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.
With the legendary creative, Tod Duke-Young, me and the team headed for a bend in the river near Adaminaby. The local Wombat was less than impressed with a LC70 at his local veggie patch. The resident Platypus put on a nice display in the water behind, while the sun was setting. Peach of a day.
A few weeks back I met one inspirational woman – Kylie Monaghan. She invited me and my team to her home to shoot the campaign Be The Bill. Its geared to make politicians see the human behind the impersonal bill they are about to discuss in parliament. Choice at the end of life. Kylie became the first to personalize her Bill. You can join her here:
Excited to have two Semi Finalist nods for this years Moran Photographic Prize. First reveal of images from my longterm project documenting Bachelor & Spinsters Balls across Australia. Stay tuned for more of them as the project is taking shape.
Had a run in with these fighters, Yolanda Smith and Bec Bateman, at a recent gig with Saatchi& Saatchi. Art Director Wassim Kanaan was holding my back at all times.
My image ‘Anonymous Couple, Holiday Makers, Cu Da, Vietnam 2015’ managed to get selected for two top art prizes recently. First up was Percival Photographic Prize 2016, in Townsville about to close in a week. And last week it got included in the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award opened at The Gold Coast City Gallery, as one of 45 works.
Saatchi & Saatchi got me on this beauty. Seven days on set covering amazing athletes and good looking cars.
I had the good fortune to spend a week in London recently. The folks at VCCP came up with another fun idea on set with Jealous Isla. A big laugh as always.
I am doing a wee talk at Sunstudios next Wednesday the 24th. Some conversations around my birds, horse riding and photography. Come on down if you are in town. Bookings at:
A dream job with no other than Wassim Kanaan at Saatchi&Saatchi. We headed to the ole gold fields just down the hill from the Victorian Alps. With some trusty new Landcrusier’s and local hardy talents, this is what happened behind the shearing shed. A bit of apres ski at Mt Hotham rounded off a stunning week.
I have been fortunate working with the mighty Tod Duke-Yonge on a few TOYOTA projects lately. A man not shy of an adventure (my kinda man) and with ideas to boot, we set out to explore the wilds of the Southern Highlands and the grand vistas of Tasmania. We had to endure several blizzards and road closures, but nothing could stop us in the quest of getting the pictures. Nor could nothing stop Tod from delivering classic one-liners that will outlive us all.
Ideas man Chris Cheeseman over at M&C Saatchi got us involved in this campaign for CommBanks new Master Card. Fun days at the office. The Bulldog could really slap that paw!
My long running series ‘Signs Of The People’ caught the attention of Leo Burnett and we went to Canberra to capture a sign for GIO insurance.
My Favorite designers – GARBETT – invited me to source and find magic close ups from the natural world. With brand new macro-lens in hand we went to task fro the client Bank Of Queensland. And now we are AGDA finalist for the photography.
And while you are at it – check out GARBETTs brand new website.
I was recently asked by CD Matt Smith over at 303 LOWE to shoot a new campaign for National Arts School, encoring new students to enroll. The brief was wide open – walk around a photograph things that shows beauty and intrigue in everyday objects and scenarios. The perfect brief indeed. Below are some of the images.
Last week I was down in Tasmania for a big shoot of the all new TOYOTA Landcruiser. Coincidentely, they experienced the biggest snow fall in 70 years, in many places all the way down to sea level, the very morning we set out for our first location. It turned into one interesting week, with many cancelled locations, but new opportunities arose with and great snow-covered vistas.
Nothing like a few likes…
Had a cold, beautiful week down in Tasmania looking for way-out there places recently. Certainly found some stunning hidden gems, to the small cost of using up the insurance excess very quickly into the trip. The soft ride we rented took a caning.
On a personal note, I finally managed to get my 3rd Dan Black belt. My thanks go to Grandmaster Ridvan Manav.
I was recently asked by the good folks at The Adventure Handbook to take over the Instagram feed for a week. You should check out their website below and connect with the feed – always great stories and imagery being shared. Something for everyone who has a bent to go AWOL for a while.
Had the good fortune spending some time with ING directs new brand ambassador – Isla Fisher – over in LA recently. I can tell you she is very funny, like the whole time. You can click on the link below to see the full ad. Watch out for a special appearance of the photographer that cops a verbal.
I was lucky to have a few days checking out some secret spots down the highlands. The ole trusted Landy (in brand new camo paint) got a good workout out back and beyond.
Spending a couple of weeks in LA shooting and checking in to Paris Photo LA to see what’s going on in the world of photography. And it’s 72 and sunny.
A Billy Boxhead morning walk moment.
NYC Porn Film Festival – an inaugural event I sadly couldn’t attend. But my globetrotting fellow POOL shooter Juliet Taylor was there flying the flag, with her series ‘Créatures Of The Night’ on display. The documentary – The Hedgehog And The Foxes – co-directed with Cameron Gray, screened to a packed cinema. Ron still got all the pull power.
The brand new festival – Photo Book Melbourne – flew me down to appear on a panel, discussing the photo book. While there, I had a great time viewing some amazing shows and attending a few lectures myself. A fantastic effort by Heidi Romano and Daniel Boetker-Smith, bringing this event to life.