Imogen Wilson

the boys of new zealand: part 1

Photographer and stylist Imogen Wilson captures the next wave of young, male Kiwi creatives...the future is bright.

by i-D Staff
17 September 2015, 12:30am

Imogen Wilson

It seems every young person is doing something creative in New Zealand right now. Whether it's their full time occupation or just straight up fun, there's a new breed of next generation NZ boys collaborating with friends and doing what they love. Photographer and stylist Imogen Wilson was so struck by the new wave of talent she picked up her camera and pen and began documenting the new faces in words and pictures, exclusively for i-D. Wilson says, "One thing I have noticed over the last year is how many talented young guys there are in New Zealand, yet beyond their social circles and creative communities they are still yet to be noticed and properly recognised". I have handpicked and photographed eleven kiwi guys that are ruling at what they do and shaping the underground creative scenes in New Zealand right now."

Chris wears his own clothes. Dirk wears Emma Mulholland T shirt.

Chris Hutchinson, 21

Where are you from? Auckland, New Zealand.

What do you do? I co-direct Inky Palms which is a risograph press/gallery/studio space with Dirk Peterson and Oliver Johnston as well as studying graphic design at AUT. We share the space with a bunch of other creative humans so there's always something interesting going on!

What would you like to do more of? I just want to keep on drawing and experimenting with the Inky risograph. More books! More zines! More VBs!

What's the best thing about being young and living in NZ in 2015? The creative community in New Zealand feels really vibrant at the moment, particularly in Auckland. Every week there's rad art shows or gigs to go along to. People are creating art and releasing new music constantly it's so great.

What inspires you most? Friends friends friends! It's super inspiring to see the energy and enthusiasm for creativity in all the people around me. I feel like collaboration is a key part of maintaining a creative practice.


Dirk Peterson, 21

Where are you from? I grew up in Dallas, Texas but have been living in Auckland for nearly 7 years.

What do you do? I run a print shop/studio/gallery called Inky Palms and I do freelance Illustration!

What would you like to do more of? At the moment I'm really trying to push myself as a photographer and a musician, I hate to get too comfortable with my practice so switching it up and trying new things is definitely essential.

What's the best thing about being young and living in NZ in 2015? Being able to work with such unique, driven creatives! I'm constantly blown away from the talent in Auckland and can't wait to see what all my cool friends will be doing in 10 years time.

What inspires you most? Seeing kids even younger than myself pushing the boundaries and producing really unique work! We started Inky Palms as a means to help young creatives get exposure in the creative scene and seeing that happen keeps me super inspired every day.


Eden wears his own clothes.

Eden Jouavel, 22

Where are you from? Central Auckland.

What do you do? Make Music.

What would you like to do more of? Make more music, XP points baby! 

What's the best thing about being young and living in NZ in 2015? NZ is straight killin' shit at the moment, the world's taking notice of us.

What inspires you most? The thought of a 9 to 5… Fuck that.


Finn wears his own clothes.

Finn O'brien aka Beach Boy, 18

Where are you from? I'm from Wellington, New Zealand.

What do you do? I'm a music performer.

What would you like to do more of? Start partying during the day as well as the night, plus more crazy shows!

What's the best thing about being young and living in NZ in 2015? That it's easy to do something new! Plus it's gonna be summer soon.

What inspires you most? My friends.


Hootie wears Supreme shirt.

Hootie Andrewes, 19

Where are you from? Arrowtown.

What do you do? Skate, course, turn up!

What would you like to do more of? Travel.

What's the best thing about being young and living in NZ in 2015? Fun I guess! Everything's popping off in Wellington and I have a lot of great friends.

What inspires you most? H8.


Ruben wears Death Rites tee.

Ruben Winter, 21

Where are you from? Auckland (West).

What do you do? I make jungle/footwork/whatever tunes as Totems, I also play guitar/vocal in an emo band called Caroles and do drums for the live version of PHF. I've also been working on other solo things, which will probably come out later in the year.

What would you like to do more of? Exercise? meditation? eating well? idk things i know are probably good for me but that I am too busy/lazy to actively pursue. I also would like to play more all ages shows to drunk teens cos that shit is fun as hell.

What's the best thing about being young and living in NZ in 2015? I honestly think it can be super isolating and often very stagnant here, as well as a lot of tall poppy/petty bullshit within artistic communities. On the other hand, a thing I do really appreciate is that the majority of the people I am friends with make great art. I really appreciate hearing a great song or seeing something cool and knowing that one of my pals made it.

What inspires you most? I'm almost always listening to a wide range of music, so that's a big part of it. For instance, today I have listened to: Addison Groove, The Melvins, Silicone, Valium Aggelein and Future. It's all very different shit, but can provide equal amounts of inspiration for different things, depending on my mood/what I am working on. Also hearing my friends' music can be real inspiring, mostly in a "I need to step my game up" kind of way.


Photography & Text Imogen Wilson