Since discovering Dakota through a mutual online friend and Issue 01 contributor Ivan Fucich, we've been intently following her work online. She's self taught, originally getting into photography by taking shots of hardcore bands as a teen and from there progressed more into fashion and editorial work. She also shoots exclusively on film, which is something we're always into. Sydney based, Dakota's work is getting the recognition it deserves, having worked with fellow Australians Oyster Magazine as well as international publications and brands including ONLY NY.
Her work has progressed of late from very tumblr images of sun, girls and suburbia to a more harsh minimal aesthetic utilising angled architectural backdrops and clean lines. The relationship with the model however has remained constant. Whether they're lounging on a residential road or posing in front of a skyscraper, Dakota captures a youthful awkwardness about the models and exposes their vulnerabilities. Despite the increased move toward higher produce fashion images, the models never come across as cold or perfect. It's fashion photography for the awkward generation.
Dakota's been busy recently working on some other projects, firstly she is selling some prints, which as she says on her facebook are to 'help me pay for more film!'. Secondly, she has launched an online magazine, YGLU, focusing on Australian talent in collaboration with Hugh William Stewart and Colette Miller. Check out a small selection of some of our favourites from here, then go cop a print here, browse YGLU and follow her on tumblrto keep up to date with all that she's up to.