Generation Better

Generation Better

Inner West, Sydney, 2014

 

Inner West, Sydney, 2014

 

Inner West, Sydney, 2014

Inner West, Sydney, 2014 

A six-month project on the streets of Sydney's Inner-West, photographing and staging small interviews with people, asking simple questions about happiness and well-being. 

A six-month project on the streets of Sydney's Inner-West, photographing and staging small interviews with people, asking simple questions about happiness and well-being. 

A six-month project on the streets of Sydney's Inner-West, photographing and staging small interviews with people, asking simple questions about happiness and well-being. 

daniel-o-toole-ears-artist

"I’m not an academic mind, I work more instinctively. I'll just start painting and then all of a sudden I've made an image and I’ll stand back and go, 'that's interesting, I wonder why I painted that?".

"I’m not an academic mind, I work more instinctively. I'll just start painting and then all of a sudden I've made an image and I’ll stand back and go, 'that's interesting, I wonder why I painted that'".

"I’m not an academic mind, I work more instinctively. I'll just start painting and then all of a sudden I've made an image and I’ll stand back and go, 'that's interesting, I wonder why I painted that'".

"I’m not an academic mind, I work more instinctively. I'll just start painting and then all of a sudden I've made an image and I’ll stand back and go, 'that's interesting, I wonder why I painted that'".

"I’m not an academic mind, I work more instinctively. I'll just start painting and then all of a sudden I've made an image and I’ll stand back and go, 'that's interesting, I wonder why I painted that'".

"I've been here more than twenty years. I like it,  but I really miss Fiji. I miss the people, my family and the colours. But I always try to keep a smile on my face no matter what happens in life...we have nothing if we don't have our smiles".  

"I've been here more than twenty years. I like it,  but I really miss Fiji. I miss the people, my family and the colours. But I always try to keep a smile on my face no matter what happens in life...we have nothing if we don't have our smiles".  

"I've been here more than twenty years. I like it,  but I really miss Fiji. I miss the people, my family and the colours. But I always try to keep a smile on my face no matter what happens in life...we have nothing if we don't have our smiles".  

"I've been here more than twenty years. I like it,  but I really miss Fiji. I miss the people, my family and the colours. But I always try to keep a smile on my face no matter what happens in life...we have nothing if we don't have our smiles".  

"I've been here more than twenty years. I like it,  but I really miss Fiji. I miss the people, my family and the colours. But I always try to keep a smile on my face no matter what happens in life...we have nothing if we don't have our smiles".  

sydney-innerwest-nsw
sydney-people-king-street-newtown

"I’ve always liked making stuff. Whenever I was bored I just created something. I like the old school stuff, mechanical theatre.  When I was young I had a few great mentors and one of them told me that mediocrity is my greatest enemy, and that subtlety is the tool of the masters".

"I’ve always liked making stuff. Whenever I was bored I just created something. I like the old school stuff, mechanical theatre.  When I was young I had a few great mentors and one of them told me that mediocrity is my greatest enemy, and that subtlety is the tool of the masters."

"I’ve always liked making stuff. Whenever I was bored I just created something. I like the old school stuff, mechanical theatre.  When I was young I had a few great mentors and one of them told me that mediocrity is my greatest enemy, and that subtlety is the tool of the masters."

"I’ve always liked making stuff. Whenever I was bored I just created something. I like the old school stuff, mechanical theatre.  When I was young I had a few great mentors and one of them told me that mediocrity is my greatest enemy, and that subtlety is the tool of the masters".

"I’ve always liked making stuff. Whenever I was bored I just created something. I like the old school stuff, mechanical theatre.  When I was young I had a few great mentors and one of them told me that mediocrity is my greatest enemy, and that subtlety is the tool of the masters".

neil-tomkins-sydney-artist

"What you resist will persist. I think it's just about trying to keep a clear vision....trying to keep your mind active and focused and not buying into the insanity. We live in a mad, mad world but we're not allowed to be insane. You know what I mean?”

"What you resist will persist. I think it's just about trying to keep a clear vision....trying to keep your mind active and focused and not buying into the insanity. We live in a mad, mad world but we're not allowed to be insane. You know what I mean?”

"What you resist will persist. I think it's just about trying to keep a clear vision....trying to keep your mind active and focused and not buying into the insanity. We live in a mad, mad world but we're not allowed to be insane. You know what I mean?”

"What you resist will persist. I think it's just about trying to keep a clear vision....trying to keep your mind active and focused and not buying into the insanity. We live in a mad, mad world but we're not allowed to be insane. You know what I mean?”

"What you resist will persist. I think it's just about trying to keep a clear vision....trying to keep your mind active and focused and not buying into the insanity. We live in a mad, mad world but we're not allowed to be insane. You know what I mean?”

sydney-sadhana-kitchen-vegan

"I’ve always been a little bit artistic. For me, it’s more about having something to say and being able to put it out in a way that isn’t articulated straight to people. I’m trying to say something I believe in, in the best way I can, because I’m not good with words".

"I’ve always been a little bit artistic. For me, it’s more about having something to say and being able to put it out in a way that isn’t articulated straight to people. I’m trying to say something I believe in, in the best way I can, because I’m not good with words".

"I’ve always been a little bit artistic. For me, it’s more about having something to say and being able to put it out in a way that isn’t articulated straight to people. I’m trying to say something I believe in, in the best way I can, because I’m not good with words".

"I’ve always been a little bit artistic. For me, it’s more about having something to say and being able to put it out in a way that isn’t articulated straight to people. I’m trying to say something I believe in, in the best way I can, because I’m not good with words".

"I’ve always been a little bit artistic. For me, it’s more about having something to say and being able to put it out in a way that isn’t articulated straight to people. I’m trying to say something I believe in, in the best way I can, because I’m not good with words."

"I’m really getting into meditation and yoga at the moment. Entering into these deeps states of relaxation and breathwork. It’s just amazing. It’s what we are, just breath and blood".

"I’m really getting into mediation and yoga at the moment - entering into these deeps states of relaxation and breath work. It’s just amazing. It’s what we are - just breath and blood."

"I’m really getting into meditation and yoga at the moment. Entering into these deeps states of relaxation and breathwork. It’s just amazing. It’s what we are, just breath and blood".

"I’m really getting into meditation and yoga at the moment. Entering into these deeps states of relaxation and breathwork. It’s just amazing. It’s what we are, just breath and blood".

"I’m really getting into meditation and yoga at the moment. Entering into these deeps states of relaxation and breathwork. It’s just amazing. It’s what we are, just breath and blood".

sydney-people
nic-cassey-sydney

"The voice is a place where I can discover and explore myself. Music is powerful on so many levels, it can hit you from all directions. From the back, the front, the side, it’s so multi-dimensional".

"The voice is a place where I can discover and explore myself. Music is powerful on so many levels, it can hit you from all directions. From the back, the front, the side, it’s so multi-dimensional".

"The voice is a place where I can discover and explore myself. Music is powerful on so many levels, it can hit you from all directions. From the back, the front, the side, it’s so multi-dimensional".

"The voice is a place where I can discover and explore myself. Music is powerful on so many levels, it can hit you from all directions. From the back, the front, the side, it’s so multi-dimensional".

"The voice is a place where I can discover and explore myself. Music is powerful on so many levels, it can hit you from all directions. From the back, the front, the side, it’s so multi-dimensional".

sydney-inner-west-2

"I was always a collector. So for me, if it starts turning all about the money, there’s no magic left in it, there’s no fantasy, there’s no fun. That sense of being a kid, that escapism, it just turns into dollar signs. So I still try and collect. I have to still collect".

"I was always a collector. So for me, if it starts turning all about the money, there’s no magic left in it, there’s no fantasy, there’s no fun. That sense of being a kid and that escapism, it just turns into dollar signs. So I still try and collect. I have to still collect".

"I was always a collector. So for me, if it starts turning all about the money, there’s no magic left in it, there’s no fantasy, there’s no fun. That sense of being a kid and that escapism, it just turns into dollar signs. So I still try and collect. I have to still collect".

"I was always a collector. So for me, if it starts turning all about the money, there’s no magic left in it, there’s no fantasy, there’s no fun. That sense of being a kid and that escapism, it just turns into dollar signs. So I still try and collect. I have to still collect".

"I was always a collector. So for me, if it starts turning all about the money, there’s no magic left in it, there’s no fantasy, there’s no fun. That sense of being a kid and that escapism, it just turns into dollar signs. So I still try and collect. I have to still collect".

sydney-nsw-people-newtown-king-street

"I love roller derby, it's a very positive environment, they're lovely ladies. I like that it’s a women-dominated sport, it's quite unusual in that respect. I enjoy that it’s attacking as well as defensive. It's complex. It brings out the best in people and also the worst, but we’re all friends".

"I love roller derby, it's a very positive environment, they're lovely ladies. I like that it’s a women-dominated sport, it's quite unusual in that respect. I enjoy that it’s attacking as well as defensive. It's complex. It brings out the best in people and also the worst, but we’re all friends".

"I love roller derby, it's a very positive environment, they're lovely ladies. I like that it’s a women dominated sport, it's quite unusual in that respect. I enjoy that it’s attacking as well as defensive. It's complex. It brings out the best in people and also the worst, but we’re all friends".

"I love roller derby, it's a very positive environment, they're lovely ladies. I like that it’s a women dominated sport, it's quite unusual in that respect. I enjoy that it’s attacking as well as defensive. It's complex. It brings out the best in people and also the worst, but we’re all friends".

"I love roller derby, it's a very positive environment, they're lovely ladies. I like that it’s a women dominated sport, it's quite unusual in that respect. I enjoy that it’s attacking as well as defensive. It's complex. It brings out the best in people and also the worst, but we’re all friends".

"To me, music is a purer form of communication than spoken words. To sit down and play music with someone just makes me happy, more than anything else in my life".

"To me, music is a purer form of communication than spoken words. To sit down and play music with someone just makes me happy, more than anything else in my life".

"To me, music is a purer form of communication than spoken words. To sit down and play music with someone just makes me happy, more than anything else in my life".

"To me, music is a purer form of communication than spoken words. To sit down and play music with someone just makes me happy, more than anything else in my life".

"To me, music is a purer form of communication than spoken words. To sit down and play music with someone just makes me happy, more than anything else in my life".

inner-west-sydney
newtown-innerwest

"I look forward to yoga every day. I get up at 6am every day and go so I must enjoy it. I like that I go there and at the end of the class there is a little glimpse of what it feels like when your head is just empty, and that’s really good. I think that’s what I go back for".

"I look forward to yoga every day. I get up at 6am every day and go so I must enjoy it. I like that I go there and at the end of the class there is a little glimpse of what it feels like when your head is just empty, and that’s really good. I think that’s what I go back for".

"I look forward to yoga every day. I get up at 6am every day and go so I must enjoy it. I like that I go there and at the end of the class there is a little glimpse of what it feels like when your head is just empty, and that’s really good. I think that’s what I go back for".

"I look forward to yoga every day. I get up at 6am every day and go so I must enjoy it. I like that I go there and at the end of the class there is a little glimpse of what it feels like when your head is just empty, and that’s really good. I think that’s what I go back for".

"I look forward to yoga every day. I get up at 6am every day and go so I must enjoy it. I like that I go there and at the end of the class there is a little glimpse of what it feels like when your head is just empty, and that’s really good. I think that’s what I go back for".

sydney-university-uni-innerwest-nsw

"I don’t like stress man. I think life is all about experience. Leave all the stress for nobody, just enjoy it. Some people just wear their jobs on their head, that’s not what life is all about... there are some beautiful things out there man, some beautiful things".

"I don’t like stress man. I think life is all about experience. Leave all the stress for nobody, just enjoy it. Some people just wear their jobs on their head, that’s not what life is all about... there are some beautiful things out there man, some beautiful things".

"I don’t like stress man. I think life is all about experience. Leave all the stress for nobody, just enjoy it. Some people just wear their jobs on their head, that’s not what life is all about... there are some beautiful things out there man, some beautiful things".

"I don’t like stress man. I think life is all about experience. Leave all the stress for nobody, just enjoy it. Some people just wear their jobs on their head, that’s not what life is all about... there are some beautiful things out there man, some beautiful things".

"I don’t like stress man. I think life is all about experience. Leave all the stress for nobody, just enjoy it. Some people just wear their jobs on their head, that’s not what life is all about... there are some beautiful things out there man, some beautiful things".

sydney-people-australians

"I studied jewellery and object design & have a fine arts background in printmaking. I definitely just like working with my hands. I like knowing how things work. There’s a satisfaction in creating
something that also has to the potential to serve a function".

"I studied jewellery and object design & have a fine arts background in printmaking. I definitely just like working with my hands. I like knowing how things work. There’s a satisfaction in creating
something that also has to the potential to serve a function".

"I studied jewellery and object design & have a fine arts background in printmaking. I definitely just like working with my hands. I like knowing how things work. There’s a satisfaction in creating something that also has to the potential to serve a function".

"I studied jewellery and object design & have a fine arts background in printmaking. I definitely just like working with my hands. I like knowing how things work. There’s a satisfaction in creating
something that also has to the potential to serve a function".

"I studied jewellery and object design & have a fine arts background in printmaking. I definitely just like working with my hands. I like knowing how things work. There’s a satisfaction in creating
something that also has to the potential to serve a function".

"I just love parenting, I fall right into it bro. I think it’s because there are a few things I would have liked my parents to do and now I get to give the opportunities I didn’t have. I’m not avoiding mistakes because I don’t think they’re mistakes, it’s just reality and how we deal with it".

"I just love parenting, I fall right into it bro. I think it’s because there are a few things I would have liked my parents to do and now I get to give the opportunities I didn’t have. I’m not avoiding mistakes because I don’t think they’re mistakes, it’s just reality and how we deal with it".

"I just love parenting, I fall right into it bro. I think it’s because there are a few things I would have liked my parents to do and now I get to give the opportunities I didn’t have. I’m not avoiding mistakes because I don’t think they’re mistakes, it’s just reality and how we deal with it".

"I just love parenting, I fall right into it bro. I think it’s because there are a few things I would have liked my parents to do and now I get to give the opportunities I didn’t have. I’m not avoiding mistakes because I don’t think they’re mistakes, it’s just reality and how we deal with it".

"I just love parenting, I fall right into it bro. I think it’s because there are a few things I would have liked my parents to do and now I get to give the opportunities I didn’t have. I’m not avoiding mistakes because I don’t think they’re mistakes, it’s just reality and how we deal with it".

inner-west-people-sydney
sydney-yogi-inner-west-yoga

"I come from a circus background so teaching isn’t just about yoga for me, it’s about movement; a primal thing, a really strong instinct. I just want to keep moving, exploring movement, because that’s where we all come from. It's like taking people back to their roots".

"I come from a circus background so teaching isn’t just about yoga for me, it’s about movement; a primal thing, a really strong instinct. I just want to keep moving, exploring movement, because that’s where we all come from. It's like taking people back to their roots".

"I come from a circus background so teaching isn’t just about yoga for me, it’s about movement; a primal thing, a really strong instinct. I just want to keep moving, exploring movement, because that’s where we all come from. It's like taking people back to their roots".

"I come from a circus background so teaching isn’t just about yoga for me, it’s about movement; a primal thing, a really strong instinct. I just want to keep moving, exploring movement, because that’s where we all come from. It's like taking people back to their roots".

"I come from a circus background so teaching isn’t just about yoga for me, it’s about movement; a primal thing, a really strong instinct. I just want to keep moving, exploring movement, because that’s where we all come from. It's like taking people back to their roots".

camperdown-park-sydney

"They’re just a good beer aye. They’re like made in Korea or somewhere like that…dry finish. They’re like nine dollars a six-pack and they’re lovely dude. I definitely recommend them, they’re a top drop aye".

"They’re just a good beer aye. They’re like made in Korea or somewhere like that…dry finish. They’re like nine dollars a six-pack and they’re lovely dude. I definitely recommend them, they’re a top drop aye".

"They’re just a good beer aye. They’re like made in Korea or somewhere like that…dry finish. They’re like nine dollars a six-pack and they’re lovely dude. I definitely recommend them, they’re a top drop aye".

"They’re just a good beer aye. They’re like made in Korea or somewhere like that…dry finish. They’re like nine dollars a six-pack and they’re lovely dude. I definitely recommend them, they’re a top drop aye".

"They’re just a good beer aye. They’re like made in Korea or somewhere like that…dry finish. They’re like nine dollars a six-pack and they’re lovely dude. I definitely recommend them, they’re a top drop aye".

enmore-road-sydney

"It’s nice to be somewhere where things are moving forward in some way. I’ve made music for years, the piano is my main instrument. I’ve got an ongoing project to make fifty albums about fifty Sydney shopping centres...I like to make my points in subtle ways".

"It’s nice to be somewhere where things are moving forward in some way. I’ve made music for years, the piano is my main instrument. I’ve got an ongoing project to make fifty albums about fifty Sydney shopping centres...I like to make my points in subtle ways".

"It’s nice to be somewhere where things are moving forward in some way. I’ve made music for years, the piano is my main instrument. I’ve got an ongoing project to make fifty albums about fifty Sydney shopping centres...I like to make my points in subtle ways".

"It’s nice to be somewhere where things are moving forward in some way. I’ve made music for years, the piano is my main instrument. I’ve got an ongoing project to make fifty albums about fifty Sydney shopping centres...I like to make my points in subtle ways".

"It’s nice to be somewhere where things are moving forward in some way. I’ve made music for years, the piano is my main instrument. I’ve got an ongoing project to make fifty albums about fifty Sydney shopping centres...I like to make my points in subtle ways".

"I’m originally from Iran but I grew up in Sweden. I’m a fashion designer, I don’t earn a lot of money from it so it must make me happy. It’s creative, it’s fun. I love coming up with an idea and being able to execute it and see it in real life and wear it".

"I’m originally from Iran but I grew up in Sweden. I’m a fashion designer, I don’t earn a lot of money from it so it must make me happy. It’s creative, it’s fun. I love coming up with an idea and being able to execute it and see it in real life and wear it".

"I’m originally from Iran but I grew up in Sweden. I’m a fashion designer, I don’t earn a lot of money from it so it must make me happy. It’s creative, it’s fun. I love coming up with an idea and being able to execute it and see it in real life and wear it".

"I’m originally from Iran but I grew up in Sweden. I’m a fashion designer, I don’t earn a lot of money from it so it must make me happy. It’s creative, it’s fun. I love coming up with an idea and being able to execute it and see it in real life and wear it".

"I’m originally from Iran but I grew up in Sweden. I’m a fashion designer, I don’t earn a lot of money from it so it must make me happy. It’s creative, it’s fun. I love coming up with an idea and being able to execute it and see it in real life and wear it".

fashion-design-sydney
newtown-station-nsw-sydney

"Have you read this before? It's brilliant. It's very introspective, a lot of metaphor and symbolism. I haven’t been to Japan but it feels distinctly Japanese. Every scene that he sets feels like he's written it with fine brush strokes, it’s very still".

"Have you read this before? It's brilliant. It's very introspective, a lot of metaphor and symbolism. I haven’t been to Japan but it feels distinctly Japanese. Every scene that he sets feels like he's written it with fine brush strokes, it’s very still".

"Have you read this before? It's brilliant. It's very introspective, a lot of metaphor and symbolism. I haven’t been to Japan but it feels distinctly Japanese. Every scene that he sets feels like he's written it with fine brush strokes, it’s very still".

"Have you read this before? It's brilliant. It's very introspective, a lot of metaphor and symbolism. I haven’t been to Japan but it feels distinctly Japanese. Every scene that he sets feels like he's written it with fine brush strokes, it’s very still".

"Have you read this before? It's brilliant. It's very introspective, a lot of metaphor and symbolism. I haven’t been to Japan but it feels distinctly Japanese. Every scene that he sets feels like he's written it with fine brush strokes, it’s very still".

James Watkins

Artist | Photographer

Artist | Photographer

+ 44 7481 455 952
jamesterencewatkins@gmail.com

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+ 44 7481 455 952

jamesterencewatkins@gmail.com

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@james_watkins