Abigail

I was recently commissioned to photograph the 2019 Lowy Lecture at Sydney Town Hall.

I met Abigail after she cheekily asked when I was going to get her photo and that she’d love a pic serving the the Prime Minister’s table. Abigail was the head waiter, taking care of table #1 with the PM and Frank Lowy, as well as ex-PM John Howard and various CEO’s of companies who had sponsored the event.

“Serving the PM? We’ll do better than that!” I replied.

After making Abigail’s portrait at the side of the venue, we strode up to the head table and I introduced her to the Prime Minister. They had a great talk about her home Thursday Island up in the Torres Strait and she was surprised he knew so much about it. And we got the pic she was after.

Protest against the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees

Over one thousand people congregated at Parliament House today to protest against the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Many people protesting were themselves asylum seekers and refugees.

Victorian Sky

Approaching Melbourne at dusk.

Michael Roeger (for the Adelaide Advertiser)

This week I was commissioned to photograph Paralympic athlete Michael Roeger, who recently won the gold medal in his first London Marathon, while also setting a new marathon record. The photograph on the right is published (in colour) on page one of the Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide, Australia.

Read more here.

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Lost Roll

In 2017 I spent some time in the Solomon Islands photographing for DFAT. After developing all my film, I couldn’t find one particular roll that I knew I had shot, it was of boys playing soccer in the street that I shot on a Nikon 28ti point and shoot. My wife Aishah just had a whole bunch of colour film developed and there it was! I’ve converted it to black and white as that’s how I remember it. I’m pretty stoked to finally see these pictures.

7pm Landscapes

Evening landscapes from the 18:50 KLA Express from Kuala Lumpur airport to KL city.

5am Landscapes

Early morning landscapes from the front of the 5am Murrays service from Canberra to Sydney.

Afternoon Storm

Mammatus clouds appear over Canberra after a storm passed over the city. The westerly winds and rain came down on the Pierces Creek fire in ACT yesterday before hitting the capital.

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Gatton

Aishah and I are in Gatton Queensland this weekend to attend a friend’s wedding. Last time I was here was in 2010 when the Lockyer Valley was inundated by floodwater. Today, the landscape couldn’t appear more different. A prominent agricultural area, the Lockyer Valley is the pre-eminent food bowl of Queensland, but outside the irrigated producing fields, the area is almost as dry as one could possibly imagine.

In the small community of Blenheim, a 20 minute drive from Gatton, we passed a large dam that was almost bone dry. The thought of this dam really stayed with me and on the morning of our departure, we made a special trip back to the area o make a photograph of it before flying out.

The current drought is disastrous, and even though we did see healthy fields of beetroot and other vegetables being harvested, farmers are having to rely on bore water which I was told has a higher salt content that rain water, and thus has an effect on the end product.

There are a lot of stories in this part of the country. I’m going to have to figure out a way to get back.

Legacy. Your Collection. Our Story. @ Monash Gallery of Art

The Monash Gallery of Art in is currently exhibiting works from their collection in a show called 'Legacy. Your Collection. Our Story.' The exhibition runs from 15 June 2018 to 19 September 2018. 

One of my photographs from Eden, NSW (from the series Limousines & Hearses Part One) is included in the exhibition.

'LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. celebrates the impact benefactors have had on the development of one of the nation’s most unique and important collections, a collection dedicated to Australian photography and its artists. LEGACY teases out the fascinating and compelling stories behind the works and their donors, and along the way showcases significant works that chart the history of MGA, from a Joseph Albers tapestry donated by Harry Seidler, the architect of MGA’s building, through to the most recent donated works.' (from the MGA website).

Archie Roach

2018 Reconciliation Week was launched this evening at the Canberra Theatre. 'Don't Keep History A Mystery' is this year's theme for Reconciliation Day, and white Australians are encouraged to engage on a personal level with Aboriginal Australians. After the offical proceedings Archie Roach performed to a packed house, with thunderous applause echoing throughout the theatre as he entered stage.

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Next Generation: Solomon Islands After RAMSI

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A small preview of my exhibition Next Generation: Solomon Islands After RAMSI has been installed in the main exhibition space at NSW Parliament House in Sydney. The preview will stay in place for the next month or so and then it will be expanded into a full exhibition in July in the same location. The exhibition will be launched at the start of July, dates TBA.

'Point of View - Artists & the Landscape' exhibition at TPR Gallery

'Point of View - Artists & the Landscape' exhibition at TPR Gallery

In 2009/10 I was working at a newspaper in Cairns in Far North Queensland. It was a great two years, as I spent most of it on the road, exploring places such as the Atherton Tablelands. I was always excited to do a job up on the Tablelands, because it offered incredible landscapes, interesting small towns and wonderful people to photograph. While I shot with digital cameras for work, I was aware that I was visiting places that I may indeed never visit again, and so I also shot for myself with colour film at the same time using a Mamiya 7ii medium format camera.

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Senator Pat Dodson

Senator Pat Dodson speaks to the media after attending The Close the Gap Parliamentary Breakfast and the launch of the Close the Gap 2018 Report at Parliament House in Canberra. 

The Close the Gap Campaign for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality is a coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous health and human rights organisations. The Campaign's goal is to raise the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to that of the non-Indigenous population within a generation: to close the gap by 2030.

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