Prolific Instagrammer Lara Verheijden holds her presence with conviction; she is herself and is neither shaped by society nor exhibits for the sake of showing off. She is so comfortable in her skin it is almost as if she grew up in a cave without the media and opinions to shape her identity. Yet, at the same time, she is empathic and aware, an unusual combination in someone so young. I didn’t choose to photograph Lara because of her harelip, but because I of her spirit and rawness as well as her confidence and infectious humour.
Mediterranean Sea, 1 August 2016. Amadou Sumaila (16), from Mali, poses for a portrait after being rescued on the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautical miles off the Libyan coast by a rescue vessel provided by the NGO Jugend Rettet. The rubber boat in which he travelled carried 118 people on board, who were transferred by the Italian Coast Guard to Lampedusa.
Bear' Barandow, Gloversville, NY USA. October 5th 2016.
Mr Barandow, a 57 year old veteran, has been working snce the age of 14. He learned to use a sewing machine online and made the sign out of sheets and spray paint during Republican candidate, Donald J Trump's presidetial election campaign.
I meet Aaron on a Wednesday afternoon. He is in bed. He asks if I can hear the birds speaking his name, I tell him I can't. The light fitting has no globe, its been stolen. His bedroom door has been kicked in, its lock broken, frame splintered.
Later that day, another resident assaults Aaron in the Hotel's lobby.
The Gatwick is a residence of last resort. Unfortunately, so many of its residents don't get the help and support they so desperately require.
Taken as part of my series 'And I Thought I Was Dreaming', this image of film producer Andrew Mason creatively plays on the notion of the dream. Andrew’s incisive wit and curious perspective on the unique ecosystem of the film industry inspired the tone and context of this photograph. I wanted to put Andrew in an environment that is both wild and seemingly staged, both suggestive of a film set and an allusion to his premier experience within Australian VFX. The wombat holds a unique significance to Andrew.
In a series of schismatic experiments with trace, anonymity and asphyxia, this anonymous Australian artist seeks to provoke entangled geo-political issues of conflict, diaspora and human rights in an attempt to understand contemporary Australian values.
This portrait of artist Bobby Bunungurr was taken in his home town of Ramingining, Arnhem Land. Bobby shares the image-making process by edging his totem in the wet emulsion of the large format Polaroid negative. This image is part of an ongoing collaborative project which started in 1998.
Herman ‘Buster’ Burris became a famous character on Route 66 after he moved to Amboy, California in the 1940’s. He married the owner of the town’s daughter, Bessie. Together, they expanded the town and built most of it’s infrastructure - an airstrip, school, church, post office and the famous ‘Roy’s’ Motel and Cafe. Known to dislike ‘rowdy bikers and men with long hair' and ‘unacceptable patrons’, he used to chase them out of town using his shotgun. He was a true keeper of the desert. The population of Amboy hasd dropped from 800 people to 4 permanent residents. The town declined and Buster's business ‘went to zero’ once Interstate 40 opened. Trains ceased operation and water into the town was no longer being delivered. Buster moved out of town when he could no longer physically work. He moved nearby to Twenty Nine Palms in 2000 and died in 2005 at 92 years old.
I took the opportunity to break the fast with a Muslim family in Mauritius. The situation was a tad awkward and a technical nightmare but a magic moment occurred whilst the boy was being taught to be patient and observe the fading light of sunset.
Hana, my sister-in- law, is 21 and discovering life. I love seeing her grow into a powerful woman and to take photo's of her along the way. As a street photographer, most of my photo's are candid and this is one of the few shots I have published that is posed.
Hayden is a jazz singer by night and a psychiatric nurse by day. We took this portrait in Williamstown one windy afternoon. He had just recorded a set of songs that spoke of love and loss and of the unfathomable nature of time. The mercurial sea has become a recurring theme for Hayden. Its wildness, its stillness, its constancy. And the power it has to completely immerse and settle all before it. Minds, bodies and souls.
The light was so beautiful in the autumn. I noticed how it was falling on my son and asked him not move until I could take a photo. He obliged and he gave me the most beautiful look. I swear I can see him all grown up into a man in this image. It almost made me gasp when I uploaded it to the computer.
In my project called 'Ngala Wongga (come and talk) – Cultural Significance of Languages in the Western Australian Goldfields', I had the opportunity to meet Martu speakers. Glenys Williams took me on a bush trip with her family to the steps of her childhood around the Wiluna mission and the claypan. We took roo tails, made dampers and sat around the fire watching the landscape and the slowly approaching storm as Levi and Keneisha, her grand-children floated in the claypan.
A group of Maasai boys on the outskirts of the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, 2016.
The face paint marksone of the most significant rites of passage in Maasai culture – a circumcision ceremony. During which, boys who are aged between 12-25 year's old leave their communities and live independently in the east African wilderness for two months. The ceremony itself is done without anesthetic. The boy must endure the pain in silence with expressions of pain bringing dishonor. After this ritual is performed, the boys are considered to be warriors.
Marcus, a young Aboriginal man stands with his spear whilst hunting for food on the saltwater flats near his home Mata Mata in Arnhem Land, Australia. This community is so far removed, geographically, linguistically and culturally, from the rest of Australia, I often felt like I was in another country. Marcus's clothing speaks of his ability to bridge cultures; he was recently sponsored by Bomaderry Tigers AFL team to attend school in the Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, complementing his current bush education.