Michelle Grace Hunder
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Kendrick Lamar (*not a band lol)
FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?
Ecca Vandal, my absolute favourite AUS artist to see live!
IS THIS WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF?
I feel like I’m constantly pinching myself because I absolutely love my life and what I do. I get to take photos of all my favourite artists, go on tour, and be inspired by people that I really connect with! Definitely living the dream.
FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?
Forks in the road for me have always been the most exciting time for real change and progress. Even when I’ve been made redundant or something in past careers, it's always turned out for the best, and lead me on the road that eventually meant I picked up a camera. It's hard to see it at the time, but those moments have always been really positive in the end.
DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC
Relentlessly self driven.
DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO YOUR PASSION?
There's no other secret other than bloody hard work, every person that I know that has been successful works around the clock!
80. Eighty. That’s the number of portraits that have been shot for the ongoing almost 4 year long collaborative project with @claudiasangiorgidalimore that we call @hersoundherstory, celebrating all the incredible female artists we have in the Australia. Number 80 was really special. I remember @bendoggz telling me about @nureality108 a few years ago, and that not only is she an amazing artist and performer but an incredible woman that he knew I would get along with and adore..... A few years down the track and my amazing friend @xpeesx linked us up to finally shoot for this series, one of my absolute favorite shoots to date. Jenna has this hauntingly beautiful concept in mind, and it was helped along by the always incredibly patient @danijfuentesmua. What blows me away is Jenna’s expression, and how much she was pushed outside her comfort zone but how she trusted me enough to create this image. Thank you Jenna for reminding me just why I started this project, this is so much bigger than the photos that are taken on the day. We have 4 years of awesome moments shared with artists on set, and the trust and relationships formed during the process, and the overarching message for women in the music industry is that we see you. Please come see our documentary on 11th July if you’re in Sydney. It’s really special, and we would love to see you there....Link for tickets is in my bio.
WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? WHAT MAJOR THINGS DID YOU COME TO REALISE AS YOU GREW UP?
Deeply insecure, incredibly self absorbed with how I looked being important and it consuming me because I wasn’t the ‘pretty girl’. I was a tomboy and hung out with boys a lot, felt very comfortable around men on this level, could easily become one of the boys and was quite proud of it. As I got older I realised I turned a blind eye to a lot of stuff and really forced myself to unpack the reasons why I never felt comfortable around women. In my older age this has really changed and I have the most amazing friendship group of incredible women who inspire and challenge me daily.
Michelle is the co-creator of Her Sound, Her Story which screens in Sydney on July 11 and Melbourne July 12 - get tickets here. Read the EL Letter here and follow Her Sound, Her Story on Instagram. Follow Michelle on Instagram and Facebook here.