My artwork involves placing a physical object in the form of a mirror into the natural environment, blending and blurring the lines between reality and the reflection of reality via the manmade. I love the idea of allowing a photograph, something that is 2D to show multiple facades. I aim to evoke a sense of contemplation and allow the audience to create their own personal reflection through the complex and almost surreal image.
Girl Sees All depicts the average teenage girl looking at life’s obstacles. This is represented via the snow-caps of New Zealand’s Mount Cook, which can be seen as a double exposure in the subject’s eyes. While the mountain may seem out of place, especially considering the somewhat empty background, it acts as a representation of the obstacles in one’s life – whether a physical challenge or mental – and thus is not equally reflected in the setting behind the girl.
Lauren is one of the shining lights of the increasingly fashionable tattoo industry. Her quirky and unique pop-art tattooing style and expertise at blogging and social media have made her one of the most recognised names in the tattoo game. Lauren currently has 205K followers on Instagram, with the likes of Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus banging on her door to get inked. This portrait is part of a larger series of named HighScrollers.
My grandfather, Albert, is forced to take a back seat ride home after a family dinner because he is no longer allowed to drive at night. He is an extremely independent 87 year old man, but the truth is that he cannot continue doing everything himself.
It was 5:30am and I had just arrived at my guesthouse in Varanasi and instinctively climbed the 7 flights of stairs to see the sunrise over the famous river Ganga. As I looked over the side of the rooftop terrace my jaw dropped in disbelief. Below were mothers, fathers, children, cats, dogs, monkeys all sleeping on the roofs. It was mid-summer in Varanasi and sleeping without AC was difficult. Can you spot the curry?
Some years ago, 29 year-old lawyer Oscar Prieto was diagnosed with brain cancer. Following surgery, chemotheraphy and radiotherapy, Oscar was able to beat the disease. Nowadays, he is the president of ASATE, an organization which provides help and guidance to those affected by brain cancer. By showing his own scars, Oscar tries to inspire and demonstrate that one can overcome cancer.
The Fallen. There's a moment between life and death, sleeping and waking, that passes in an instant. For the briefest of moments one can see the beast at peace, calm and in a world that only he inhabits. All the chaos and trauma that went before is no longer bothersome; whilst vets regroup or hunters high five he waits patiently for life to start once more, or for some this is the end, and as I watch, the eye no longer is the gateway to the soul, but rather a reflection of the sky.
Sameer, 16, is held by his mother Wahida at home in Bhopal's Jamalpura neighborhood. Sameer was born to parents contaminated by carcinogenic and mutagenic water stemming from the 1984 Union Carbide gas tragedy which has claimed 25,000 lives to date. For decades thousands of families have used contaminated water leading to serious illness and birth defects, as afflicted Sameer. The title refers to scholar-activist Sandra Steingraber's concept of toxic trespass, in which toxic chemicals enter our bodies without our consent.
Yazidi refugees living in unfinished houses and tents. They live with about a thousand other refugees in the structural work of a school. The living situation is catastrophic. Winter is coming, without blankets, without warm clothes. This family lived in Kocho, a village in northern Iraq captured by ISIS. Many of their family members were killed or kidnapped. They managed to flee that place and are now on the run.
Born with disabilities in all four limbs, Ahmed Kelly was left at a Baghdad orphanage and at age 7, adopted by an Australian. Ahmed finished fourth in the London 2012 Paralympic Games 50m breaststroke. Despite the obvious challenges, he powers through the through the water and is seen here training for the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.
After noticing the lovely play of light on a creased photo, I began to explore the idea of photographing, folding and re-photographing. I like that depth can be added to a photograph by drawing attention to the paper's surface. I felt this portrait of my neighbour’s child Amelia was strong enough to be enhanced rather than diminished by what could otherwise have been a distraction. The 'frame' of the folds by no means contains this girl.
Part of a larger series focusing on people from Myanmar whose families live transnationally. ‘Away from Home’ shows a dual sense of belonging and not belonging, and feelings of 'in-betweeness'. The image comments on the multidimensional complexities of being a refugee, both at home and away. Resettlement has become a common survival method for many people. This photograph was taken in Australia at the home of a family member whose close relatives still reside within refugee camps on the border of Thailand and Myanmar.
This photograph was taken at Falls Creek and shows the result of bush fires that occurred there a number of years earlier. The white trees are the stark and cruel reminder of the devastation of the fire, but the scene also shows the beauty that Nature created with the contrast of shapes, light and textures of the white dead trees against the new growth emerging from the ashes.
This work acknowledges the Dharawal people, and their invaluable cultural legacy on the land. This site shows pre-European engravings of the Wakilag sisters in the Yuin Black Duck Dreaming. These sisters are just a part of a significant increase ceremony comprised of Dancing Men, the Great Snake and Marloo, and the Old Men Axe site. The process of light painting these engravings is an artistic interpretation and hence the photo does not claim to be an exact historic recording.
A massive "cloud tsunami" looms over Sydney in a spectacular weather event seen only a few times a year. The enormous shelf cloud rolled in from the sea, turning the sky almost black and bringing violent thunderstorms in its wake. A sunbather uses her phone, oblivious to the impending doom.