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.

"one thing leads to another"

These images are part of a series based on playing with the ideas of perception, truth and image.

The subject was actually a tower of found objects, such as buttons, plastic, bottles, fabric, and wire. Junk in other words.

By not photographing the junk but photographing the reflections and refractions of light onto and off the subject, we perceive a very different reality. Our point of view (specifically how the light sees and reacts to the objects) determines what we take away from our encounter.

Junk as beauty. One thing leads to another. Where one person sees junk another sees beauty.

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

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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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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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

Beneath The surface

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...

 

Sweet Plums

Sweet Plums

The Orchard Studio shot some tasty plums for The Good Rich Fruit Company recently. Queen Garnet is a plum that was developed by the Queensland Government using basic plant breeding methods. By using proprietary techniques to maximise antioxidant content, they have created a Plum that is 10 times higher in antioxidants than other plum varieties. They are a deeper richer crimson than most, and tasted pretty good!

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Poolside at Curl Curl

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Poolside at Curl Curl Beach

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.

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Ultimate Balance

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I've been shooting quite a bit for the Safcol's Ultimates Indulge range this year with Rampage Creative. They say never work with children or animals but it certainly helps when you have a back up cat, if one isn't behaving you switch to the second cat. If anything, it's the cat owner who is a bit protective and doesn't like you treating their cat like a prop, funny that!! I'm not sure why anyone would have a problem with their cat in this shot :)?

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Here's a couple of Cat chat videos I shot as second cameraman, recognise the kitchen?

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Passengers to the unknown

I've been spending a lot of time in airports this year. Maybe it's because I am a romantic, a sucker for a good story or have an overactive imagination but I love the collection of humanity and the myriad of stories an airport plays host to. Here are a few from the Hong Kong airport. I wonder what awaits this little boy with the aqua and green crocs?

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Is the girl with the scarf enjoying a happy reunion with her boyfriend or a new friendship with the guy sitting across the aisle from her, who accidentally spurted his salad dressing on her when trying to open the packet at lunch?

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Beam in thine own eye

The Orchard team are back from this years AIPP Event in Hobart and feeling very inspired. It was the perfect combination of motivating seminars, exciting workshops and fabulous parties. Our minds and tummies were equally bursting at the seams by the time we left. At the Kayell dinner on our final night in Hobart, all the photographers were given the challenge of conjuring up the most creative photo using the new Ice light. Suddenly people were lying under tables, sliding down staircases, it was very funny to watch.

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Deciding to take it up a notch, the Orchard team said no to coffee and quickly exited the dinner party in search of Rjoyi Ikeda's Spectra, an outdoor installation for the Mona Gallery's Dark Mofo exhibition.

From a distance the Spectra looked like a single light beam shining into the sky, surprisingly up close it was 49 military grade search lights arranged in a perfect grid creating a 15km tower of light into the sky, piercing through the layers of clouds, continuing up to the heavens. Amazing. To add to the sensory experience our movements created sound waves so intense it felt like we were cocooned in a humming vortex, with the rain looking like snow falling down on us. It was a beautiful outer-worldly, almost religious experience. 'Beam me up, Scotty!'

What do you think of our efforts at being poster kids below? Expecting the phones to go OFF from hollywood agents now...

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Jamie Durie in hot water?

I recently worked with Sherlock Creative shooting some stills for a Zip Hydrotap commercial staring Jamie Durie.  It was shot in a gorgeous house in Avalon which is always a fantastic way to spend the day. I've worked with Jamie before and he's a friendly and very down to earth guy. The hydrotap itself was pretty extravagant providing boiling water, sparkling water and ice-cold water on tap. That would be very handy in the studio. Here are some behind the scene shots and stills I took and here's the commercial.

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