Shooting on the Sails of the Opera House

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There I am, right up there with camera in hand!  Finally, got the thrill of shooting Courtney Act (Global Ambassador for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras) perched on the highest sail of the Opera House.  Amazing experience!  With limited time and tight technical restrictions you were more concentrated on getting the shot than taking in the remarkable view.  However, it will be something I’ll remember for a long time to come.  Courtney was the consummate professional and, as always, a joy to work with.  Thanks to everyone involved in making the shoot happen, particularly the amazing staff at the Opera House for pulling all stops out to facilitate the shoot.

On the Sails of the Opera House

I had the best start to the morning, this morning.

I had to be at the stage door of the Opera House at 6.30am.  Myself and a couple of comrades prepared ourselves for an exceptional climb.  We were to view the location of a proposed shoot.

After weaving our bodies through the internal structure of one of the sails and along it’s spine, we squeezed through the last trapdoor to ascend upon the highest sail of the Opera House.  As you climb out, the view almost takes your breath away.

It took a couple of minutes for the realisation that, “I’m on top of the sail of the Opera house…..outside!”, to sink in.  How fabulous!!

Here’s a shot (below).  I can’t wait for the shoot date!

What a wonderful way to start the morning.....
What a wonderful way to start the morning…..

“Manage” à Trois

Following on from the last blog entry….here’s the final result.  David Rhys and Jeremy are cleverly rendered into poster format by the talented Richard Hughes (Designer)

Someone tell Caroline where she can get a pair of those shoes!

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You Can Never Have Enough Shoes, Belts, Hats…..etc

Had a ball working with Decoda and Rhys and Jeremy on their up and coming extravaganza at ARQ, The New Trinity Show.  It was fun to see Decoda schlepped in cases of all kinds of possible accessories!  You can never have enough, hey!  Happy to say we got some great shots out of the exercise.

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Norrie’s Portrait picked up by the Guardian

Norrie is deservedly in the news, and I’m happy to see my portrait of Norrie May-Welby picked up by the Guardian newspaper, appearing on the home page of the Australian version of the Guardian’s web site.  This portrait also made it as a finalist in the 2011 National Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

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Congratulations Norrie

Happy to hear of Norrie’s big win.  Congratulations…..I can’t imagine how gruelling the fight must have been.  As they say….all’s well, that ends well!

I had the pleasure of photographing Norrie May-Welby for SX in 2010 (Photo below)

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JOHN MCRAE – ARTIST FLOOR TALK

Hi Guys!

I’m “performing” a an Artist Floor Talk this Saturday, 15 March, 2014 @3pm in the gallery space of my current exhibition at 62 Atchison Street, St Leonards.

I would love you to come and be a part of the event!

The details are listed on the flyer below.  E-mail me if you have any questions.

Hope to see you.

John

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RIP Charlotte Dawson

All my love on your next journey Charlotte.  It was a pleasure to meet you and work with you for a brief moment.  Very sad to hear of your passing.

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Taken in February, 2009 for SX

John McRae – Lip Service

A warm invitation to all to attend the opening of an exhibition of my work along side an extremely interesting exhibition of 10 contemporary Chinese Multi Media Artist, taking place in St Leonards on Saturday 22 February, 2014 from 3-6pm.  See invite below for details…….(double click on the attachments to zoom in)

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Stunning New Menswear Collection by George Jreige

I had the pleasure of shooting for George Jreige recently.  Loved the seductive range of tailored jackets and sexy, stylish t-shirts. High quality detailing and  beautiful fabrics are a hallmark of Georges work.  George is entering the fashion arena with a strong sense of style and quality after graduating in Fashion Design and working in the fashion industry.  I wish him all the best.  It was a joy working with the make-up artist, Sahra Bull, the fabulous model, Johnny Simon and my trusty assistant, Saverio Marfia.  I will post some of the finished shots of our efforts when they are released.

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