Music ~ Melbourne Mood.

The amazing Australian funk trio, Cookin’ on 3 Burners composed of Jake Mason, Dan West and Ivan Khatchoyan rose to success topping multiple European music charts when their 2009 song, “This Girl” was remixed by French producer, Valentin Brunel also known as  Kungs. The fun freestyle tune has beautiful beats and a dance vibe. Have a listen  😉

Photography ~Age Progression

My most recent project series entitled, Age Progression celebrates youth during their transition into adulthood.

From interviewing and photographing subjects, it was important to convey how our interests change as we grow older using everyday objects. Through that, I came up with themes for each photo, located settings for scenes and took stills of each person naturally as they continued activities according to their lifestyle.

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Candy to Cigarettes, London. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

Set in London after university days, the photo Candy to Cigarettes represents how interests can alter as one grows older. Instead of sucking on lollies, it became cigarettes. Things change over time. There are always moments of nostalgia. Still, the taste of strawberry and peach flavoured Chupa Chups alone brings back memories of childhood.

Andrei Valentin Adam, 25 from Romania highlighted in Soda to Alcohol said, “To drink or not to drink, that is the question?” This was a night out in Dublin with friends which went from a birthday dinner to a pub crawl through Temple Bar. When younger soda was always the exciting choice. Then as a young adult, your selection varies as we explore the different beverages at social engagements.

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Andrei Valentin Adam in Soda to Alcohol, Dublin. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

Ever notice everyone around you is always on the go normally with their mobile in hand. It can be annoying if you’re one of those people who likes to look up and around as you pace the city blocks. Standing still sometimes can be nice though since we’re constantly on the go. Krzysztof, 25 from Poland photographed in Phones to Cars recalled his childhood saying, “As long as I can remember I wanted to be faster than anyone. What else is better to experience than speed?” The photo was brought to life to portray the element of movement. He took a minute to have a go at someone on the phone instead of rushing off in his Mercedes. This is a moment before the rush hour, taken in the Flatiron/Gramercy district of New York.

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Krzystzof Dvszka in Phones to Cars, New York. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

Bilal Elsayed, 25 from Egypt featured in Playground to Sports is a moment most can relate to during the spring. That familiar place, a playground where you feel comfortable to walk, run, hide, seek before other hobbies develop. Bilal believes that, “Football allows a person to find their inner strengths and weaknesses as they build character on the pitch but it depends.” The idea was to display the transformation from youth to young adult. The fact that he has moved on but the playground will always linger there in the background. It was fun taking this picture because I had to time the frames right to avoid including small children running around at Twenty-Four Sycamores Park in New York.

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Bilal El-Sayed in Playground to Sports, New York. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

As a child, we make friends from different walks of life. Most of us when younger believe it’s about the quantity and try to communicate with everyone. My great-grandmother, Elease Austin once told me, “if but one have a friend” while she held out her left hand to show a handful was enough. It’s over time that we learn it’s quality not quantity. Some friendships we maintain, others come and go as they are needed in our lives. Often the people meant to be there find a way to remain. Eventually those relationships over time can lead to love. Luckily, that’s what I found with my Australian boyfriend, James Andrews. The photo below was taken an hour before the London Underground was closing. It took about 17 minutes to set up the camera/tripod, wait until the station emptied and time the train’s arrival at Waterloo tube station in London.

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James Andrews and Niya Sinckler in Friendship to Love, London. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

This idea came about as a way to express how I felt about the current times, the way in which millennials are growing and moving towards certain things in life. Every photo has the themes presented such as time and speed around moments in life. Also notice that none of the subjects are making eye contact. This was done purposefully to make the viewer decide the level of emotion in the photo instead of what the subject was saying through their eyes. Each subject tells a story. The photos are meant to amuse and evoke thought for viewers to explore the possibility of what other parallels or transitions we make in life. At times, this even happens without us realizing. In all, the project represents age progression with key objects and close friends becoming characters of their own lives to depict what we all encounter, endure and escape.

Film ~ Words And Pictures

Each of us communicate in different ways. Directed by Australian producer Fred Schepisi, this drama highlights a humorous rivalry between teachers (Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche) in which they decide what’s more important, words or pictures. A film to see sometime soon, limited viewings.

Culture ~ FIFA World Cup 2014

With less than fifty days until one of the largest sporting events, we’re all counting down.

The upcoming FIFA World Cup 2014 will be a time for people of all kinds to unite for entertainment in Brasil.


This will be the 20th international men’s football tournament. The event is set to take place from 12 June 2014 to 13 July 2014. For the second time, Brasil will welcome sport spectators to enjoy football. A total of 32 teams will travel to 12 host cities to compete in the matches. The countries are:

Group A: Brasil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

Group B: Australia, Chile, Netherlands, Spain

Group C: Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Greece, Japan

Group D: Costa Rica, England, Italy, Uruguay

Group E: Ecuador, France, Honduras, Switzerland

Group F: Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria

Group G: Ghana, Germany, Portugal, USA

Group H: Algeria, Belgium, Russia, South Korea


This year, the official logo is inspiration with a design of three hands creating a facepalm with yellow and green to represent Brasil. Next, FIFA commissioned an official poster designed by Brasilian Creative Agency, Crama with an official slogan: “All in One Rhythm”.

In Portuguese: “Juntos num só ritmo”. Then the official song is “We Are One” by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. For the mascot, tatu-balo emerged as an armadillo named Fuleco which is a portmanteau of futebol (football) and ecologica (ecology) raising up a football. And of course, Adidas has the privilege of providing the official Brazuca ball shown below.


I’m super excited to see what each country has to bring to the pitch. For record though, I will be supporting Brasil. Then as a way to reflect on past spectacular moments, The Telegraph has assembled instances which were significant during previous World Cups. Despite international news about the progress of the host cities’ stadiums and stability, I believe that Brasil will be able to pull off this event and shock/surprise the world. The biggest issues will be language and transportation but in these times, the national motto will will be applied: Ordem e progresso (order and progress). At the same time, this isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life in Brasil.

Additionally, this World Cup is a chance for many people to view and immerse themselves into Brasilian culture. From beaches, food, music, dance to language and style.There are vital opportunities for business to prosper from international communication. Since Brasil is an emerging nation, there is a possibility that the sport event can boost the country’s infrastructure. For the latest updates, follow FIFA’s Twitter.