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Exploding into 2013

New Years Eve is always a big deal in Sydney. This year I was fortunate enough to have a great view from a house party, so took along the camera and tripod to capture some of the amazing fireworks exploding over Sydney Harbour.
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Tchaikovsky: The Lonely Heart

Poster for the concert Tchaikovsky: The Lonely Heart by Sydney Gay & Lesbian ChoirI was recently commissioned by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir to shoot the base image for the poster to publicise their upcoming concert. Titled ‘Tchaikovsky – The Lonely Heart’ the concert delves into the life, loves, music and legacy of one of the world’s greatest ever composers.
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Bent Art

This year I’ve entered a triptych of images into the Bent Art Exhibition which takes place in Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains every year since 2005. Bent Art was started to celebrate the work of LGBT artists and is now the biggest LGBT art event in Australia. The images I’ve entered blur the boundaries between photography and painting, using coloured light reflections in water at night to create vibrant ‘brush strokes’ of light.

The exhibition runs over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend from Fri 8th to Monday 11th June at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts, 217-219 Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls. Visit the Bent Art site for opening times.


Bears Artspace 2012

For the fourth year in a row I’m exhibiting in the Harbour City Bears Artspace. The exhibition runs at the Monstrosity Gallery, 93 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo from Thurs 23rd Feb until 1st March, daily 11am-6pm.


The exhibition features a broad range of works from Australian and international artists. You can see some more of the work on the Monstrosity blog as well as all of the works together with artist bios in this Facebook gallery. The three images I’ve entered in the exhibition were taken as part of the shoot for the Bear Essentials festival but were not used in the campaign. I’m happy to say that two out of three sold on the opening night! Other images from the BE shoot are in this Flickr set.



Getting down to the Bear Essentials

A few months ago I had a shoot with the Harbour City Bears for their annual Mardi Gras festival, Bear Essentials. Every year bears, cubs, daddies, beefy blokes, and furry dudes of all shapes and sizes come from all over Australia and the world to enjoy this event filled festival.


The theme for Bear Essentials 16 is ‘A Whole New Ball Game’, so obviously the photos reflect the sporting theme. Taking inspiration from football, rugby union, rugby league, pool, AFL (Aussie Rules) and more, three affable models got their kit on and off for the shoot at The Oxford Hotel and Kingsteam.


A number of images are being used both on the website and posters, flyers and media for the festival as a whole and the individual events. You can see all the images from the campaign plus a selection that didn’t make the cut but are stand-outs on Flickr.

Thanks to Harbour City Bears and their President Jonny Bastin for asking me to do the job, plus the models Gavin P, David and Gavin S for their time.


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??

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