Thursday, June 27, 2013

Origins

I was looking through some old photos the other day and I found these 2, some early examples of me and a camera.

The first is dated 1984, making me about 8.

Photography had always been around, dad is a professional wedding and portrait photographer (now retired), and my brother Steve also took up photography as a professional. I grew up playing with everything from 35mm, through Medium format, and even some large format 5x4 photography, as well as studio setups and location shoots. I worked for a few years in the family studio before studying I.T. at university.

So in short, I can't actually remember when I started as it has just always been around, I learnt a whole bunch of stuff and played with a whole bunch of cool things, then got out of practice and forgot most of it. Then picked up again with digital and am enjoying being an amateur again.

Over to you photography friends, what is your background story, and how long have you been into Photography.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Shooting outside the comfort zone

Earlier this month I was thrilled to be asked along to a shoot organised by +Paul Pavlinovich and +George Darsas from the +Melbourne Photowalk group.
The brief was to take a group of approximately 12 photographers and shoot images of a theatrical production, titled "The Death of Peter Pan"
This represented a fantastic opportunity to get outside of my usual comfort zone and shoot something both different and challenging.

Set in the most romantic of times and in the most romanticised of places – 1920s Paris, Eton and Oxford – The Death Of Peter Pan is an emotionally stirring biographic tale of repressed desire, love and dreamy adulation. 
Source: http://www.beat.com.au/arts/death-peter-pan

We had a special session which took place before the last night of the play, we ran through some scenes, sometimes silently, sometimes with dialogue, and often with the full weight of music adding emotion.

The set was simple, a chair, a table, and an old gramophone.

Thanks Paul and George for organising, thanks to the photographers for inspiration and generally keeping out of each others way, thanks to the cast and crew for your time in making this happen, and huge thanks to Rob Chuter, the director for being so accommodating and allowing us in to photograph the play.


You can see all of my images in this album on Google+

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