Photographer |Creative Director
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My work is bold and vibrant with a dynamic style and quality. Reflecting on this, I don't remember ever consciously pursuing a particular style, but I do know that every part of my photographic process is geared towards producing images that evoke the same feeling I had at the decisive moment of capture.
First and foremost, I make portraits. A portrait by definition; is a visual representation of a person or people... and that in itself excites me BEYOND measure!
Regardless of client, project or creative brief - each person I ever have or ever will photograph is, at that very moment, a sum total of their entire life experience. And my job is to distil all of that lived experience into ONE frame that resonates.
This truth hits me in the face every time I pick up my camera and because of it I feel a deep responsibility to create honest and meaningful work that represents the core of who I am photographing. To do this I strive boundlessly to create an experience for the people I work with that ensures connection and trust in a space that they can truly express themselves.
The first thing I was ever paid to photograph was live music and performance at Metro City nightclub in Perth during the gloriously hazy days of Superclub. The exhilaration of chasing the moment and the satisfaction of capturing it, is peerless. This feeling has me running around theatres and returning time and again to the "punter-barrier" to photograph some of the biggest and best Australian and international acts in full flight on stages around the country. And now, I am extremely proud to be counted among some of the world's best as a Getty Images Entertainment Contributor.
The Lab - Reflect
w/ Canon Australia
Every photographer I know has an origin story - this one is mine.
Ratmalana, Sri Lanka 1989 (I think)
My Aunty was visiting from Hong Kong and gave me the gift of an Olympus Trip point-and-shoot 35mm camera. I was 4 years old and had no idea what implications this gift would have on my life.
Mt Lawley, Western Australia 2003
I'm 18 and its my first year at Edith Cowan University, Perth. I'm there to study Journalism. To fulfil an elective requirement, my subconscious compels me to choose the Photomedia 101 unit.
Our first assignment was to go and shoot a roll of Ilford HP5 black and white film. After completing my first-ever round of "street photography" and feeling very Henri Cartier Bresson with myself, I head into the Lab to tackle developing the film roll.
The sweet, acrid stench of developer and fixer stung my nostrils as I unfastened the roll black and white film from the canister. It was a pretty heady mix of excitement and I was feeling pretty good about what was about to happen. But, as I peeled the film roll from the developing spool my expectations to suddenly become the next great photographic prodigy were summarily shattered into a million peices. Every single frame was over-exposed to white.
As I kept running my chemical infused fingers across the wet, wreaking plastic strip - I stop. Through sheer dumb luck; there was a single properly exposed frame depicting some unrecognisable brick facade in Perth.
And that was all it took. Photography had me: Hook, line and sinker.
Sydney, Australia 2016
13 years on from that fateful afternoon in the ECU Developing Lab and here I am. I feel like I have been getting away with making pictures for a living for over a decade. Its awesome! And I plan to continue doing exactly that for the rest of my life!
It's NEVER easy, but it's always worth it!