my crew: freya esders' friends just wanna kiss and start fires
Meet Freya Esder's beautiful creative family of singers, models and filmmakers in this series which sees photographers shoot their inspiring pals.
Name: Sunni Hart
Profession: I'm the Founder and Director of Folk Collective and the Global Marketing Manager at Rolla's Jeans. I'm also a mum and a dog owner.
How do you know Freya? We met in 2010 at some kind of punk gig on a boat cruise down the Yarra. She actually still remembers what I was wearing: "Red pants, grey turtleneck, black beanie." She's good with things like that. I remember thinking she was this big red ethereal beauty. We were part of the first generation of a family-like friendship group, one that will be fused forever more. In the past couple of years we've become each others sounding boards, emotionally, creatively and comically. Our iMessage feed is EPIC. Freja loves all things choc-mint.
What do you and Freya call each other? She's my Leibz (Leibovitz) and I'm her Sontag.
What does friendship mean to you? It means no judgement, total honesty, unyielding support and spending a really large part of your paycheque wining and dining one another forever more.
What do you and your friends like to do together? We like getaways, comparing music notes, dancing until the morning light, cooking for each other and kissing on the lips.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? I would've liked to have been friends with Keith Moon back in the day. I think he was having a very naughty, fun time. I also would've liked to spend some time drinking tea in bed with Anais Nin.
Name: Rhys Mitchell
Profession: I work as an actor and a filmmaker, and I play in the band Mouth Tooth.
How do you know Freya? Pete Baxter introduced me to these cool girls from up North. Freya was one of them. We bonded over our love of film and sense of humour. We were once told off at party for talking too much and for making jokes that were "alienating and bizarre".
What do you and Freya call each other? Freaks. Strawbs. Peach Fuzz.
What does friendship mean to you? People you escape to, not from. Like family members that you want to visit.
What do you and your friends like to do together? We make one-another laugh and try to inspire one-another. We encourage one another to be bold and to take risks and to be creative and kind in our discourse. Some people may throw wet blankets on the fire in your belly. My friends stoke the fire.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Larry David. I think it would be pretty... pretty... pretty good.
Name: Rhia Taranto
Profession: Ex-clothes horse, recent guitarist.
How do you know Freya? I met Freya at Splendor one year in Woodford. She was part of a circle of the most ethereal, free spirited, longhaired, Queensland girls I had ever seen. That was the scene then… and a few weeks on down in my hometown Melbourne, where she had just moved, our scenes merged.
What do you and Freya call each other? Freya is Frey to me… and I'm her sweet cowgirl.
What does friendship mean to you? It means realising one another's character and how your souls play off of each other. It's the way that individual makes you feel. Freya fills me with confidence and inspiration. I feel like I've known her my whole life.
What do you and your friends like to do together? I always remember the dancing. The music is always unquestionably chosen… everyone is digging the same groove. What I'm saying is, we love to dance!
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? If you know me there's no surprise here, Joni Mitchell is my queen. I'd sure love to shoot the breeze over a cigarette and a cuppa!
Name: Kelsey Martinovich
How do I know Freya? I can't remember the first time we met, but the moment I fell in love was when we drove around in her SUV at 11PM with the music cranked, singing, dancing and drinking take away cocktails. We bonded.
What do we call each other? Mainly all the good ones like baby, gurl (sometimes we combine the two), chick, chica, angel, beautiful etc, etc, etc. I did for a minute want to call her Fat Bastard ONLY because she nails the voice!
What does friendship mean to me?
What do you and your friends do together? Cook yum food, play cards, tell each other fun stories, sad stories, things we did that day stories.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone? I have always wanted a parrot: a lifelong friend.
How do you know Freya? I'm very lucky, I met Freya through friends way back in the day when we were dancing to RnB on tables. Actually that bit hasn't changed. We lived together and formed a bond over our inability to sleep and our love for cheesy lip syncing competitions.
What do you and Freya call each other? I call her big red, she called me itchy MB. Most of the time I feel like we're just yelling at each other from across the room like this: "woomaaaaaaaaan!"
What does friendship mean to you? Friendship is about enjoying each other and supporting each other. No matter how long the distance is between play times, it should be something that has no pressure attached. Me and Frey have that for sure. We support each other and celebrate each other when we can.
What do you and your friends like to do together? I make a lot of "video clip" style dances around the house, be this with Freya or someone else. Drinking lots of coffee, sharing new art and showing support.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? I would like to have the time to put more into the friendships I already have instead of friend crushing on others. I feel like I could be a way better friend to the ones I already have. That's more the aim for me.
Name: Mary Grigoris
Profession: Director of Cyclopes: music management, bookings, events and collaborations.
How do you know Freya? Through friends mainly, I think I knew of Freya long before I found her in real life.
What do you and Freya call each other? Mumma and Pappa Gerkin
What do you and your friends like to do together? Heaps of coffee dates and long chats.
What does Friendship mean to you? It's exchanged in so many different shapes and forms, but I suppose the common denominators for me are: love, support and presence.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? I love all the ones I got, but if I could choose an extra one, Herman Hesse: what a guy.
Name: Coco & Maximilian
How do you know Freya? We all studied Film together at the VCA, although Max and Freya were already bros as they had done a foundations course the year before. The first words Coco heard Freya say were "I'd like to be like Sophia Coppola, without the rich dad… I'm also pretty techie for a chick."
What do you and Freya call each other? We call her Frey, Freyfrey, Freybee, Franga, Franyingmantis. She calls us Cocs Maxi Macoco.
What does friendship mean to you? Sitting in the same room and not having to speak if you don't wanna.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Eat, drink, dance, bitch, complain about work… watch movies.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Rihanna and Yanis Varoufakis.
Photograpy Freya Esders