my crew: joe brennan's friends work hard and play harder

This series sees i-D's favourite photographers shoot their extended creative family. This time, meet Sydney photographer Joe Brennan's circle of multitalented angels.

by i-D Team
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14 November 2016, 7:30am

Ellen Virgona & Will Canning

Profession? E: Artist/photographer. W: Musician
How do you know Joe? E: I always knew of Joe being friends with friends, but it was a blessing when I got to spend time with him in Melbourne January this year. It's been love ever since. W: Joe and I met through the internet. I admired his art for a long time before we first met.
What movie best describes your friendship? E: No films just Buffy.
Who is your BFF? E: Gabriella, always. 20 years strong.
What does friendship mean to you? W: Friendship is always having something to talk about, no matter the circumstances.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? E: Hmm, probably Eric Andre.
What do you and your friends like to do together? E: Smoke weed and talk shit, get stuff done, have a boogie, have a swim. W: Smoke cigarettes, drink sparkling water and waste our time on creative output. I think the best element of friendship is a feeling of escape from the banality of the world.

@smellgurl & @will.canning

Dylan Nicolas

Profession? My degree says artist.
How do you know Joe? He smiled at me as I walked past him in Goodgod so I added him on Facebook.
What movie best describes your friendship? Black Swan. Idk why but it feels right.
What does friendship mean to you? Understanding.
Who is your BFF? My mother.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? I'm already friends with the people I admire most in this world.
What do you are your friends like to do together? No sleep, bus, club, 'nother club and so on.

@dylannicolas

Gabriella Lo Presti

Profession? A jack of all trades, a master of none.
How do you know Joe? ;))
What movie best describes your friendship? Any Giallo film.
What does friendship mean to you? Loyalty and respect.
Who is your BFF? Ellen Virgona, but special mention to Teresa, Nell and River.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Rihanna.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Club.

@moltobene__

Chloe Candlelyte

Profession? DJ, model and artist.
How do you know Joe? I met Joe at the club on my birthday. I recognised him from Twitter. We also had mutual friends.
What movie best describes your friendship? Dogville.
What does friendship mean to you? Time, money, and emotional labour... but you don't mind that much because they're doing same for you.
Who is your BFF? I don't do that.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Kylie Jenner.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Talk shit at the pub, get a cute gram together… just like little raucous things.

@candlelyte.c

Jonno

Profession? Photojournalist and nuisance.
How do you know Joe? Mutual friends/Instagram appreciation turned into IRL magic.
What movie best describes your friendship? Muriel's Wedding.
What does friendship mean to you? It's increasingly becoming the most meaningful way I experience love.
Who is your BFF? I don't know if I see friendship that way anymore.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Anyone who values earnestness over social commodification.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Quietly appreciating each other's company without the pressure to be anything or do anything.

@jonnoxrevanche

Anna May Kirk

Profession? Curator, artist and full-time overworker.
How do you know Joe? Joe and I met in the midst of our awkward pubescent teenage years somewhere deep in the CBD.
What movie best describes your friendship? A warm and fuzzy one :')
What does friendship mean to you? Friendship is unashamedly undoing the top button of your jeans after a decadent Chinese Noodle House dinner.
Who is your BFF? My life collaborator Nerida Ross who is currently 'finding herself' in Mexico.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Cackle, collaborate, click attending.

@anna.may.kirk

Kevin Nguyen

Profession? Working on it.
How do you know Joe? We go back all the way to our teen years when we unwittingly created a now-defunct blog.
What movie best describes your friendship? Patrick and Agustín in Looking.
What does friendship mean to you? Someone who understands you more than you know yourself.
Who is your BFF? A bunch.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
What do you and your friends like to do together? A boogie and a bite.

@kvn.ngyn

Yi Ng

Profession? Law school dropout, stylist and creative director.
How do you know Joe? We met one night at a Mexican restaurant in Melbourne. The stars were aligned as we found out our AirBnBs were right by each other and were soon coerced into an endless conversation that hasn't stopped since.
What movie best describes your friendship? Free Willy; the departing scene will parallel Joe and my friendship as I move to London, leaving us only to co-exist on the interwebz.
What does friendship mean to you? People not here to judge my Playboy bunny tattoo.
Who is your BFF? 'Pinky' or P Fortherby for her wit and James J Robinson for his charm.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Jefferson Hack, Ai Weiwei or Mikhail Gorbachev.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Make history.

@_norm__

Nick

Profession? Landscape Architecture Student
How do you know Joe? I met Joe at an art opening, he was wearing all black and I was wearing all grey.
What movie best describes your friendship? Medea. The 1969 Fantasy Drama where Maria Callas plays a powerful sorceress.
What does friendship mean to you? To me friendship means good times and lots of giggles!
Who is your BFF? My mom.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Melania Trump.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Ride scooters.

@turmeric_stain

Jordan Gogos & Costa Virtanen

Profession? J: Design student/photographer. C: Student
How do you know Joe? J: Through his BFF, Angel. C: Through a deep-rooted mutual love for Grace Jones.
What movie best describes your friendship? J: Basic Instinct, Joe is Michael Douglas and I am Sharon Stone. C: Truth or Dare starring Madonna; we are both her back up singers, Donna De Lory and Niki Haris.
What does friendship mean to you? J: Being unfiltered, highly inappropriate and unconditionally supportive. C: Everything.
Who is your BFF? J: My Chug (Chihuahua x Pug), Coco. C: I couldn't choose.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? J: Lydia Schiavello, RHOM. C: Steven Meisel.
What do you and your friends like to do together? J: Party to DJ Candlelyte and Lil Queefy. C: Just have fun.

@gothegronk & @czsta

Gus

Profession? Barista/pop star.
How do you know Joe? We met at the club as friends of friends of friends.
What movie best describes your friendship? Something pre-1950 that only old homosexuals buy on DVD.
What does friendship mean to you? Friendship is laughing and crying in safety.
Who is your BFF? My BFF is called Arquie and we met in primary school.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? *googles famous Aquarians*
What do you and your friends like to do together? Go on YouTube.

@gussy.music

Angel Robertson

Profession? Stylist.
How do you know Joe? I first met Joe via Tumblr Ask and then soon after became friends IRL through him dating our mutual friend (who he also met on Tumblr) when we were about 15 or 16.
What movie best describes your friendship? The First Wives Club.
What does friendship mean to you? Just support really, which Joe has in abundance.
Who is your BFF? Joe and @ginawaggy are my BFFs.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? I hate meeting my idols but I think Telfar Clemens is someone I would love to get to know.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Drink and talk mostly — all of my favourite nights have been sitting around a table with friends until late, yelling at each other in the best way possible.

@angelrobertson

Credits


Photography Joe Brennan