Isabella is a photojournalist that thinks outside of the nuclear photojournalism sphere and finds new and interesting subjects to work and collaborate with. She lives in Sydney and has a family lake house in Summerland Point NSW, where we spent the day.
How long has your family been coming to the lake house?
Part of my family, mostly my Dad and I have been coming up to the lake house for almost 20 years. It was a safe haven for me in my teens and in my late twenties it's acted as a rock when things have turned hard-place like.
What does the lake house mean to you?
It means so much to me. It means sailing with my dad on bright windy blue sky'd days, eating fresh rockmelon and bananas with girlfriends after driving 10 mins to the idyllic national park beaches, listening to dad's old records and sipping on red wine whilst watching shows like Q & A to relax on the leather inclined chairs in the evening.
Typical day in the lake house?
Typical day, wake up, make instant coffee and muesli, go for a stroll outside, watch the kookaburras, cockatoos and lorikeets, sometimes pelicans go about their business, then make a sandwich, read a book and lie on a picnic rug on the grass out the front of the house.
The lake house is full of family heirlooms and interesting pieces, do you have a favourite?
Mmmm yep I love many of them but I have a soft spot for a musical instrument my dad brought back from Peru, it's a Brazilian African String bow instrument called a 'Berimbau' but I also love the DIY handicraft I made for my Dad in school when I was like 5 and he kept it and hung it up on the wall.
"...wake up, make instant coffee and muesli, go for a stroll outside, watch the kookaburras, cockatoos and lorikeets..."
Your photographs are displayed in the lake house, can you tell me about the photograph above your bed?
Oh yeah, the one above my bed is of a beautiful little Afro-French girl and her hair do on the River Seine in Paris, I took this photo with a little pocket film camera and it was just an instinctual thing.
What do you do at home to unwind?
Well I meditate to unwind. That's in the morning, however at night, it's a different story - sipping on a glass of wine or drinking a craft beer whilst sitting in my backyard glancing at the stars and hearing the aeroplanes fly over extremely close is my way to reflect on the day that just passed and unwind.
Since I have met you, you have always been moving around, living all over the world. What places have you called home?
Yes, that is true. Let me see, Paris, Stockholm, Rio, Lima, Darwin and a yeah, that's it.
-You have just recently moved back to Sydney, what brought you back to Sydney?
My heart simply wanted to be home so my head followed. Normally I listen to my head so it was a good and pertinent time to follow the heart and I've never looked back since.
"Normally I listen to my head so it was a good and pertinent time to follow the heart and I've never looked back since."
What are you currently reading/listening to?
I just finished reading 'A Man's Search for Meaning' by Victor Frankl, It's about a surviving surgeon's experience in a holocaust. I truly recommend, and I'm listening to all sorts but I LOVE Alex Cameron and Kevin Morby right now.
Are there any current projects you are excited about?
Yes, I have an exciting book coming out at the end of the year which I can't really mention!
What are your goals for the rest of the year?
To achieve my goals :-)
Interviewee Isabella Moore
Shot on location at Isabella's lake home in Summerland Point, NSW.
view Isabella's work www.isabellamoore.com.au