'To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest achievement' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

2015 is certainly turning out to be one of the most profound and exciting years of my photographic journey with personal projects taking shape and small successes in the competitive arena.

The 'Ateliers' project is a personal project that will exhibit at the Gympie Regional Gallery in November. The aim of the project is to capture the portraits of a diverse selection of artists at work, immersed in their chosen medium. Through visual documentation I will introduce the viewer not only to the artist but to the intriguing and sometimes private and secretive world of the artists studio, the 'ATELIER'; the space in which the artist conceives their ideas and births their creations, a place of both great joy and angst.

blessed are the WEIRD PEOPLE the poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters and troubadours. For they teach us to see the world through different eyes
— Jacob Norby

 I was in studio with the quirky Ceramic Artist Sam Keane. Literally peering through the looking glass at this vibrant artist and her colourful, quirky ceramic work, a combination of both wheel thrown and hand built pieces.
So much colour for the eyes to feast upon with the striking underglazes Sam uses for her work and so much fun to be had today photographing your bubbly, energetic personality. A huge thank you Sam for having me to your studio. Such a delightful morning 
http://www.sam-keane-claywork.com/My%20CV.htm


A huge thank you to Rhonda Rettke from RR creations, Felt Textile Mixed Media for such a wonderful day spent photographing her felt making process and the colourful, intriguing studio that surrounds her. 
Such a huge honour to photograph your work, I could have spent days photographing the funky, quirkiness of you and your studio

Rhonda Rettke felt Textile and mixed media artist

Rhonda Rettke felt Textile and mixed media artist

Rhonda Rettke - felt garments 

Rhonda Rettke - felt garments 


Kerrie Atkins, local Gympie artist photographed for Ateliers project. Kerrie works with acrylics, oils and watercolour. Unfortunately in 2012 Kerrie lost her tranquil creek side studio to flood. However, with an innate need to create Kerrie built again and continues to create the fine artworks that have been present throughout her long artistic journey. A huge thank you for sharing your time and tapestry with me. I am truly honoured to have been in studio with you.


Peter Harris Potter - Sculpture -  Painter

Arriving to the sounds of Pink Floyd echoing from no. 19, the studio of local potter, sculptor and accomplished painter, Peter Harris. 
An intriguing morning spent listening to and photographing this versatile artist, an artist who through his work shares his thoughts and opinions on current controversial issues and tragedies.
Working in clay since 1975, Peter is one of our regions Master potters. 
Such an honour to have been welcomed into his studio to spend time documenting his story and his art.
Thank you Peter.

Peter Harris - clay sculpture

Peter Harris - clay sculpture


    copyright Cristian Sebastian Sandu

    copyright Cristian Sebastian Sandu

The LensCulture Portrait Awards is the 2nd annual call for international portrait photography. The importance of the portraiture is present in cultures across the world, illustrating the power and endurance of human connection. With over 145 countries represented on LensCulture, in over 15 languages, we're seeking new global perspective on the modern day portrait. This is an open call for portrait photography from around the world. 6 Winners, 8 Jurors picks and 25 Finalist to be chosen.
https://lensculture.com

Images below submitted to the LensCulture Portrait Awards

LensCulture submission Titled -  'Tempest' 

LensCulture submission Titled - 'Lilac Line' 

LensCulture submission Titled - 'Lilac Line' 

LensCulture submission Titled - 'Puzzled'

LensCulture submission Titled - 'Puzzled'

She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something
— Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

One of the Portrait Prizes I have been entering for the past two years is The National Photographic Portrait Prize. The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects. The winner for 2015 is Hoda Afshar with his powerful portrait of a young boy named Ali. 

Congratulations to Hoda Afshar for this great achievment.

 

Portrait of Ali, 2014   by Hoda Afshar

Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar

National Portrait Gallery Senior Curator Dr Christopher Chapman said that the portrait was a unanimous choice for the judging panel. ‘The portrait is poignant for its intimation of this boy’s future – likely as a shepherd. The photographer has captured a powerful sense of mystery that adds to the compelling nature of the portrait – the boy, standing calmly within the rocky, misty setting.’

The exhibition will travel throughout north-east Australia in 2015-16 visiting Mackay, Cairns, Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

 

http://www.portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/national-photographic-portrait-prize-2015