Name: Amanda is my Real name but Stellar Highdimes is my Superhero Alter Ego Occupation: Photographer/Creative Director/Visual Merchandiser/Writer/Designer/Phantom Scribbler (I think I fall into the “creative slashie” category ) Hometown: Terrigal on the Central Coast Currently residing: Bondi Beach, Sydney
What’s bad for your heart, is good for your art.
Stellar Highdimes is one of those gals that oozes talent and creativity in anything she approaches. As her occupation states, she is a Photographer/Creative Director/Visual Merchandiser /Writer/Designer/Phantom Scribbler – or as she likes to call it a “creative slashie”. AR spent the morning with Stella, find out more below…
When I was a child I wanted to be… A ninja Turtle. Nothing’s changed though. I Still want to be a Ninja Turtle.
The studies I took to get where I am… I dropped out of high school at the start of year 12 cos I got bored of being the class clown so I ventured off and found things I was interested in, then learnt how to do those things myself. Did my own Research. I think the best way to create your own style is to figure it out yourself.
I’m inspired by… Random People. My mind is blown daily by Cool Photographers , Designers and Artists i come across on Social Media or randomly in my day to day life. I went to a gallery launch the other day and came across some work by Amy Finlayson which I was pretty wow’ed by. Her stuff is kinda Similar to something I’ve been working on so I was pretty inspired and excited to see her interpretation of photography and art put together.
My influences are… Ms Nina, David La Chapelle and Sticks and stones Agency.
People I admire… Successful People without Ego’s. Its a Rarity these days.
I’m currently listening to… SZA. That Babylon track feat Kendrick Lamar is pretty Amazing.
The tools I can’t live without are… My Camera and my Sharpies/Poscas. No Contest there.
The obstacles that have come my way… This year alone has been full of them. I set myself a bunch of goals at the start of the year which I dived head first into and would get annoyed at myself if I wasted a day… But then I lost my Grandma in Feb, then I lost my job whilst I was away on holiday in March for no real reason.. and then my close homie Kristo, who I was working on a womenswear collaboration with for his label A.T.G, passed away at the end of June. You have those moments where you question your own existence and feel like you’ll never achieve the things you’re trying to achieve when all these shitty things hi-jack your headspace…but then eventually you put things back into perspective, the passion comes back and it all starts to make sense again. When you take pain from any experience to push further and create something amazing, those things mean so much more. These are the times my writing is at its best. I always try and take the positives from the negatives.
My favourite place to travel is… Bali. I’m always daydreaming about my next trip back. I even daydream about going to Bali when I’m on a plane home from Bali. It’s my home away from home.
I would like to travel… to space and float around trying to chomp on a floating donut just like Homer Simpson… but I can’t see that happening any time soon so I’m going to say Italy. I have this vision of going there by myself to write a book. I want to sit on cobblestone streets, dimly lit by fairy lights, get loaded on red wine and eat so much amazing italian food I come home really fat with a cheese wheel as a chin. That’s my vision.
The highlights over the past 12 months have been… Delving into my Photography and somewhat discovering and developing my own style. I’ve gotten alot of super amazing feedback from the stuff I’ve been putting out there which only encourages me to learn more and better myself each time. I’ve learnt SO much in the last 6 months that I’m excited to see where I’ll be at with it all in another 6.
Advice I have to share for those who want to get into this profession… Create it and take it till you make it.
The latest project I’m working on… I work on different projects every day. Having an attention span of a 2 year old keeps things interesting. Follow me and you will see.
Photographer: Katrina James
Contributor: Michelle Owen