The Gren Group
childhood: outer suburbs, melbourne, AUSTRALIA; likelihood of a career playing AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL? — high! the football, accompanied by a job in construction.
awarded state’s #1 apprentice stone mason at 21; 5 guys, twice his age call him boss. working construction at some TV studios; DISCOVERED and cast on Sale of the Century: (classic ’80s TV GAME SHOW. you get the picture!) job description includes introducing washing machines and other prizes to prospective winners: frenetic mix of posing and building ensues.
soon though, sleepless nights of recurring one brick, two brick awaken NEED FOR MORE, and suddenly BEHIND camera way more interesting than in front. so starts string of back-shed darkrooms, model tests, a PHOTOJOURNALIST TRIP to the philippines and publication! now, there’s no going back. one month alone with a camera documenting paris and the ’96 BLIZZARDS in NYC seals the DEAL. returns home; relocates to SYDNEY — chasing the dream — assists 20 hrs a day, and a travel photographer is born!
one random morning, walks into a cafe and meets HER: instant love!! (or something) which eventually they SORT OUT. but first, years of globe trotting (5-star. thank you, vogue) — maldives, uk, bahamas, tahiti, africa, indonesia and the rest. SHE, sometime actor, more-times cafe-owner, discovers actual talents in visual arts (CRAZY!) finds success: (CRAZIER!) and embarks on new career as museum DESIGNER/TV TALKING HEAD. they MARRY!!! he travels — and travels — AND TRAVELS! fine for a while; not so attractive once MOTHERHOOD’S in the mix. all or nothing: they begin working together — HE behind camera; SHE behind everything else.
then suddenly, on strength of a LATE NIGHT WHIM — life’s possessions are stuffed into a shipping container, launched onto the high seas and with KIDS in tow (yep, 2 of those) — they hightail it for the CITY OF FOG.
which brings to them the HERE. and now! HAPPY DAYS just don’t get better than these…
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