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.

A Steamy Night in Singapore

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What better way to spend a steamy night in Singapore than wandering Chinatown enjoying the colour, shopping and food! Our recent shoot with models Nadia and Greg captured a bit of that fun and I can vouch that the drinks and food weren’t bad either.

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Thank you to my assistant, Seth, Winnie for styling, Alex for hair and makeup and Nadia and Greg from Diva models.

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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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

I'm heading to Asia today. Looking forward to meeting lots of new agency creatives, eating lots of food and absorbing myself in the atmosphere. I wonder what I will find as I get lost going down various lane ways?! _AC8P9321_AC8P9344 _AC8P9469

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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Uniting Care

Uniting Care

Awhile ago we were fortunate to work with some of the great people from Uniting Care Burnside Services. It was a very humbling experience watching the difference they were making in people's lives in support of parents and their children. Due to the sensitivity of the services we can't show many of the photos, but lets just say I'm  very thankful there are people and organizations supporting those in need! I count my blessings and can't hug my kids enough!

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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.

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Fashion at Cockatoo Island

Christian has always been one for helping out friends and a sucker for a good personal project. Recently he helped Yvonne Ling launch her fashion career with a fashion project shot in the enigmatic background of Cockatoo Island.

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A simpler time

`castles Ukraine isn't considered a tourist hot spot by most holiday makers. It's such a shame because it really does have a lot to offer. The country side is littered with stunning Byzantine and medieval castles,  Renaissance Baroque style churches and impressive fortresses and monasteries resembling castles as well as some Soviet architecture. Oh and some very special people.

My great-grandfather emigrated from Ukraine to America in 1917 and last month I was lucky enough to visit my third cousins for the second time in 15 years. In those 15 years Ukraine has now become more westernised with billboards seemingly everywhere, advertising everything from McDonald's to car washes manned by skimpily clad girls. In the cities my relatives are very European but in the villages my gorgeous relatives still travel by horse and cart, grow all their own produce and what they don't grow they barter for with their neighbours.

familyI'm sure its a hard life at times but staying with them was a much needed reality check of the simple life.  The produce was the freshest I've ever tasted and they treated me to one of their yummy lunches; roast meats, potatoes, dumplings, cabbage rolls, salads picked straight from the garden, cold meats, cheeses and freshly baked rolls. Mmmm mmm!

It had been 15 years since I last saw the Mushchenko clan. I would be happy to choose them as friends and feel very honoured to call them family. Nasdrovie!

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I Made Contact

After many years of contemplation and going back and forth I officially did it!! I bit the bullet and am represented by the talented team at Contacts Photography for my lifestyle work.  I'm really excited about this partnership expanding our production team and capabilities.

I was happily surprised to see it mentioned in Campaign Brief.....

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Sizzling Summer

What do Sydneysider do on a hot day to beat the heat? Its simple, we run for our sandy beaches. We complained last year that we didn't have a summer well the gods are making up for it this year, well and truly.  These shots were taken on Curl Curl Beach for a Suncorp campaign Natasha Lorenzen and I shot for Alice Bradbury at Asteron. I feel a little cooler looking at them.

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A big thanks to our models Julie and Craig Tucker and Juliet and Gianni Pannozzo.

The Makings of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Here are some shots of Team English in action.   The Orchard Studio was buzzing with activity for the So You Think You Can Dance shoot. It was all systems go.

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!