After years of entering The Moran Contemporary Photography Prize and receiving emails saying "unfortunately you did not make the shortlist" I was expecting the same this year and did a double take when I saw the line: "We are very pleased to congratulate you on your selection as a semi-finalist in this year's prize." for not one but both my submitted images. Lucy and David both taken on my wife's (Lucy) farm in central Queensland.
I was commissioned by Qantas magazine recently to do a story for their July issue on 'What Makes Melbourne So Melbourne'. It was a great brief which allowed me to reconnect with my home town and do what I did when I got my first camera, walk around Melbourne taking pictures, fun. I haven't received a copy yet but they ran these images.
I had a fun shoot with writer, documentary maker, tv and radio personality John Safran the week before last which was a real treat for me being a long time fan. He was great to work with and just as funny and friendly in person as he is on radio/tv. I'll be putting up a gallery in a few weeks and will be able to say more about it but for now here's a teaser.
Some shots from a recent shoot of Benjamin Baldwin in his workshop. It was really fascinating to watch Ben work using traditional tools and techniques. In Ben's words: From the ground up my goal is to create the most sustainable products available. This includes everything from the design and material choices to the construction techniques and finishes. All of my products are made entirely from locally sourced recycled timber and are designed responsibly, ensuring that excessive usage and waste is minimised. I use very traditional joinery techniques so my products will last a lifetime and I don't use any toxic glues or finishes in the process. It's all about keeping things simple, sustainable and strong.
I snapped this striking looking lady at a recent ACMI exhibition launch.
I was asked to take of a few photos of the new outdoor courtyard/cinema at my favourite cinema Westgarth Theatre in Northcote just before Christmas. It's a great vibe on a warm night, plenty of those ahead. As always Palace Cinemas have created a warm and inviting atmosphere.
I was sent up to level 74 at Eureka Tower to photograph a couple and their apartment for a story on people living in tall buildings for the Guardian Weekend Magazine in London. I had some pretty serious vertigo when I first walked into their lounge featuring floor to ceiling glass all around, but the awe inspiring view soon helped me forget the sheer drop in front of me. The story will be published in Feb.
I recently left my beloved studio in the city, The Home Room in Mitchell House, for a new space at Nicholson Street Studios in Brunswick East, set up by my very good friends Hilary and Ben. This week Hilary was asked to photograph the studio for Spaces and along with that shoot came this group shot and now gif of all but one of the gang here at NSS. That's me in the middle with the grey jumper looking at my shoes all the time.
I spent the first half of this week in Bendigo and Ballarat shooting some night streetscapes for Vic Roads. They specifically asked for tilt shift photography. Of course this meant that I was driving alone with my camera so I had no one to annoy when I kept stopping to photograph things along the way.
The Moran Prize photography category is a bit like entering a lottery, you don't expecting to win, but you enter anyway just in case. It's nice to look over your photos from the last year and evaluate what stands out, what would I vote for. This shot of my wife's great aunty Nancy being married to Hans, who she met in her nursing home in Dandenong, felt right. It was a beautiful occasion and I like to think this moment captures that sentiment.