Finish line...

When you’re working on many projects in parallel, and they take years to complete, it’s hard to see the end goal of seeing them completed and shared. 

However towards October these stories I’ve been capturing alongside some incredibly talented, determined and visionary people will finally be made public. 

Important stories do not belong just in 24/7 media cycle. 

A tribal elder in rural Enga Provence, Papua New Guinea.  Sitting for hours listening to external monitors discussing the future of his children education.   

A tribal elder in rural Enga Provence, Papua New Guinea. 

Sitting for hours listening to external monitors discussing the future of his children education. 

 

Addicted to variety....

You shouldn’t look back, only forward - however sometimes it’s important to stop and count your blessings. 

This last month has been a mad one. Some days I don’t know where to start, and other days I don’t know when to end - the exhaustion occasionally overwhelms me. I’m writing this from a small village in the South of France, so it’s easy to forget the late nights, the doubt and decisions made - occasionally you feel like you’re not creating - you’re surviving. 

Papua New Guinea. 

Covered a heart wrenching assignments in Papua New Guinea for a fantastic youth run organisation Oaktree. 

Forget anything you’ve heard about Papua New Guinea, the people were nothing but warm, proud and open. 

Words can’t quite do justice to the experience, so I’m currently editing a film and compiling a exhibition to raise funds for the education programs there. There will be an  article in far more detail down the line. 

How do you describe this moment? You can't speak the same language, the exchange is silent. He gives you something, you take something.  Are we the same after this exchange? 

 

 

Fool for Love

 

Q44’s latest production. 

Mark Davis and Rebecca Fortune …

Mazeltov

 

Shot five weddings between Melbourne, Italy and France. Exhausting, rewarding and beautiful. Whilst I only do around 20 a year … everyone one is special to me. 

 

Sam Lipski

Portrait sitting of Sam Lipski, an Australian journalistic icon.

Former executive producer of Four Corners, Columnist for The Age and the former president of the State Library of Victoria. In person a gentle giant and he even taught me something new about my name. 

His portrait is the 18th for a book on Jewish Humanitarianism I'm collaborating on with an incredible organisation called Standup.

http://www.standup.org.au

 

Boeing Aerosystems

Annual report showcasing the incredible technology that creates various parts of the Dreamliner - right here in Port Melbourne, Australia. Did you know the wings are printed? Call Asimov. 

 

 

Disney 

Simba! Well at least 1/4 of them.
 
Disney contracted to me shoot program guide shots for The Lion King. 

Loving the new Profoto B1 kit…nimble, no power cords and ample power at 400w. 

 

“ Easy to Love "

Stills for Alex Rathbugers debut album. 

One of the privileges of this role I play is just how many incredible talented people I meet. 

Leica S System 


I’m very excited that I’ve been given the task of launching Leica’s newest medium format camera - the Type 007. I’ve been using the S System for the last two years and it’s evolved me so much as a photographer. It's allowed me to new ways of approaching every assignment, and unlike many other companies Leica have struck a balance between medium format quality and DSLR mobility. 

The evolution of that camera aims to solve a problem we all eventually reach - too much gear. I personally have 9 lenses over 3 formats…what if one system could rule them all?

Launch will be mid August with workshops around the country - can’t reveal too much just yet … but it’s a game changer. Wait, that’s a catch phrase that everyone uses? Read the specs below in that case. 

http://en.leica-camera.com/World-of-Leica/Leica-News/About-Leica-News/Global/2014/The-New-Camera-System-Leica-S-Type-007

 

Carrara, Italy

Location scouted the marble mines in the Italian town of Carrara. 

The scale is slightly unimaginable, the rectangular methods of carving looks alien amount the surrounded by the pristine Tuscan landscape.  

Originally excavation started 2000+ years ago by the Romans, and the worlds most celebrated artists from Da Vinci to Michelangelo have carved the pristine marbles of Carrara. 


Through the heart of the mountain.

 

ShapeClinic

Dr Steven Liew of the Shape Clinic - one of the world’s leading surgeons pioneering new injecting methods. 

Clinical Imaging

 

 Signed several new medical clinics to my new company - Clinical Imaging - a new adventure which is slowly changing the methodology of medical imaging in plastic, reconstructive and dermatology clinics. We’ve just hit 20 clinics - and considering we only launched 12 months ago I’m especially proud of Maxime and myself for holding it together. 

Thanks to Francesco for the image. http://www.francescovicenzi.eu

Thanks to Francesco for the image. http://www.francescovicenzi.eu

It’s a completely different business environment from photography .

A consultancy agency needs constant attention, and until I have more staff it’ll be a challenge.  

A commercial aspect for Clinical Imaging is medical education. More specifically a Allergan sponsored cadavre workshop where surgeons, nurses and injectors learn techniques to minimise harm to patient. I can’t unfortunately show you any anatomical images, but here is a behind the scene. 

Nothing quite prepares you for the first time you walk in a room, and there are simply four decapitated heads on a table. I’ve played enough Mortal Kombat in my time, but in reality it’s something almost mystical to see. 

It’s a fascinating industry. 

Mumbai Madness

The cacophony of noise created by traffic, people and produce is worn on the face of commuters.

 

 

 

With 20 million people in the greater Mumbai area it’s evident to anyone one street level that the city is under strain. 

The cacophony of noise created by traffic, people and produce is worn on the face of commuters. Suffocating heat, acrid smells of open sewers mix naturally with spices overflowing from illegal road side delis and shop stalls.

Many of which travel hours per day to reach and attend the first wave of jobs offered by foreign banks, telecom and insurance firms. The parallels of the societal structure are no more evident than seeing Gucci boutiques overlooking slums. 

Even in a westernised city a population density of 22 000 people per sq km would be a challenge, yet somehow is functions. The marketplace of unrelenting progress overlaps the recent social outcry against rape and harassment, religious values make way for equitable rights between vastly different cultural groups.      

Pali Market, Mumbai.  Leica M240 24mm. 

Pali Market, Mumbai. 

Leica M240 24mm. 

Mumbai.  Nikon D800e 24mm.  Street child, posing in front of a place he's never likely to see the inside of. 

Mumbai. 

Nikon D800e 24mm. 

Street child, posing in front of a place he's never likely to see the inside of. 

Mumbai Leica M240 Commuters being churned up in the public transport system. 

Mumbai

Leica M240

Commuters being churned up in the public transport system. 



India & M240.

 

UNTIL 6 months ago I had never used a Leica. So I felt neither the nostalgia or fanaticism attached to the 100 year legacy of cameras and lenses. In a strange way this allowed me to objectively use the Leica M - the latest iteration of the well revered rangefinder system - and measure it against my FX Nikon system. 

What is immediately obvious to anyone to handles the camera is the finish. It’s beautifully constructed, compact size and simplistic design seems to reiterate it’s stance as a purest tool. As a photographer I’ve always had to justify the economics of my equipment purchases - cost benefit analysis doesn’t always lend itself to emotional purchases. 

Leica to my mind has always been an emotional choice over a balanced one - by the end of my assignment in India I can honestly I’ve changed my position. 

Whilst aesthetics add to look of being a photographer  - it’s the technology inside that ultimately allows one to be one. I’ve never been much about how I appear - for me photography is about the subtlety of capturing stories - not being them. 

Ironically enough however the small form factor became a strange blessing as it allowed me to blend much more naturally into environment - nothing worse than being spotted as a photographer and breaking the forth wall. 

Leica M 240 90mm summicron pre-asph An untouchable makes a meek living bravely climbing 30m+ high coconut trees. Safety equipment consists of rope around the feet and experience. The economics of the transaction are astounding - roughly 10 usable coconuts per sold on average for 50 ( $0.80US ) rupees. That sum is then divided by 6 ( boss, scouter, 2 people to pick coconuts up and two to clean them ).   

Leica M 240
90mm summicron pre-asph An untouchable makes a meek living bravely climbing 30m+ high coconut trees. Safety equipment consists of rope around the feet and experience.

The economics of the transaction are astounding - roughly 10 usable coconuts per sold on average for 50 ( $0.80US ) rupees. That sum is then divided by 6 ( boss, scouter, 2 people to pick coconuts up and two to clean them ).   

Nikon DF in Africa

‘ Authentic photography ‘ is a term I’m hearing more and more and more and less is more and more.

Every camera manufacturer is heralding that they offer something ‘pure’ or ‘ revolutionary ‘ about the experience of photography. Buy this and become a photographer or this x, y, z MK III specification will endow you with a Tretchikoff level of detail or magically transport you to wondrous landscapes where that third generation level of water sealing would be required. You need this to be an artist. 

Perhaps I’m missing the point, but in my heart I feel everyone else is. 

The camera is not important. 

In fact it’s the least of your concerns when making an image - yes invest in what you can afford but stop this inane fascination with specifications.

There is nothing about this DF that can hold you back from the story you want to tell - not even the dark. Everything else is just marketing.  

If you have a story to tell you’ll tell it with clay on a cave wall if you have too - go find someone else’s story and share it. 

Be a story teller, contribute more than your genes to this epoch. 

Capture these fleeting moments and hope that those in the future will understand more about the lives we lived and why. 

 

Nikon Df 85mm 1.4 at 2.0 

Nikon Df

85mm 1.4 at 2.0 

Evelyn in Motherwell - a settlement of 150 000 created in 1984.  She’s witnessed her country change, her freedom become a right over an entitlement and she’s raised 7 boys. She also makes a mean cup of tea as she giggles about having guests.  25 years in a government home. Brick with electricity, a water quota and a tiled roof - but that’s where the luxury ends. The fridge would be empty if it functioned.  A staunch ANC supporter who despite endemic corruption being on the front page of every page she’ll never change her vote. She opted for the dream that Mandela embodied, for the change that was long overdue.  I regret she won’t see it, nor her children. 

Evelyn in Motherwell - a settlement of 150 000 created in 1984. 

She’s witnessed her country change, her freedom become a right over an entitlement and she’s raised 7 boys. She also makes a mean cup of tea as she giggles about having guests. 

25 years in a government home. Brick with electricity, a water quota and a tiled roof - but that’s where the luxury ends. The fridge would be empty if it functioned. 

A staunch ANC supporter who despite endemic corruption being on the front page of every page she’ll never change her vote. She opted for the dream that Mandela embodied, for the change that was long overdue. 

I regret she won’t see it, nor her children. 

Official Leica S 006 Workshop conducted around Australia in 2014

Had an incredible time the last few weeks touring with Leica Australia - showcasing the incredible Leica S system. 

I fundamentally believe that the tools in this industry need to afford you the flexibility to shoot with as few compromises as possible. Knowing my S is at home on the side of glacier as well as in the studio means I'm shooting more - and enjoying the possibilities of what I can do. 

The new Leica Summicron-S 100mm f/2 is the fastest medium format lens of any camera system, and so liberating being able to shoot wide open without the usual failings of 35mm lenses
Calm before the storm Franz Joseph Glacier, NZ  Leica S 006 24mm @ 5.6  Class leading weather sealing isn't just a feature, it's a fundamental necessity in these environments.   

Calm before the storm

Franz Joseph Glacier, NZ 

Leica S 006

24mm @ 5.6 

Class leading weather sealing isn't just a feature, it's a fundamental necessity in these environments. 

 



The new Leica Summicron-S 100mm f/2 is the fastest medium format lens of any camera system, and so liberating being able to shoot wide open without the usual failings of 35mm lenses. Whilst many lenses appear optically sound at first - now that consumers and clients alike are asking for larger prints  and 4k content - the Leica glass certainly stands above the rest. 

  Leica S 006 100mm 2.0 @ 2.0 

 

Leica S 006

100mm 2.0 @ 2.0 

It was interesting to see the differences in the market knowledge between states - most obvious at front was how Western Australia had more of a professional user vs the retirees of NSW and Victoria. 

I think the problem Leica may have is that not enough professionals have access to a loaner system - something that should hopefully change in the 2015. 


Thanks to Leica Australia, Michaels, PRA imaging and FotoReisel for hosting the workshops. 

Some behind the scenes filmed by PurpleMonkey :




Leica S 006  70mm CS @ 2.5   

Leica S 006 

70mm CS @ 2.5