Category Archives: People

Brisbane Cultural Centre Fashion Shoot

I’ve always found the architecture by Robin Gibson at Brisbane’s Cultural centre a formalist’s dream. For ages now I’ve been wanting to do some sort of shoot here, and last week I was lucky enough to have this chance. One of my creative advertising assignments required me to create a lookbook for a fashion label.

Collaborating with Brisbane based fashion label Beau In The Woods, who provided the garments, the shoot went underway last Monday.

A big thanks to Beau In The Woods, model Meghan Andersen, makeup artist Molly Dunkle from Dunkle Authentic and Arts Queensland for giving me access to the site.

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Portland Shoe – Dummy Advertisement

One photo from a series I’m creating for a creative ad. assignment.

"Never mistake your office for the place you make a living"

Never mistake your office for the place you make a living

Models: Mum and Dad

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A Theroux Look at The Streets of Tanzania

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“That was taken for the natural order in Africa:

frolicking children, labouring women, idle men.”

While in Tanzania I was reading a book recommended by my father called “Dark Star Safari”. It’s one of the many highly acclaimed books written by travel writer Paul Theroux. I do like the guy, he writes with a healthy dose of cynicism. He also shows no fear in the face of this “P.C. gone mad” world of ours, writing with the intent of helping the continent he once called home, as opposed to regurgitating the same old, tired-yet-safe phrases to which it, and it’s people, are so often attached.

With a broad yet vibrant brush he paints a picture of Africa that has forever stuck in my mind. “Africans, less esteemed than ever, seemed to me the most lied-to people on earth – manipulated by their governments, burned by foreign experts, befooled by charities, and cheated at every turn. To be an African leader was to be a thief, but evangelists stole people’s innocence and self-serving aid agencies gave them false hope, which seemed worse. In reply, Africans dragged their feet or tried to emigrate, they begged, they pleaded, they demanded money and gifts with a rude, weird sense of entitlement.”

Looking back to what it was like for him in Africa as a young school teacher, somewhere in Africa, I think maybe Zambia, again he paints a picture: “…living near a settlement of mud huts amongst dusty trees and parched fields: children shrieking at play; and women bent double – most with infants slung on their backs – hoeing the corn and beans; and the men sitting in the shade stupefying themselves on chibuku, the local beer, or kachasu, the local gin.”

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Man being wheeled home on a recycled door after a big night on the Konyagi, advertised as the local spirit it tastes just like gin.

“That was taken for the natural order in Africa: frolicking children, labouring women, idle men.” It is this phrase which I have tried to mould my Tanzanian street photos to.

FROLICKING CHILDREN

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LABOURING WOMEN

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IDLE MEN

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Of course, much like the nature of a street survey, it’s easy to collect data to suit a theory, rather than finding a theory to suit the data. All one has to do is highlight the evidence that supports it while ignore any evidence to the contrary. The following are some images that do not support his observation.

LABOURING CHILDREN

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IDLE FAUNA

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Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Funnily enough, I still couldn’t manage to find a shot of an idle woman. Perhaps there is some truth in Theroux’s words.

These last images have no real place here but ima post them anyway.

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I’m Just Waiting For A Mate

A friend recently informed me of this ozi meme that’s apparently been circling for ages. That’s usually how I’m made privy to the happenings of the world. This shot was taken on our drive from Dar Es Salaam to Moshi, Tanzania. In case there are some as bad as me, in keeping up to date with pretty much everything, here’s a link to the original I’m referencing:  http://www.news.com.au/technology/car-crash-drink-driver-telling-police-he-was-waiting-for-a-mate-goes-viral-online/story-e6frfro0-1226583565788

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To see more posts from this trip follow this link: Tanzanian Trip 2013

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The beginning, the end and everything in between

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Javier, Joe, Joseph

We hired the infamous Prado, the one with tires made of glad wrap, for ten days. Each day I set up the tripod exactly six paces from the middle of the bumper. Focus point was set one notch lower than the centre and fixed on the Toyota emblem. The idea being to keep everything as controlled as possible to accentuate the change in surroundings, if our beard growth became more evident in the process then no harm done. ( :

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“Ten days? I see but eight!” I hear you exclaim, a little pretentiously I might add. Well my astute, make believe companion, the first day I gave the shot a miss. Being almost delirious with exhaustion from the flight (I refer you to the post I made during this period) AND having been almost arrested in the immigration office of Dar es Salaam for taking some, not so sly, documentary style photos, I couldn’t be bothered to set up the shot.

Incidentally, as a self diagnosed dyslexic, Dar es Salaam is not a fun name to fill out on a visa form, although it does lend itself to some ironically fitting word play. Not the cleanliest city in the world. I did take a shot the second day but I didn’t have the system down yet, six paces and so on, and what’s more, we had yet to pick my brother up from Mt Kilimanjaro, so it was just me and dad. It’s a nice photo but something big and scary is missing. Repetition is a cheap trick and I plan to use it.

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Lost in Face

“online communication lacks the risk involved in physically being there, the sheer vulnerability that comes from our fragile bodies in the same space as others.” (Patrick Strokes)

A quote from an article by Patrick Stokes. I found the article in a new magazine based in Bangalow, its fast becoming my favourite and is called New Philosopher. I’m a big fan so this will probably not be the only post that links, in some roundabout way, to its content.

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CTRL B

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Street shot: James St, Brisbane, QLD

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Looking Back

This house once stood a couple of doors down from mine. One day it just vanished.

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The shot of the house was taken almost two years ago. The shot of the empty block I shot just a couple hours ago. Both were taken in almost exactly the same position with the same lens (Nikon 50mm 1.8 G).  The extra coverage is due to a recent upgrade to full frame.

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MODA Creative’s Rooftop Summer Party

“MODA Creative runs a seasonal fashion event, showcasing Australia’s favourite established designers and emerging local labels within three to four shows throughout the evening.” (http://modalimes.eventbrite.com.au/)

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Thank You MODA Creative for the invite.

To See

Labels:

White Lace Boutique – http://www.whitelaceboutique.com.au
Molly & Polly – http://www.mollyandpollyswim.com.au
Lack of Color – http://www.lackofcolor.com.au
La Biquini –
http://www.labiquini.com.au
White Lace Boutique – http://www.whitelaceboutique.com.au
We are Submarine – http://www.wearesubmarine.bigcartel.com
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Weekend at Bernie’s (Cover)

More fun with the Nikon F4 and the Sigma 18mm f/3.5

Weekend at Bernie's

Portraits

Falk

 

Hayley Lourigan

Mauricio

George

Hayley

Some Tuckshop Aesthetic

Tuckshop Aesthetic

Tuckshop Aesthetic

Tuckshop Aesthetic

Tuckshop Aesthetic

Tuckshop Aesthetic

Fino

Sun Down

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