Wednesday, August 22, 2012

2012 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

The finalists have been chosen for what is one of Australia's big art photography prizes, with $25,000 going to one lucky winner. If you are interested to see the 42 shortlisted, chosen from 2500 entries, go to the Monash Gallery of Art web site and follow the links. Or even better, get along to the gallery and see the prints. The exhibition runs from October 5 to November 18 2012.

I love following art prizes such as this (although I didn't enter this year) as they showcase a great range of photographers and work, but they also stimulate endless discussion along the lines of 'What is Art?' Or, 'Is Photography Art?' Well um ... give me 2500 words and I'll give the 'I don't think so' cause a run. Oh, it's also fun to look around the gallery with my father as he throws his arms in the air and says 'what the @#$%! ... I could have shot that!, how much money did you say!' Go along and be stimulated.

Screen shot captured from shortlisted photos on Flickr, nice work Chris.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

my wedding favorites 2012 - part 2

Another 5 favourite wedding photos from the last 12 months - I'll probably make 5 installments all up.

This wedding was a highlight of my year in general, but in this shot love the framing, and the
texture in the dresses and earrings, but mostly it's the bridesmaid's eyes.
(shot at a private house, Mt Martha).

Portraits of people having a good time is a big part of
my wedding photography - love the fun and character.
(shot at The Harbour Room, Melbourne).


Okay if you've been reading my blog you will know
that I think ring shots are weird and are probably more
about the photographer trying to sell extra album pages,
but I liked this one because it suited the wedding,
the location, and the couple. It was also fun for me
cheating the vine into shot.
(shot at Fowles Wines, Avenel).


A hot summer wedding in Melbourne, and just prior to
speeches I found the MC and a mate taking a break in
the fresh air. I love the moment, the tie, the boots,
and the cigarette.
(shot at the Mountain Goat Brewery, Richmond). 

I love the romantic walk - be it in the street, on the beach,
at night, or in a public garden. This shot is a favourite because of
the tree - I love the tree. Not to mention that it met the brief given
to me by the couple. I also like the colour and the fact that right
at the edge of the frame is a mess of roadworks.
(shot at the Exhibition Building, Melbourne).

'the people who speak for the trees' - Ray Lewis, Toolangi


Learn more about this cause at - www.myenvironment.net.au

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Catherine Deveny - children, animals, cycling.

Had an ace time doing a promotional shoot with Catherine Deveny recently, and what is it they say about working with children and animals - easy, that's what they say - thanks for your great work Charlie and Archie. Now look out for Catherine on the telly soon in the SBS program 'Go Back To Where you Came From' and also look out for her debut novel 'The Happiness Show' due out November 1st.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Faith and Paul's wedding - Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley.

Faith and Paul's wedding was a beautiful and tiny affair at the Rochford Winery in the Yarra Valley. In attendance was myself, the celebrant and the function coordinator. The location was chosen randomly from overseas and the couple flew in, having never been to Melbourne before, and flew out days later, married. We spent a great couple of hours in the rain capturing memorable shots.





Friday, August 10, 2012

Basil Sellers Art Prize - 'Eros, Philos and Agape'

Attended the opening of a fabulous photography installation at the MCG last night by legendary Melbourne photographer Ponch Hawkes. The work is called 'Eros, Philos and Agape' (three Greek words that represent different types of love) and is presented as a small temple. The exhibition is on for the next 6 weeks at Gate 3 at the MCG, it's free to view but you need a valid match-day ticket to enter the stadium. If you are at the footy over the next month or so take a look.

Photographer Ponch Hawkes shows her work
'Eros, Philos and Agape' to MCC President Paul Sheehan.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

my wedding favorites 2012 - part 1

Over the next couple of months I'm going to show a selection of my favourite wedding photos from the past 12 months and also try to explain why I like them. Here's the first installment.

I find that speeches are best photographed when looking for reaction and I love
this shot because it connects father, son and mum.
(shot at The Harbour Room, Melbourne).

This shot is from a very 'foodie' wedding, in fact
the food was listed as an essential detail
to photograph. I like its editorial look.
(shot at Brighton Sea Baths, Melbourne).


Capturing moments between people is what I love about
wedding photography. This is the bride's mother with her
grandchild/flower girl walking into the church, I get a
little teary looking at it still.
(shot at St John's church, Sorrento)


The kiss can be a hit or miss moment - not always as 'Hollywood'
as we would like and celebrants often get stuck in odd positions.
In this one I love the kiss, the hand holding and the celebrant.
(shot at Tay Creggan, Melbourne).

Sleeping angels at wedding receptions have become
a cliche, but still overwhelmingly beautiful. I love the
yellow, the face, hair, light and the buttons.
(shot at Stokehouse, Melbourne).

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

10.48am Saturday - Wonthaggi Meat Supply, Wonthaggi.

Spent Saturday shooting for a MAP Group documentary project on the town of Wonthaggi. This was a favourite.

wedding chocolates - cacao

Cacao Chocolate is using a selection of my images to promote their wedding packs. These shots are from a wedding at the Stokehouse in St Kilda.


Monday, August 6, 2012

creativity and diversity - facebook

I've been putting off adding our business to Facebook for several years now. Mostly because I want to see creativity and diversity on the web and find Facebook's 'look' sadly conservative - not even a skin or template to add some character ... 'if you can't beat them, join them' so take a look and share some love.



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Emily and Aaron's wedding - St Monica's Church, Moonee Ponds and Ascot House, Ascot Vale.

Queen's Park in Moonee Ponds might be the busiest wedding garden in Melbourne, only rivaled by the Treasury Gardens in the city. On any given Saturday afternoon the place is full of wedding parties and photographers. The challenge for me when working in such cliche rich territory is to find something fresh to shoot. For Emily and Aaron's wedding I became very interested in the soft light by the lake and some strong back light on a path - as is so often the case it's the light that dictates where to position the couple and the camera.

For some detail of the day, the photography started at the Crown Metropol Hotel where Emily dressed, followed by the ceremony at St Monica's Catholic Church in Moonee Ponds. We then proceeded down the road to Queen's Park and finally the reception at Ascot House. I like the joy and intimacy in the photos. I'd also like the thank my mate Rodney Dekker for helping out on the this shoot.