Last week I shot for the magazine, Mindfood. This was my second shoot with these guys. I enjoyed the day totally. It was a great team with hair by Dan McLennan, make-up by Andrea Black, and the fashion editor was Emma Wood.
We shot in the studio of Neil Frazer (just referred to as Frazer). He’s a talented NZ born, Australian artist who shows with Martin Browne Fine Art, one of Australia’s leading contemporary commercial galleries. It was so cool to be surrounded by all his art work and just to be in that kind of creative space.
I shot Frazer in his studio and I also shot a colleague, Viola Raikhel-Bolot. Viola, although not an artist, is a top level art advisor. We had a lot of fun and worked hard for most of the day on creating some interesting and engaging images for the magazine.
I’m looking forward to the winter edition when it comes out on the shelves. Buy a copy!
Here’s me in the middle of shooting Viola for one of the shots……..
Fabulous creative space, as you can see. The man looking very heroic is Darren Lee, Mindfood Artistic Director.
The very beautiful Viola in make-up with Andrea Black
Frazer and I having a laugh in between takes………….
I photograph regularly for a very dynamic cosmetic company called “Benefit”. Some of you may know them. They are unique among the big brand cosmetic companies in that they do no standard advertising (ie print, billboards, television etc). All their marketing is social media based and they happen to be one of the leading brands in Myers. I find this very interesting. Their reach is directly to the general public via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc, and to the major bloggers.
It kind of reminds me that I should perhaps be paying more attention to the importance of social media, by blogging and posting stuff more diligently than I do. But you know how it is…..all that takes time and when you’re busy shooting and preparing images, the last thing your thinking about is how you must post an up-date on the web. LOL
Here’s some photos of a couple of examples of the initiatives they come up with in order to get the word out. I was asked to photograph 2 unusual Yoga events. One took place at the level of the look-out at Centre Point Tower and the other took place in front of the huge fish tank, sharks swimming by, at the Aquarium. Who would of thought….yoga with the sharks….although they do yoga at Bondi Beach and that’s pretty close to a few sharks.
And now for the Aquarium…………
Follow them on Instagram if you think you’d like to participate in Benefits next round of “wild” things to do!
This week at “John McRae Photography” will see the continuation of filming of “Dr Martin”, directed by Wahn Sulli.
The studio space will be converted into the home and studio of one of the characters in the film, a young photographer…apparently.
In preparation of the set we see Dot, a trusty artist who has a studio space in another part of the building, working on painting the walls. (pictured below
The colours are quite a dramatic change from the stark white we are all used to. I used the opportunity to snap a few images of a group of my friends on the weekend. We had gathered in the studio to play a round of cards. Knowing that this colour scheme will be quite temporary I wanted to document the experience and asked them to pose. Here is Lachlan, Jonathan, Matt and Rob.
No rest for the wicked! Even though I was technically on holidays, over Xmas I agreed to do a job for a few cool performers that I have worked with before.
I took the job because they’re great fun to work with and at the same time, very professional in their approach.
The task on hand was to loosely re-create the “Death Becomes Her” poster image for a new drag show these guys were about to launch at Stonewall in Oxford St, Darlinghurst.
Below is a shot of the guys together during the shoot……
Well the poster is ready and the show is about to launch on a Friday night at Stonewall.
See the final result below and go along and have a look at what these guys are capable of…..
The end of the year is fast approaching and I’m confronting last minute jobs to be done, absolutely before the end of the year. Rationally, I know it’s just another day….but there’s this burning urge to finish certain tasks, leaving them in the year 2014, so that I may have a clean slate to start the New Year, a fresh.
One of those matters is the annual portrait of Matthew Mitcham. I have been documenting Matthew for quite a few years now, almost 9. Wow, how time flies! At some point in the year I ask Matt to sit for a formal portrait for the purpose of adding a new image to the line up.
This portrait takes the form of a cropped head shot. It is shot in a similar fashion each year, without being clinically precise in it’s recreation as I want to leave a small margin for variation and creative interpretation. So a few days before the New Year I am releasing the 2014 version of this series (pictured below). For the whole series see the main web site under the tab, “Exhibition”.
MMXIV, 2014, Pigment inkjet on cotton rag, 112cm x 78cm, Edition of 9 (2AP)
Tuesday evening in Rozelle…..
Getting the lights set for the next photo shoot in the studio.
This time it’s 3 of the boys that form part of the regular entertainment at ARQ. Little X and Ivy League are among them.
I always enjoy these crazy shoots. When they walk in, I’m never sure what they will end up looking like…what costume they devised this time round….will they need the wind machine again (some of them love using that bloody wind machine).
But we always come up with something good and I always have fun shooting for the latest poster and waiting to see what the talented Richard Hughes comes up with for the final poster.
Lucky Daly Cherry-Evans, the young Sea Eagles football star, received a brand new BMW-X5 as part of a new partnership between “Royale Limousines” and the “Sea Eagles”.
I was asked to capture the moment for Royale Limousines.
I asked myself….“why don’t I get given a new car by someone?” I was very pleased for the young footballer, who by all accounts, deserved such a reward for his on field prowess. Daly was accompanied by his partner and 5 week old new addition to the family.
Well another week has passed! And boy, did it pass quickly. I am now on the home stretch with only little more than a week to go.
The teaching classes have been fantastic, with the kids moving well in terms of their understanding of photography and their willingness to take risks and find out what they can do.
We plan to have a small exhibition at the end of the week and invite all the parents into the centre for a bit of a look and some nibbles. That’s going to put a bit of pressure on the interpreter. LOL.
When we’re not in the class situation our time is spent traveling around to the various galleries and exhibitions that are on in Shanghai at the moment. The art scene here seems very vibrant and relatively open. I have seen some brilliant work here by various artists and marvel at the relative freedom these guys have to pursue their work. Firstly, they seem to take enormous risks in terms of what they are willing to pursue….many of them change style and subject as they would change their clothes, allowing themselves the freedom to pursue new ideas without considering how the market will respond. I like this approach. You may say that these Chinese artists have less of a free voice, with censorship present on every level of Chinese society……however, I seem to think this small barrier to absolute freedom of speech is surmounted easily and confidently by the artists who’s work I have seen, by innuendo, satire and irony. The censorship merely forces the artists to become more creative and subtle in the way they approach the subject or comment they wish to make….the comment is still made! Secondly, with China’s amazing industrial might, the artists here have access to materials and labour that may have been prohibitive to other artists elsewhere. They can also not limited by scale.