Prisoners of St Petersburg

 

Happy Birthday to one of the most amazing creative humans I know – Peter – the creator of Prisoners of St Petersburg. You are always a step ahead and know how to dress a woman! Wishing you a fabulous celebration!

Here his current collection shot by me on Kristyna Chladkova, styled by Glamazoid.

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Yak Magazine

 

Jordie Strybos and Pablo Fourcard TOP LEFT; Iwanouz Karibo TOP RIGHT; Ryan Clift BOTTOM LEFT; Sayang Ropp BOTTOM LEFT. 

2017 is nearly over ! Looking back at this year I thought I would share some of my photography in print for the awesome Yak Magazine ! I get to meet wonderful creatives of Bali with a great insight into the work they do on the Island of the Gods.

I got to meet the Good Food Brotherhood boys Jordie Strybos and Pablo Fourcard at their new Warung style eatery Ulekan. Here you can find traditional Indonesian cuisine that is prepared with only pure goodness, no palm oil, organic and no msg. Stunning!! Their passion and drive shows in all parts of their business. Don’t forget they created some of our other favorites in Bali: Watercress and Milk & Madu cafe! Read the full article here.

Meeting the young dynamic Sayang Ropp was as exciting! She is running her fathers empire Paul Ropp with innovation and passion. The apple does not fall far from the tree! Looking forward to see what she comes up with in the future! Full Yak story here.

Papuan musician Iwanouz Karibo is a genius on the instruments. Catch him at the Orchard Bar & Restaurant and he will blow your mind with his talent. Read all about him here.

Chef Ryan Clift at his new restaurant Grow was a quick meeting between him creating an incredible menu here and jetting off to his four other award winning restaurants in Singapore and his numerous pop up restaurants between Auckland and New York. More on Ryan and his amazing ventures here.

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Brad Gerlach

A portrait session with one of my heroes is always special. Ex world champ surfer, surf coach, musician and now dad, Brad Gerlach is a calming gentle force in this world. Always an interesting conversation about art, life, music and of course surfing with Brad. Full interview by Ozlem Esen here.

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Elena Avdeeva

Babayaga Tattoo Studio in Canggu is next level when it comes to quality tattoos! Check them out.

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Koby and Makua Abberton

Meeting Koby Abberton and his stunning wife Olya and their water baby Makua on a sunny day by the pool. True love makes a happy baby 🙂 Full story in Yak here.

Lightwaves Byron Bay

LIGHTWAVES
a story of single fin women

This portrait series celebrates the feminine spirit of women surfers whose lives are closely interwoven with their passion for surfing single fin boards.
I first started this series when I was living in California close to the beautiful Queen of the Coast, Rincon.The amount of women gracing the line up was something new for me coming from South Africa and I knew I had to document them.
The technique of single fin surfing really complements the feminine expression and style.The elegance of the female form combined with the single fin surfboard results in a graceful dance on the water that is truly quite mesmerizing.
From California I continued my journey to my second home, Bali and started documenting my old friends at our local spot, Batu Bolong.
Byron Bay was naturally my next stop as I had spent time here a decade ago and it was time to reunite with the beautiful tribe of women here. With this portrait series I want to express the beauty and elegance of these dancers in the sea. The diversity of women here is a celebration every sunrise.
The show is up at Bay Leaf Cafe in Byron Bay until end of March. Come check it out or message me for print sales and chat about single fins and women’s surfing.
Thank you to all the incredible lady sliders for making this project happen.

 

LIGHT WAVES – Batu Bolong

I currently have a show on at Deus Gallery in Bali. This is the story and the images that are hanging in the show.It was so hard to choose which ones would actually hang in the gallery. Please also go to this link to see all the other amazing women I shot. I will do another post with more of the single fin ladies.

The prints come in a limited edition of 9 and are available framed and unframed in various sizes shipped worldwide.

A Story of Single Fin Girls from Batu Bolong shot by Saskia Koerner

An exhibition celebrating the feminine spirit of women surfers whose lives are closely interwoven with their passion for surfing single fin boards.

This series of portraits is shot on a vintage Hasselblad analogue camera to truly capture the longstanding relationship women have with single fin surfing.

The camera takes a similar approach to capturing images as does the single fin to surfing. Both require precision and spot on technique, both resulting in beautiful posture and composition.

Single Fins are where we came from in surfing and the retro trend has brought a new wave of single fin riders. More women are gracing the line-ups than ever before and are tuning into the single fin movement.

The elegance of the female form combined with the single fin surfboard results in a graceful dance on the water that is truly quite mesmerizing.

Here in Bali, I have met an entire tribe of single fin female surfers and we see each other every sunrise in the water. With this portrait series, I want to express the beauty and elegance of these dancers in the sea.

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xenia

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sasha

rui

rosa

olga

natalya

maya

maria

kate

jane

ishita

elena

chulpan

cass

Sundays are for Lovers

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I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with the talented designer – soon to be married – duo Lara and Moses and their gorgeous dogs Lanya and Oso.

They showed me a sneak peak of their new bag collection launching soon and it’s looking good!! Every piece, handmade by Moses Nadel is a classic with attention to detail made to last a lifetime. Be sure to keep an eye out for their launch!

Thank you beautiful friends! You are a huge part of my NYC experience and I am so happy to know we will always cross paths.

Indigo Shibori

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What a treat it was to play with some indigo dyes and kashmir rayon textiles again! I had 15 yards left of the most gorgeous soft kashmir rayon fabric I bought in Bali last year and I have been obsessed with indigo blues lately; so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to test out the ancient Japanese dye technique called Shibori. Dating back to the 8th century, Shibori is a technique where the cloth gets tied, blocked, bound, stitched or compressed ignored to create intricate patterns. I decided to just go for it and try as many different ways to block the dye from the fabric. I used tubes, wooden blocks, tons of elastics and some stitching to create some beautiful designs.I then found a very talented woman from the Congo by the name of Angel who carefully hand-stitched the edges of the gigantic soft kashmir scarves.

Here are a few images of my process. Contact me over email if you want one of the few scarves that are still left. saskia@saskiakoerner.com

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