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About me

UK Working Visa Status: Ancestral Working Visa I am Australian, but currently I am based in Istanbul as Creative Director for a new Turkish publication, an arts, culture and fashion magazine and platform called Based Istanbul. Otherwise, here is my story. Post-student life, it was inevitable that I would move to Paris to study photography, after watching so many French films. So I moved to Paris, and learned French, altogether for a period of six years. Whilst working at Louis Vuitton, Paris, as an assistant photographer - full time during the week - on the weekends I would work at the local Arab Marche d'Aligre (Paris fruit & vegetable street market), for many years. This was a great experience for so many obvious reasons, but mainly it was these guys who gave me my professional network, which many would not even suspect. Most people would not mention this, but I respect these guys so much, and I don's see why I shouldn't mention it. After six years in Paris, I moved to Istanbul for its dynamic and vibrant attitude, which was necessary if I were to to expand my experience outside of photography. Since then, I have taken on various roles in fashion, art and production in Istanbul, an environment that is very intense and hard to work in compared to other countries. Given this factor, I will name drop the various talents that I've been lucky to work with; Alex Prager, Ariel de Ravenel, Armand Limnander, Carnet de Voyage, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Craig McDean, Dan Thawley, Daniel Arsham, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Demet Muftuoglu Eseli, Edward Enninful, Francesco Carrozzini, Gianluca Longo, Harvey Keitel, JR, Juliette Lewis, Kate Moss, Livia Firth, Mario Testino, Mike Figgis, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Piera Gelardi, Robert Montgomery, Sven Schuman, Trevor Paglen, Waris Ahluwalia. I am not afraid of constantly learning within any role and I'm not afraid to go outside of my comfort zone.


  • Fashion
  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Art Direction
  • Art Photography
  • Picture Editing
  • Editing
  • Design
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Web Content
  • Production
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Commercial and Advertising Retouching

Work history


Creative Director

Based Istanbul Magazine Creative Agency Istanbul

May 2015 - Apr 2016
  • A monthly arts, culture, fashion print/online magazine and platform for creative talents. My role is varied and not limited to; the magazines overall creative direction for editorials and general direction in regards to content/picture quality, photo editing, interviewing and liaising with international talents, researching new talents for magazine content & platform, and international communications/advertising. For the creative agency, my role overseas the general direction and creation of various projects for potential clients, including Qatar, Nike, L’Oreal, AUDI, Hermes, Cacharel, Pandora, and Pantene. • Writing daily news and features for Based Istanbul online across style & culture. • Producing visual content/features for Based Istanbul online/publication. • Photographing visual content for online/publication. • Liaising with photographers, stylists for overall editorial production. • Editing, proof reading and approving content/images for publication. • Driving new content and traffic building initiatives. • Managing a team of writers, interns, and photographers. • Coordinating with and supporting print team in creating online content. • Writing and helping to implement commercial strategies. • Creating, editing, testing and sign-off of weekly newsletter, plus any other newsletters and marketing / promotional mail-outs. • Representing Based Istanbul to external parties and at key corporate events.


Festival Coordinator

Istanbul’74 International Arts Culture Festival Istanbul

Mar 2015 - Jun 2015
  • Istanbul’74 is an international arts & culture platform and on a yearly basis they organise an international arts & culture festival. My role was once more varied. I was in charge of organizing a photo shoot for W Magazine, which was to take place during the festival. This included liaising with the Craig McDean’s photos studio, as well as the W Magazine team. Further to this, I oversaw basic organization of the festival in the lead up to the festival’s opening, including general promotion via social media for the festival. My role during the actual 4-day festival included making sure all festival participants were well received during their stay, including all their needs during the festival, and their participation in all events and the gala dinner. This involved the coordination of the general festival schedule. Festival participants included; Alex Prager, Carnet de Voyage, Craig McDean, Daniel Arsham, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Edward Enninful, Francesco Carrozzini, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Livia Firth, Mike Figgis, Piera Gelardi, Trevor Paglen, Waris Ahluwalia, Armand Limnander, Dan Thawley, Gianluca Longo, JR, Sven Schuman. • Spearheaded creative development of the festival and its brand, visual and media representation. • Liaising with international festival participants, sponsors, partners & press. • Developing and executing communication campaigns through social media.


Digital Senior Editor

74escape Istanbul’74 Istanbul

Jan 2015 - Jul 2015
  • I was in charge of the travel website ‘74Escape and liaising with various international contributors, whilst sourcing and collating strong, original and on-point travel imagery, including general promotion of the ‘74Escape brand through various events and social media. Further to this, under my advice and direction, I oversaw the beginnings of ‘74Escape’s travel capsule collection.



Basak Defne Kocabiyikoglu Trend Consultants Creative Advisors Istanbul

Aug 2014 - Feb 2015
  • I was in charge of compiling trend research and applying this to our potential clients and their various projects concerning brand campaigns, look books, and general branding. This was also achieved by sourcing and collating strong imagery to convey various ideas with the use of mood boards. Our biggest client, of note, was the international clothing company, Koton.


International Communications Director, Coordinator and Personal Assistant Istanbul


May 2013 - Feb 2014
  • My role was varied with the arts and culture platform Istanbul’74. We dealt in modern and contemporary art, including production and events. I played an instrumental role in organizing exhibitions, events, and productions, whilst acting as personal assistant to the co-founder of Istanbul’74, Demet Muftuoglu Eseli. - As international communications director, I co-organized the exhibit of various works by Inez and Vinoodh, in co-ordination with Gagosian Gallery. Further to this I was responsible for the international press relations and press releases. - I coordinated the US Vogue production and its team in Istanbul featuring Kate Moss and Chiwetel Ejiofor, shot by Mario Testino. Additionally my role oversaw the complete budget and financing of the production. - As international communications director, I oversaw Robert Montgomery’s exhibit with the French design label Each X Other, in collaboration with the concept store V2K Designers. - As International Communications Director, I was in charge of co-organizing the group show “10 Under 40” with artists such as JR, Diana Al-Hadid, Volkan Aslan, Natalie Frank, Gözde ?lkin, Idris Khan, Takuro Kuwata, Angel Otero, Robin Rhode and Mehmet Ali Uysal. Further to this, I was in charge, along with my colleagues, in organizing various events, in particular, to celebrate the 57th BFI London Film Festival and the Jameel Prize with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In addition to this I prepared all international press releases.


Photographer Assistant & Retoucher

Création Visuelle, Louis Vuitton Paris

Aug 2011 - Jan 2013
  • Tasked by Louis Vuitton to assist studio photographers in matters concerning lighting, styling and general visual standardisation of images during photo production. Subsequently, my work extended to post-production, where all images were treated in Photoshop for further visual enhancement and colour correction. The final stage of my work entailed archiving all images for future use and reference at Creation Visuelle as well as coordinating with the marketing personnel, under LV direction, for certain needs.




Centre Iris Paris

Sep 2007 - May 2008


    Bachelor of Economics

    University of Queensland, Australia

    Mar 2002 - May 2006


      Bachelor of Arts

      University of Queensland, Australia

      Mar 2002 - May 2006