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.
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 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.
Here are some pics of my recent lifestyle shoot at Scotland Island, what a gorgeous setting.Read More
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!
To see more of my seascape and underwater series, click on the link below. www.christianmushenko.com
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
It's getting a bit colder outside now, but 2 weeks ago I got in the warm water at dawn. The silvery water, the joy of rolling around in the surf, and the sun adding its magic creeping through the water was a perfect start to the day. Queue the music now...
Summer holidays! It's not been the hot summery week of sunshine I was hoping for, but it does make for some dramatic images.
Take a peak at my new personal project: poolside. Visiting different beach pools around Sydney at dawn has been a really refreshing and an incredible way to start the day. It would be nice to join these early birds with a swim but its hard to put my camera down.
You gotta love art school! The challenge of the art world vs. the commercial world. I find I have to keep re-adjusting my expression.
As part of my Masters of Art at COFA I have been working on a series of digital images with a narrative addressing contemporary life, telling a story through a single image.
I wanted to create a body of work that spoke to the internal dialogues we all have. As part of our humanity we all go somewhere internally that we only selectively show to the world. This is often in contrast to the persona we show and the ubiquitous images we send out to the world as captured by photographs of ourselves.
Photography has a long history of ‘depicting the truth’ and if not, being used to frame or lead the viewer to a desired interpretation. In more recent times digital imaging has furthered this ability of photography to craft it’s own ‘truth’ or subvert the real.