the air, thickening it like a cloud of hazy nothingness. Water yet to be risen.

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Ms Moss

Ms Moss is undeniably a chameleon of epic proportions, a modern day muse and undoubtedly one of the most photographed women of today.

Although Kate has been around for what seems to be an eternity, she has only really come on to my radar in the last few years.  With each image that graces itself across my eyeballs, I find myself muttering out loud “wow”, “oh wow”, “WOW”.

Here are some facts about this incredibly diverse and talented woman you may not have known.

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Fathers Day of a Different Kind…

I like to think Angels walk amongst us in everyday life silently appearing, protecting and wrapping us in their wings during our darkest moments.

I lost my Dad suddenly when I was 21 and clearly remember amongst those first few weeks of chaotic and intense grief having these extraordinary moments of beautiful reprieve where a feeling of utter serenity, peace and unfathomable love would wash over me from head to toe, lasting only moments.  I liken it to the feeling of diving under the lip of a wave, allowing it lick the skin from the head to toe restoring and soothing something within.

I truly believed in those micro moments my Dad had metaphysically wrapped his arms around me, kissed my forehead and had given me a pure and flawless dose of the love and strength I needed to go on.

This post is dedicated to all those who have lost their Fathers… speak to him in your heart today, you may just feel a reply.

x Nicoletta.


‘And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.’ – Friedrich Nietzsc

Marilyn Monroe, Beautiful and Nude.

I always gasp with excitement when I find an image of Marilyn like none other I’ve seen before. This image was taken in 1952 by Andre de Dienes, a photographer who in his career managed to capture some truly remarkable images of Marilyn… I believe this to be  one of the most natural, exquisite and vulnerable photographs I have seen of this incredible woman who has somehow managed to remain close to our hearts for decades after her passing.


float•ing (flō’ting) – adj. Having little or no attachment to a particular place; moving from one place to another.

From as young as I remember, I recall having the ability to float in my dreams, jumping off random cliff tops into the breeze and gently floating downwards close to the shoreline where waves crashed violently on rocks covered by seagull poop… That particular image is still so vivid in my mind and inspired me to share these dazzling images with you.