Make the world a better place

I created this image for the Canon Light awards in Adelaide as part of a brief following a master class presented by Toby Burrows, a Sydney based commercial photographer. 

The brief was to create an image to advertise a new line of bottled water without being too obvious or literal about it. So using a single light source, a fish bowl, blue paper, water and a cordless drill, this simple image eventually came to life and was expertly finished off by some powerful words quoted by my colleague Peter Barnes. Although he may not actually be a professor on paper, his words still suited the image perfectly and were profound nonetheless. 

The technique was simple - create a vortex of water with the drill and shoot it, freezing that movement. The hard part was choosing the right image out of over 300 pictures. I didn't want to see bubbles as they would give away the sense of scale; I wanted to give the illusion that this was a large mountain or iceberg against the sky with the sun rising behind it. 

So here it is, an image I'm proud of accompanied by a quote that we should all consider.

 

 

Hybrid World Adelaide media event photography

Wanna know what the future holds? From Wednesday 4 October to Sunday 8 October, 2017 you'll want to be at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct for South Australia's first Hybrid World Adelaide event. HWA is basically a 5-day tech festival that explores how the real and digital worlds are intertwined.

I'm a bit of a tech fan myself and was lucky enough to get a glimpse of what's to come while being the official photographer at the media launch event last week.

Below are a handful of images I photographed at the launch. You can get more details at https://hybridworldadelaide.org

See you there!

 

Stinky's Tribute

19 years and 1 month ago, mum came across a kitten in a pet shop that had a price tag of $25, which was cheaper than the others because this little cat had long fur. Being rather young and inexperienced at being a cat, she didn't yet know how to clean herself properly and was aptly nicknamed 'Stinky'. Her real name was Mepus which is a name that was given to the cats in our family at any given time. When I was growing up, we had a cat with a curly tail named Mepus. We adopted a stray into the family that we named Mepussycat, because you couldn't have 2 cats named Mepus at the same time.

It is with great sadness that we had to put the latest Mepus to sleep this morning. She had a good innings and was loved by everyone who met her. Here are a few pictures I've captured of her throughout the years. 

New website

Welcome to my new website. It may just be a temporary placeholder for the time being until I can get a more comprehensive site built but it's got all the essentials: Contact details, pretty pictures, a little story about me, my CV (bragging rights) and this blog. Simple but (hopefully) effective. 

2012 NPPP Finalist

An image of a cattle station worker by the name of Ned was selected for the finalist exhibition in the 2012 National Photographic Portrait prize in 2012. It was exhibited on the prestigious walls alongside some amazing Australian photographers, and I am absolutely honoured to be included. 

The exhibition opening in Canberra was amazing and it hit me then just how powerful and important photographic portraiture is in this day and age. Recording our lives and people around us is something I strive to do a as a professional photographer in Adelaide because long after we're gone, future generations will only have images and video to truly depict what life was like today. 

As one of 46 finalists chosen from a selection of 1500 entries across Australia, I can truly say that this is one of the biggest achievements of my photographic career to date. 

Ned

Ned