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.

What makes a (Shanghai) home?

What makes a home or a community? The people, shared interests, the neighbourhood?

On a recent visit to Shanghai I wandered around an area being demolished to make way for new high-rise apartments. Buildings were left in various states of demolition, remnants of life still evident amongst graffiti, and even people still living in some areas.

An eerie beauty presided over the buildings left behind. Perhaps this was due to the infused memories of life, love and the dramas that they have seen.

Seeing With Our Heart

We observe with our eyes but sometimes we see with our heart. The natural world has a way of connecting with something inside us, and a power of expression beyond the man-made.
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Perhaps we can view it with our own filters and take from it what we need. Light, dark, fear, hope, uncertainty, warmth. 2015_06_0Y4A8819
These images were taken soon after finding out my mother had just been diagnosed with late stage cancer. We had just arrived in Mexico and felt very far away. 2015_06_0Y4A8822
I find our connection with the natural world sometimes seems so in-tune with our human connections. 2015_06_0Y4A8887-1
Or is it that our internal world dictates how we relate to the world around us?2015_06_0Y4A8901-2

The Eye Of The Beholder

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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

Lounging Around The Boat House

One of the best perks of living in Sydney is going to a beach in the morning for a swim and then breakfast. The Boat House in Balmoral is a fave.  A sister restaurant to one in Palm Beach, and soon to be Shelley Beach; it celebrates the summer lifestyle with fresh produce, coffee and an interesting menu. You will know we are there if you see Samson, our Golden Retriever tied up out the front!

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Immersion

How amazing does it feel to swim in the ocean in the morning?! The sun streaming in, the water feeling like it is rejuvenating our every molecule! It leaves me smiling all day long! These pictures were taken early morning at Bronte recently. On a day like today, I'm plotting when I can next slip under the waves. 2015_01_0Y4A14782015_01_0Y4A16012015_01_0Y4A20992015_01_0Y4A2203

Laneways and Laneways

As I started to walk through a lane-way in Old Shanghai, I couldn't help myself but to turn a corner and follow the path of a different one. Should I go up a staircase and find a colourful mystery awaiting me? Turn the corner and see people just living their everyday life. Watch my head as I have to duck under the very low overhanging awnings. I wonder what stories are being told here today? AC8P6031AC8P5625AC8P6103AC8P6129AC8P6025

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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Seeing the World in Black and White

Christian has been awarded 3 nominations in the Annual Black and White Spider Awards. He has received 2 nominations in Advertising and 1 nomination in the Nature category. Celebrating its 9th year, the esteemed Black and White Spider Awards is the leading international award honoring black and white photography. Judging the awards are some of the finest industry experts. The judges include the likes of Curators, Gallery Directors, Academics and fellow Photographers.

An Award, that seems to just fit Christian like a glove, the Black and White Spider Awards look for photographers who are driven by their artistic eye and a desire to excel in this classic art form.

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Where would your heart lead you?

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To travel is to live.”

― Hans Christian Andersen

I love the feeling of escaping on a journey somewhere new, the magic of discovery. Where would your heart lead you?

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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

Coney Island

"CRAZY BUT COOL" is how a friend described this place.  To be honest I didn't know how to describe my afternoon there, but that seems perfect. I think the only way is to take it for what it is and go with it! So yes, I did get my feet wet, the inevitable sand in my shorts and even ate a hot dog. NY__0Y4A1082-1NY__0Y4A0965NY__0Y4A0987NY__0Y4A1055NY__0Y4A1078NY__0Y4A0986-1NY__0Y4A1032-1

QingDao Beach

Recently I had the pleasure of being shown around the northern Chinese city of Qingdao. It’s a port town that hosted the sailing during the Beijing Olympics, and has some beaches around it’s coastline that people flock from miles to enjoy. From Sydney’s standards the beaches don’t look like much. However it was great to see how everyone responds the same to the freedom of getting out in nature, the lure of the coast, and the joy the beach seems to hold within its sand and waves.

With all the strife in the world today, maybe we should just give the trouble makers some plastic toys, a cold drink, some swimmers and plop them into the sand at the beach.

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Shanghai

Wandering around Shanghai recently, I was struck by how everyone seems to have not just a mobile phone, but an expensive smart phone at that! China is now the world’s biggest user of smartphones, and apparently they like them because they can use them ‘without being seen easily.”

Maybe they’re checking out their selfies they took earlier!?

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Prague Pubs

With the weather turning cooler here, I think of sitting around the fire, and remember some nice pub meals in Prague: beer, meat and dumplings! I'm feeling warmer already!

 It is also quite amazing to see that no matter where you are in the world, people love to take photos of their food... hold on, that's me.

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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.

Spring In Pennsylvania

Spring In Pennsylvania

We were shooting in Pennsylvania recently and had a chance to sneak a walk in one afternoon through some country lanes. The trees were just starting to bud. the sun was warm and I remembered how wonderful spring fever is! The moment when nature is waking up, the warmth of the sun starts to seep through the grips of Winter. The feeling that anything is now possible and beauty wins the day.

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Flying High

Flying High

I flew to New York this week for a shoot, and as much as the jet lag wipes me out from crossing over to a different time zone, I am dazed by the view from the window. No matter how many times I catch a plane, I still can't get past how dreamlike and pristine the outlook from a small porthole can be.

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