Flanders reunion gig

Eighteen years later, they got back up on stage. A man next to me in the audience showed me an old photo he kept on his phone of the band, from way back. He said he used to go to all of their gigs around Perth. He was their biggest fan. He wore a huge grin.

I hadn’t known Flanders back then–I was flitting off around the world, oblivious to the indie pop scene in Freo. To me the guy about to start singing and playing lead guitar was just Luke, the dad of one of my girls’ friends.

The band played for one glorious hour. Many people in the crowd knew the words. They sang and danced, soaking up the fleeting gift. I wanted to catch up with the man in the audience after the gig. Ask him whether the band lived up to his memories. I couldn’t see him. But it didn’t matter, everyone was on cloud nine.

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ONA Consultants

Recently I had the privilege of returning to ONA Consultants in Perth central to shoot some new photographs.

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TV stills for Aussie Gold Hunters on Discovery Channel

Some photo shoots are pure gold! Not the yellow metal stuff (I’ll leave that to the pros), but photographic gold, the stuff that excites me. The colours and characters and textures of the WA Goldfields and the cast of Aussie Gold Hunters are…priceless! 

Eric from the Scrappers
Eric from the Scrappers
The Scrappers digging for a nugget
The Scrappers digging for a nugget
Alex showing the nugget he just dug up
Alex and the nugget he just dug up
The Dirt Dogs relaxing against their car
The Dirt Dogs
The Dirt Dogs walking down a dirt road
The Dirt Dogs
Tyler, Ted and Lecky Mahoney detecting.
Tyler, Ted and Lecky Mahoney
Rick Fishers smiling holding up a large gold nugget.
Rick Fishers with one of his big ones!

(C) Aussie Gold Hunters 3, Discovery Channel

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Mark Natzgaam – Once a Tree timber products

I have used Mark’s wooden kitchen utensils for some years now. So have various wineries, restaurants and myriad clients. I wanted to photograph Mark’s products so they would convey the feeling they give when using them—that of silky smooth ease,  warmth and of being solid, yet light and comfortable in the hand. 

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Cover story for Awesome Festival 2018

The Awesome Festival started, for me, with awesome fun dressing up with these candidates for El Presidente Minusculo (The Tiny Dictator) and getting them to channel their inner dictators. This festival act is the brainchild of Sam Longley.
Front cover Child Dictator Awesome Festival dress ups

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Refugee Rug by Liliana Stafford

I often assume I’m missing the ‘art gene’. I want to understand art. I try hard but am mostly left devoid of feeling or understanding. So the impact of this piece caught me off guard and knocked me sideways.

Artist, Liliana Stafford, asked me to come and have a look at some new pieces of her work so we could discuss how to photograph them. She pointed to this piece and told me it’s name: The Refugee Rug. The beauty of the small rug—knitted in golden thread with a soft red band in the middle and the grey edging bands, so reminiscent of warm, comfortable rugs—was the first thing I noticed. Then the barbed wire hangar tightened my chest and the beautiful, yet weight-laden stones pulling down on the rug brought a lump to my throat and my eyes welled up in tears. I looked at this thing, this piece of art that communicated to me so clearly the desperate need people have, yet the barbs we stick out to them to keep them at bay.

Even now, having spent time with this piece in my studio, photographing it, getting to know it, trying to tame it, the tears still well up. The salvation for me is knowing I don’t have a missing gene—I just needed the right artist, the right piece of art to speak to me. As for the refugees for whom this piece speaks…god help you, because our governments will not!

Liliana Stafford Refugee Blanket

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Lendlease—Celebrating 60 years

Photographing an in-house convention for Lendlease last month made me kinda want to change jobs (only kind-a. Changing skills at my time of life is….challenging). I found myself transported to another place where they spoke of cities of the future and of their task as one transcending their own personal journey—one where creating a space that would last well into the next century was a more noble legacy. Wow. I felt quite quite humbled. I hope they keep doing what they do. Anyhow, it didn’t take much to capture the day as the full gamut of passion, cogitation, laughter and thought provocation was in abundance. 

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Bow Hair and Makeup

As a photographer it is always a joy to work with professional hair and makeup artists on a shoot. So no finer place could I find myself in than Bow Hair and Makeup. Natalie Miller brings incredible professionalism and attention to detail, delivered through a guise of casual comfort.  

Salon station Final touches of hair cut Hair artist at work Hair style


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My Feet First Podiatry

There is always a lot to learn about any business I work with. In this case I’m chuffed to discover that orthotics come in gorgeous rainbow colours! As an orthotic frequent flyer (walker??), I want some! I know, I know, nobody but me will likely see them. But that little splash of colour at 5:30am as I pull on my runners, exciting the dog, will be worth it.

Children's treatment room

PodiatristReceptionist Portrait Podiatrist Reception

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Kimberley Pearl

I have never had a bucket list. But I just started writing one after taking some photos of the newly refurbished Kimberley Pearl. She is heading up to Broome for her maiden commercial voyage visiting some of the beautiful Kimberley coast.

Shucking on the Kimberley Pearl

Lunch preparation on the Kimberley Pearl

Drinks on the Kimberley Pearl

Afternoon tea on the Kimberley Pearl

Learning to navigate on the Kimberley Pearl

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