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Sunshine State by Andrea Jankovic

Andrea Jankovic discovered photography a few years ago while studying for a Masters of Architecture. “I was spending all of my money going to concerts, so I thought that if I could just convince people that I was a music photographer, I could scam my way into a lot of gigs for free,” she explains. She went out, bought a camera and started shooting small local bands. From there on it’s been a one way road: “-Yeah, things moved pretty quickly from there and I was shooting big concerts within a few months. I never really though of shooting fashion until my friend asked me to just take a few shots of some pieces she had designed (which seems silly in retrospect, as I’d been collecting fashion magazines since I was 10 and had been awarded a scholarship to study Fashion illustration when I was younger). I really, really enjoyed it so when I graduated from university at the end of 2010, I decided to give it a shot to see where it took me. So while I still have A LOT to learn, I feel really privileged to have come as far as I have in less than 18 months! Especially because I’m still working in architecture 4 days per week at the same time!

Now the Brisbane based photographer and architect is ready with her first Ben Trovato exclusive story, entitled Sunshine State after where the story was shot, which was also one Andrea’s main inspirations when shooting it.

Sunshine State features the beautiful Claire Ralston from Vivien’s, and is basically a story of Claire and Andrea on an aimless road trip around Queensland’s sunshine coast: “- We had no real plan of where we wanted to go or what we wanted to shoot. We just got in the car and drove north. After an hour or so of driving we decided to turn down a dirt road we thought looked interesting. From there on we just drove and stopped wherever we saw something that caught our attention. The red earth in one of the shots is in a ditch by the side of a road. The stacked crates were behind a petrol station we stopped at after almost running out of fuel.

The fashion is a mix of vintage pieces Claire had brought, the clothes Andrea was wearing that day, and pieces they bought in a local op-shop after they ran out: “- That’s why the story is kind of disjointed in one respect because there is no overriding theme other than that of a mini road trip around Queensland’s sunshine coast in the heat of the Australian summer.

As mentioned, the location was one of Andrea’s main inspirations when shooting the story: “- I’m so inspired by the Australian summer and landscape!” she says, adding: “-I grew up in Europe and even though I’ve lived here longer than anywhere else, the whole country still just fascinates me so much. Claire herself was obviously a huge source of inspiration too- she’s so beautiful and such a cool girl, I don’t think something as unplanned would have been as successful with anyone else.

“Claire is one of those people that you just want to be your friend, because she is so incredibly likable! She is amazingly easy going, hilariously funny, a really sweet girl and easily one of the best models I have ever worked with.”

Photography by Andrea Jankovic
Model - Claire Ralston @ Vivien’s Model Management