a small series of works has opened for show this past weekend. The works have gone through a series of modalities – I created backgrounds using plaster, washes with alcohol inks and powdered dye, I then photographed these. All the while during summer I had been collecting things that caught my attention as I went about my daily bush walk – I dried these…it got so prolific my daughter said my studio looked like a wizard lived there! I then photographed these. Finally I travelled to the State Library in Sydney where I photographed old photographs made in the 1930’s of dendroglyphs (carved trees) made by indigenous Australians. I then blended all these three photographic elements and printed the results to Japanese Washi (Mulberry pith media) and finished with encaustic medium and some toning and accentuating …. take a look at the series “Vestige of Beauty” in the portfolio section.
The largest work I’ve created to date sold at the wonderful Whitewall Art Projects in Berrima….2.2 x 2m…goes by the name of Strange Fruit….
I will be having my first showing with Linton & Kay Gallery in Subiaco, Perth. The works in this exhibition “The winds of change (…and 2020)” were created initially during lockdown stemming from COVID-19. The whimsical nature expressed in the works came naturally, an inclination perhaps towards a desire to escape, to float from the relentless drudgery of existential angst I perceived. In addition a penchant for finding (and utilizing) imagery that suggested something, while in fact, being quite another added to this play of smoke, mirrors and double entendre.
I have a number of works on view at the annual Southern Highlands Arts Trail this November (2020) in both Retford Park (James Fairfax’s Estate, Bowral) as part of the Artists of the Round Yard. I will also have works at the lovely newly opened gallery in Berrima – Whitewall Art Projects
Great chat with Adam Williams – we explore my work, why I have gone the route I have, and I’ve hopefully lobbed a few grenades into the ‘play nicely’ brigade that is considered ‘proper’ Landscape Photography …. with constructive ends it’s hoped.
Just received a copy of a book I have been working on. It incorporates all images to date in the series Terra Australis Incognita (unknown Southern Land). There is a superb forward by Tony Hewitt and it has allowed me to evaluate the progression of the work which began, in earnest, 2 years ago.
I missed the announcement on this one!!! Only saw it when I went to enter this year’s (2017) competition…
I received two honourable mentions in two categories – Self Portrait and People for The Hatters Exit in the 2016 competition. Not too shabby considering there were 26,000 other images …
Only just got word that I received a few more citations than I had realised during the annual ‘Supremo’ Black and White Awards last year….
I got an Honorable Mention for Kickoff along with two further images that were nominated as contenders for the Architectural and the Still Life Categories not too shabby for 7,500 entries….
Just heard I’m a Gallery Award Winner and this image will be exhibited in Berkeley California at the ACCI Gallery …. its also eligible to be selected as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd award placement. Shot at Dawn in Ubud Market, Bali in May 2017.
Two Silver Awards and one Silver with Distinction Award in this outing….
I’m very appreciative of my peers in the regional arm of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers for giving me a gold and three silver awards for images I submitted into the regional (NSW/ACT) Professional Print Awards in Sydney this past weekend. Especially gratifying is that the gold was in a category which I have only entered once before. Here are the images.
Fortunate news – after having got only 3 images as nominees for awards at the 2014 competition I’ve been fortunate this year to have 6 images nominated (shortlisted) for the 2015 Spider Black and White Awards. The most encouraging thing is that the images were in a wide variety of categories from ‘Children of the World’, to ‘Fine Art’ as well as ‘People’ and ‘Wildlife’.
I feel very humbled and fortunate that the veritable Stark Awards have awarded me winner of the Fine Art Category of the 2015 competition (with luminaries in the photography firmament judging the competition such as Michael Levin, Scott Kelby, Michael Freeman and Ted Forbes). One of the judges had the following commentary on my image: “This in my first place selection. While reviewing all the images this was the one that kept pulling me back to look at it. The curve of the branches with the soft focus droplets created a mysterious image and those I find are the most compelling. The photographer has taken a simple subject matter ( one that you and I can see everyday) and elevated it to something unexpected …..the measure of a strong photograph. I also think that the hue of blue combined with added layer of “etching” makes it all the more intriguing . Well done.”
Two of my images have received Silver Awards at the 2015 Australian Professional Print Awards – it’s always a harrowing experience where five Master Photographers of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) get up to inspect your (physical) print and pass commentary (if you’re lucky!) and their scores… it was a particularly tough year of judging by all accounts.
Two images (see below) have been voted to be include in the book published annually of what is considered the Top 101 Landscape Photographs of the Year as voted for by my Landscape Photographer peers – very rewarding, particularly in light of the fact that my images were selected against 2600 others.
As part of the Australian Professional Print Awards regional outing I elected to enter two images into categories I’ve not entered before (with much seriousness) ie. Portrait and Illustrative. I was very surprised and proud to have been given a Silver and a Gold image respectively – a real honour as this is my first Gold Award – and one given by my peers. In Landscape (my go-to category) I was successful in getting 3 Silver Awards.
I travelled in early February to Antarctica via Chile on a workshop with 6 of the finest Landscape photographers around: Art Wolfe, Jackie Ranken, Christian Fletcher, Charlie Cramer, Joe Cornish and Peter Cox. It was unreal! Art Wolfe, who has been to Antarctica 20 times, towards the end of the trip remarked “you have no idea how lucky you have been with the weather – I have NEVER had anything like it here before!” We had glassy water, full moon, catabolic winds, snow….for only 7 days it was superb….I released a book “The Sacred Space” with 20 images printed on a Japanese Washi Paper and bound using Japanese stitching to commemorate the trip.