MICHAEL “SKINY” POWER
The producer travelled an hour out of Los Angeles to Lancaster for the “West Side Story” fashion shoot (page 146) with brother and sister models Nils and Lou Schoof. It’s Power’s job to ensure a shoot goes ahead without any mishaps, which means countless hours of pre-production, casting and paperwork so the team can focus on bringing the creative vision to life. Family, to me, means ...
“looking after each other. Not just one’s actual family, but also in the context of the industry I work in, which in my job makes me the dad. I make sure no one gets hurt and people are well fed and watered. I also broker peace accords between warring factions! I make sure money is there and good plans are in place.” Shooting in Lancaster was ...
“windy.the high desert is infamous for its dry heat and wind, which produces challenges for even the most seasoned hairstylist. Luckily our man, Christian Marc, accepted the wind into his style and it actually added to the beautiful photos Sylvè [Colless] took on the day.” My favourite assignments
involve ... “my favourite photographers. … I will say there are a few Aussie legends on that list.” This year I am most looking forward to ... “taking a month to sail around the Greek Islands catching delicious fish, with suntanned feet and good friends.” The German brother-sister model duo were heading to Hollywood for a holiday when BAZAAR asked them to take a detour to the western Mojave Desert.the aridity and heat was a world away from the lush forests and beautiful beaches of Schleswig-holstein, Germany’s northernmost state, where the siblings grew up before bursting onto the modelling scene. Lou was discovered first, on a train to Berlin. Shortly afterwards, her younger brother was spotted on her Instagram account. Naturally, it led to the genetically gifted pair shooting together.“it’s a unique and beautiful experience,” Nils says. “As siblings, you usually share your private life, your family and your roots. Going further by working together, we grow and support each other where others would not have anyone to share [that part of life with].” The Mojave Desert is ... Lou: “a quiet place. All you hear is birds and the wind blowing.” Nils: “The sun makes you feel alive and energised.” Family is the most important
thing because ... L:“a family knows your soul. A hug at the right moment, advice in hard times or a smile on a moody morning make you realise that even if once in a while you lose yourself, someone will be there forever to remind you to keep searching for truth, happiness and fulfilment.” We both love ... L:“sports and to work out together.we love honesty, being straightforward and productive.” N:“WE love cooking.we do it every day and will open our own little restaurant one day with the healthiest, freshest meals.”
When BAZAAR needed a portrait of Bambi Northwoodblyth to accompany her powerful piece about the year that changed her life (page 68), her good friend Jennifer Stenglein was more than happy to oblige.the La-based photographer welcomed Northwood-blyth into her studio to capture the kind of honest, raw images that can only come from a relationship based on trust. Stenglein has built a reputation for dramatic work that has been featured in some of the world’s leading magazines. Working with Bambi was great because ... “it’s always a beautiful time. She is such a luminous human. Far beyond her wild beauty is her shiny inner spirit, and it always dazzles. She has become a very close friend, so all our photo exchanges are ones of honesty, sweet conversation and good times.” My approach to photography is ... “you get this one tiny moment on this one day with this one special human that will never happen again, so you really need to honour that very brief encounter”.
DR EMMA ADAMS
The psychiatrist and mother of three is the author of Unbreakable Threads, a new book about her yearlong fight to free a young unaccompanied Hazara refugee, Abdul, from immigration detention and welcome him into her home and family. She writes about the experience for BAZAAR on page 72. An unbreakable bond is ...
“human connection.the bond between an infant and their closest carers is fundamental in the development of emotional resilience, social and intellectual development and even physical health as an adult.” The problem with isolating refugees is ... “when [they] are kept away in detention centres and offshore, what [we] are not able to see is that refugees are people just like us”. As a psychiatrist, I am passionate
about ... “helping mothers and their infants forge that unbreakable bond, even when overwhelming stress or mental illness get in the way of a parent’s capacity to respond to and protect their children”. The lives of mothers and babies in detention centres are ...
“unrelentingly horrible. Faced with what I had seen in Darwin’s immigration detention centres, I was powerless as a psychiatrist. But as a mother, I knew that love has power, and with that love I could help one lonely child.”
NILS & LOU SCHOOF