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Well…..It’s been a while since my last post. However, I am writing from Shanghai!
What a blast this place is, just what the doctor ordered for a change of scenery and what a change of scenery.
I am here on an art residency program sponsored by ACAF (The Australia China Art Foundation), based in Melbourne and Shanghai and run by a wonderfully inspired Chinese lady called Yashian Shauble. I am over here in Shanghai for one month and I am teaching photography to disadvantaged kids and 3 different schools.
So for I am loving it! The children, as you can well imagine, are amazing. Even though it is, at times, exhausting working with young kids, they take so much……but they also give back so much more. This exchange is beautiful and you never really mind. Although, I don’t think I have the stamina to have chosen teaching as a profession. I have a lot more respect for those worthy professionals now!!
Below are some shots of various classes. I’ll keep posting as I go along. This will be the first post of many….or so I intend! LOL
Matt Mitcham dropped in to my studio the other night…..in hand was his latest stash of medals. The best one was the gold, of course and Matt was deservedly happy and proud of his achievements. I decided to snap a few shots……..
There I am, right up there with camera in hand! Finally, got the thrill of shooting Courtney Act (Global Ambassador for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras) perched on the highest sail of the Opera House. Amazing experience! With limited time and tight technical restrictions you were more concentrated on getting the shot than taking in the remarkable view. However, it will be something I’ll remember for a long time to come. Courtney was the consummate professional and, as always, a joy to work with. Thanks to everyone involved in making the shoot happen, particularly the amazing staff at the Opera House for pulling all stops out to facilitate the shoot.
I had the best start to the morning, this morning.
I had to be at the stage door of the Opera House at 6.30am. Myself and a couple of comrades prepared ourselves for an exceptional climb. We were to view the location of a proposed shoot.
After weaving our bodies through the internal structure of one of the sails and along it’s spine, we squeezed through the last trapdoor to ascend upon the highest sail of the Opera House. As you climb out, the view almost takes your breath away.
It took a couple of minutes for the realisation that, “I’m on top of the sail of the Opera house…..outside!”, to sink in. How fabulous!!
Here’s a shot (below). I can’t wait for the shoot date!
Had a ball working with Decoda and Rhys and Jeremy on their up and coming extravaganza at ARQ, The New Trinity Show. It was fun to see Decoda schlepped in cases of all kinds of possible accessories! You can never have enough, hey! Happy to say we got some great shots out of the exercise.
Norrie is deservedly in the news, and I’m happy to see my portrait of Norrie May-Welby picked up by the Guardian newspaper, appearing on the home page of the Australian version of the Guardian’s web site. This portrait also made it as a finalist in the 2011 National Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
A warm invitation to all to attend the opening of an exhibition of my work along side an extremely interesting exhibition of 10 contemporary Chinese Multi Media Artist, taking place in St Leonards on Saturday 22 February, 2014 from 3-6pm. See invite below for details…….(double click on the attachments to zoom in)
I had the pleasure of shooting for George Jreige recently. Loved the seductive range of tailored jackets and sexy, stylish t-shirts. High quality detailing and beautiful fabrics are a hallmark of Georges work. George is entering the fashion arena with a strong sense of style and quality after graduating in Fashion Design and working in the fashion industry. I wish him all the best. It was a joy working with the make-up artist, Sahra Bull, the fabulous model, Johnny Simon and my trusty assistant, Saverio Marfia. I will post some of the finished shots of our efforts when they are released.
This weekend, 26th & 27th October, 2023, One + 2 Artist Studios are opening their doors to the general public. I have my photographic studio in this warehouse complex in Rozelle which houses more than 45 practicing artists of all disciplines. Come along and drop in this weekend. A rare opportunity to wander through the studios and see the artists in their natural habitat.
Last Wednesday afternoon I had the great pleasure of photographing a “You Tube” Superstar and a Diving Legend together! Davey Wavey (not his real name, I’m sure) was in town and decided to take Matt up on the offer of some impromptu diving instruction. I tagged along to take a few shots of the proceedings.
The goal was to leap off the 10m platform and have fun. Well…..they had fun, but Davey was a bit hesitant for the 10m. I suppose my anecdotal stories of ski diving accidents didn’t help. He did however conquer the 5m which is more than I think I would be willing to go. Matt was a considerate teacher and you can get an idea of how the afternoon unfolded from the shots.
By the way this was my first brush with “You Tube” Stardom….an entirely new concept for me. So, I asked a thousand questions of how it all came about to Davey Wavey on the way home in the car, and Davey was only too happy to answer!
Ali & Osso Buco wins the 2013 “Shoot The Chef Competition”
I received fabulous news on Tuesday. I knew that I had been selected as a finalist in this years “Shoot The Chef”, what I didn’t know, until I read the paper, was that I had won! I always assumed the winners of these types of competitions were gently informed before hand. I wasn’t…. and when I received a text from my friend, Domonic, I merely said, “you can”t believe everything you read in the newspaper”.I’m happy to say it’s true and I’m going to collect my prize money on Thursday night at the opening of the “Good Food Month” at the Sydney Opera House.
This image is my interpretation of what a contemporary chef might look like, and a parody on the concept of fine dining. It is part of a series of photographs I have been working on with the Sydney chef, Robert Zampogna. Robert was the Executive Chef at the East Lakes Golf Course for about 10 years and last year he approached me with the concept to produce a cook book together, titled Hungry. Ali & Osso Buco, as the name suggests, is our visual rendition of Rob’s Italian dish, Osso Buco. Ali plays the role of the inverted aristocrat beautifully. He is seated, bare-chested, alone at a table, his napkin to one side as he chews his candle-lit meal. He stares provocatively at the viewer. The setting is “grand industrial”, and the backdrop is a shot I captured on a recent visit to the disused White Bay Power Station.
I’ve always enjoyed seeing the images each year from “Shoot The Chef”. I like the subject of food and the idea of the chef, it showcases some amazing creativity and this year I decided to be part of it…and I can tell you I’m glad I did.
Thanks to Ali and Rob for their brilliant contribution and collaboration to this win.