Category Archives: Project

Vintage Sunbathing Fashion Shoot

The time has come! Dangerously close to the end of the uni year and I’m desperately trying to get together a folio to present as my last assignment for “Illustrative Studio Techniques” .

The assignment calls for 4 shots: a character portrait, fashion shot, studio set, and a still life. They all should be linked with a theme of some sort.

As usual I left the planning to the very last minute. I figured “incongruity” was a suitably flexible theme for a man on deadline.

This is the first shoot and should tick the “fashion” box. I’m very pleased with it and can’t thank Emily enough for being such a fantastic model. A photographer/graphic designer herself you can see her work here:

(shot on rooftop of train station car park in Fortitude Valley)

building leg pose merge

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Money to Burn

“Hey brü, can you score us a loose?” (Danny Archer, Blood Diamond 2006)

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TUCK SHOP AESTHETIC – work in progress

When seeking to capture Australia’s identity it is tempting to turn one’s lens towards the optimistic scenes, multicultural citizens, modern, innovative design, images that tend to represent Australia as a country that is not weighed down by rigid convention, a country that moves with the times.

I am enticed by the evidence to the contrary. To me, much of Australia’s identity can be found in old colonial traditions that left the country scattered with sad, slightly dilapidated structures, rich in melancholia. From old milk bars, to barely functioning bowling clubs, some of these structures have been standing for longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is an element present in these structures that I refer to as the “tuck shop” aesthetic. I believe that, by concentrating on these structures as subjects, I can capture an honest, less vaunted side of the Australian ethos.

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