To match my previous post featuring some of my favourite photos from Australia, below is a select few pictures from Bangladesh, Haiti and Timor-Leste.
2012 has been an incredible year, it has provided a healthy number of challenges and rewards while it has also pushed me to think differently about visual storytelling. I look forward to continuing to grow, learn, document, travel, share, observe, record, produce as much of life that is possible.
As 2012 draws to a close I decided to share some of my favourite pictures all of which were taken in Newcaslte Australia during 2012.
The Shed is a personal project following a unique individual who inhabits a simple dwelling in a bohemian community known as ‘The Moz’. This simple life allows Geordie to focus his energy into amongst other things into skinning road kill animals to tan leather as well as preserving birds found on the roadside.
Engage Newcastle is a commission project for Newcastle University documenting a range of the communities, cultures and sub-cultures that makes up the cities unique social landscape. These pictures below are taken during two periods of June and December 2012.
Earlier in the year as part of the first leg of the Engage Newcastle project I had the pleasure of spending a training session with Newcastle’s parkour crew. As I chatted via facebook with Bryce one of the main organisers (bottom left photo in above sequence) he sent me links to youtube videos featuring some crews from around the world including this group from Lisbon. Bryce tried his best to convince me that while the Newcastle group weren’t jumping across balconies of apartment blocks, they were maximising what Newcastle’s concrete landscape offered.
In search of how best to describe parkour, google led to a myriad of links, Wikipedia states parkour is a sport that practitioners aim to move from one place to another, negotiating the obstacles in between. The discipline uses no equipment and is non-competitive. A male practitioner is generally called a “traceur”, a female a “traceu” . This link at Parkour Generations had some interesting writing about Parkour and where it has largely been formed, sourced its inspiration etc.
For those out there looking to learn more about parkour go no further than google, youtube or any social media platform to get a taste.
It has been quite a number years since I have been along to ‘carols by candle light’ an annual event held in Newcastle’s iconic Kind Edward Park. This year I was in attendance, I made my way up and over the hill to be greeted by the park, a lovely natural amphitheatre that overlooks the ocean. I wasn’t wearing Christmas colours, nor did I have a candle or a song booklet, but rather I was there at this annual event as part of the ongoing Engage Newcastle project.
Earlier in the year I spent two weeks documenting my home town of Newcastle as part of a commissioned project by Newcastle University. During this time I documented more than 30 interesting communities, cultures and sub-cultures, the edit of my favourite photographs are now on my website under the NGO & commissioned page.
The thousands of people that managed to cram into the natural ampitheatre was a visual overload, after a few rings around the park I eventually found that the most interesting photographs I made were not the cowboy-hat-wearing choir or the sea of candles but rather silent moments along the fringes. While the quite fringes were more visually compelling I am in now way implying that the sense of community present isnt interesting, in fact I was amazed at the numbers of Novacastrians that turned up.
Despite personal questions around the commercialisation of Christmas, watching parents and children sing the regular Christmas carols I realised how important such an event must be for many of these children. I still vividly remember being one of those kids.
In the photograph below young men line up to buy pluto pups. Before taking this picture I watched the line slowly move along as people ordered foods from the iconic stall. After taking three photographs in this sequence for some unknown reason my camera seized up and stopped working. The camera was only 6 months old, I felt ripped off, I mused that maybe it was the high oil content in the air from the vats at the stall, but most likely just bad timing.
The past year on the move has left too many projects in pieces and sadly neglected. Since settling into my new work space in Sydney I have slowly picture by picture had a chance to return to a few projects one of which is Timor Remember.
With this project my interest lies in exploring Timor through three stages of its recent history, Portugese colonialism, Indonesian occupation and young independence. Using the mediums of 120 black and white film, diary entries and excerpts from interviews I am seeking to create a body of work that investigates the turbulent past that paved the way to Timor-Leste’s independence.
Returning to Timor-Leste in early 2013 I am hoping to travel to parts of the small island nation I haven’t visited previously to continue work for this project.
Here is a link to my photo essay featured in The Big Issue magazine earlier in the year. While the entire edit of the story Timor in progress is here on my website. One of my photographs taken on assignment for Red Cross Australia ran here in The Australian.
To continue on from my last post about phone photography I have included below two small collections of photos taken on my phone of my new life around me in Sydney.
Confident dirty Ibis’s patrol the alleyway behind my place in search of food, usualy procured from rubbish bins.
A further collection of moments from around my place.