Fremantle Gazette - - STREET WATCH - Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

KNOW­ING IS JUST A TOUCH AWAY AWARD-WIN­NING pho­tog­ra­pher Frances An­dri­jich met Stormie Mills 20 years ago when she was asked to snap “this street kide­merg­ing artist” for a mag­a­zine.

Ex­pect­ing a “rough di­a­mond,” An­dri­jich was shocked when greeted by a re­served young gen­tle­man – who re­mains a friend two decades on.

“Stormie re­ally sur­prised me, as a lot of peo­ple do when you take their photo,” An­dri­jich said.

“He was, and is, so sweet. You look at him and he has those teeth that are all sil­ver and yet he’s so gen­tle and quite shy.

“He’s a force to be reck­oned with and has an amaz­ing rep­u­ta­tion.”

Meld­ing their cre­ative crafts, the duo has col­lab­o­rated on a new ex­hi­bi­tion with tat­toos at the fore.

Their Heart on Their Sleeve – cap­tur­ing a se­ries of un­guarded mo­ments – show­cases 10 Perth peo­ple, in­clud­ing a univer­sity lec­turer, FIFO worker and mixol­o­gist, each sport­ing Mills’s art­work on their bod­ies.

Fa­mous for his cu­ri­ous lit­tle char­ac­ters, dot­ted across Perth’s in­ner-city streetscapes, Mills has WHAT: Their Heart on Their Sleeve WHERE: There Is cre­ative space, 49 Stu­art St, North­bridge WHEN: Novem­ber 1-17

taken An­dri­jich’s im­ages and painted over them, cap­tur­ing the sub­jects’ in­ter­nal por­trait.

“Some of the peo­ple were so freaked out by the ex­pe­ri­ence and oth­ers said: ‘Oh, I do this ev­ery day,’” the Croa­t­ian-born pho­tog­ra­pher said.

“We asked them, es­pe­cially the shy ones: ‘What’s your favourite mu­sic?’ and we played it to re­lax them and get some move­ment.

“They could wear what they felt rep­re­sented them and they could choose to smile or not smile.”

An­dri­jich has trav­elled ex­ten­sively in­ter­na­tion­ally for her work.

“I have a job where a huge part of my life is spent work­ing. I do love it but the hours are full-on, so I tend to work with peo­ple I form friend­ships with and I’m priv­i­leged to have a friend­ship with Stormie,” An­dri­jich said. Sara Fitz­patrick­mu­ni­ d475376

Pho­tog­ra­pher Frances An­dri­jich and artist Stormie.

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