About / FAQ



I like history. I like pop-culture. And I enjoy musing on this philosophical ‘figure-eight': How do people define a city and how does a city defines its people? 

Combing my interest in culture and history with my love of photography and writing, I decided to explore this question through curated  interviews (short-form street conversations and long-form home interviews) to document and celebrate the life and times of Melbourne, via its residents.


In its modern usage tenant is most commonly used to describe a person who is a ‘lease holder or pays rent’. A historical and less commonly used definition of tenant is ‘an occupant or inhabitant of any place’.

To me this definition resonates as a description for all people who live and contribute to Melbourne (or any city), and describes all who walk the earth.


Urgh, I think blogger is an ugly word. But, I guess that is what I am….a part-time blogger.

My name is Ella and I am Melbourne born and bred. I have lived and worked interstate and overseas and my parents spent time growing up in New Zealand.

I started TENANT in 2012 to celebrate my clever friends, their clever friends, and clever strangers I meet in between.

I work in creative communications and I have a background in journalism and screen media (film and TV).

When I am not working or blogging I love: dining out with friends; musing art and design in galleries (and on blogs); watching and talking about good film and TV;  reading, road-trips; old glass; thunder storms… and well-penned greeting cards.

Say hello!  tenantmag@gmail.com



All photos and interviews published on this site, and on TENANT’s twitter and Instagram feed are by Ella Mitchell unless otherwise credited. Please contact me via the email above to ask for permission before republishing, thank you!

TENANT brand artwork created by – Ben Alpass

TENANT article proofing by – Amy Nisselle & Mali Wilson.


5 Responses to About / FAQ

  1. Daniela says:

    Great blog – and an invaluable insight for new comers to this amazing city! Looking forward to reading more…

  2. movingtrains says:

    You rock ms Ella. Love your work. You are the perfect reflector for all that is brilliant about Melbourne.

  3. Sophia says:

    This is great Ella! I will be following, and wistfully thinking about Melbourne! xxx

    • Hello Soph! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!! I hope this blog helps you feel connected to everyday Melbourne life while you are living abroad. I think of you often and trust you are as happy! Loads of love and hugs xxx

  4. danielle says:

    Hi Ella, I’m loving your blog! I read it and think…I’m so astounded there are so many people in Melbourne that I haven’t yet met!

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