Portrait Session — Olana Janfa


Welcome to season six of Portrait Session, in partnership with Emporio Armani. This season, I’m doing things a little bit differently. Instead of shooting men in this town in my studio, I’ll be capturing them in their natural habitat — living la dolce vita, and finding out what living the sweet life actually means to them in this day and age.


In this episode, I find myself in Melbourne, chatting with Olana Janfa, a man who only first picked up a paintbrush less than a year ago, and in doing so discovered a talent he never knew he had. Born in Ethiopia, and having come of age in Norway, Olana has experienced both the hardships and joys of life but it’s his focus on the latter that brings a smile to your face when you see one of his paintings.


Emporio Armani Vanisé Punched Cotton Polo Shirt, styled with his own garments.