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GOT TO / GET TO
GOT TO / GET TO

You know that saying ‘Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life?’ That’s bullshit. (In my experience, it’s usually said by office workers who wish they were creatives). When you’re an artist, you work. Hard. A lot. Often for other people, making stuff to fulfil a brief that you didn’t […]

SCRAWL: notes from travels
SCRAWL: notes from travels

Between June and August 2016, I travelled across Europe, and in doing so, filled a notebook with scribblings, thoughts, fragments of poems and quotes. Below is a selection. * Bangkok airport, plane on tarmac, sky calling with stars like Braille. * ‘The moment or hour of leave-taking is one of the pleasantest times in human […]

A LETTER TO THE THORN IN MY SIDE
A LETTER TO THE THORN IN MY SIDE

I shoot regularly for Women of Letters, a brilliant monthly event run by the powerhouse dream team of Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy, where five women of note get up and read a letter they’ve written in response to a given theme. It’s always a gorgeous event, full of laughter and tears and all the […]

CUNDARE
CUNDARE

Shot across two days in Cundare, Victoria. S x

2015
2015

Countries visited: four. States visited: four. Photos taken: seventy-two thousand, six hundred and eleven (on my two main bodies. Not including my 5D, RX100, Kiev 88 or OM-2). Major art projects: (Click for links). The Art Olympics Yours the Face These Were the Sounds Words transcribed for the Art Olympics: one hundred and thirty thousand, […]

THESE WERE THE SOUNDS: MIXTAPES FROM OVERSEAS
THESE WERE THE SOUNDS: MIXTAPES FROM OVERSEAS

When I headed overseas this year, in addition to my ubiquitous camera, I brought along a sound recorder. I very much enjoyed the challenge of creating little audio pieces about places – travel photography for the ears. Here are the results – spoken word, drunken ramblings, buskers, Uber drivers, religious epiphanies and homesick revelations.

MOUNTJOY
MOUNTJOY

We lived here, for a year. Come January 2015, we were scrubbing walls so hard the paint was flaking, tearing out forests of weeds, finding the thousand nooks and crannies that gather dust in a house full of crumbling memories as we tried to drag ourselves back out of it, back into the real world. […]

DRACULA
DRACULA

The team from Little Ones Theatre came by the studio today for a promotional shoot for their all-female production of ‘Dracula’ at Theatre Works in October-November. High camp, hot babes, and big screen drama: get involved! You can book for the show here. Styling: Eugyeene Teh and Stephen Nicolazzo. Actors: Brigid Gallacher and Cat Davies. […]

ARCANA
ARCANA

As the heavens broke over Melbourne, Sarah came round to play in the dark. S x

ON GROWING UP AND MAKING ART
ON GROWING UP AND MAKING ART

Sarah Walker and Giuliano Ferla on getting more mature, learning to talk and making the decision to get shit done. An out-take from an interview for The Art Olympics. GF: Playing in Twin Beasts has really made me aware of it (communicating and not trying to do everything yourself). I think I’ve dropped that whole […]

FRINGE: CONCEPT TO EXECUTION
FRINGE: CONCEPT TO EXECUTION

I love Fringe time. I love seeing the people in my industry all come together in a huge mishmash of colour and art and sweat and tears. I love standing outside in the lane by the Fringe Club with all the people drinking and smoking and shivering, breathing in the cold night air before they […]

SHOOT WITH JORDAN PROSSER
SHOOT WITH JORDAN PROSSER

Every now and then, you meet a person who’s just doing a really great job of being a human. Jordan is one of those people. We were both at the You Are Here festival in Canberra last year, where I saw him perform with Sam Burns-Warr in their deeply silly show ‘A Stitch in Time […]

MANILA ROAD MOVIE
MANILA ROAD MOVIE

There’s a sort of responsibility involved with being an artist, to know the history of your form. Painters, poets, dancers – they all study the past in order to build the future. For many art forms, there is the possibility of very direct contact with the ancients – a ballerina can dance the choreography from […]

A MEANDERING ESSAY ON THE YEAR THAT WAS CLUTCH
A MEANDERING ESSAY ON THE YEAR THAT WAS CLUTCH

To begin at the beginning. Most things I do can be explained by two facts about me. 1: I am irrepressibly sentimental. 2: I have a terrible memory. The combination of these personality traits mean that I long to capture experiences, people, and emotions – a longing that is crystallised from want to need by […]

KIDS KILLING KIDS
KIDS KILLING KIDS

In 2011, I saw a show in the North Melbourne Town Hall Warehouse called Room 328. It was directed by Daniel Santangeli, and it saw the audience being led into what felt like a frat party gotten way out of hand. We were invited to participate – given shots of tequila, urged to topple towers […]

ART CRUSH – GARTH ORIANDER
ART CRUSH – GARTH ORIANDER

Over the last three years, mainstage theatre promotional photography has become largely a festival of context-free actor portraits on white backgrounds. There are some good reasons for this. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s clean and chic. It makes life easier for directors whose works are programmed months in advance, who have no idea what their […]

MANILA
MANILA

In 2012, I had a conversation with playwright and festival director David Finnigan over Facebook that went something like this: Me: Heyo, what are you up to? David: About to head to Colombia with my brother to do a residency at a gorgeous plantation house. You should come. What are you doing in two weeks? […]

A CONTROVERSIAL REVIEW OF ROBERT LEPAGE’S ‘LIPSYNCH’
A CONTROVERSIAL REVIEW OF ROBERT LEPAGE’S ‘LIPSYNCH’

Review throw-back: 6th August, 2012. Nearly every review of ‘Lipsynch’ that I’ve read has been overwhelmingly positive. The words ‘epic’ and ‘masterpiece’ in particular are doing the rounds of papers and blogs everywhere. But when the audience leapt to their feet last night after nine hours of the show, I stayed seated with a feeling […]

RUMINATIONS ON THE MELBOURNE CABARET FESTIVAL
RUMINATIONS ON THE MELBOURNE CABARET FESTIVAL

Review throw-back: 8th August, 2011. I was asked by Tommy Bradson to shoot his show in the Melbourne Cabaret Festival last week. I expected the weekend of the festival to provide me with some entertaining shots of a boy in drag, too many glasses of cheap wine and the odd opportunity to hand out swathes […]

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