my crew: from the dance floor to the beach, byron spencer’s friends are in it together

The Sydney photographer’s crew are around the world but together in spirit.

by i-D Staff
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07 November 2016, 2:05am

Name: Alexandra Spencer
Age: 27
Profession: Creative Director.
How do you know Byron? I'm his sister.
What do you call each other? In no particular order: Heebie/Jeebie, Bear/Ali Bayer/Alabama, Pa/ma, Tic/Tac Byron James, BJ, Beej.
How would you describe your relationship? The fine line between best friend/brother.
Who would you like to be friends with? Martha Stewart, jokingly and also quite seriously.
What movie character has your favourite style? Byron in one of his many "Spice Boy" home videos. He starred in a one man tribute to the Spice Girls.
Who would play you in a movie? I would like to say Goldie Hawn but if we didn't have the budget probably Stiffler's mom.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now and could only bring one friend, who would it be? I'd take Byron to a semi- deserted island that serves alcohol to watch him play out his fantasy of being on Survivor

@4thandbleeker

Name: Amy Tuxworth
Age: 29
Profession: Filmmaker and photographer.
How do you know Byron? We were lovers in a past life.
How would you describe your relationship? I would say it's very honest and loving.
What does friendship mean to you? Friendship is about simply being good to one another. I grew up in Sydney, but live in Berlin and I can go years without seeing old friends and we always pick up where we left off. If it's honest and loving, without too many expectations, it remains strong.
What movie character has your favourite style? Luna from David Lynch's, Wild at Heart.
If you were an animated character, who would you be? Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
Best place to hang out in your city? In Sydney, it would be the McIver Ladies Baths.  

@amytuxworth

Name: Rachel Rutt
Age: 26
Profession: One half of Heart People, weaver/textile artist, model.
How do you know Byron? I met him seven years ago at his house that he shared with Emma Mulholland and her cat Leon. I didn't live in the city back then so he used to let me stay over a lot.
How would you describe your relationship? It's a friendship where we collaborate a lot but at the end of the day we just go to the beach and get paddle pops.
What does friendship mean to you? Essentially it's about trust, whatever that means between the people involved.
What movie character has your favourite style? Eleanor Zissou.
If you were an animated character, who would you be? Brock Samson in The Venture Bros.
Best place to hang out in your city? Home.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now and could only bring one friend, who would it be? Ryan, and we'd go to Ibiza.

@bbqriblet

Name: Ryan Grieve
Age: 35
Profession: Musician and producer.
How do you know Byron? Through my work in Heart People.
How would you describe your relationship? Like a lovely tree that you put some time and care into.
What does friendship mean to you? Honesty, trust, acceptance and understanding.
What movie character has your favourite style? Guido Anselmi in 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini.
If you were an animated character, who would you be? Nathan Explosion from Metalocalypse.
Best place to hang out in your city? At a friend's house, preferably with a negroni in hand.
If you could go anywhere in the world right now and could only bring one friend, who would it be? Rachel from Heart People, and we'd go to Ibiza.

@heartpeoplemusic

Name: Isabella Melody
Age: 30
Profession: Photographer
How do you know Byron? We met inside the glass enclosure at Oxford Art Factory during a wild impromptu dress up photo shoot back in 2010. My best friend and I got huge crushes on him because we thought he was so lovely.
How would you describe your relationship? I'd say it's like riding a roller coaster at Luna Park, very fun and may induce a short period of dizziness.
What do you and your friends do together? We travel together, meet up in foreign cities and eat the best pizza there is, because we don't live in the same continents anymore.
If you were an animated character, who would you be? Sailor Moon.
Best place to hang out in your city? Bergianska Trädgården in Stockholm, it's a botanical garden and has a cafe serving the best salmon.

@isabellamelody

Name: Natalia Parsonson
Age: 35
Profession: Photographer
How do you know Byron? From the D-floor many moons ago.
How would you describe your relationship? Gr8 m8s and fun D8s.
What does friendship mean to you? A friend is someone who likes you even though they know you.
What do you and your friends do together? D&Mz.
What movie character has your favourite style? Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice or Halle berry in Boomerang.
If you were an animated character, who would you be? Homer Simpson.
Who would play you in a movie? Julia Louis Dreyfus for the comedy version and Isabelle Adjani for the romantic drama.

@natalia_parsonson

Name: Peter Simon Phillips
Age: 34
Profession: Fashion stylist.
How do you know Byron? I can't quite remember, but I do remember our first shoot together: we worked on a "beauty" story shooting a ridiculous number of looks in one day. Byron said he had never seen so many clothes on set.... this made him a very happy man and our romance blossomed. We both enjoy a little bit of excess.
How would you describe your relationship? A "safe space" for ideas.
What does friendship mean to you? It means different things with different friends but the common thread would be the comfort of self expression when I am with them.
What movie character has your favourite style? Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman, pre and post make over.

@petersimonphillips

Name: Pauly Bonomelli
How do you know Byron? Work.
How would you describe your relationship? Chalk and cheese.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? My family.
What do you and your friends do together? Burn stuff.
What movie character has your favourite style? Anyone in Waterworld.
If you were an animated character, who would you be? RanXerox.
Who would play you in a movie? Lindsay Lohan. 

@himumimdead

Name: Mitch Wright
Age: 27
Profession: Fashion design.
How do you know Byron? Party times in 2007, back when I was blonde and he wore jazz shoes clubbing.
What does friendship mean to you? We love our bread, we love our butter, but most of all, we love each other.
What do you and your friends do together? Talk about reality telly and get emo.
Who is your BFF? I hope they're all forever! But if I had to choose I would probably say my TV.
What movie character has your favourite style? The Grand High Witch, sans mask.
If you were an animated character, who would you be? Hitmonchan, the original gender bending Pokemon.
Who would play you in a movie? I'd wanna do it! Just like Howard Stern in Private Parts.
Best place to hang out in your city? On my couch or at the far end of the Opera House where the seals sun bake.

@mitchmatch

Name: Natalie Vrandich
Age: 29
Profession: Producer
How do you know Byron? I feel like I've known him a hundred thousand lifetimes.️\
How would you describe your relationship? Soul Sisters.
What does friendship mean to you? Freedom — to be yourself and to speak your stream of consciousness openly and without fear of judgement.
What do you and your friends do together? Mostly food related things. And karaoke.
What movie character has your favourite style? Penelope Cruz in Woman On Top — love.
If you were an animated character, who would you be? Ponyo... And sometimes a bit Tina Belcher from Bob's Burgers.
Who would play you in a movie? I could be Julia Stiles and Drew Barrymore's love child. 

@natalievrandich

Name: Emma Mulholland
Age: 29
Profession: Creative Director at Emma Mulholland.
How do you know Byron? We were both working in separate concessions in David Jones. I worked for Veronica Maine he was at Country Road — LOL. Then we met properly out on the dance floor somewhere.
How would you describe your relationship? Strictly professional.
What does friendship mean to you? The world — friends are my family and my family are my friends.
What do you and your friends do together? Go traveling, eat/drink, swim at the beach, text each other while watching Survivor, dance and sing really well at karaoke.
What movie character has your favourite style? Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater in True Romance.
If you were an animated character, who would you be? Daria.
Who would play you in a movie? I'd like to say a young Meryl Streep, Meryl Streep's daughter perhaps — aim for the stars! 

@emmamulholland

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Photography Byron Spencer

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