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?
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.
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.
Behind a Little House' articulates an interest in how the landscape and its representation during the 18th and 19th centuries have had a role in building a sense of belonging anywhere in the world; home and sky function as cross-boundary and universal symbols, articulating a sense of belonging based on the unifying nature of our common environment. What does it mean to belong? And how does it shape our perception and attitude towards the world?
Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and the spiritual capital of India. The open cremation sites can overwhelm you and this is where I found peace in this washing line and could see so many more stories within this image. The man sitting in his boat, the playing cards on the ground, the shadows, the light.
Mother Thinks You're Dead is one of a series of images. The photograph represents the complexities of the Western Australian Goldfields landscape, while also referencing the transient nature of the goldfields and the tragedies in the pursuit of happiness. Taken on a large format field camera and in monochrome, the image is the result of a slow and conscious form of photography in which light and form allows the sculptural qualities to prevail.
Returning home, I had just left Cooma. The sun was smiling down on the hills and as I drove around a bend, I was captivated by the beautiful colour in the land - a window of opportunity not to be missed. I was reminded of a childhood moment, reciting the wonderful poem by Dorothea Mackellar.
The Paepalanthus is a rare wildflower found only in some parts of the Cerrado, the Brazilian savannah. The mountains in the background are the Whale and Buracão Hills. I used painted light in the foreground and waited for the best time to capture the arc of the Milky Way. These wildflowers are my favourite for astrophotography because they remind me of the blast of the Big Bang and their white petals are like the stars.
Pop up shops are all the rage. This car park in Fitzroy, Melbourne provided the perfect venue for Ronnie Z to set up his retro outdoor juice bar. The colourful webbed chairs and vintage valiant transported me back to my childhood.
This image is from the series 'Urban Solitude' and was taken on the outskirts of the city of Amsterdam. The series is characterised by the isolation of both people and spaces, merging simplicity and cinematic nostalgia. The silence can be disrupted at any moment, only to return to an ordinary everyday scene.
Ambivalent Structures is a visual and textural exploration of the aftermath of modernity through its attendant buildings and structures that are inextricably linked to the violence of war. My work is an archaeology of the present, I am interested in the psychological influence of architecture on the individual.