Archive for 2011


Sculpture by the Sea 2011

Every year in around November the outdoor Sculpture by the Sea festival takes over the Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk with amazing, quirky, abstract and beautiful sculptures. I’ve missed it for the last couple of years but this time made the effort to get up at 5am and head down for a dawn shoot. Despite the early start there was already plenty of visitors and many photographers, probably because it was the last weekend.

Steel Dawn

I was hoping for a gorgeous sunrise as a backdrop but unfortunately some offshore fog prevented the sun from appearing. However the conditions did  provide a moodier feel and as the sun rose higher in the sky, shades of pink and orange started to appear in the clouds. One of the most popular sculptures was a giant tap (faucet for my American readers) facing the ocean, it required much patience to try and get images without anyone creeping into them.

Ocean Tap

I also took the opportunity to dabble with some handheld HDR. The image below was created using 5 handheld exposures and HDR Efex Pro.

Shoreline HDR

All of the images can be found in the set on Flickr, you can also buy selected prints, posters, greeting cards and more from my RedBubble portfolio. If there’s an image you love but it isn’t on RedBubble then just contact me and I’ll sort it out for you.


Get Your Gear On

Another month, another photo comp, this time a little different to ones I’ve entered recently. The OzKink Fetish Photographic Competition in association with Sax Fetish, Lucrezia & De Sade, and Star Observer Publications is looking for images depicting fetishwear….any type, colour, shape, fit, doesn’t matter.

The images I’ve selected are from a shoot with Malcolm, a very sexy, hairy fella who happened to bring his harness, jock and boots along too. All entries (space permitting) will be on display at 433 Brunswick St in a two week exhibition from 17th September.

More images from Malcolm’s shoot can be found on Flickr.


Sydney Life – Art and About 2011

Waiting - Sydney Life 2011 Entry

Every year City of Sydney council hosts the Art and About exhibition in various streets and public spaces around Sydney. One of the most popular exhibitions is Sydney Life which takes over the central walkway of Hyde Park North. Images are blown up to giant bed-sheet size prints and hung between the trees that line the boulevard.

This is the first year I’ve been eligible to enter as you have to be a citizen or permanent resident, so I’ve entered the two images you see here. Hundreds of entries are received and the competition is very stiff but if you don’t have a go you never know.

Sand Runner - Sydney Life 2011 Entry


White Bay Power Station

A couple of weekends ago the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority held an open weekend at the disused White Bay Power Station in Rozelle. Above you’ll find my first foray into slideshows so you can either view the images that way or simply view the set on Flickr.

The power station was originally built between 1912 and 1917 the power station was decommissioned in 1983 and has been standing disused since. Fortunately the site has been heritage listed so won’t end up being a shopping mall or apartment complex. Currently there is no public access so the open weekend was the first opportunity to walk around this fascinating industrial site.

The highlight is the turbine hall, the biggest remaining space in the complex, so much so that it was a 15 min wait to get in and you only had about the same amount of time before you were ushered out. But there are plenty of other great features to photograph around the complex; meters and dials left in their last position before the station was shutdown, switches covered in dust, intricate piping and valves, and tons of other stuff.

I think there are plans to turn it into an event venue similar to Cockatoo Island which would be pretty cool, definitely a great place for photo shoots. Check the full set on Flickr.



Spot me in the Head On Slideshow

I’ve just found out that the above image will be part of a slideshow continually displaying at the Head On Portrait Prize exhibition running at the Australian Centre for Photography from May 5 to June 11. The slideshow is made up of a shortlist of 200 images from the thousands of entries into the competition. I didn’t make it into the 40 finalists but I’m very happy to have my work acknowledged in this way… year one of the finalists??


Putting the ‘S’ in Mashable


Mashable contacted me a few days ago to ask if the image above could be used in an article on the A to Z of iPhotography and I was more than happy to oblige. The article pulls together an image of each letter of the alphabet as taken by iPhone users and uploaded to Flickr. Check the article in full and click through to find me at ‘S’.


Bursting the Red Bubble

I’ve finally started adding images to Red Bubble, the site which allows artists to sell direct to the public. You can buy a range of different formats from greetings cards to posters, canvas prints, framed prints and more. The widget below displays images currently available or you can jump straight to my portfolio.


Head On Portrait Prize 2011

Head On Images

I’ve entered the two images above and one below into the 2011 Head On Portrait Prize. If you don’t know what Head On is all about, it started off as a an independent national photographic portrait competition and has morphed into a massive photography festival of which the portrait prize is just a part. 40 finalists are selected from thousands of entries, I should find out in early April if I’ve made it so wish me luck!


Bears Artspace 2011

Lenny 9

I’m currently exhibiting at the Bears Artspace at the Monstrosity Gallery, 93 Bourke St, Woollomolloo, Sydney. The Artspace is part of the Bear Essentials festival run by Harbour City Bears alongside the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.

After a very busy and successful opening on Monday 21st Februrary I’ve already sold two images which is pretty exciting. The exhibition features 15 emerging artists working in various media. Pictured above is one of the images I have on display, all items are for sale and the exhibition runs until 6pm on Wednesday 2nd March.

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