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Men In This Town presents 'Portrait Session' — a podcast that takes a closer look at who the men on the street are and their particular approach to the many facets of life.

Produced by MITT Work
44 Episodes
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In this season finale, I’m bringing it home, chatting with my partner in crime and publishing creative director, Josh Beggs. Having worked in magazine publishing for over 15 years, Josh has designed and directed for a variety of mastheads including 5 years at GQ Australia and currently as Creative Director of the country’s most read magazine, The Australian Women’s Weekly. In our chat, we look back at the road that got him where he is today and why he wouldn’t have it any other way. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I’m chatting with Sydney based actor and creator, Edward O’Leary. Having recently studied acting at the International Screen Academy, Edward has been mesmerised by the glow of television and film since he was a kid. He always imagined himself on the screen one day, but never actually saw himself represented in Australia as a Pacific Islander or a man in LGBTQ+ community. Taking action into his own hands, he began collaborating with young filmmakers on short films and web series, hoping to tell stories that might otherwise go untold. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I’m chatting with videographer, musician and Triple J presenter Michael Chow. A quick flick through Michael’s Instagram stories, a listen to his 80’s influenced band Froyo or a tune into his late night radio gig, and I almost guarantee you’ll walk away with a smile on your face. When we met for our portrait session in the lobby of the ABC, I was expecting a ball of energy, but instead I was pleasantly surprised to meet someone who I related to a bit more. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I’m back in Sydney chatting with James Stanton-Cooke aka Jimmy HalfCut. Having been an optimistic environmentalist ever since he could remember, James and is his partner Jess travelled to South America in 2011 to volunteer in the conservation work of the Amazon Rainforest. Seeing the continued destruction of the environment, wildlife and local communities, they wanted to help raise awareness and funds to support conservation efforts. With 50% of the world’s forests gone, HalfCut was created to empower people to take action on global deforestation by cutting half the forests on their face, sparking a conversation and raising money to protect our rainforests. I know all this environmental news could leave us feeling hopeless sometimes, but this episode with James gave me hope. There are solutions out there and I’m proud to be sharing some of them with you on this podcast. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place
In this episode, I’m in Melbourne chatting with illustrator Jeffrey Phillips. With a passion to draw the little things in life that go unnoticed, I immediately felt like I related to his works, observing the lives of strangers from a far. But as we sat down in his kitchen for this interview, I learned that as much as our work has us looking from a distance, we still need to get a little closer to truly appreciate the details. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I’m in Melbourne chatting with Jason Chongue and Nathan Smith, the duo behind The Plant Society. Longing to create a plant community based around their passion for design and plants, they saw a gap in the market; educating their generation about the simple skills and knowledge relating to gardening in small spaces. From local workshops, to their first Melbourne plant shop and now their Sydney outpost that includes a guesthouse perched above the intimate location — their growth shows no signs in slowing down — pun intended. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I find myself in Melbourne, chatting with Olana Janfa, a man who only first picked up a paintbrush less than a year ago, and in doing so discovered a talent he never knew he had. Born in Ethiopia, and having come of age in Norway, Olana has experienced both the hardships and joys of life but it’s his focus on the latter that brings a smile to your face when you see one of his paintings. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I’m chatting with theatre actor, turned director, Shaun Rennie. From early high school productions, to performing on stages around the world, Shaun’s love for the theatre runs through his veins. Although it was through the love he had for his brother that Shaun discovered directing, when he co-created Light the Night, an annual benefit concert for leukaemia research, which he produced and directed for 10 years. Now with director credits that include Australian productions of Rent, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and his upcoming play, Trevor, Shaun continues bring light to the stage with stories that hit the heart. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I’m chatting with chef Jack New. Having become known relatively early in his career for using Japanese ingredients, paired with Scandinavian techniques, Jack has made a mark with his fusion cooking on a local and international level. With some failures and recent successes under his belt, we discuss the road that got him to where he is today, living a sweet life in the most literal way. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I’m chatting with creative entrepreneur and former collaborator of mine, Sabir Samtani. Hailing from India, Sabir made the move to Australia almost 20 years ago, with an entrepreneurial spirit influenced by his family. With a successful creative agency under his belt and a family of five, he recently joined his better half in starting a new venture, something that hits a little closer to home. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I’m chatting with fellow photographer and MITT magazine contributor Bryce Thomas. With credits including Newsweek, 10 Magazine and The Sydney Morning Herald, Bryce is quickly garnering a reputation for his fashion and documentary style photography — this at nearly 24 years of age. We discuss finding your niche in photography, surrounding yourself with people who inspire you and the luxury of a clear headspace. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I’m chatting with Chris Low, the founder of Big Trouble Store, an independent shop in the Sydney dedicated to selling quality made menswear from Japan and the United States. We discuss the realities of being a shop opener, redefining luxury in the menswear scene and living life on your own terms — regardless of the bumps in the road. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In the final episode of this season, I connected with a friend of Men In This Town, Amy Tong. As a regular writer in MITT magazine since issue 5, Amy has been bringing the stories of men from Australia and around the world to life with her wonderful writing and insightful interviews. We sit down and reflect on some of her favourite features in the magazine so far, her recent time living in Japan and a little taste of a new project were working on together. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I connected with Damien Woolnough, an Australian fashion journalist originally from Melbourne who has called Sydney home for the past several years. With a career that includes helping launch Vogue.com.au and Elle magazine in the Australian market, Damien knows what it takes to bring a media brand to life. With the recent legalisation of same sex marriage in Australia, he saw an opportunity to create a new platform for gay men to celebrate their commitment to one another with his new brand, Marry the Man. We chat about launching a new website in 2018, dipping his toe back into print with the upcoming Marry the Man magazine and of course, reporting on the world of fashion. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I connected with Ali Asghar Shah, a name you might be familiar with if you’ve read the last 4 issues of MITT magazine or attended one our talks featuring the fashion enthusiast. When I first met Ali a few years ago, his love and deep knowledge of the fashion industry was apparent from our first conversation, he literally could not stop talking about the matter. From then on, I knew he would be an amazing voice for Men In This Town, one of a fashion outsider, looking in and fanboying out. Along with discussing his MITT issue 10 cover story featuring Jeremy Hershan (which is available to order now), we also chat about growing up in Pakistan, his Lollywood famous father and leaving it all behind to follow his own path in Australia. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I connected with Stephen Grace — a graphic designer hailing from the Barossa Valley in South Australia. After a move to Adelaide for a change of pace from the sleepy town he grew up in, Stephen eventually found himself in Sydney. Starting fresh and with a goal in mind, he eventually landed a job at Christopher Doyle & Co., a boutique agency he had his eye on back in Adelaide. Call it the universes plan, good luck or hard work, it seems to be the path leading Stephen through life so far and he plans to keep going with it. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I connected with Timothy Nicol-Ford, the Fashion Programme Manager at the Sherman Centre for Culture & Ideas in Sydney and one half of demi-couture ethical fashion label Nicol & Ford. It was only a few months ago when a friend of mine shared Timothy’s Instagram profile with me, insisting I get in touch with him to feature on the blog. His love for vintage fashion was wonderfully unusual for a man living in Sydney, like a walking museum at times, full of knowledge behind every piece he wears. We could have chatted for hours more, but we restrained ourselves, focusing on the future of fashion, authenicity and finding your creative family. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
In this episode, I connected with Leo Greenfield — an artist whose work has brought him around the world, having collaborated with brands including Vogue and Gucci. His street style illustrations originally caught my attention on Instagram — his way of capturing strangers on the street has an almost whimsical feel to it, reminding me of the opening scene of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, only more fashion. When I learned Leo was living back in Australia, I was desperate to connect and share stories from the front line. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
This week, we’re taking a mid-season break from the 'Portrait Session' podcast and instead presenting you with a bonus episode of 'Off the Cuff with Ali'. The event took place a couple weeks ago as part of the 'Reigning Men' exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. With an audience of over 40 guests, Ali brought his column in MITT issue 9 to life, as he looked at prominent movements in art and fashion, exploring how they affected one another, and continue to shape our contemporary imagination.
In this episode, I connected with Albert Tse — an adventurer and treasure hunter at heart, Albert was looking for an outlet to create something with his hands, which eventually led him to study the art of jewellery making in Florence, Italy. With a unique aesthetic that combines his love for history and travel, we discuss the journey in finding his voice in a world where mass produced goods tends to dominate the market. Head over to meninthistown.com to view selects from our portrait session and in the meantime I hope you enjoy the conversation that took place.
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