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.

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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Opening night....

One week to go to the opening night of my exhibition, save the date.

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Join me for the opening of Longing on Mon 13 May from 6-8pm at the ArtHouse Hotel.

A big thank you to Lynda Howitt for designing my invites and to Head On for inviting me to be a part of the festival. Make sure you check it out. www.christianmushenko.com.

THE EXHIBITION: Longing references a quiet drama present in the photographs. They portray a light beyond darkness, a release into something beyond. Created without a lens, the images are not a ‘focussed’ view of the world, but a more basic response to light, and become abstract colour field images. This 'lack of focus' removes us from the actual subject in front of us. Instead it hints at the mysterious, often unclear vision of our futures, made up of our internal desires and a longing for what we don't have.

From lepers to super heros...on the streets of New York

It's a special joy for photographers to shoot personal projects.  It's a great way for anyone to show their abilities outside the constraints of commissioned shoots and a great way to grow. We all enjoy checking out other people's personal work, as it gives us an insight to their style and interests.

My personal projects have been invaluable, and I've been nominated and won photography awards over the years using those images. Here's a few of my favourite personal projects.

Budding photographers take note....

Fancy a trip around the world with spending money? Then check out a competition being run by Artists Wanted, One Life International Photography Competition.

If you have a minute please check out my entry by clicking here and press the 'collect me' icon to help me win.  There was also a competition for artists which has just closed, lots of gorgeous work was submitted including some beautiful work by my friend, Lynda. Click here to see her work. Thanks in advance.

A Regal Abode

I was recently asked to pitch for my favourite hotel in Hong Kong, The Regal Hotel. The Mushenko team stayed there for five whole weeks in 2008 whilst we were doing a rebrand for McDonald's Asia. It felt like home and the staff really looked after us. I've got fond memories of the rooftop pool and 5pm happy hours. We were shooting at 6am every morning so the canapés at happy hour were often dinner.  Thanks to Lucas Boyd for his help with this pic.

Behind the scenes

 

I wanted to portray Lynda in a way that connected with her artworks, so we chose to shoot at the edge of the water and in a natural way. I used my Phase One camera and IQ180 80Mp back, the Schneider Kreuznach 120 TS lens, a medium California sun bounce and a large door-sized reflector.

I chose to use the Phase One for its dynamic range as I was shooting into the sun to create flare. I didn't want to use flash as I wanted to keep the softness and naturalness in the feel of the light, so I relied on reflectors.

Thank you to my trusty assistant,  Sussie Mellstedt and hair and make artist, Desiree Wise.  Great work ladies!

For the love of flare

[slideshow] On her recent visit to Australia, I was lucky to be able to shoot these promo shots on Balmoral Beach for the beautifully talented artist and my very close friend, Lynda Howitt. Lynda paints sublime abstract oil paintings with a classical romantic light and a soaring spirit that reflect her love of the ocean.  I wanted to portray Lynda in a way that connected with her artworks, so we chose to shoot at the edge of the water and in a natural way.

 

 

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.