Spend 5: Abbey Swinn


Abbey Swinn. The kind of name you come across when you finally take the first steps towards adulting. You know, when you move out of home, start to pay your own bills and begin to priorities like a grown up. Bread, milk, wine and art become your new staples. Ok…just replace bread with Vogue. Then it comes to the finer details like furniture and functionality. Who needs chairs and a dining table when you can enjoy your magazine while sitting on the floor of your art-filled abode?

So as the story goes, during one of our regular Instagram researching sessions (we’re adults now, we need to justify time spent on social media) we came across Abbey Swinn. The Australian-based photographer’s artistic and perfectly curated monochrom-magic Instagram account stopped us in our tracks. I mean if you really want to excite us just drain the colour out of your feed and give us Christmas morning. But as it turns out there is much more to Abbey than artwork that will be filling up our walls. This name to watch not only brings magic into your homes but has worked with a pretty impressive list of fashion clientele. I mean when you get it, you just get it.

So 100+ photos deep and some serious spamming we did the only thing we know how to do. We spent 5 with the artist to watch.



Name: Abbey Swinn

Occupation: Photographer

It began when: I got my first camera when I was 18 and took it to Tiwi Island in Darwin to shoot my first ever Body of Work

I learnt from: Trying

Career highlight: Knowing that I’m working towards what I love every day is my career highlight

Top tips for getting the right shot: Take your time

My on set playlist sounds like: Beyonce

I would love to shoot with: Alexander Wang

Dream team: Karl Lagerfeld as Art Director, Grace Coddington Styling and Erin Wasson in front of the camera. And lets get Paris Vogue to print it for good measure!

Favourite photo of all time: Kate Moss sitting on a sink by Mario Testing

Work uniform looks like: Black

I’ve always looked up to: My mother

The face of 2017: In 2017 I would like to see the fashion industry become as obsessed with a girls mind as they are her body. So hopefully someone really smart

Face to watch: Zoe Cross, look her up

My friends would describe me as: A home body

3 things I can’t live without: Pasta, wine, my dogs

The perfect weekend would consist of: Good company, a great restaurant and an open bar

I don’t get up until: My boyfriend gets out of bed, he’s my alarm clock

Before bed ritual: A boiling hot shower with an Aesop Body scrub, and bed with whatever new Netflix series I’m watching in that moment

I wish I had more time for: Learning how to cook

Currently on my wishlist: A Chanel boy bag

I would love to have coffee with: My father

I would love to trade a day in the life with: Kim Kardashian

One thing I’d say to Beyonce: What happened in the elevator in 2014?

Celebrity crush: Mila Kunis

Always in my bag: My phone/Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream

Best childhood memory: We lived pretty rural growing up, me and my brothers would spend hours playing around our land – grass surfing down our biggest hill on surf boards and visiting our neighbours goat Isabel, who spent every day standing on top of her house!

Currently reading: Nothing! We just got a new puppy, sleep has suddenly become sacred – no time for a book, just cuddles with Alfie

Favourite city: Paris in the Winter

Next destination: Italy

Travel to me is: Freedom

Best piece of advice I’ve been given: Trust yourself

I am looking forward to: My future

Life motto: Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside

Follow Abbey here: @AbbeySwinn