The Hazelton’s is a courageous young family from country New South Wales sharing the story of their battle with childhood cancer and how Sporting Chance played a small part in their journey. I had the honour of spending time with Makenzie and her family for some days. Together we created this short film.
I am delighted and grateful to be selected with three portraits as part of this year’s @nationalportraitgallery Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, alongside many great artists. Below a bit of a rationale to my approach.
These three portraits are part of an ongoing project without end – CITIZEN: Portraits since 1994 – where, for the past 26 years and 60 odd countries, I have photographed people I met through my journey in life.
Using the same strict parameters; camera, lens, film, and inviting chance to be part of the approach, I have no intention to stop or veer off course. I am only obeying my own precept.
It is like a manual in my head that is impossible to ignore. The purpose is in the obsessive doing, in the making of a photograph in that incidental moment and space we happen to converge at. And in the subsequent elevated human connection we are both left with.
The taxonomy of this accidental population was never the purpose, yet it is its inevitable outcome. Hooking each person to the next one I meet and photograph, allowing an examination of an unforeseen citizenry.
No borders, no sides, no issue.
So… it could be this.
Of seeing eye to eye.
Of being a citizen in the world, awake and curious about the other, the stranger.
A diary of a photographers life in progress.
The sum now, perhaps, a democratic equaliser.
Last year I was lucky to travel to the beautiful Yalumba winery in Barossa valley with the Special Group agency, to execute more than a dozen visuals for their new campaign – Embrace The Magnificent Unknown. Showing some here – more to be rolled out during 2020.
Travelled with Special Group to Japan for some good food with Kei Nishikori and Cookie. We journeyed on to Taiwan for some singalong with K-Pop stars, Jam and Crowd. Food styled by Jacqui Malouf. It all tasted as good as it looks.
See this portrait in ‘The Look’ – an exhibition of photographic portraits from NPG collection. I am luck to have seven of my images on display. The Look’ opens on the 14 of September as the NPG reopens to the public!
The Ball has been spreading it’s wings a bit in the last 6 months. Here are some of the Reviews and Interviews published:
I had to dig deep and chatted at length with Brad Feuerhelm at ASX about all things The Ball, CITIZEN’S and the importance of being a stranger.
The NPPP 2019 is down on its final week.
My portrait of Sarker Protick is part of a 40 others on display. Get down to Canberra for a taste.
On a personal note, after 4 years of training since my last belt I managed to pass the grading for 4th Dan.
With thanks and gratitude to Grandmaster Ridvan Manav who has guided and mentored me over the past 10 years. It has changed me in more ways than I could have imagined. Big shout out to my training buddy from day one and fellow 4th Dan, Mark Loughran. Wouldn’t have stuck it out if you weren’t there for the ride.
ELECTRIC! is now on show at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
My image of Anneliese Seubert is part of a collection exhibition featuring a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.
It’s on for 6 months and finishes on the 22nd of April, 2019.
Always late posting new work, but a few months ago I had great fun working with Clemenger Melbourne and CD Luke Thompson on his great new NAB Home Loan brief – ‘Alive With Possibilities’.
Excited to have this image currently on display at @hotagc Gallery at the Gold Coast as part of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award exhibition.
It’s on till 25 November, so if you are up that way – go check the show out, I am in great company.
This image was taken the day my father spent his last day in the family house I grew up in, a place he has called home for almost 50 years. The true emotional toll on my father only became apparent when I processed this roll of film.
In CITIZEN I have portrayed people with the same taxonomical approach adhering to strict parameters technically and emotionally for the past 25 years.
By necessity there is no narrative linking those people, objects and spaces. Instead the work is connected by process alone. The taxonomy in my work is never intended, yet inevitable. There is no story to be forced, no side to be on, no issue.
The very act of taking photographs becomes the constant, the purpose. The result is a journal of collected uncertainties that are exposed to the same applied rigour. Side by side it becomes a democratic equalizer, an opposite to to the accidental gathering of the photographs.
Very excited to be selected and included in this years Fest Foto in Brazil to show CITIZEN together with another 19 contemporary photographers. CITIZEN was never intended to just keep going, but it seem to become my life long body of work. I wish I could go and see it in person, perhaps add a few more CITIZEN portraits to the narrative, but it has to wait to another time.
Tim Winton is doing a national speaking tour talking about Lost Boys and the Culture of Toxic Masculinity.
It coincides with the release of his first novel in 5 years – The Shepherd’s Hut.
I have collaborated on his one hour long talk where he is projecting images from the series FAMILJ, documenting my two sons Callum and Cormac growing up.
Express Yourself – This exhibition celebrates Australians whose unique life experiences symbolise social and cultural forces. Uncompromising individuality defines them. The portraits are drawn from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of contemporary photography, drawing, and video.My two works – Ben Mendelshon and Jake Nash are included.
Entries are now open for The Australian Photobook of the Year Awards, presented by Momento Pro. You have until the 30th of November to put your dummy in. I will be part of the judging panel this year and look forward to see what amazing stuff is out there. Good luck. Below is an image for my upcoming book The Ball.
So it has begun. First image for VIRGIN Australia’s new brand campaign. Many more ads to follow over the next few months. Fantastic to work with the great team over at DDB; Ben Welsh, Jade Manning, Alex Newman, Libby Hams and many more.
A nice little campaign with the happy people over at Whybin TBWA, art directed by Clive Blackstone.
Lethal Amount Gallery in LA, in collaboration with curator Andi Harriman from NY, is putting on the show ‘Nick Cave Smoking’ – a one night only event held at the ACE Hotel in downtown LA on Wednesday the 28th of June. Get down and enjoy the pics and the party. Wish I could be there.
I am so honored to be included in this years Organ Vida Photographic Festival to show at Zagrebs Museum of Contemporary Art this September. A selection of my work CITIZEN was chosen from more than 300 submitted photography projects from all seven continents. I am particularly happy to share the honor with two of my besties and incredible artists John Feely and Alana Holmberg. Croatia we will be there! #organvida #zagreb #newcitiziens
Two friends asked each other who they rather drink a beer with and of course the mutual answer was Bob Hawke. This led to Nathan Lennon and Dave Gibson go to work on their own beer for and with the man himself. Welcome to Hawkes Brewing. Don’t forget to bring a slab of cans to your next bbq outing – it is a damn fine drop
So here he is. Brad, who is one of 50 images selected as finalist at this years National Photographic Portrait Prize. It opens this Friday and if you are in Canberra I am sure it will be worth having quick look.
This is what I love to do. Spend a good 3-4 days traveling the countryside to look for amazing shoot locations, brief in hand. Returning a while later to shoot a beautiful car and concept with a great bunch of people involved. Hats off to the folks at INNOCEAN, especially to creatives Guy Collins & Steve Jackson and team leader Warrick Nicholson.
I had this amazing snow landscape from a recent trip to Tasmania and approached Cream Studios with the idea to build a Lexus in CGI. They got to work and created this beautiful thing
A nice week at the office with Cummins & Partners and their new client Allianz Insurance. Nicer people to work with is hard to find. Here is one ad that made it.
I am delighted to be selected for the National Portrait Prize for a 6th time, to be exhibited early next year at the Portrait Gallery, Canberra. I submitted a couple of images. This one of Riley didn’t make it.
Ollie Beeston at The Kitchen Table Sydney called me in to cast and shoot a couple of scenarios for V energy drink. Fun day at the office when you are briefed a campaign that is an extension of once own portrait practice.
Breaking News – BP has pulled out from all oil exploration in the Australian Bight! Barely a month earlier I went down to South Australia with Tom Claxton from The Wilderness Society, to photograph an inspirational group of activists, fighting to keep BP out of the Bight. Thanks to them, and many others, this Ground Swell campaign succeeded. Now we have to make sure its protected for ever and stop all the other companies with leases to go ahead exploring.