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.

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
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Reflection of light

As a photographer I am continually mesmerised by light, how it falls, the form it takes etc. With these shots I experimented with reflecting light and expressing light as a colour, and an object . The results have an ephemeral beauty, and lushness to them. We 'feel' the light.

Reflection and transparency

Clouds reflecting on water
Clouds reflecting on water
Seascape reflections
Seascape reflections
The sky reflecting the water
The sky reflecting the water
Cloud reflections
Cloud reflections

I've been exploring transparency and reflection recently; the relationship between the subject and medium, the meaning and the means.  My goal was to express colour as light, and show the luminous nature of light. These photos were all created in camera (not photoshop). Hopefully after the art babble above, the results are interesting photographs.

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

A Perfect Recipe

Here are some pics of my recent lifestyle shoot at Scotland Island, what a gorgeous setting.

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Dive In

Come dive with me into the warm Pacific. It is so beautiful starting the day with a salt water champagne bath this time of year. A weekend morning swim, followed up by breakfast at the beach makes me smile for the rest of the day!

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Summer Nights

Thirty years! Angela and I celebrated our anniversary recently at the lovely Bathers Pavilion in Balmoral. The atmosphere on a warm summer night was the perfect backdrop for a special evening with my sweetheart. We both love the casual elegance of Bathers and needless to say, the food as well. Serge and his team are behind one of Sydney’s gems!

Now I just need to convince them to let us have the upstairs as our studio and apartment!

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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

Markets, Noodles and Organized Chaos

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Saxophones and Salty Air

Sometimes jobs don't feel like jobs. I guess the frequency of that indicates you are in the right profession! Last week I had the pleasure of  shooting for the cover of Amy Dickson’s new album of Australian saxophone concertos, to be released by ABC Classics in May 2015. It was a particular pleasure, as I photographed her for her first album several years ago.

Amy is a London-based Australian classical saxophone player,  awarded in 2013 with the #1 ranking in the UK classical charts. She and her music are the same; beautiful, real, and a joy to know.

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Dog Days

Meet Samson, 11 years old, the best friend you could ask for. He is the most gentle companion who loves nothing more than being at your side. He gives far more love than you could imagine, and in the words of that wise person called Anonymous: "I aspire to be the person that my dog thinks I am."

If you ever make it down to the studio, he will be panting at the back door waiting to say hello.

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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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The Bold and Beautiful

There is nothing like a crisp sunny morning swim to get the day started. I went for a quick one Sunday morning in the warm water of Manly. At 7am there you will find a multitude of people all wearing bright pink caps, preparing themselves to dive head first into crystal clear water for a 1.5km swim. What started as an informal activity between a group of friends, has now turned into hundreds of people every day. The group, know as the 'Bold & Beautiful' leave from Manly Beach and swim over to Shelly Beach. The wonderful thing about this group is the camaraderie that they share. They wait at Shelly Beach until the last swimmer has arrived before embarking on the return trip.

So I'm thinking I should get a pink swimming cap on and join in... Will I see you there?

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Homocystinuria

Just the other week, I had the privilege to do a shoot for HCU Network Australia for their upcoming website release. HCU Network Australia is a recently established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to increasing awareness and research funds for a degenerative rare disease known as Homocystinuria (HCU).

Another reminder to hug the kids, the wife and the dog, count all our blessings, and do what we can to make someone else's journey a bit easier.

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Breathe

As the weather warms up in Sydney, we're all being seduced by the sparkling Pacific. Funny how the warmth of the sun, and the diamonds floating on the water work their way into our happy hearts! So now's a good time to share a little video art work I did last year. [vimeo 106891306 w=500 h=281]

Entitled "Breathe", this video is an observation of the human condition and our place in the universe. It looks at the sublime power of forces bigger than ourselves. Water and light being elemental and a metaphor for life and death. Hinting at the fragility, the ebb and flow, and the powerful beauty of what we are part of. Filmed at Curl Curl surf pool in Sydney at dawn, with some wild atmospheric sound recorded at the Bower rock pool on a calm day. Overlaid onto various points of the action in the footage, are sounds created from helio-seismology. This is vibrations or oscillations on the sun's surface created by pulsation modes due to explosions on and in the sun measured by doppler imaging. These are processed to speed up and transpose into the human hearing range and filter out different frequencies. I used several different processed versions for different effects.

 

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

Creating Beauty

I love this quote by Frederick Mayer: "We become creative when we realise the infinite possibilities within us, and when we understand that our function is not merely to exist but to contribute to life, to improve it, and to make it more meaningful to others." I was able to spend some time chatting with my good friend Lynda Howitt in her studio not far from New York recently. The cross fertilisation of ideas, making connections from different sensory inputs, exploring different views and metaphors for a subject with her was refreshing.

Lynda's beautiful abstract art work lets our imaginations soar with their emotional intensity, feeling to me what the chemistry of attraction might look like. I'm inspired to create some more beautiful abstract seascapes. I think a week at a little shack on a remote coastline somewhere would be perfect! Any suggestions for where?

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