Well it was an anniversary that I felt like a part of. After many years spent with the Endless Sea (and previous titles and arrangements) it felt good to be back in the room with everyone together, making sound of … Continue reading
It is always a joy to photograph dance for me, bringing together my two favourite things!
On this occasion I photographed two parts of an upcoming July performance – so you could get to see the full outcome of this wonderful work!! See this link for more information. Also check out my photo of Rain Francis and Simon Storey in Dance Informa magazine as you scroll down the page.
With a theme of ‘Balance’, DanceBourne Arts will soon treat you to a programme of work by three choreographers. I have featured Rain Francis’s work.
I found such amazing shapes taking place in her work and was excited to be there to capture some of that magic unfolding in Rain and Simon’s interactions.
Be sure to see the full piece, it should be a treat!
Meanwhile enjoy a taste test of the creative process….
SO here is a theme that I have not tried in a very long time…..
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. It was Canon’s February theme, so I gave it a go. It’s always good to try different things, right?
It brought up some interesting issues around the way that I choose to shoot. Like highlighting the fact that I don’t like to be watched while photographing. Perhaps that is part of me preferring to be behind the camera rather than in front of it, but I did notice the irony of shooting others in public, but not enjoying doing the shooting while in public.
What I do enjoy about it, is watching for patterns and relationships in the everyday (and sometimes not so everyday) events happening around you. That can be quite captivating and can mean that I forget about being observed (to some degree).
I certainly enjoy the work of other street photographers…. after all I have two large volumes of work by Elliott Erwitt who is famous for his street photography all over the world. In fact I met Elliott Erwitt in New York City and had him sign one of his books for me!
It is the appreciation for simply SEEING what is there and capturing the essence of what makes it special – whether that be a pattern of shapes in one split moment, or an expression, or sequence of events that can be beautiful or humorous or interesting in that one moment.
I believe it takes great patience, perhaps that is another aspect I lack. However, it does relate to the work I do, in that I like to photograph “found” things rather than something I make up and is make believe.
This was my entry shot, taken at the Rockabilly Festival in Ballarat, February 2015.
Body Electric put on another great show in April 2012 at The Palace Theatre, Melbourne.
Ever wondered what goes on backstage at one of these epic performances?
Well see the video below for a glimpse into the preparation of one group…. The Megapixels.
It was a night of vibrancy. Characters, colour and charisma.
What else would you expect from the Body Electric crew?!
And check out the super cute song on the clip ‘Girl looks like a robot’, by jjj unearthed group, Tricksters
Perhaps you remember the still shots I took of him last year, guest presenting for one of Jen Cloher’s workshops, “I Manage My Music“.
Well here he is again sharing his knowledge and experiences, this time in the moving image, again captured by me.
And as far as moving images go, there is more to come, so stay tuned!
Well you’ve gotta be in it to win it, as they say.
And if you don’t happen to win, you have a hell of a ride getting there. And after-all OTHER people say that it is the journey that counts.
No regrets for these Body Electricians!
These pictures are just a sneak peak at the backstage preparation and fun that goes into the full show that is Body Electric.
‘Fright Night’, Body Electric Dance Off 2011
The Palace Theatre, Bourke St, Melbourne.
180 odd dancers (in more ways than one!)
Sell out show.
Where else would you want to be?
Back to life here in Melbourne!
One of the fabulously unique aspects of Melbourne life, is our abundance of home-made music.
Local singer/songwriter/musician/facilitator Jen Cloher, has established a place for independent artists to gain industry knowledge, share stories and experiences and gain skills to tackle the many challenges that being an independent artist entails.
I photographed one of her workshops, “I Manage My Music”, last weekend.
Featuring guest presenter Wally De Backer of Goyte and The Basics, here is a glimpse into the day.