Two of my portraits have been included in the show “photo + illuminate + paint” at the Zed Gallery in Glebe, an artist run space that mixes visuals with music. The exhibition will run through April with my portrait of Obed (from my “Spot the Arab” series) and a work called “One Nation”, addressing the bizarre nature of politics today.
Artist Statement: Obed Karwhin is a sportsman who hopes to become the first full-blooded African rugby league star to play professionally in Australia. Training with the Redcliffe Dolphins, it’s a far cry from the horrors of civil war and escaping as a refugee to Guinea.
This work is part of my series entitled, “Spot the Arab” an ongoing series investigating contemporary concepts of stigma and discrimination in our society. I created a portrait of Obed dressed in Middle Eastern clothing and asked him if he identified as Arab or not. The challenge for the viewer is to decide for themselves how Obed has responded to the question.
One Eyed Man Production’s latest conquest is Monty Python’s “Spamalot” (book and lyrics by Eric Idle, Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle) at the Hayes Theatre in Potts Point. I worked on a series of new production shots in Sydney.
It was an absolutely a fun gig to shoot and it kept me on my toes the entire performance, with actors entering and exiting from all directions.
I was given the opportunity to be part of the audience to see the show on opening night a few days later. I loved every minute of the silliness and antics on stage.
Rather than photographing the parade, this year at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, I photographed the spectators gathered at Taylors Square, the hub of the procession.
I embraced the importance of an event where people from all different walks of life come together to celebrate a sense of community with joy and pride. It’s more than political. It not only reinforces the idea we are all in this together it provides an opportunity to shed the hum-drum and throw your hands in the air without shame.
The following crowd images are a quick selection of some of my favorites….
I made new portraits of Obed Karwhin and his brother, Samuel. Obed is a sportsman who hopes to become the first full-blooded African rugby league star to play professionally in Australia. I wish him all the best in his sporting career.
I also worked with Leigh Pritchard on shots for his modelling portfolio.
Hansen Yuncken, the largest privately owned construction company in Australia, is progressively up-dating its corporate head shots. The feel for these portraits is relaxed and at ease with a clean and fresh look. I kept the backgrounds as neutral as possible and slightly out-of-focus.
Every year I photograph Matthew Mitcham, Australia’s gold-medal Olympic diver, award-winning cabaret performer and television entertainer, in my studio. This portrait is added to a series of similar portraits, one taken every year, which commenced in 2008, before his rise to Olympic fame.
Each portrait is taken under similar conditions. MMXVIII marks the 11th portrait and the 11th year of this ongoing series.
Thank you Matt for your support in continuing this series, in allowing a very public view of your “personal time-line”. I am still wondering if you will ever age?
Here is a re-cap of recent shoots in Sydney for various clients.
Architectural photography is continuing to be a strong sector with development in every direction. I enjoy working with new design projects. You are generally working outside in the sunshine, with lots of space. There’s a meditative aspect as you consider the structure and how best to approach the shoot. You are alone, often in areas that are remote and new, as you wait for sun to slowly set.
Here is a selection of recent shoots:
Fire and Rescue, Orchard Hills, Sydney for Hansen Yuncken
5 commissions for Prime Constructions at Electrolux Experience Centre, Casula; GTP Logistics, Huntingwood; George Western Foods, Macquarie Park; Iron Mountain warehouse, Horsley Park; WesTrac construction equipment, Casula.
Mercedes dealership, Castle Hill for SBA Architects
Inner Sydney High School
The beginning of the Inner Sydney High School transformation….
Of particular mention is the start of construction by Hansen Yuncken of the multi-million dollar project of the new Inner Sydney High School. At the corner of Cleveland St and Chalmers St, Surry Hills this new 11 storey building will be a “state of the art” educational facility.