Divine Freak - Divine Freak studies the taboo subject of mastectomies and the challenges that censorship creates within this subject. The photograph is of my mother, and the hand is my own. The paint is a suggestion of social media's rules against depicting female nudity. Its partial coverage of the nipple but not the scar questions the competing rules for what is considered 'offensive' to viewers.
Muscles like Dad - This work explores notions of identity creation and the important influence father's have on their sons.
Jewelled Armour - Cuckoo wasps, like cuckoo birds lay their eggs in another species' nest. The nests that these beauties lay in are those of large potter wasps who have a powerful sting and are not afraid to use it in the defense of their young. Thus, when threatened the cuckoo wasp rolls up into a tight armored ball, protecting herself from another angry mother.
Victor - My housemate Victor poses with a can of soup, the only thing he could afford to eat that day.
Charlotte - One of the strongest & most resilient people I know; this woman has been through her share of hardship, and found light on the other side.
DYLAN ALCOTT - Front cover portrait shot for the book Ability: the Story of Dylan Alcott by Rodney Favola. May 2018.
Natural Muse - Urban features that reflect composition and structure found in the natural environment.
Bushfire memories - Many years since fires devastated Margaret River, WA, the landscape still bares the scars.
Dragon of the Forest - A Boyds Forest Dragon found on the outskirts of Cairns. These incredible animals look like mini dinosaurs and make excellent photography subjects due to their preference for remaining motionless when startled by a predator, or in this case a photographer!
Australian Pelican/Pelecanus conspicillatus. Perth, WA - A lone pelican sits on a lamp amid the construction of the Matagarup Bridge over the Swan River to the Optus Stadium.
Faceless - Does digital progression equal social digression? Are we interested in the hidden, the person or more focused 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.
Youth - A portrait that symbolizes hope for today’s generation; despite the pain society faces from the devastation that shapes news headlines. Created in response to war, terrorism, crime, and inequality, the military uniform acts as a metaphor to continue fighting through the devastation and the nature of news headlines as youth-led movements are on the rise, taking the reins of political activism.
People protest against a Fascist group that gathered in Melbourne City. 26th August,2018
Eastern Osprey/Pandion cristatus. Exmouth, Western Aus - An Eastern Osprey utilises a disused pipe in the carpark of the Tantabiddi boat ramp to nest. The high vantage point, open space and proximity to the ocean provides a strategic position to raise chicks and fly out to sea to hunt fish.
Powerful Predator - This beautiful and majestic female powerful owl lives in the outer suburbs of Melbourne and has chosen a low roosting site, perfect for giving me an opportunity take a photo. In this moment the owl was suddenly alerted to a sound from behind her and turned to look at it, giving me a lovely 'models pose' style shot.
Maramures Traditions -The picture was taken in the small village of Siget in the northern region of maramures, Romania during the winter of 2013. It is Christmas eve and the four men are watching local children performing a nativity play. They are all wearing the traditional cloths that were worn by local shepherds. The men take pride in their heritage and wear their traditional clothing during religious celebrations.
Beached Gannet - A sad but strangely evocative scene with a dead gannet washed up on a beautiful sand beach. As I was out for an evening stroll and not on a photography trip all I had was my Samsung Galaxy S7 but the light was so good it still did a great job of capturing the poignancy and atmosphere.
A Moment in Time - This image was captured during a controversial day where the photo booth was meant to be taken away, though due to public uproar, the booth remained at it's current location. For me, this image represents a powerful moment in time both for myself and for Melbourne society as a whole.
Joshua James Cowell
Jenny Robinson-Survivor Series - On a stretch of road less than 5 kilometres long, over 50 families have been affected by cancer. This series of portraits was taken on Cabbage Tree Road Williamtown, as part of an ongoing investigation into the Australian Defence Force's use of Aqueous Fire Fighting Foams(AFFF's), Manufactured by 3M out of the State of Minnesota in the upper Mid-West of the United States.
Charlie's Creative Mind - Charlie has ADHD, his mind is constantly generating impulsive ideas, never still, like splashing water.
Joshua James Cowell
Leonard Oconnell-Grazier - Leonard O'connell lives on the East side of the Williamtown RAAF base 25km north of Newcastle. Run off from the base via Moors Drain, runs through his property. He has the highest concentrations of PFAS chemicals in his blood; measuring over 190ppb and has been given permission by the Department of Primary Industries to sell his cows for human consumption even though his cows have not been tested.
Suburban killer - This highly venomous eastern brown snake lives on the edge of a suburbia, currently an industrial wasteland due for future development. Despite their reputation, these snakes are very secretive and avoid contact with humans, and even provide a valuable service in areas such as this, controlling the over abundant rodent populations.
The Passage of Time - This was a shot that'd been niggling at the back of my head. I wanted the southern star, some foreground interest, the colours of first light on the horizon and the orange of the very first sun light on the "horse's" face. I needed to shoot hours before sunrise, the sky had to be clear and the tide needed to be low enough for long enough. Camera was not moved, shots were taken in one session.
Gaziantep Vendor - This Picture was taken in Gaziantep, Turkey late 2013. I was heading east across Turkey and I stopped in Gaziantep for a few days, I walked along the crowded busy streets that surrounded the main Bazar and noticed the man pictured. There was so much noise and commotion along the street and yet he sat quietly in his small stand enjoying a cigarette as he waited for customers.
Better days ahead - Charlotte stands in the kitchen of a since demolished housing estate in the nations capital. Where do we go from here?
The Louvre - Most people who enter the Louvre in Paris don't look up. This was a capture of a view that many people don't even notice but I immediately saw the beauty in this angle, and the person sitting on the outside just added to the interest.
Remembering a friend - The picture was taken in the small village of Avram Iancu in Romania. It was a crisp winters morning when Gheorghe made his way to the local cemetery to pay his respects and remember a dear friend that past away a few months’ prior.
Snail mother - even tho snails are uni gender, the capacity to nurture is quite feminine
Maria Portrait - This picture was taken in the village of Vidra in the Apusenii region of Romania, Maria lives in a simple home on the banks of the Ariesiiul Mic river and she noticed me and invited me into her home for a cut of tea. I was taken back by her kindness and was impressed by the vibrant colours and happiness she represented.
Banded Stilt/Cladorhynchus leucocephalus. Lake Ballad - Thousands of Banded Stilts flocked to Lake Ballad to nest after recent rains filled the salt lake with water, providing a valuable food source with which to raise chicks. The shallows waters evaporated too soon and the nesting stilts abandoned their nests and flew elsewhere, leaving some chicks to perish.
Rogue pup - A domestic dog tears apart a goats carcass from its herd deep in the Indian Himalayas.
Pobblebonk - This charmingly named little frog is found throughout the Melbourne area and this one was found crossing a road. After ensuring it made the journey across to the other side I couldn't resist taking a photo before he hopped on his way.
Silent predator - By day tawny frogmouths are statues of branches, trying to avoid notice from daytime predators. But, by night they become the predator, hunting for insects, small mammals and of course, frogs. For months I observed the behaviour of a mating pair on the NSW's north coast and eventually achieved this photo of one coming in to land on a favourite hunting perch.
Curious Ringtail Possum - A charming little ringtail possum from the suburbs of Melbourne made an early start to his night-time foraging and emerged while it was still light, giving me just enough opportunity to get this quick snap before she scampered back up the tree and out of view.
Queers in Bathrooms No.1 : Billee - In an uncomfortable situation, a public bathroom can often feel like a godsend; offering a private slice of mental & physical relief. However, for non-binary, gender diverse & trans individuals like Billee, public toilets can be places of scrutiny, gender dysphoria, prejudice & discomfort. 'Queers in Bathrooms' aims to reclaim public toilets as safe, all-inclusive spaces, one dunny at a time.
Mum and her doll, she got her when she was 4 years old - Mum has treasured this European walking doll that she was given when she was 4 years old by her god father. It used to live in Mum and Dad's wardrobe in a large black plastic bag. As kids my brother and I were told not to go to the wardrobe. Our child imaginations ran wild and for a long time we thought it was a body. It had to be repaired after a burglary at the house, I always wondered if the person/s who broke in also thought it could be a body. Mum lovingly brought the doll to my studio to have a portrait with her, it amazes me the belongings we each treasure and love for such a long time.
Le Petit Prince - This is a self-portrait. I was inspired by the character of the Little Prince from the eponymous book of Saint-Exupery: he represents innocence but also its loss which is something I think we've all experienced. The light painting was made in-camera.
Absence of mind - Feeling removed from the reality of the everyday and those around us, whether it be through depression or grief.
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.
Nicki Minaj Impersonator delicately places the eyelash on as if it was the last cherry to go on top of something sweet. With a fierce look into her eyes, this queen mentally prepares for battle that is the stage tonight. Blue Chilli 172st Phnom Penh, Tuesday the 9th of January 2018.
Yellow Spotted Monitor/Varanus panoptes. Cue, WA - On a stifling hot day, a large Yellow Spotted Monitor wanders the abandoned Big Bell Townsite in search of food.
A??????? (#2) - Our smartphone obsession is bordering on an epidemic. We have become transfixed by these glowing screens, momentarily disengaging with the world around us. Slowly, and inevitably, we are becoming slaves to our devices. And so the disconnect widens.
Foraging echidna - Despite walking this woodland region many times I have only ever encountered an echidna active during the day on once before and it hurried off quickly on that occasion. This time I spotted it from much further away, giving me time to guess its intended course and setting up in the hope it would walk past. I wasnt disappointed and the animal got to within a few metres of me before ambling off.
Guardian of the caravan park - A wild goat snacks on the elephant bushes lining the highway in northern WA.
Elephant Love - I loved taking photographs of these two elephants giving each other back tickles in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. It was the most amazing thing to watch and it is something I'll never forget.
My Backyard, Beijing - The many traditional Beijing Hutongs are sadly being destroyed and making way for city urban apartment living. Pushing locals out of the city. Fortunately, people are making a stand, staying and fighting for their homes. If it wasn't for this group of locals, hundreds of years of history and culture would be forever lost.
Architecture - This picture is taken in a building in the the Imperial Palace of China. The overall color is mainly mid grey, which shows the abstinence and seriousness of Chinese courts.
Joshua James Cowell
John Hill- Survivor - On a stretch of road less than 5 kilometres long, over 50 families have been affected by cancer. This series of portraits was taken on Cabbage Tree Road Williamtown, as part of an ongoing investigation into the Australian Defence Force's use of Aqueous Fire Fighting Foams(AFFF's), Manufactured by 3M out of the State of Minnesota in the upper Mid-West of the United States.