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City of art at the 19th Biennale of Sydney

The 19th Biennale of Sydney has just finished after nearly three months of art, installations, talks, and events. During the event I visited Cockatoo Island and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to capture some of the installations from various artists.

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Sydney goes Vivid for winter

Vivid Sydney, a festival of light, music and ideas, started in 2009 and has become the city’s largest winter festival. Originally it centred around Circular Quay, Customs House, The Rocks and the Sydney Opera House in particular. The event has grown each year and now includes Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and this year for the first time, Martin Place.

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir are going HOME

In shoots, video by pauldwade / May 12, 2014 / No Comments

I recently collaborated with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir again for their upcoming performance ‘HOME: Voices Without Borders’. However this time it wasn’t just an image, but a promotional video telling a short story about finding yourself in a place that feels like home.

This was my first video shoot for a client and was shot on a Sony Alpha A55 DSLR at various locations around Sydney. We started late afternoon at a sunny Circular Quay and made our way to St James Station and Hyde Park. Additional city shots were taken a few days later.

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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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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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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.


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.


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