Sunday, June 19, 2016

Surface and Symbol

One of the reasons why I enjoy photographing flowers is for their beauty, as well as their darkness. I always say that I prefer dead ones, there is more character in them. Wilted, brown with flickers of colour from when they were alive. Flowers are given in time of celebration as well as in death. The later is what I'm drawn to most.  All beautiful things age, it's the transient nature of youth and beauty. Which, I believe, is something that we shouldn't hold onto. In this fleeting moment, I capture  these flowers in their prime and glory. But I also look forward to when they age because there is also beauty in their death.  

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Photographed @ Studio Mondo

Sunday, June 05, 2016

TA-KU | Vivid Sydney

A short photo diary of Vivid Sydney 2016 and TA-KU's concert last Friday night. I was fortunate enough to attend his artist talk which was a part of Vivid's program. I respect him even more as an artist and person. He is humble and an inspiration, particularly to young up and coming producers. I respect how real, raw and unapologetic he is about his emotions and sensitivities - which resonates in his music. TA-KU has no musical background, but it's a testament that passion, practice, faith and work ethic will get you through.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Floral Photography Collaboration | Vanessa Timmins

The aspects I love about working for a photography studio is meeting an array of like-minded creative folk. Case in point, stylist Vanessa Timmins.

One weekend I was in studio photographing flowers, she was on a styling job next door and was unaware that I take photos in my spare time. We swapped details and voila a collaboration was set.

Below is what we created, her floral arrangement skills is impeccable!

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Photography: Yours truly
Stylist: Vanessa Timmins
Location: Studio Mondo

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jeremy x ColouredNoyz

Portraits I shot of talented Sydney based producer Jeremy AKA ColouredNoyz - calm and born cool. It's a small (Sydney) world as we share a mutual friend, photographer James Mullins.
Location: Studio Mondo

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

#WCW Roslyn da Rosa of Ripe Journal

I can't believe I haven't posted this image yet! Meet Roslyn da Rosa of Ripe Journal. She was kind enough to free up her Saturday last year to sit for me for a quick portrait test shoot at Studio Mondo.

Follow her food and lifestyle adventures via her instagram account - go to girl for all things food!

Ripe Journal x Raver Ria

Monday, May 02, 2016

Melbourne Photo Travel Diary | Things to do in Melbourne

During the ANZAC day long weekend AF and I flew down to Melbourne for all things food, art and music. Melbourne knows how to do things right- coffee and fashion for example. It is my home away from home, the cooler and hip cousin of Sydney. AND people are ridiculously nice! It actually made me feel a bit weird, Sydney-siders are notoriously cold and snobbish in a way. So walking into stores or eating at restaurants human interaction with staff was a novel experience, Melbournians are pleasant and up for a chat.

Looking for things to do- here is a list.



Record Stores

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Creating art with Made by Mara

A few weeks back my sister and I collaborated to create marble like abstract art. If you've been following my instagram page you would have seen inspiration posts like these. It is art I've been meaning to create for a while and I am glad I finally had a chance to get around to it. Watch this space  as you'll be seeing more of these bad boys.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Frame 17A Exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography

Hi Pals,

I'm happy to announce that I will be a part of a group exhibition, Frame 17A, at the Australian Centre for Photography. Come along if you are in Sydney for this evening's opening night.

Exhibition launch:
Friday 15 April 6 - 8pm
Exhibition open 11am - 3pm, 16 April - 15 May 2016.
Presented in ACP's Social Gallery

A bit about the exhibition:
Writing in the 1980 book Contact Theory, Martine Franck described her process of reviewing several similar frames on a contact sheet to select the best one for printing, “Frame 18a was discarded because of the towel on the left, the figures in the background were confused and I had framed too close to the shadow of the hammock. Frame 16a was a possibility but I would have had to crop the bathing suit on the right which I preferred not to do and the man doing push ups in the background was in a less interesting position. The image that had the greatest intensity and concision was to my mind frame 17a.”

In this quote “frame 17a” represents what most photographers are hoping for – that moment when everything comes together to produce an image that stands out as being better than the others. Generally the other frames are then neglected, perhaps just being seen as steps on the way to the good image. The idea of this exhibition is to look at all of the frames from a roll of film without prioritising any particular one as being the best. By doing this we get to see the working process of a photographer – where they start, what options they explore, how one decision leads to another.

A roll of film is a bit like a short story – there is a beginning and an end but only a limited amount of material in between with which to work. Depending on the film format the number of frames might be 10, 12 or 36. Within these boundaries each photographer makes their decisions. Some devote the entire roll to exploring variations on one idea, while others cover a range of locations and subjects. Some are trying for a great image, while others are 'practising their scales' - doing it for the pleasure of photographing or exploring a technical aspect.

Many film photographers don't like to show their proof sheets, so I appreciate the generosity of the participants in this exhibition. Some are established professional or fine art photographers while others might be described as beginners. Despite their relative experience, each of these proof sheets has something to tell us about the photographic process, via all the frames that aren't 17a".

Featuring work by:
Gerard Azar
Steven Cavanagh
Jun Chen
Aislinn Connolly
Maria Cruz
Deb Cybula
Josef Geranio
Stephen Godfrey
Bill Green
Maclay Heriot
Diego Ibanez
Neville Leung
Paul McDonald
Prab Naththarampatha
Adam North
Geoff Roberts
Sergio Leyva Seiglie
Stuart Silcox
Benjamin Stone-Herbert
Gordon Undy
Michael Waite
Anthony Whelan
Pedro Xavier

*Image shot by me - featured in Frame 17A Exhibition

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A bunch of flowers for your Sunday

Hey Pals,

Happy Sunday!

Sunday means Columbia Road Flower Market in East London. As I no longer live in the UK, I thought I'd share a tribute post to the famed market. These photographs are long overdue, it was a flower light test shoot I did at Studio Mondo last year.

What is your favourite flower market?

* Images shot by me @ Studio Mondo

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Peter Lindbergh on Creativity

I've been in somewhat of a creative rut which I am slowly clawing my way out of. People believe that there are no coincidences in life, but I believe that the things we think about we attract. Lately I've been contemplating on my lack of inspiration/ art and while I was trawling through websites of things that make my heart happy, I found this gem from Peter Lindbergh's website  - an essay on creativity. 100% what I needed to read right now.

"Creativity is the basis of self-expression. Why are some people supposedly more creative than others, and why can’t others open themselves up enough to be able to express who they are?

Creation is the birth of something, and something cannot come from nothing. When someone creates something: a painting, a poem, a photograph, the creativity comes from an idea, from a feeling, from emotion, or from a combination of ideas, feelings and emotions that are somehow ‘reborn’ from all our experiences and perspectives.

Creativity is the desire to express ourselves. To formulate these expressions, we have to draw from our reservoir of experience, dreams, desires and experimentation and mix together what was, what is, and what could be… I don’t think you can learn it, it is rather something that evolves. Your perception of everything in your life fills up this reservoir.

Some people are drawn to create and express themselves, others are drawn to reflect, to analyze. But in the end, they all could be creative if they had the desire to explore the way in which they are integrated in the world of their experiences. Because creativity is really a rebirth, a true tone we feel for ourselves and for our world. Then our work becomes a real part of who we are. Maybe all this is a question of how deep we are willing to go…"

by Peter Lindbergh with Lily, New York, June 1996

*Image of the ocean shot by me