Johnny and Alfie, Richmond VIC, July 2017
I've recently acquired my grandfather's lathe and have been teaching myself the in's and out's of woodturning. Here's one of the first projects I completed. It's a coat rack made using re-claimed Oregon timber and a metal base courtesy of my brother.
I'm currently a creative contributor to The (re) Generation Project which is being run by Macquarie University. An exciting and inspiring initiative to engage youth with the environment and nature, the projects mission statement is as follows:
"To prove that young people can inspire and stimulate love and care for nature with other young people.
Ultimately, we want the half a million 15-25 year olds in NSW to…
• Experience visiting nature and being inspired
• Develop an affection for nature and experience the benefits to wellbeing
• Use natural areas in ways that value them
• Understand that nature needs help to reduce our human impact
• To become stewards of nature and agents of change"
I've been struggling with a creative block of sorts lately. My work has been quite full on and I haven't been pushing myself hard enough to work on the projects I'd like to, so in an effort to get back into the swing of things without having to venture too far from home I've started photographing cloud formations around my home. Here's a few so far.
This past weekend I had a fantastic day out at Spring Hill Peony Farm's open weekend. It's a beautiful place and the open day was well attended, with the Peony Paddock a hive of activity. The pleasant surrounds of The Little Church at Spring Hill were idyllic, with great food and wine, and some pleasant music from local musicians making for a great setting to spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy the day!
Here's some shots of Kate Stanton enjoying the day.
Pretty excited to be involved in Stills Co-Op with a wonderfully talented and diverse group of photographers.
In August 2014 I collaborated with the wonderfully talented Kate Stanton on a story exploring the lives of long-term and permanent residents of Victorian caravan parks. Kate's article is available to read here.
We met some wonderful characters producing the story. Below are two of my favourite images.
I was fortunate again this year to do some work for the Australian Football League photographing at the 2014 Grand Final between Hawthorn and Sydney.
Although the game didn't live up to expectation's with Hawthorn winning comfortably, it was a fantastic day and there were some great moments......and some Tom Jones fans!
I've recently relocated to the beautiful country town of Beechworth in north-east Victoria. It's a fantastic little place with a wonderful array of things to do and see. I was pleasantly surprised this past week when it snowed, albeit briefly in Beechworth. Some pictures I took of this beautiful little happening have been featured on The Border Mail's website.
Over this past weekend The Centre for Contemporary Photography held artist talks for its current exhibitions including The Sievers Project. It was fantastic to gain an insight into the practice of fellow artists who worked on the project including Jane Brown, Therese Keogh, Meredith Turnbull, Phuong Ngo and Zoe Croggon.
Images courtesy of The Centre for Contemporary Photography.
I recently spent a weekend away, camping in Victoria's Mt. Buffalo National Park at a lovely little spot called Lake Catani. It's an ideal place to get away from it all and there's plenty of hiking through beautiful scenery. Here's a few snaps.
I've recently been working on a commissioned project for the Centre for Contemporary Photography. It's been a fantastic experience and has given me the opportunity to work in some amazing locations. Here's some behind the scenes images taken by my good friend Kim Mennen. The work produced for the CCP commission will be on show from June 2014. More to come....
I received some fantastic news late last week from The Arts Centre Gold Coast informing me that I've been shortlisted for the 2014 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award.
Please see below for the full list of finalists for this years award.
Vivian Cooper SMITH
"Now in its 14th year, The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award is considered one of the most important annual surveys of contemporary Australian photographic practice. Established photographers are showcased alongside emerging, resulting in a stunning reflection of contemporary practice that examines diverse themes and approaches. This highly anticipated award, with a total $30,000 in prizes and acquisitions (first prize is $20,000), is a highlight of Gold Coast City Gallery’s exhibition program."
Exhibition runs March 29 - May 25 2014 at The Arts Centre Gold Coast