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Bingham Cup Waratah Dunking at Fair Day

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2014 season got underway again this year with Fair Day at Victoria Park. I was asked by the organisers of the 2014 Bingham Cup (the Gay Rugby World Cup) to pop along and capture some images from the day, including a couple of NSW Waratahs players Jono Lance and Nick Phipps getting their tops off and dunked to raise money for charity.
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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.


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.


Time for a catch up

Well it’s been a while and my attempts to blog regularly have failed miserably….oh well, things and people to do! It’s been a busy few months photo wise……

Chunky Montage

I’ve done the shoot for a couple of dance parties run by the Harbour City Bears called ‘Chunky’. The posters have been used in various bars and on the streets to promo the events in January and April.

Mardi Gras came and went at the end of February as quick as it always does. Again I got a media pass this year and took images from the pre-parade setup and the parade itself. The weather was kind and it was another successful and fun night.

For Easter this year I visited Auckland and the Tongariro National Park in New Zealand for the long weekend. Stunning scenery and  gorgeous weather helped to make a great, relaxing weekend.

I finally got myself a film scanner so I could scan the negatives from a black and white course I did a year or so ago. My favourites from that course are a series of images I took with a friend of mine called Carlos. Definitely would like to pursue this sort of photography more.

And finally I paid my first visit to Canberra over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend recently. Visited the Australian War Memorial (above) and Parliament House. The main reason for the visit was the Vanity Fair Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, had to treat myself to a $120 book from the exhibition full of stunning photographs, would love to be able to produce those sorts of images at some point. However if you don’t like the cold you don’t visit Canberra in the winter!


Post Gay Christmas Blues and Balls

SparklesSo that’s it for another year…..well actually Mardi Gras was over two weeks ago but as usual i’m being slack as on the whole blog front, so much for one a week ey…will keep trying.

Despite Sydney’s distinct lack of a summer the skies were blue for the parade on the Saturday night, though there was a chilly wind. I managed to get a media pass again so took pics in the parade as it made it’s way up Oxford St.

After that I nipped home and got changed for the party which luckily was only a 10 minute walk away at the Entertainment Quarter. Me being a lightweight I only managed to last till about 3.30am before heading home in the rain with no taxis in site.

I was punished the next day by having a stomach bug that laid me out for two days, so when I should have been partying and finishing off the weekend with a bang (so to speak) I was in and out of bed and the loo….nice.

It all goes quiet after Mardi Gras, just like normal Christmas everyone hibernates for a bit to recover from the excesses and lack of money. Good job then that PKF (the company I work for) threw a free Masquerade Ball last Friday. Actually I organised it to be precise and a marvellous night was had by all, aided of course by an evening of free drink and food.

Me, Luke & Markus


7 Sleeps to Gay Christmas

Yes it’s that time of year again, when the gays get all excited with the impending arrival of Mardi Gras….hurrah! The Sydney gay scene has been going through a bit of a rough period lately, an increasing number of straight venues has brought an increase in violence along Oxford St and surrounding areas. On top of that there have been a number of closures of gay venues on Oxford St and in Newtown.

One of the worst incidents of violence was that of a gay couple who were attacked after holding hands, one of them was kicked in the face while laying in the middle of the road. His mobile was stolen and his mother later received a text message from the mobile saying “We’ve killed your faggot son”….all this in Sydney in 2008. A vigil was held for those two guys and to start getting some action from the Police, Council and Government to get these issues sorted.

However Oxford St is getting ready to put the sparkle back on to celebrate the 30th Anniversary Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras , even if it’s for one night only. Saturday 1st March is the big parade following by the closing party. There’s also a load of events which happen in the run up to the first including Fair Day which happened on Sunday and at which I took a few pics with new Lomo Fisheye 2 camera.

Personally I’ll be heading to Underbear at Arq and the Wet Furr Pool Party as part of the Bear Essentials festival. Again I’ll probably be taking pics in the parade, as long as it’s not pissing down, then I’ll be heading to the party.

At $150 a ticket it’s pretty steep but as it’s the 30th Anniversary there’s talk of big things and surprise guests. Though so far the biggest name they’ve announced is Olivia Newton-John, doesn’t quite float my boat but the locals seem to be getting excited about it. Rumours for other acts include Scissor Sisters and Kylie, though the latter is pretty unlikely.

The summer’s not been kind so far so everyone cross fingers 1st March as traipsing up Oxford St in the wet won’t be fun. Prepare for photos and updates once I’ve recovered!

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