Nirrimi Firebrace

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“I WANT TO DIRECT WORK THAT EMBODIES WHAT IT IS TO BE ALIVE… STORIES THAT SHOULD BE HEARD, BEAUTY THAT CAN’T BE MISSED. I WANT MY FILMS TO WAKE PEOPLE UP AND MAKE THEM FALL IN LOVE AND INSPIRE THEM TO BE GOOD.”

Nirrimi was born in a town that was always summer on the east coast of Australia. She is a self taught photographer and filmmaker, who at age thirteen years old began photographing her little sister in her backyard. For the next two years she photographed her friends, family and the world around her, never without her camera. By sixteen she had run away from home, fallen in love, was signed to a photo agency and traveling the world shooting for major fashion brands.

At seventeen Nirrimi was hired to shoot a fashion campaign for Diesel in New York and a Billabong campaign in Europe. Still a teenager, Nirrimi has already had an enviable career shooting for fashion clients and magazines around the world, seeing her work on Billboards, covers of magazines, sides of buses and airports.

Asked about her astounding photography and film, Nirrimi says, “I believe in changing the industry image by image into something organic and real. giving a soul to a superficial industry. most of all i’m just passionately obsessed with capturing beautiful moments.”

Nirrimi is the 1st place recipient of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (National) – Photography, Youth Week (National) – Photography, People’s Choice Artists Wanted (International), Pedestrian Blogster Awards (National) and Nuffnang blogger awards (International). Nirrimi calls many continents home; she lives and travels with her partner Matt and their almost two year old daughter.

What are your hobbies?

Writing, documenting, being in the garden, adventuring, Mamahood, making healthy delicious food, working on projects and connecting with other people.

Who are your favorite photographers, artists or filmmakers?

I tend not to follow other artists or works. Not consciously and not because I think doing so is a bad idea, I’ve just always created better and more originally with a clear mind. I also like to spend the limited free time I have creating or being in the real world, versus online and watching. I love artists who create fearlessly, because their passion is bursting from them. Those who realize that art shouldn’t be created for validation or approval, who pour their soul shamelessly into their art.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done, or most defiant?

My life since leaving high school and my hometown for the big, bad world might seem crazy and defiant in the eyes of some. I don’t live to a structure, I follow my heart and I trust in the waves of life to carry me.

Have you ever gotten in trouble with the government?

For a brief time in high school I was in a gang. I was the blonde, blue-eyed, sweet-speaking one among several tough indigenous kids. They let me join them because they knew my Father was Aboriginal. I remember nights running from the police, sirens ablaze behind me, like I could feel them burning into my back. I never got in any real trouble though.

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