When director and cinematographer Michael Joy isn’t traveling the world making advertisements for the likes of Nivea, Dove, and Jacob’s Creek, he works from his home base in Leura on personal and experimental projects. One such venture is his television series, cul_de_sac. A truly local project, cul_de_sac is entirely produced and shot in the Blue Mountains,…

Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig, artists and designers, found themselves in Melbourne ten years ago questioning where their lives were headed. They met while studying art in Canberra, and moved south in hopes of finding a home filled with culture and adventure that would nourish their creative development. While they found many of those things,…

PROFILE — ILLUSTRATION Edith recalls her first glimpse of the Blue Mountains, spied when flying out of Sydney airport for an overseas adventure. “I remember flying over the Blue Mountains and thinking what is all this delicious greenery? From that point it was in my mind.” Growing up in rural Victoria, Edith’s love of drawing developed…

A common refrain among those who live in the Blue Mountains is that their arrival here felt as though they had finally come home. For artist, author, and director, Emma Magenta, this is not too far from the truth. Emma spent much of her childhood visiting her grandfather, a ceramic artist in Blackheath. So when…

PROJECT — PHOTOGRAPHY In small towns across Australia, young people are often torn between staying for the comfort and ease of familiar surroundings and leaving to pursue opportunities in the city, with many unlikely to return. Nick McKinlay of Faulconbridge has forged his own path. He left, seeking education and experience both in Sydney and overseas,…