CONNECTIONS BLOG

CONNECTIONS
Affinity. Closeness. Longing for connection. These shared experiences are what elevate our lives beyond mere existence. Good or bad, they are the muse for poetry, the rhythm of music, and the ‘heart’ in our heart. This body of work is about exploring just that: our humanity seen through how we connect with something outside ourselves. That moment when we bare our souls and open our hearts.

Misty Sunrise

On my recent trip to Hong Kong, I stayed in Kowloon with some colleagues from Creative Asia Plus. I think I scored the pick of the rooms with a view of the sunrise out one window and the pool the other. [wpvideo rfXiTnnh]

I also got an insight to the shanty town that existed on top of the nearby buildings. That's what I love about Hong Kong: the mix of super-modern and very basic existence. On one block, you might see several stores selling Rolex's and not to far away a street market that looks not to different to what you might have seen last century.

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Brooklyn

We recently spent a few days in Brooklyn, prepping for a shoot. It was fun exploring a new part of New York. Seeing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge reminded me of sailing under it as a kid in the 60's on our way to Australia. What excitement there was at the start of that journey! Heading out to the ocean, leaving New York behind us, on the way to a new life in the wilds of Australia! All that I saw was the open ocean ahead, representing unlimited possibilities! I think that very moment in my life may have something to do with my love of the horizon and ocean today, and all the metaphors they produce. 4494_DCP_2023LowSat4494_DCP_2018LowSat2014_08_03_AC8P1735IMG_2907LowSat4494_DCP_2024LowSat

Getting Clinical

Getting Clinical

Christian has just returned to Sydney after a busy week-long shoot in the US for a medical device manufacturing company in Pennsylvania. Christian was able to use his signature style of photography to shoot lifestyle and atmospherical images of the high-tech facilities. Christian shot everything from products to people and also the sterile assembly floors. An interesting task at hand seeing his assistant has a slight phobia of needles.

NEW-stylish-group-for-blog-grid To see behind the scenes images of the photo shoot, check out The Orchard Facebook Page.

A Freshwater Habitat

Its been awhile since I posted any of our architectural work. What I enjoy most about shooting architecture is responding to the design of a building and the interesting elements that present themself. Take a look at a recent house Lucas Boyd and I shot, City to Surf on Habitus Living.  As I was shooting this spectacular house (designed by Brewster Hjorth Architects) I remember thinking you'd feel like you were on display living in a house like this.  But after spending a few hours in the house I decided you wouldn't really care with panoramic views of the ocean from most rooms!! You really felt that you were part of the environment being in this house.

Old with the new

I shot the new AIPM upgrade at Collins Beach at the North Head in Manly a few weeks ago with Brewster Hjorth Architects. It's a stunning location and the design reflects the Institutional, Military and Police Heritage of the site whilst minimising the impact on sensitive ecological zones. [slideshow]

For history buffs, the site was established in the early 1800’ s as a sailors quarantine base, in 1960 the Seaman’s Isolation Hospital was converted to a police training centre. It sits adjacent Arthur Phillip’s first landing-place, it includes original heritage structures and an archaeologically important roadway built to carry cannons to North Head. The site is home to the last North Head Penguin rookery and Banded Bandicoot habitat.

http://www.brewsterhjorth.com.au

http://www.aipm.gov.au

NY street scenes

While in New York a few weeks ago for a job, of course my camera was with me wandering to meetings and walking about. I love the contrasts in Manhattan. Over the top window displays, faces full of character, some great jazz in the park, and buildings that always are interesting!