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.

The Eye Of The Beholder


The International Color Awards are always an interesting mix of images. I’m chuffed to say I won 2nd place in the Merit of Excellence in the People category. Yippee!

Beach Side Qingdao

The entries for the Colour Awards come from 79 countries across the globe so as they say at the Oscars, "its an honour to be nominated."  I'm excited to share that I received 7 nominations across 4 categories, the details are below. Its always difficult to predict what the judges are looking for so the selection of what to enter is sometimes half the battle.

Bronte - Nominee in People

Swimmer - Nominee in Sport

Beneath the Surface1 - Nominee in Abstract Category

Beneath the Surface 2 - Nominee in Abstract

Journey  - Nominee in People

Wingside - Nominee in Aerial

In Transit - Nominee in People

"Longing" beams through the pages of Desktop Magazine

After a show in Sydney and now in Prague, Christian's latest exhibition Longing has hit the pages of Desktop Magazine. Sprawled across a 5 page spread, the article highlights Christian's interest in the idea that an image can evoke feelings and emotions in someone.

In case you missed the exhibition while it was still here in Sydney, Longing is a collection of work that showcases Christian's skill to enchant the viewer into a world of mystery and often unclear vision of the future

If you would like to hear more about the body of work and delve a little deeper into Christian's head as he discusses the processes and thoughts behind Longing, check out the link to the article below.

DesktopIssue201Feb2014Click on the link to have a read of the article. DesktopMagazineLongingProfile

Desktop Magazine, Issue #301

Be prepared to be inspired...

Headon1 Be sure to clear your schedule from the 17 May to the 23 June, for the annual Head On Festival. It's an exciting week in photography and you don't have to be a photography buff to enjoy it as there's an exhibition for everyone.

The diversity is so astounding its hard to know where to start, travel photography, portraits, landscapes, or perhaps the gender ambiguous characters in Beneath The Velvet Curtain, or 60 on the Road, which illustrates the stories behind the 60 Minutes' journalists and crew.   Maybe Nudes on Tap is more your thing or Elysium Antarctic Visual Epic with images of Antarctica. All I know is its going to be fantastic and I'm excited to be apart of it.

I hope to run into you there.


All images are from the exhibitions listed on

Longing for a good time?

I'm really excited, I've been invited to hold an exhibition at Sydney's ArtHouse Hotel  as part of this year's Head on Festival. As many of you know its been several years since my last exhibition, Affinity. This one is very different, there are no seascapes to be seen. It's very conceptual and entitled, 'Longing' which ties in with one of my earlier posts.  It's not until May so I won't give too much away now. Let me know if you'd like to come along to the opening night.



It's that time again for the Head On festival's ACMP exhibition in Centennial Park, with this years theme 'inspired'. I am really interested to know what can inspire someone. What inspires you?

How can an image impact someone? I find I react to simple, honest images that trigger something inside me. Does that mean I'm simple inside?? Maybe we react to something that we can relate to or we already feel something about.

I entered my seascapes because I love their beauty, the drama and the sense of something bigger than ourselves. Instead of supplying text I included song lyrics for each image.  I see the seascapes as an access and an illustration of feelings held inside; things that we may not wear on the surface but where our minds wander to in quiet times.

What inspires you?

A Hair Affair To Remember...

I had a pretty crazy and amazing shoot last week with Stevie English Hair.  The shots were ultra sexy and edgy, Verity, the very talented art director/stylist went all out on the concept.  Unfortunately I can't unveil any of the shots until June after the judging of Australia's Hair Expo so here's a shot from the 2010 expo, also shot with Verity. Stay tuned...


ADDON, is part of the current HeadOn Photo festival. I was proudly one of a few invited photographers, artists, and others contributing to an anonymous selection of works. On at Mary Place Gallery, it was a beautiful eclectic body of work, and a lot of fun to be part of. All the artworks were printed square in a small frame, and hung in a continuous line around the gallery. As a sort of adult lucky dip, artworks are swapped at the end of the exhibition.

Color Awards nominations

(June 2010) Four of Christian's images were nominated in this years 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup. Thousands of images were received from 92 countries and these images received a high percentage of votes overall. The Masters Cup Jury represents the industry's biggest names and tastemakers from around the globe who passionately reviewed the entries for 8 weeks online before making the final winners and nominee selection. The Awards could not have asked for a better group of professionals to work with. All credit goes to the judges and the photographers who provided the best images in their class.

Ex December 2009- Christian's fine art in the movies

(December 2009) Seen in the über stylish Manhattan interiors in the new “Sex and the City 2” movie, as well as in Julia Robert’s upcoming film “eat, pray, love”, are 2 of Christian’s lush seascape artworks. “What you do to me” (above left), and “caress” (right), with ‘expectation’ (top), also sold by his NY fine art dealer, June Bateman Fine Art.

Get in quick for your limited edition Christmas presents.

Ex December 2009- Canon Celebrates 50 years of EOS

(December 2009) Christian Mushenko was invited by Canon Australia to be featured at a special event celebrating esteemed International and Australian photographers, and 50 years of Canon EOS SLR cameras. Christian’s work (along with Denis Montalbetti shown above) was selected representing the last decade, and being within the sphere of those top photographers who have contributed greatly with their images and the passion they hold for photography as a whole.

Ex 2009- Exhibitions in NYC & Darlinghurst

(September 2009) Christian’s work was exhibited in New York this summer by June Bateman Fine Art, and is currently featured on her website. Christian’s most recent exhibition of lush seascapes - Affinity - was held earlier this year at Charles Hewitt Gallery with painter Lynda Howitt. The opening night was a big success with a large turnout including several members of the media.

Images are printed on archival cotton rag fine art paper and sold in signed limited editions.

Ex July 2008 Head On Portrait competition WIN

(July 2008) 'Superheroes Walking Their Dog' won the People's Choice Award for the 2007 Head On Portrait Competition. This is one of a sequence of shots of Mr and Mrs Superhero which tells a story about the everyday life of a superhero, a brainchild born from the desire to create something 'fun and quirky' about a man who is past his prime.

Christian was shortlisted in this years 'Head On', with one of his Everyday Hero pictures, showing ordinary people in New York who have done something extraordinary. It runs annually around April/May at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney.

Ex July 2008 - Interesting South

(July 2008) Interesting South (a conference of 'interestingness') covers a wide variety of interesting and unexpected things. Christian had the opportunity to be one of this year's 19 fascinating people to speak for three or ten minutes about something they care about. Christian spoke about the extraordinary people he met in New York last year when he was producing this exhibition, 'Everyday Heros'. The people featured in Christian's shots were from all walks of life, but came together in Everyday Heros for the simple fact that they have made a difference to the lives of others and in turn their own. Here are a few of their stories