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Women at Work: Chanel Irvine

Unity Paterson

Chanel Irvine is a young woman on a mission – armed with an entrepreneurial spirit and her most loyal companion; her camera, she is taking the photography world by storm.

Some people see the world in numbers, some see it in languages. Chanel sees it with an eye that turns an observation into an image.

“Perhaps the best way to capture the beauty and raw energy of any place is to focus on those who are engaging with it,” she says.

On her gap year, Chanel became infatuated with the colours and textures she encountered on her travels. From the  dyes and fabrics of Peru to the bold lines and muted grey/blues of the London skyline, the self-taught photographer realised that she saw the world aesthetically.

While studying PPE at the Australian National University, her love for photography has manifested itself in her small-scale photography business, taking photos for charity calendars and working on commissions. Irvine was recently chosen as a winner of the Lonely Planet magazine’s 100th Edition competition.


In recent months, Chanel’s photography has helped her reconcile hardship. She endeavoured to use her camera to capture the tiniest, most insignificant moments to make sure she lived each day to its momentous best.

Photographing her friends, her family, her travels, her beautiful dog Jock, and of course food, she has certainly instilled in the eye of every viewer the beauty in things overlooked.

The thing that is so special and unique about Irvine’s photography is her fantastic ability to see beauty in the most mundane scenery.


“In my travels to many natural and architectural gems around the world, I find myself most intrigued by their more ordinary peers; the people in their midst,” she explains.

Like the Impressionists, Chanel focuses on light and ambience as much as she does subject matter, meaning her photographs envelop the viewer with a sense of the still moment.

Chanel Irvine

Chanel Irvine

While Chanel doesn’t focus particularly on editing or a continued visual motif such as saturation or subject matter, there is a sense of serenity in her works that immediately characterise her style. It is a calmness and light you can’t quite put your finger on, but remain in awe of.


Recently Chanel launched her website, which showcases all of her works now available for purchase.







You can find more of Chanel’s work at and


Unity Paterson

Unity originally hails from Sydney, making the leap to Australia’s capital to study at The Australian National University in 2014. Finding herself in the midst of an Art History degree, Unity remembered that she also had to pursue some other passions in her spare time, which led her to HerCanberra. She believes that Canberra has a lot to offer, and can’t wait to keep exploring as this cosy city grows each day; her ultimate goal being to finally convince her inter-state friends that Canberra is way more than just Lake Burley Griffin and roundabouts. More about the Author