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Author: Men In This Town

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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.
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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.
S6 E4: Jack New (Chef)

S6 E4: Jack New (Chef)

2019-05-2500:39:12

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.
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