‘Cooper’ - Project 11’ - “A series of portraits capturing children at the age of 11. I wanted to freeze this particular moment in time as I believe as humans we look our best at this age. It’s a significant moment in time when we are just out of the young childhood years but not yet into the puberty years, when our bodies change so much they become unrecognisable to us. It’s a moment in time when we are suspended and in my opinion flawless. Just aware enough of our immediate surroundings but not yet aware enough of the great wide surrounds that we will soon embrace.”
Village Life - We arrived at the Dassanech village early morning and this man was standing by his cattle relaxing looking quite amazing!
Amanda - Amanda is a single mother of two young children and a friend of the family. She had just broken up with her partner hours before this photo was taken. Her gaze into the camera portrayed a sense of uncertainty of what the future holds yet a willingness and strength to persevere of whatever may lie ahead.
Lois - Every morning since 1978, Lois swims early in the morning at the very place her son lost his life in the ocean. It's her way to connect. A place of solace.
“A series of portraits capturing children at the age of 11. I wanted to freeze this particular moment in time as I believe as humans we look our best at this age. It’s a significant moment in time when we are just out of the young childhood years but not yet into the puberty years, when our bodies change so much they become unrecognisable to us. It’s a moment in time when we are suspended and in my opinion flawless. Just aware enough of our immediate surroundings but not yet aware enough of the great wide surrounds that we will soon embrace.”
Headspace - A conceptual portrait of my friend taken one foggy morning at the base of a small mountain in Australia. It took many goes to get the leaves to fall as they did and was a team effort to gather enough leaves for the image. Can you guess how it's done?
Asthma - From the series maternal anxiety, exploring my fears as a mother. I asked my son to show me what it feels like when he has an asthma attack.
Fascination - My son age 7 fascinated with the ripples as he walks in the lake at sunset. Taken at Lake Wallis, Pacific Palms, New South Wales - July 2018.
FROM WHERE WE CAME - ‘Others Dream’ presents a returning to nature in unsettling and otherworldly scenes. Female figures intermingle within primordial and foreboding landscapes, yet there is a stripping away of the stereotypical vulnerable and fearful woman. Rather, these women appear to be birthed into nature, or perhaps birthed from nature, naked yet unafraid and empowered.
Papou - 'Grandfather' in the Greek language. My Papou migrated to Australia from Cyprus at the young age of 18. He travelled by boat to Melbourne with only 5 pounds in his pocket and the clothes on his back to make a better life for himself. He later travelled up north to cut sugar cane and finally starting a family of his own. Now aged 84, his face shows the signs of a life well lived.
Stuart Mark Spence
Brian Cadd (AM) - I was asked to photograph Australian singer/songwriter and Order of Australia recipient, Brian Cadd for the cover of his new record. I was drawn to this wall, I think complementing Brian's resilience over time. It was that unstoppable strength and power I wanted to find in both his look and his stance.
MEMU - She is a strong, fit, fierce woman who is not to be messed with. Her journey has not been a breeze, but she has drawn strength in each battle, win or loose.
Stuart Mark Spence
Greig Pickhaver AKA H.G. Nelson - Greig has always been one of my heroes, his (and John Doyle's) trailblazing wit and humour entertaining me for many many years. This portrait was really just a snap, backstage after a theater event, but I was able to find a certain seriousness and vulnerability rarely seen by the public, in the short window of time.
Khizra - Community School, Shitindas (Gilgit-Baltistan) Khizra, 5yrs old is student at the Community School, Shitindas (Gilgit-Baltistan). She is the first student to obtain a 5 year scholarship from the Australian charity My First School Pakistan which promotes education in northern Pakistan.
Stephen Trutwin, Podiatrist - Turning the spotlight around and putting the podiatrist in the patients chair was the inspiration behind this portrait. The resulting magnification distorted the subject, breeching boundaries and exploiting their personal space.
Sarajevo, Bosnia. - I came upon this scene late one afternoon whilst walking the back streets of Sarajevo. Talking with a local, I was informed that this was a daily ritual of feeding the Pigeons.
Always full of emotion - my daughter. it doesn't take much to make her emotional. wears her heart on her sleeve. loves hard, hurts easily. recovers fast.
Polite - I selected Michael Balderstone as he has spearheaded many of the initiatives to decriminalise marijuana. A 36 year life dedicated to creating a new world based and nutured in a small regional town in Northern NSW came as much by accident as by fortitudfe and determination. Michael Balderstone is the Australian HEMP Party president, the Hemp Embassy president, and founder of the Nimbin Museum.
No title - A portrait of a friend's mother, from Amboseli, Kenya. She holds a beautiful necklace she made for me as a guest at their village. She was preoccupied when I took this photo with preparations for her son's wedding, and reminded me of a someone clutching a rosary in classic church paintings. Always grateful for this family's hospitality.
Tabysbyek and Horse - Tabysbyek is the 76 year old head of a Kazakh family in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia. The Kazakhs are the famed eagle huntering nomads.
Endurance Efosa, 28 from Nigeria, unconscious and critical after a rescue by Médecins Sans Frontières, was airlifted to Tunisia in late January, 2018. When she awoke two days later, only one of her children was with her. In late February when the photo was taken, there was still no word about her five-year old son, except that he might be with the other survivors of the rescue who are in Italy.
Leigh Marino Chef - As a Photographer I aim to capture authentic moments in the everyday. I am drawn to people, their conversation, their playfulness. Capturing the essence of Leigh in a single shot led me to create this image representing the soul of his culinary journey, pasta. Coloured gels and high sync strobes were used to highlight his artistic and somewhat rambunctious personality.
Faceless - Does digital progression equal social digression? Are we interested in the hidden, the person or more focussed on the visible, the medium of communication and therefore turning us into a faceless society? This image is part of a series about the effects of digital devices standing in the way of social interaction.
Who took the last of the milk from the fridge - She upsets easily. this was because there was no milk left for her porridge.
Something about Bonnie - There's something about Bonnie. At age 1 she decided that she would name herself. At age 3, she took a pet cabbage to daycare every day to cuddle at rest time, for her 6th birthday she received 3 trees, a Bunnings gift card and 2 chickens because those are the things that she likes.
Billy & Cooper - Two boys stand on the edge of a secretive cliff jumping spot in Victoria's South East. Youths make their way here to throw their bodies from the sheer cliff faces into the fresh water below.
Seng Ann Mah
"Bug" and Troy - "Bug" is an Australian Frilled Neck Lizard, hand-raised and completely comfortable around humans. She doesn't like snakes, though. Troy is a male stripper/topless waiter. Together, they make quite a pair.
“I think in Oshiwambo but I have to speak in English” - We were on a road trip, exploring the northern region of Victoria when we drove through Mokoan, land of the Yorta Yorta Nation, also known as the Winton Wetlands. The landscape was a sea of brown crunchy grass and bare slithery gums. Lydia thought the scene was in some ways familiar, the light scrub not dissimilar to her home village. Keeping connected to her culture is what gives Lydia strength.
Victor - My housemate Victor poses with a can of soup, the only thing he could afford to eat that day.
Poppy - My daughter's friend Poppy came over after school. I captured her amongst the day's last shafts of light as she was hanging out in my kitchen.
Quiet serenity - In this image I wanted to create the same quiet serenity that is portrayed in many Victorian paintings. Women were often painted with an air of stillness and composure perhaps how men wanted to see them, yet in their eyes another story lays hidden.
Nostalgia - The picture was taken in the suburbs of Melbourne. 30 years ago Viorica arrived in Australia from a small village in Romania. Although she has been living in Australia for 30 years she has preserved the traditions and memories of her home in Romania, creating and decorating her home with colours and patterns that remind her of the place she calls home.
Marikit Santiago - I was fortunate enough to meet the artist Marikit Santiago for one of the shoots I have done for Blacktown Arts. We wandered the streets of Blacktown deep in conversation about art and kids, parenting, faith and the juggle of it all, before finding a nearby church, and falling for the breeze block light.
Better days ahead - Charlotte stands in the kitchen of a since demolished housing estate in the nations capital. Where do we go from here?
Dr Philip E Taylor with the pollen counter on the top of a Deakin University building in Burwood. He's been instrumental in discovering that pollen explodes in certain weather conditions such as those that occur during a thunderstorm asthma event.
Colours of Culture - A series of portraits showcasing men and women living in the Sydney region who perform in their cultural costume/dress. This portrait represents Ugyhur culture.
Actor Ebony Vagulans - I asked Ebony what performance means to her and she replied “It’s our inconsistencies which are truly telling and inspirational. It made me stop chasing perfection and start chasing the mess. When I perform I feel cleansed. I wasn’t raised religious but use theatre to find profound stories and moral debates to culturally draw from. The process has become a spiritual one for me.”