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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.