Midnight Boy

"This boy is a male prostitute. His eyes nearly made me cry.
He was so surprised I wanted to take a photo of him, while he sat like a sad, sulky dog looking out the window of his small, dark apartment, waiting for his next customer."

Paragon

"This guy kinda sums up Cuba for me. Beautiful, thoughtful people, spending their time just hanging.
Life is a lounge. It’s incredible."

Monumental

"This puppy was hanging about while we were talking to an old man in a street. The children nearby couldn’t help but play with him, despite how much their parents insisted for them not to.
Animals are treated very poorly in Cuba, and it’s incredibly depressing at every corner to find yet another sick, sad looking pup or kitten seeking some love and food." 

ISAEBELLA DOHERTY is a film-maker, photographer and producer with a captivating voice, both behind the lens and behind a microphone.  She is wonderfully at home in her own skin for someone so young, with infectious laughter, passion and drive.  She put together a collection of photographs from recent travels around North + South America and Australia, and talked about her motivations behind her work.  
These are images from her series "Postcards".

I grew up around change-makers, innovators and entrepreneurs.  People who saw a decline in the safety of the way we were existing and sought to change it.  People who were creative in their admissions of consciousness and the ripple effect of what they did and could do.  

I had my brilliant cousin as a patient mentor, who, very enthusiastically, jumped at any project I presented and helped me to understand the things I needed to, to create what I wished to create.  My parents have never ceased to see more opportunities for me than I did.  That made the biggest difference in who I am now and what I believe myself to be capable of in the future.

Millions

"We had settled in the small town of Goreme in Turkey for awhile, getting to know the people, the culture. I was getting fairly adventurous and decide to walk around the outskirts of the town at dusk to find some photographic opportunities. I came across a group of young boys playing soccer.
This boy was one of them. Be careful not to melt in his eyes."

 

I don’t remember when I started [photographing] really, but I’ve always been fascinated by faces and stories.  That was my thing.  I’d watch people, and create their character and life in my head and use it as fuel for whatever I was creating at the time.

I was living in Europe when I got my Canon 5D 'Toula', and suddenly the capturing of these things, that had stimulated my creativity for so long, became a lot easier.

When you stare into someone’s eyes, lips, lines, crooks, how can you not imagine all the stories that have come to exist within them, on them.  I know it’s a common throw, but fuck, creatures drive me crazy with their powers.  It’s been done a lot, but it needs to be done so much more.
The more effort that goes into relinquishing this separatism that’s growing more prominent the more globalism declares it to be declining, the better.  We are desperately expanding our sense of relativity to light, time, space, etc, when our relativity to each other is bitter and confused. 

I want to help create a world where people look at a face in a photograph and they feel really, really connected to them.

The Fine Line

"This photo could be anywhere, could exist in any time.
The precise, however slight, distinction between classes, as we know it today.
This was taken in Tbilisi, Georgia. And I do adore the woman’s ingenious broom."

Boleita

"In Guadalajara, there’s a lot of incredible artisans that hold markets on the streets, showcasing their immensely special pieces, usually crafted with semi-precious Mexican stones.
This was a child of one of the artists, from a more isolated area of Jalisco. I was completely struck by how much of an old soul this little one was, their eyes so wise and knowing.
Mexico has some of the most beautiful children I’ve ever seen, this baby being incredibly exceptional."

Punch Drunk Bush Love

"This is a photo of two of my dearest friends, who found themselves, after a long weekend festival that we had organized, curled up on the beach at my house, with one of the deck chairs as shade and a floaty as a pillow. 
They have such a beautiful love, and I love that I was able to capture of a piece of it."

For the last two years I’ve been working on a documentary, "Polyfaces" * based on a farm in Staunton, Virginia.  It’s a family project, we like to do a lot of things together.  It’s about one of the most regenerative farms in the world, the pioneer of beyond organics, and the family and community that drive it.  It would inspire a rock to be more locally minded, but we’re pushing for it to hit consumers and their consciences.  

I’m always really buzzed up about whatever it is I’m doing, because there is so much that needs to be done, all the people to be made more conscientious, to inspire beyond what they see now.  We’re capable of maintaining a stable and beautiful environment here on ol’ Earthy, and it’s our responsibility to make it happen however we can.  And to be honest, this is all I’ve ever known.  My parents are the coolest, most switched on individuals anyone will ever meet.  They really know what’s what.  To see their courage, their sacrifices to contribute to our global community on the largest scale they possibly can, I’d be a total twat not to carry on their work as best I can.

If I could say anything to the collective world, it would be "Get yo' shit together!"  Don’t let the overwhelming urge to indulge in the doom and gloom reports of hell descending perpetrate your beautiful, strong mind and body, and all of their magnificent capabilities that are desperately crying to make this place we love so much more glorious than it already is.
And take responsibility.
My grandfather used to say, “Humans are just like yeast, they eat all the sugar and then die in their own shit.”
I believe in people a whole lot more than that, and I really hope they believe in themselves too. 

 

  Now What Was I Winning?   "This guy was beyond a character. Unlike most Cubans, he spoke perfect English with a giddy little stride in his voice, constantly asking us hilarious questions about our knowledge of football, resuming to his game of Chess and then upon remembering our presence repeating, “Now what was I saying?” He was a cheeky damn Chess player if ever I’ve seen one. "

Now What Was I Winning?

"This guy was beyond a character. Unlike most Cubans, he spoke perfect English with a giddy little stride in his voice, constantly asking us hilarious questions about our knowledge of football, resuming to his game of Chess and then upon remembering our presence repeating, “Now what was I saying?”
He was a cheeky damn Chess player if ever I’ve seen one. "

  Close Cut   "My boyfriend bought a cut throat razor from a cheap outlet that turned out to be blunt, so after a decent amount of frustration ensuing, he decided to go to a Cuban barber. This guy was so slick, he probably gave him the best shave of his life. I have always adored watching old style barbers though, I found it enormously fascinating to peer upon their immense skill and style. "

Close Cut

"My boyfriend bought a cut throat razor from a cheap outlet that turned out to be blunt, so after a decent amount of frustration ensuing, he decided to go to a Cuban barber.
This guy was so slick, he probably gave him the best shave of his life.
I have always adored watching old style barbers though, I found it enormously fascinating to peer upon their immense skill and style. "

  The Girl Who Fell For The Sun   "My beautiful friend Anisha desperately wanted to take some test shots for her boyfriends potential debut album, falling around the theme of Apollo and Dionysus. We walked around Karangahape Road in Auckland for hours, taking really interesting and testing shots, as she comes from a model-esque training, and I really had to encourage the lighter side of her to come out, for the photographs I was intended to take. To free her of posing."

The Girl Who Fell For The Sun

"My beautiful friend Anisha desperately wanted to take some test shots for her boyfriends potential debut album, falling around the theme of Apollo and Dionysus.
We walked around Karangahape Road in Auckland for hours, taking really interesting and testing shots, as she comes from a model-esque training, and I really had to encourage the lighter side of her to come out, for the photographs I was intended to take. To free her of posing."

Can you describe your ideal pair of socks?

EXPLORERS! I always thought my dad wearing them was really lame growing up, but they are the best socks. Soft, warm, cosy, built to last. I’m 120% about quality over quantity.  And hemp socks, the ones with the beautiful colourful patterns that you can buy in New Mexico.
Maybe Explorers and hemp socks should have some sock babies. 

* Polyfaces has now been released and has been met with critical acclaim.  www.polyfaces.com/