Monthly Archives: March 2012

Working in mess, is it possible?

Working in mess, is it possible?

I am not sure if it is, I know its hard to look for anything that is not on the top layer of a flat surface. This is the result of a busy schedule and little time in the studio. For some people, having a clean studio/office/workspace etc is critical. I love the idea of having a spiffy clean one but I am barely around long enough to return things to their ‘neat’ place let alone re-order the most recently acquired items that are now bobbing around.

In a weird way I am looking forward to getting things in order, playing some new music and wading through the stuff, the stuff we fill our lives with!

My current studio below, please dont judge.

 

From little things big things grow

In 1991 the iconic Australian song ‘From little things big things grow’ was co-written by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody. The song was written about Vincent Lingiari and the Gurindji strike in 1975 and provides an important creative commentary on Aboriginal land rights in Australia. For me, ‘From little things big things grow’,  inspires a spirit of self belief and prompts a sense of fighting against the odds to ‘have a go’ as we colloquially say in Australia.

I am excited to announce that next week I will be working with Genwire an initiative organised by Arts Mid North Coast to conduct a series of workshops for young people along the mid north coast of New South Wales. Traveling back to Australia over the last few days I wasn’t sure what food for thought I could offer the participants, editing work from Bangladesh it was Paul Kelly’s ‘From little things big things grow’ that sang back at me from my computer and got me thinking about my own experience with a camera.

From little things big things grow indeed. Unlike some of my peers who inherited their first camera, usually an old film SLR from a relative, I saved up my pennies and at 18 years of age was able to afford my first camera. Being a digital child, this $700 camera was sufficient for quite a while until my experiences and savings (numerous part time jobs later) could afford a 3rd or 4th hand digital SLR. Like any photographers journey with their tools I feel a similar one takes pace in search of continual visual inspiration. I am still vividly inspired my many of the photographers that initially influenced and inspired me to take a dance with the medium of photography.

Below are a few photographers that have inspired me over the years.

Eugene Richards
Henri Cartier Bresson
David Dare Parker
Stephen Dupont
Trent Parke
Gilles Perres

One of the most valuable ways for me to develop my visual understanding of documentary photography/photojournalism was to pour over photographs and stop on particularly images that  moved me and think about what it was that I liked. As I began to develop my own eye and even gather a few photographs that I thought were worth sharing I started to contact photographers asking for advice. Writing the first few emails I remember feeling nervous but as time went on I realised there is no harm in sending an email to see whether these photographers are free to meet up. I am very appreciative for the generous responses I had from many photographers, I remember being all ears and eyes to their comments trying to take in as much of their advice and knowledge they could impart. One of the best pieces of practical advice I was ever given was  just go out and shoot. I had looked at so many photographs in books, magazines and on websites however no number of pouring over others work could replace the value of photographing first hand. That piece of advice I still tell mutter to myself now, just go out and shoot!