Josh Eriksson + Rocket K Weijers: Temper Collective: Sydney

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer, and the viewer



Name: Josh Eriksson / Rocket K Weijers
Occupation: Temper Collective: Photographers
Hometown: Manly / Marrickville
Currently residing: Temper HQ – Marrickville, Sydney


Temper is an image-based collective specialising in fashion and lifestyle photography, but who’s creative aspirations extend far beyond the camera lens. The collective is a collaborative duo – Rocket K and Josh Eriksson – both who started and have fundamental educations in Design, and who share a love for all things aesthetic. The pair are living and working in Sydney, Australia and have a strong belief in the process being just as important as the final image and an essential part of story-telling. Temper’s visual product is fluid and ever-changing, and the boys are constantly evolving and experimenting whilst setting themselves apart from the industry with their fiery passion, work ethic, enthusiasm and ethos.

The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was…
Josh: Drank a long black with some honey and looked through the top shop’s new film zine, its actually pretty rad =)
Rocket: Breaking in Sukoshi – my new Bearded Dragon
When I was a child I wanted to be…
Josh: To be free, skate and travel Europe
Rocket: An artist
The studies I took to get where I am…
Josh: Graphic design and hanging out with Rock, we have learnt a whole lot together as a team =)
Rocket: I studied Graphic Design but I’ve always been someone who takes their practical education into their own hands so I guess learning discipline and independence.
I’m inspired by…
Josh: Scandinavian design and European fashion
Rocket: I think its important to be open to inspiration from any source – I’m inspired by everything around me.
I admire…
Josh: Stefan Sagmeister and Henrik Purienne ( Mirage Magazine – )
Rocket: My mentor James Morgan, and photographer James Nachtwey, because he goes to great lengths to capture moments and highlight raw human suffering.
The tools I can’t live without…
Josh: Laptop, iPhone and good shoes, I can’t live without inspiration =)
Rocket: My hands.
The instruments I use…
Josh: 5d Mark iii and assorted film cameras
Rocket: Anything. As long as I can make a mark.
I’m most creative when I’m…
Josh: Collaborating with Rocket at some crazy hour…
Rocket: I feel like the moment before we take a photo is when we’re most creative because there’s so much potential.
My favourite book…
Josh: I have bought Shantaram twice now just haven’t gotten time to read it. I think I will probably like it.
Rocket: I read Not That Kind Of Girl while shooting on a cruise recently. It was pretty good.

The website I hang out on the most…
Josh: Tumblr, Oyster, Vice and always photographers that I’m inspired by.
Rocket: When I’m online I spend a lot of my time checking reviews on camera gear. I think it’s important to know your tools and to keep up-to-date because technology evolves so quickly.

I’m currently listening too…
Josh: Darkside – Live performance, give it a listen
Rocket: Let it Go by James Bay

The obstacles that have come my way…
Josh: Generally managing multiples roles as a creative…time seems to disappear.
Rocket: I’ve actually been quite fortunate throughout my life, and like to look at the little speed bumps as stepping stones.

My favourite place in the world…
Josh: Living in Barcelona for a period of my life, truly magical experience.
Rocket: I went to Japan with my girlfriend last year, and we can’t wait to go back.

I would like to travel…
Josh: I want to checkout Japan, NZ and India.
Rocket: Back to Japan and all over the Great North-West.

My travel essentials are…
Josh: A good jacket, camera and leather shoes. I like to pack light because I always come home with new attire and collectables of some sort.
Rocket: A camera

One thing I would like to do but haven’t got around to it yet…
Josh: Ride two hand built cafe racers down the Great Ocean Road with Rocket, that would be an all time great!
Rocket: That would be rad!

The highlights over the past 12 months have been…
Josh: Creating something from the ground up and getting such rad feedback for Temper.
Rocket: Being able to work alongside some very experienced creatives who I respect, and the times my work has sent me abroad.

The latest project I’m working on…
Josh + Rocket: We are working on some conceptual studio shoots….be sure to check them out!

Advice I have to share for those who want to get into this profession…
Josh: Stay true to yourself and don’t deviate from your style because it’s the backbone of your creative process.
Rocket: just remember “even if you fall on your face you’re still moving forward”

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Photography: Katie Kaars

Interview: Michelle Owen

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